CH2M Hill to lay off 95 at Hanford, and cuts not over yet

By Annette Cary, Tri-City HeraldAugust 1, 2012 

The Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council has been notified that 67 workers it represents will lose their jobs at Hanford as a result of a planned layoff by CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co.

In addition, 28 people responded to a request for volunteers for layoffs, bringing the total job cuts for workers represented by HAMTC to 95.

The layoffs have been expected. CH2M Hill announced in April that it would cut up to 400 union and nonunion positions in two phases. In the first phase, 58 employees were laid off in June.

That leaves up to about 340 layoffs possible in September, when the second phase of the job reduction will occur. The potential 340 layoffs include the 95 workers represented by HAMTC.

The HAMTC layoff notice was for workers at CH2M Hill and subcontractor Materials and Energy Corp. However, laid off workers with more seniority than workers with the same jobs elsewhere at Hanford can claim their jobs in a "bump and roll." That means workers across the nuclear reservation will be affected.

The 67 HAMTC-represented positions targeted for layoffs are spread across 13 specialties, with the largest number being 25 nuclear chemical operators.

CH2M Hill told workers in a bulletin Tuesday that reduction in force notices will go out Sept. 17, and Sept. 27 will be the last day of paid employment.

While layoffs for union workers will be based on lack of seniority, layoffs for nonunion workers will be decided based on evaluation of skills needed and a rating and ranking process.

CH2M Hill said in April that layoffs will include CH2M Hill workers and workers with the 11 subcontractors that have been with CH2M Hill since it took over the central Hanford environmental cleanup contract.

Many workers will be eligible for a severance package that includes one week of pay for every year worked up to 20 years.

CH2M Hill, with Washington State University and WorkSource, plans an open-to-the-public job fair Oct. 11 at a location to be announced.

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