Mission Support Alliance plans 11 more layoffs

By Annette Cary, Tri-City HeraldAugust 30, 2012 

Mission Support Alliance plans to complete layoffs in September that were approved by the Department of Energy for fiscal 2011.

The Hanford contractor told employees Wednesday that 11 workers would be let go, which will bring the total number of layoffs to 100, the top number earlier approved by DOE.

The layoffs will include nine union and two nonunion employees. The union workers may be eligible for a "bump and roll," claiming the jobs of union employees with less seniority who work elsewhere at Hanford.

Mission Support Alliance has conducted its layoffs in three rounds with 35 and 54 employees laid off in earlier rounds. It now has 1,676 workers, including workers for the subcontractors who were named when it won the Department of Energy contract to provide services across Hanford.

The job cuts are planned to realign Mission Support Alliance with the overall Hanford work force and the anticipated Hanford budget for fiscal year 2013, which starts in October.

Mission Support Alliance supports other contractors, providing services such as utilities and information technology.

Workers who are laid off may be eligible for the standard Hanford package of a week's pay for every year worked up to 20 years and also may be eligible for displaced worker medical coverage.

Their last day of work will be Sept. 27.

CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co., the central Hanford contractor, also has plans for layoffs in September. Under the worst case scenario, up to about 340 employees could be laid off, after the Hanford contractor cut 58 jobs in an initial round of layoffs in June.

It already has notified the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council that 95 of the September layoffs will be union workers, including 28 voluntary layoffs.

CH2M Hill, with Washington State University and WorkSource, plans an open-to-the-public job fair Oct. 11 at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

-- Annette Cary: 582-1533; acary@tricityherald.com

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