Hanford layoffs Monday total 235 workers

Tri-City HeraldMarch 18, 2013 

— Layoff notices went out to 235 Hanford workers Monday because of sequestration, or automatic federal budget cuts.

That does not include workers who may lose their jobs as some Department of Energy contractors scale back on work assigned to their subcontractors.

Most of the 235 jobs cut were union positions, but it also included 27 nonunion positions. Several contractors are cutting spending by furloughing about 2,500 nonunion workers — requiring them to take paid or unpaid time off — but that cannot be required of union workers under collective bargaining agreements.

However, at least nine jobs were saved because of time some union workers volunteered to take off under an agreement proposed by the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council, or HAMTC.

The last day of work for most laid-off employees is March 28.

Here’s the breakdown by Department of Energy contractor:

Mission Support Alliance is laying off 112 union workers. However, more than half of those workers will “bump and roll” to other Hanford contractors, claiming the jobs of less senior employees, who then will lose their jobs.

About 700 nonunion employees will be required to take furloughs of 200 hours by the end of September. The contractor, which provides support services across Hanford, must cut its budget by $23.7 million.

CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. is laying off 59 union workers and seven nonunion workers. About 900 workers will be furloughed for 200 hours.

It must cut its budget by $29.8 million. The contractor is responsible for central Hanford environmental cleanup and treatment of contaminated groundwater.

Washington River Protection Solutions is laying off 37 union workers. Nine jobs were saved because HAMTC workers volunteered to take time off.

About 900 nonunion workers will be furloughed for 2.5 to 6.5 weeks. The contractor’s budget is being cut $40 million. It’s in charge of the Hanford tank farms, where 56 million gallons of radioactive and hazardous chemical waste are stored in underground tanks.

Washington Closure Hanford is laying off 20 nonunion workers. In addition, about 15 workers will lose their jobs in April as part of a gradual reduction as it nears the completion of most work to clean up Hanford along the Columbia River.

Although it does not plan to cut any union jobs because of the furlough, the HAMTC bump and roll will mean that 90 of its workers will leave to be replaced by more senior workers who are losing their jobs at other contractors.

No furloughs are planned. The contractor’s budget cut is $23.1 million.

Bechtel National, which is building the Hanford vitrification plant, plans no furloughs or layoffs. It made plans for possible sequestration at the start of the fiscal year, Oct. 1.

Advanced Technologies and Laboratories, a small business that does analyses at the 222-S Laboratory, plans no layoffs and also no furloughs for now.

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

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