Today will be a tense day for many Hanford workers as contractors and subcontractors begin notifying up to 1,200 workers they will be laid off at the end of September.
With most of $1.3 billion in federal stimulus money for CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. expected to be spent before the start of the new fiscal year Oct. 1, decisions have been made on what jobs to cut.
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, or WARN act, requires many of the Hanford workers who will be laid off to be given 60 days notice.
CH2M Hill and three of its preselected subcontractors that fall under the act, Babcock Services, Fluor Federal Services and M&EC, plan to notify nonunion employees who will be laid off today and Friday.
Some who work weekends will be notified Saturday and Sunday, and notices that are mailed to employees who are not available to be told in person should be received by Monday.
CH2M Hill's additional preselected subcontractors also will be notifying employees if they will lose their jobs today through Monday through processes of their choosing. Those subcontractors include Areva Federal Services, Ares Corp., Gem Technology International, Intera, Enrep, Ascendent Engineering and Safety Solutions, Cavanagh Services Group and Project Services Group.
CH2M Hill will send a "declaration of excess" letter to the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council on Friday notifying the organization of how many union jobs will be cut as part of the layoff.
CH2M Hill said earlier that layoff decisions would be based on positions needed for CH2M Hill's continuing work paid for under the annual Department of Energy budget for Hanford and the results of a rating and ranking process.
CH2M Hill, which does central Hanford environmental cleanup and sitewide ground water cleanup work, earlier announced plans to cut 1,350 positions by Sept. 29. However, workers were given the chance to volunteer for layoffs, and 148 workers were approved for voluntary layoffs in June.
Laid off employees required to be notified by the WARN act will be directed to attend a Wednesday meeting to learn about benefits available to them.
In addition, CH2M Hill, its subcontractors and WorkSource Columbia Basin plan a job fair to help laid-off Hanford employees and others find jobs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 19 at TRAC in Pasco. Booths will be free to companies recruiting employees.
For more information about reserving a booth, contact Anne Raffetto at 373-0290 or 208-890-1190 or Anne_M_Raffetto.rl.gov. Download a booth registration form at http://bit.ly/qDBRS5. Booth registration forms are due by Aug. 17.
In addition to central Hanford layoffs, Mission Support Alliance, which provides sitewide services at Hanford, has approval to cut as many as 300 more jobs by the end of September. That number will be reduced by 55, because of workers who volunteered for layoffs. The 300 jobs are in addition to 125 layoffs in March.
Mission Support Alliance has not set a date for notifying individual workers who will be laid off at the end of September.
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