The majority of the nonunion workers at Hanford's Waste Sampling and Characterization Facility at Hanford have found jobs within Mission Support Alliance or elsewhere at Hanford, said Deanna Hawkins, spokeswoman for Mission Support Alliance.
The Hanford contractor recently approved four voluntary layoffs for employees associated with the laboratory, which is being shut down. If additional layoffs are needed, they will be announced in September.
About 75 people have been employed to do work associated with the lab. That includes 34 union workers, who will be eligible to take the jobs of other Hanford union workers with less experience in a "bump and roll." A few employees also have taken retirement.
Hawkins said the success in placing nonunion workers at other jobs is because of the hard work of human resources staff at Mission Support Alliance and the Department of Energy to make sure the employees were considered for any possible position elsewhere at Hanford.
DOE announced in March that it planned to stop operating the facility in central Hanford to save money. An average savings of $12 million a year is anticipated by DOE,.
Laboratory samples are being sent to labs outside Hanford.