June 13, 2013
Lab Employees Opt for Early Retirement
total of 399 employees are leaving the Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory. They opted to participate in the Lab's voluntary separation
Their last full day at work was June 12.
Up to 600 employees would have been allowed to take part.
With the exit of 399 employees, the Lab's work force dropped from 6200 to 5800.
specific jobs were targeted for elimination. All career employees were
eligible to apply for the voluntary reduction program. Those who applied
had until last Monday to rescind the decision.
Lynda Seaver said whether or not further reductions will be determined
once the fiscal numbers for 2014 are known.
The draft budget
reduces funding for the Lab by $100 million, about an eight percent
reduction. Seaver said the debate is still going on as to specific cuts.
However, NIF is one of the programs that will face reduced funding.
Once the Lab receives its final 2014 budget, it will reassess its situation, Seaver says.
the press release announcing the voluntary separation program, Lab
Director Parney Albright stated, "Although there remain a number of
unknowns about how the budget request for FY14 would flow down to our
Laboratory, it is clear the budget proposal will face an uphill battle
in Congress this summer, with continuing debates about reducing federal
spending, a possible FY14 sequester and the debt ceiling."
completion of the voluntary reduction process, the Lab will examine the
skills of its remaining workforce and balance that against funding for
The Lab is still faced with challenges with regard to the 2013 budget. Funding was reduced 10 percent by sequestration.
said that the payroll could be reduced by 10 percent by giving
employees every other Friday off. The every-other-Friday furlough days
are paid like holidays, at the reduced rate.
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