Continuing fiscal challenges require Savannah River Remediation (SRR) to realign its workforce in order to continue safe management of the liquid waste at the Savannah River Site.
In order to achieve this realignment, SRR is conducting an involuntary separation program (ISP) to separate approximately 465 employees. Employees have been selected for separation based on forecasts of staffing levels needed to safely support projected scope without the necessity for rehiring of separated employees or backfilling of the positions of separated employees. Separating employees' last day on the rolls will be September 27, 2013.
Separating employees will receive two weeks' pay in lieu of notice and a severance payment equal to one week's pay for each full year of eligibility service up to a maximum of 26 weeks. Medical coverage can be continued under the DOE Displaced Worker Medical Benefit Program (DWMBP) or Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). Outplacement services are available to all employees through the State of Georgia Department of Labor and/or the State of South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce. ISP employees who meet plan eligibility requirements can elect to retire under the Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC Multiple Employer Pension Plan and receive associated retirement benefits. ISP employees who are eligible will receive a Preference-in-Hiring for positions with DOE and its contractors.
I regret that we have to take this step, but I encourage you to avoid the distractions that these workforce changes can cause. Together, we have accomplished much since SRR took over as the SRS Liquid Waste contractor in July 2009. We ask that you continue to focus on achievement of this critical mission, and watch out for each other's safety. The safety of each of us is important to your family and co-workers, and it is important to our management team.
We will continue to provide you with more information on this topic as it becomes available.
Interim SRR President and Project Manager
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