At least two thousand workers at the Savannah River Site (SRS) will see their work hours reduced as a result of federal budget cuts, the Associated Press is reporting. Other workers will lose their jobs outright.
Details are hazy at this point but it’s clear the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) facility in Aiken County, S.C. is going to undergo some serious reorganizing.
“Consistent with DOE guidance … beginning April 1, 2013, approximately 2,000 SRNS employees will be placed on 32-hour work schedules,” a memo from SRS president Dwayne Wilson states. “Impacted employees will be notified by March 15, 2013. In select areas, full furloughs will begin on April 1, 2013. Impacted employees in these areas will be notified by next week.”
Full furloughs, obviously, mean layoffs …
Hmmmm … wonder if the ones who used taxpayer resources to campaign for Barack Obama will get pink slips?
Because that would be poetic …
Of course with half of the employees at the facility illiterate and the other half drugged out of their minds (according to S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley), it’s not like there will be a shortage of people to fire or anything.
“Down on River Site, they were hiring a few hundred people, and when we sat down and talked to them – this was back before the campaign – when we sat down and talked to them, they said of everybody they interviewed, half of them failed a drug test, and of the half that was left, of that 50 percent, the other half couldn’t read and write properly,” Haley told a group of Lexington, S.C. Rotarians in 2011.
SRS was built during the 1950s to provide nuclear weapons for the Cold War. It is in the process of being converted into a mixed oxide fuel facility – which would turn weapons grade plutonium into fuel for nuclear reactors.