Hey Pinky and the Brain, I have no problem having this
run with my name as it is the truth and there are many
people who can testify to that. I hope you don't bury
it some where in the blog because this demonstrates
how LANS is getting rid of people to save money.
Legal probably...Ethical? you be the judge....
I started working at LANL as a contractor employee in
September 1999. At that time I was employed by
Comforce Technical, a sub-contractor to LANL, which
was then managed by the University of California.
In April 2004 the Lab began a highly publicized
program called the Contingent Worker Project to
convert (so it said) the majority of contractor
employees to regular UC employment. At this point I
had already worked at the Lab as a contractor employee
for nearly 5 years. But because the CWP was not really
a conversion project, I had to apply for my own job in
order to get UC employment. But "conversion" was still
the casual word used for this hiring action because
the jobs were posted as "external," meaning they were
advertised to the general public.
The group (IM-1) I worked for was organized as a
"recharge" organization that places designers or
writers into a "central" or deployed position, and
then receives payment for that persons' work. The
worker charges time to various cost codes and the
money filters back to IM-1.
At the time of my "conversion" in September 2004, I
was on assignment to the Weapons Directorate and was
earning 100% recharge for IM-1. I began that
assignment April 2002. I was offered the opportunity
to apply for a UC regular position via a job ad
posted through HR. I applied for the position, was
interviewed and several weeks later offered the job,
but as a limited term not a regular employee!
I objected to this limited-term status and pointed out
that I had applied for a regular status job and that I
was one of very few employees on a deployed assignment
and was earning 100% recharge money for IM-1. I was
assured by the group and team leader (Ruminer and
Sandford) that it was merely a matter of their
renewing my term for an additional 1 or 2 years and
that this was a common practice so there was nothing
to worry about.
In early February 07 the new acting group leader of
IRM-CAS (Prono) announced that only one full-time
regular designer position would be offered but that it
required me to apply for it as a new job and that I
would have to compete against 4 other limited-term
designers as well as anyone at the Lab who is
I decided that enough was enough and told my team
leader that I was going to retire even though I was 19
months short of receiving my full social security
benefits. I had been told by the deputy group leader
(Wangen) that my limited term would expire on March 31
however, a week later he decreed that my limited term
status would expire on March 1 instead of March 31,
there by causing me to lose 2 paychecks for March and
messing up my carefully made retirement plans.
There are other people within IRM-CAS that are, or
will be, affected by this decision to terminate
limited term people, and I am told that Lab-wide there
are 450 or more limited term employees.
Welcome to LANS...or in my case, adios.