Contra Costa Times
Article Launched: 07/02/2007 03:01:16 AM PDT
As a 31-year engineer at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory speaking on my own behalf, I seek support to rectify the insult given after years of sacrifice, success and dedication.
The National Nuclear Security Administration has mandated that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees receive poorer benefits as we transition to the fledgling startup after 55 years under University of California leadership.
UC wisely provided attractive lifetime benefits during those 55 years to focus attention of the country's top scientists on deterrence and solving important national problems without time spent worrying about family security.
Good planning kept the cost minimal. That successful paradigm is discarded as the NNSA continues the adventure in organizational redesign.
Will the new brain trust that will certify the stockpile in 2030 be the same kind of credible and experienced cadre that heretofore dedicated their lives to solve national problems?
New candidates will be offered uncompetitive benefits. With retention incentives eliminated, few with talent are likely to remain years and decades to become effective.
For those now employed, the NNSA plan bypasses the congressional requirement that the current and new plan be equal by dishonestly ignoring significant differences in the comparison.
The assertion that these benefits are comparable is false. Nine significant benefits are taken away and nothing new is offered.
This deception punishes innocent Californians for the repeated shortcomings of others elsewhere, while at LLNL we willingly complied and served.
Native sons and daughters, speak out against this injustice.