Workforce reduction

Fermilab Director Pier Oddone

Editor’s note: An all-hands meeting on the subject of the workforce reduction will take place at 11 a.m. today in Ramsey Auditorium. The meeting will be streamed online.

Yesterday I announced to Fermilab employees a self-select voluntary separation program to bring our staffing levels into balance with funding expected for the next few years. This is not a step that I am taking lightly, and it is a last resort after we have significantly reduced spending in many other areas.

Prospects for the lab’s future funding look better than they did in February, thanks to recent Congressional actions. These actions by the House and Senate restored some funding to our budget for the next fiscal year, which allows us to minimize the size of the workforce reduction. We still expect to receive an overall reduction starting Oct. 1, however, and anticipate that tight budgets will continue as the federal government continues to confront large budget deficits. I must take the necessary but very unfortunate step of reducing the size of our workforce by about 80 employees.

The details of the self-select voluntary separation program (SSVSP) are available on the program website. An SSVSP package including application materials can be downloaded from the website or picked up from the Benefits office on the 15th floor of Wilson Hall or from the HR generalists.

To give employees and users the chance to ask me questions in person about this workforce reduction, budgetary outlooks and the laboratory’s future, an all-hands meeting will take place today at 11 a.m. in Ramsey Auditorium.