SRS Contractor Signs New Labor Agreement with Trade Unions
AIKEN, S.C. (November 14, 2022) — Savannah River Mission Completion (SRMC), the liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site (SRS), has finalized an agreement with the local building and construction trades organization.
The Project Labor Agreement (PLA) defines the new employment parameters for approximately 800 craft employees, including subcontractors, all part of the Augusta, Georgia Building and Construction Trades Council. The group includes labor unions representing electrical workers, pipefitters, carpenters, laborers, boilermakers, and several other crafts that are vital to construction projects in the site’s liquid waste program. The new agreement replaces one that was signed by the previous liquid waste contractor in 2009 and was extended until the new deal could be reached.
SRMC President and Program Manager Dave Olson signed the PLA on behalf of the Company.
"The Project Labor Agreement is an important step for the future success of the SRS liquid waste program," Olson said. "These workers will provide SRMC with the valuable knowledge and experience needed to help us move the program forward and complete our waste-treatment goal by 2037."
The new PLA covers SRMC's ongoing need for construction work on several projects in the liquid waste program, particularly in supporting the closure of waste tanks and the continued construction of mega-volume Saltstone Disposal Units.
Robert Moody, SRMC's Labor Relations Director, worked to reach an agreement that would appeal to SRMC and the union representatives.
"We are truly pleased to accomplish this milestone agreement and initiate our plan for the appropriate and effective management of the craft workforce," Moody said.
SRMC comprises parent company BWX Technologies, Inc. with partners Amentum and Fluor. Its team brings the capabilities necessary to accelerate cleanup at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site through safe nuclear operations, optimized and integrated mission execution, and strong corporate governance.
SRMC President and Program Manager Dave Olson signs a new Project Labor Agreement covering approximately 800 construction and trades workers in the SRS liquid waste mission.