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Pay freeze on state contractor employees

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Energy Secretary, Steven Chu Energy Secretary, Steven Chu

Energy Secretary, Steven Chu has announced a 2-year pay freeze on site and facility management contractor employees. The freeze, at 28 sites and facilities, will be effective January 1st and will affect approximately 75,000 workers including those at Hanford, PNNL and Bechtel.

Chu made the decision to stop salary and bonus pool increases for those employees who manage day-to-day operations at certain Department of Energy sites and facilities, including national laboratories.

"As our nation continues to recover from these challenging economic times, households and small businesses across the country are making sacrifices," said Chu. "In this spirit, we are asking our contractor employees, who are doing important research, operations, and environmental cleanup work, to join the federal workforce in playing a part."

Chu added: "Our national labs, the country's crown jewels for leading research and development, will continue to attract and retain the nation's top scientists, and pursue some of the most important discoveries that will lead us into the 21st century."