Y-12 offering early retirement packages

OAK RIDGE (AP) -- Some salaried workers at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant at Oak Ridge have been offered early retirement packages in an effort to cut staff.

But some are upset that offer is less than what is offered to workers who have been laid off.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that laid-off workers have gotten one week of severance pay for each year of service.

Early retirees would get 70 percent of that.

One Y-12 worker says the management is offering a lower amount than three other national nuclear weapons facilities.

A spokesman for the plant's contractor says the severance plan was approved by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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