Examining privatization impacts on national labs

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Study Committee will be in Los Alamos Monday and Tuesday

By John Severance

Jeff Colvin, a staff physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, was in town Thursday, but he wasn’t here to talk science.
He spent a little over an hour discussing what he views as the ill-effects privatization has had on the DOE/NNSA Labs. About 40 people were in attendance to listen at the Best Western Hilltop Hotel Thursday night.
After it was over, he made a plea to those in attendance, who were mostly employees of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
“The other way to support that privatization has been disastrous to the labs and move forward with de-privatization is to join the union,” Colvin said.
Local University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE) (UPTE) officials were on hand including CWA Local 9119 president Richard Montoya, who said there were currently 85 members of the Los Alamos chapter.
“We are all here to represent you and we are working hard at getting the collective bargaining agreement,” Montoya said. “We need people to recruit more members but we can not represent you unless you join the fight. We have laid low for too long and in fact, we have gone to sleep. We need to wake up and realize what the issues are.”

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