LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos National Laboratory says 557 employees have volunteered to leave their jobs as the northern New Mexico lab deals with budget cuts.
The employees will receive severance packages of up to 39 weeks of pay. The employees come from nearly all areas of the lab.
Lab Director Charlie McMillan thanked each employee who volunteered to leave. He says some of them devoted their entire careers to serving the nation during what he called a historic time.
The lab announced in early March it would seek a voluntary reduction of between 400 and 800 workers from its permanent work force of about 7,600. The aim was to reduce the possibility of forced layoffs.
McMillan says the loss of hundreds of workers will be “painful.”
He says lab leaders will now assess what additional actions are needed.