One-minute too late

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One-minute too late

Portsmouth Daily Times – More than 60 employees at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant at Piketon might have been a minute too late to receive their earned health and vacation benefits when they transitioned over to their new employer Fluor Babcock Portsmouth.

Now, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-OH, is urging U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu to extend the cleanup contract transition period to ensure that those workers will receive their benefits.

Brown said workers were ineligible for their earned benefits by literally being one minute short during the transition of the cleanup contract from Lata-Parallax to FBP.

Brown said the gap, which amounts to one minute, has rendered the workers ineligible for benefits — such as health insurance and two weeks of vacation time — based on one full year of work.

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