Today at Berkeley Lab

Ratmaggedon: Lab Techs Spring Into Action After Rodent Causes Outages

In the wee morning hours on Oct. 22, a night of foraging was coming to an end for a rat. So was the critter’s life. But this tragic end was no match for a group of electricians, plant maintenance technicians, HVAC technicians, electrical engineers, and a carpenter, who pitched in to get the lights back on for the 726 people who work in the Building 50 complex. Here’s a chronicle of what they did to get the Lab back up and running.

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Labor Strike Has Concluded

Lab services have returned to normal today following a three-day strike by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) EX bargaining unit, and a sympathy strike by the AFSCME SX unit and the University Professional & Technical Employees (UPTE) units TX and RX. All three gates are open to all Lab traffic on normal schedules, and the shuttle bus routes have returned to normal.

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Three-Day Strike to Start Oct. 23; Shuttles, Gate Access to be Impacted

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) EX bargaining unit has notified the University of California of its intent to conduct a UC-system-wide strike next week. The strike is expected to begin on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 4 a.m. and end Friday, Oct. 26 at 3:59 a.m. At the Lab, gate restrictions and shuttle bus route changes will be in place during the strike, along with other changes. More>

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Today’s Fire Safety Presentation Postponed

The fire safety presentation originally planned for today, July 24, has been postponed. The rescheduled talk, to take place on August 14, will be led by Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations Michael Brandt and will be live streamed. Watch TABL for details.

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Message From COO Michael Brandt on Retirement of CFO Kim Williams

Chief Financial Officer Kim Williams has announced her retirement, effective Oct. 5. “Kim has built an impressive legacy of outstanding leadership during her career at Berkeley Lab, and she will be greatly missed as she moves on to the next exciting chapter in her life,” says Brandt. An acting CFO will be announced, and a national search is underway for her replacement. More>

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Project Management and Leadership Changes in Operations

Deputy for Operations Michael Brandt has announced the creation of a new Project Management Division, which will include the Projects and Construction Office (PCO) and the Project Management Office (PMO). A division director position is under development. Brandt also announced a number of leadership changes, including naming Ellen Ford as Operations Area Deputy. More>

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Leadership Change Announcement From Michael Brandt, Deputy Lab Director for Operations

In a message distributed to Lab employees today by email, Deputy Lab Director for Operations Michael Brandt announces a change in the leadership of the Lab’s Human Resources group and discusses some of the significant HR efforts now under way. More>

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Message From Deputy Lab Director Michael Brandt on Personnel Accountability Drill

On Monday, May 7, the Department of Energy is conducting their annual Eagle Horizon continuity drill, which is part of the National Continuity policy. Berkeley Lab’s Emergency Management Department will support this drill by requesting personnel accountability of all Lab personnel. It is expected that all Lab personnel respond to this message. More>

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Jim Floyd, Interim Chief of Projects and Construction Office, to Retire

Jim Floyd, the former EHS Division Director and current interim Chief of Projects and Construction Office (PCO), will retire effective June 29. A new interim PCO chief will be announced prior to Floyd’s departure. Go here for a message from Chief Operating Officer Michael Brandt.

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Director’s Message on Changes to Lab Operations Team

Chief Financial Officer Kim Williams will serve as interim Deputy Lab Director for Operations until Michael Brandt begins on March 5. Minh Huebner will serve as interim CFO. Ellen Ford will return as senior advisor to the Deputy Lab Director of Operations, Jim Floyd will serve as interim Chief of the Projects and Construction Office, and Jack Salazar will serve as Interim EH&S Division Director. Michelle Flynn will join the ALS-U team providing support to the operations project manager. More>

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