Worker makes Y-12 history

Worker makes Y-12 history

There are 25 comments on the WBIR Knoxville story from Oct 24, 2007, titled Worker makes Y-12 history. In it, WBIR Knoxville reports that:

The Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge helped build the first atomic bomb that dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.

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Bubba

Hendersonville, TN

#1 Oct 24, 2007
She may have drawn a pay check for 50 years, showed up for work for 50 years, but being a Y12 worker means she certainly did not work for 50 years.
Jan

United States

#2 Oct 24, 2007
Bubba wrote:
She may have drawn a pay check for 50 years, showed up for work for 50 years, but being a Y12 worker means she certainly did not work for 50 years.
Your comment is very disrespectful to an older person. I doubt with your attitude you will ever work fifty years anywhere. I am ashamed that someone from my hometown would make such a statement.
Shultzy

Knoxville, TN

#3 Oct 24, 2007
Well sounds like you didn't work at Y-12 and have a little personal problem with a facility that supports freedom for our country. And if you did work at Y-12 you certaintly didn't care enough for your country to work hard enough to be proud of the job you were assigned.
OutToLunch

Knoxville, TN

#4 Oct 24, 2007
Incredible! I worked at ORNL Labs for 3 years under grant money. I loved it, hated that the grant money went away. She is right, the people are wonderful from the lowest to the highest position, all were treated with respect and dignity. Congratulations!
Hey

Cincinnati, OH

#5 Oct 25, 2007
Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! May God Bless you.
say_what

Nashville, TN

#6 Oct 25, 2007
OutToLunch wrote:
Incredible! I worked at ORNL Labs for 3 years under grant money. I loved it, hated that the grant money went away. She is right, the people are wonderful from the lowest to the highest position, all were treated with respect and dignity. Congratulations!
MAYBE THE ORNL LABS WERE WONDERFUL, BUT Y-12 IS A JOKE!ITS A BUNCH OF LAZY MEN AND WOMEN THAT SPEND 8 HOURS A DAY DRIVING AROUND THE PLANT SO THEY CAN WORK OVERTIME TO DO THE JOB THEY WERE ASSIGNED TO DO DURING REGULAR HOURS. IF ANYONE WANTS TO DISAGREE THEN YOU NEVER WORK AT Y-12, BECAUSE THATS THE WAY IT IS....
tnlady

United States

#7 Oct 25, 2007
I never worked at Y-12 but my fiance who passed away earlier this year had worked there for over 30 years. He worked his butt off along with the other men in his shop. I totally agree with this statement made to Bubba and it goes for say_what as well, "that you have a little personal problem with a facility that supports freedom for our country. And if you did work at Y-12 you certaintly didn't care enough for your country to work hard enough to be proud of the job you were assigned." I say "Congratulations to her", and any other Y-12 employee who has been around for a long time and likes what they do.
Bubba

Knoxville, TN

#8 Oct 25, 2007
Uh, having experienced the culture at Y12, the unionized labor, the culture of job protection, the drones that do little but draw a pay check, the mismanagement, the coverups, I can say without reservation that most Y12 workers do as little as possible; just the minimum to keep from getting fired.
time to give it up

United States

#9 Oct 25, 2007
Why not give another person a chance at a job? If you have been there 50 years you would make more money staying at home drawing your retirement. If you want to stay busy there are plenty of places that need volunteers. Move over and make way for someone who needs a job.
Bubba

Knoxville, TN

#10 Oct 25, 2007
Shultzy wrote:
Well sounds like you didn't work at Y-12
In fact I did.
Shultzy wrote:
have a little personal problem with a facility that supports freedom for our country.
No, I have a problem with lazy workers that are unionized that do as little as possible when they do work. Driving at 15 MPH from ORNL to Y12 just to do less work is absurd yet happens daily.
Shultzy wrote:
And if you did work at Y-12 you certaintly didn't care enough for your country to work hard enough to be proud of the job you were assigned.
Bzzt wrong. I care enough that I felt the government was being ripped off for what they were paying. Lazy union workers that did as little as possible, lazy except workers that spent time trying to preserve their jobs rather than doing their jobs. A culture of misreporting to hide problems, threats against those that did want to report problems. The place is run by a bunch of idiots who do little more than protect their turf. The labor is unionized and will not pick up a screwdriver off the floor if it is not in their job description. Y12 workers for the most part are worthless.

DAH

“Live, Laugh, Love”

Since: Jun 07

Knoxville, TN

#11 Oct 25, 2007
Congrats to Mrs. Ferguson!
Tils

United States

#12 Oct 25, 2007
say_what wrote:
<quoted text>MAYBE THE ORNL LABS WERE WONDERFUL, BUT Y-12 IS A JOKE!ITS A BUNCH OF LAZY MEN AND WOMEN THAT SPEND 8 HOURS A DAY DRIVING AROUND THE PLANT SO THEY CAN WORK OVERTIME TO DO THE JOB THEY WERE ASSIGNED TO DO DURING REGULAR HOURS. IF ANYONE WANTS TO DISAGREE THEN YOU NEVER WORK AT Y-12, BECAUSE THATS THE WAY IT IS....
Excuse me.........my husband is a supervisor up there and he works really hard.........
Tils

United States

#13 Oct 25, 2007
tnlady wrote:
I never worked at Y-12 but my fiance who passed away earlier this year had worked there for over 30 years. He worked his butt off along with the other men in his shop. I totally agree with this statement made to Bubba and it goes for say_what as well, "that you have a little personal problem with a facility that supports freedom for our country. And if you did work at Y-12 you certaintly didn't care enough for your country to work hard enough to be proud of the job you were assigned." I say "Congratulations to her", and any other Y-12 employee who has been around for a long time and likes what they do.
Amen.......My husband is a supervisor uo there and he works very hard.
Greg

United States

#14 Oct 25, 2007
Happy for her, but its sad when someone has no life away from work. When she sits down and figures out what she'll draw, and what she is earning now, she'll see how much she is REALLY making...Instead of opening a job up for someone to raise a family, some folks linger on and on and on....
DDJ

United States

#15 Oct 25, 2007
Bubba, looks like you have a problem with unions. You made three union references in your short comment. Didn't get yourself black balled did you?
WBIR WATCHER

United States

#16 Oct 25, 2007
Congratulations! I have been at my job for 33 yrars now, and I know I will have to work as long as I can, becuase of health insurance and other rates being so high. No retirement for me.

Hopefully the lady can retire and enjoy her life.
Bubba

Knoxville, TN

#17 Oct 25, 2007
DDJ wrote:
Bubba, looks like you have a problem with unions. You made three union references in your short comment. Didn't get yourself black balled did you?
I do in fact have a real problem with unions. I have never been in a union, and never will.

When it takes three people 7 hours to do a job that should only take two people a couple of hours there is something seriously wrong. 80% of the time the people sat around waiting while their companion in crime drove to get a tool. A 25 mile round trip consumed two hours.

When a worker is told to slow down because they are making the others look bad there is something seriously wrong.

Union members only have to perform at the level of the worst worker. Union members are rewarded on how long they have tried to do something rather than how well they do something.

Working at Y12, being in the union, is a sure sign that the person got paid for more than what they worked. It is the culture, the norm at Y12.
Uncle Tom

United States

#18 Oct 25, 2007
and this is headline news ?
Bobby

Church Hill, VA

#19 Oct 25, 2007
Bubba wrote:
She may have drawn a pay check for 50 years, showed up for work for 50 years, but being a Y12 worker means she certainly did not work for 50 years.
What an ass you are!
cliff

Knoxville, TN

#20 Oct 25, 2007
Oh I agree. Most people that work there think their s*** don't stink. They are also lazy. I read where it made the knoxville news that this guy got the tip of his finger cut and they put that tidbit in the paper! Stupid! Where I work, people lose their fingers and hands. So far no one has lost an arm but it could happen. I knew this guy that got his hand degloved.(that is when the whole enire area of skin is torn off.) He also got three fingers cut off and the maintenance guys had to get them out of the machine. I'm happy for this lady but some of these people need to know how hard it is to really work in a manufacturing facility. I have heard several y-12 workers talking about going to work at their gravy jobs. They need to get rid of those type people. No wonder they can work lots of hours. It's because they don't do anything. Anybody could do that. I know they would not allow that where I work. And yes I make as much as they do.
Bubba wrote:
Uh, having experienced the culture at Y12, the unionized labor, the culture of job protection, the drones that do little but draw a pay check, the mismanagement, the coverups, I can say without reservation that most Y12 workers do as little as possible; just the minimum to keep from getting fired.

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