AFGE Local 788 Professional Unit
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The Department of Energy (DOE) is responsible for one of the largest nuclear cleanup efforts in the world, managing the legacy of five decades of nuclear weapons production. The Hanford site, located at the DOE Richland Operations Office (RL) and the DOE Office of River Protection (ORP) is primarily responsible for contract oversight, safety and compliance-related work for the more than 20 million pieces of uranium metal fuel that were created at Hanford for nine nuclear reactors along the Columbia River. Five plants in the center of the Hanford Site processed 110,000 tons of fuel from the reactors, discharging an estimated 450 billion gallons of liquids to soil disposal sites and 56 million gallons of radioactive waste to 177 large underground tanks and at one time also included plutonium production. Of the 15 locally recognized units within the Department, Richland/ORP locally negotiates with two American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), AFL-CIO Locals: the AFGE 788 Non-Professional unit and the AFGE 788 Professional unit. The Non-professional unit represents non-supervisory, non-professional employees of the DOE Richland Operations Office, including GS-12 Program Analyst of the Site Infrastructure Division, Management Information Team. The Professional unit represents the professional employees of the DOE Richland Operations Office, in Richland, WA.