Worker Benefits

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Workers who helped finish the cleanup of Rocky Flats more than a year ahead of time may have worked themselves out of health and pension benefits.

Because work at the former nuclear weapons plant was completed early, up to 70 employees haven't completed enough time to qualify for pensions or medical and life insurance.

Colorado Senators Wayne Allard and Ken Salazar introduced an amendment to a defense bill to allocate 15-million dollars to cover those workers.

But the U.S. Senate today killed it.

The government will save about 500-million dollars because the cleanup at Rocky Flats finished well ahead of the December 2006 deadline.

Allard says workers shouldn't have been penalized for getting the job done early.