Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development: Wisconsin business closing & mass layoff notice

Contact: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722

GE Global Operations (GE) -GEhas provided formal notice of a workforce reduction at its Wauwatosa location: 9900 Innovation Drive.  A total of 63 employees will be affected as of January 12, 2019. DWD and its regional workforce partner, Employ Milwaukee, will provide Rapid Response services to affected workers.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Dislocated Worker Program provides transition assistance to workers and companies affected by permanent worker layoffs. The Program’s local Rapid Response Teams help companies and worker representatives develop and implement a practical transition plan based on the size of the layoff event. Types of services include:

  • pre-layoff workshops on a variety of topics such as resume writing and interviewing, job search strategies, and budgeting
  • provision of information about programs and resources through written materials and information sessions
  • career and resource fairs.

Workers affected by permanent layoff may also access basic re-employment services at no charge through the state’s Job Centers. Some services, including training assistance, may be an option for some workers after enrolling in one or more of DWD’s workforce development programs. While all companies faced with permanent worker layoffs are encouraged to seek assistance from the local Rapid Response Teams, some companies may be required to give 60 days notice before a mass layoff or closing under federal and/or state law. More information about advance notice requirements is available at https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dislocatedworker/.

View the official notice here.

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