GE Healthcare announced Friday that it is laying off about 1 ½
percent of its 6,500-member workforce in Wisconsin, including at
its Waukesha and Wauwatosa facilities, which could mean about 97
positions could be affected.
GE Healthcare spokesman Ben Fox said the process has already
begun, but that the company will do its best to find other roles
for the affected employees within the company.
“GE Healthcare continuously considers opportunities to
streamline its structure and reduce costs through different
ways, including removing red tape, duplication and layers in the
organization. These efforts help reduce complexity, speed up
decision-making and help the company become more responsive to
its customers – and ultimately position GE Healthcare well for
2014 and beyond,” reads a company statement. “While GE
Healthcare regrets the loss of any job, the business needs to
make tough decisions in the current economic climate.”
According to GE Healthcare, if another position is not found for
the affected employee within the company, he will be eligible
for various benefits including income extension aid, medical
care coverage and job training or tuition reimbursement to
assist in his transition.
In August 2011, GE Healthcare announced it would reduce its
southeastern Wisconsin workforce by 81 jobs. The layoffs were
mainly in the diagnostic imaging divisions. An “unpredictable
commercial environment” in the United States and Europe was
provided as the reason for the reduction.