loss of a job can be a scary and uncertain time, but Laura Catherman,
president of the Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development
Board, wants people to know there are resources available.
Olympia Resort and Lake Country Foods in Oconomowoc announced they
would be closing, as well as Sears in Brookfield Square. About 91
people at Lake Country Foods and another 102 at Sears are expected
to lose their jobs. Olympia did not send a WARN notice to the state
about its pending closure so the number of people affected is not
Development Board provides rapid response when there is a business
closing or layoffs, which is used to quickly assess the reemployment
needs of affected workers and get information to those workers. Some
of the services offered to affected workers include overview of
unemployment insurance benefits, overview of alternative pension and
insurance programs options, options for veterans, career planning
and funding for education and training opportunities.
her team has been in touch with Lake Country Foods to learn what the
needs are there. The business is expected to close in mid-March. A
job fair may be possible at the facility.
She said she
wants people to know that the WOW Workforce Development Board served
more than 500 affected workers in 2017 and the average wage of the
new job they obtained was $20 per hour.
Also, she said
there is a labor shortage and a lot of employers calling them
regularly looking for reliable workers.
But, if a laid
off employee wants to continue their education, the WOW Workforce
Development Board can help with that too.
Itís been more
difficult for WOW Workforce Development Board staff to be able to
make contact with the laid-off workers at Olympia and Sears so
Catherman wants to make sure they know about their services.
To learn more
about the organizationís services, contact Mallory at 262695-7897 or