Cooper Power Systems to lay off 52 employees, mostly mechanics

Freeman Staff

June 30, 2018

WAUKESHA - Cooper Power Systems intends to lay off 52 employees this fall at its North Street location in Waukesha.

According to the notice sent to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the 52 layoffs are expected to occur around Sept. 7.

The workers who will be affected include: two clerks; two crib attendants; 12 electricians- III; one lead clerk; one machinist; three maintenance- assistants; 28 mechanics; and 3 team leaders.

The letter to the DWD says the maintenance departments at Cooper Power Systemsí three Waukesha locations, 1900 E. North St., 2300Badger Drive and 1319 E. Lincoln Ave., will be outsourced.

Eaton, parent company of Cooper Power Systems, intends to continue paying the affected employees their wages for 60 days after they receive notice, regardless of when their layoff occurs.

A voicemail left for Julie Habbouche, director of human resources, was not immediately returned Friday afternoon.

DWD and its regional workforce partner, the Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Board, will provide Rapid Response services to affected workers.

The DWD Dislocated Worker Program provides transition assistance to workers and companies affected by permanent worker layoffs. The Programís 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; and career and resource fairs.