Shopko workers have state resources
Department of Workforce Development details services

News Graphic Staff

April 9, 2019

MADISON — The state Department of Workforce Development received a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice March 28 from Shopko Stores Operating Co., according to a news release from the state DWD.

The notice shows that 1,715 employees who are Wisconsin residents will lose their employment at 39 Shopko stores statewide, the release added.

Among the stores closing is the one at 1771 Wisconsin Ave. in Grafton.

“Shopko has been an integral economic fixture in many Wisconsin towns and cities,” DWD Secretary-designee Caleb Frostman said in the release. “The changes resulting from these closures will be felt by hardworking Wisconsinites in many communities.”

The 39 stores covered by the WARN filing are in addition to the 11 closures announced Feb. 13. That announcement affected an additional 578 workers. There were also announcements Jan. 18 that affected 63 workers and the Feb. 18 closure of the Shopko Store Support Center, which impacted 140 workers. In total, Shopko’s closure is impacting 2,496 workers statewide, according to the DWD release.

The announcement of the additional closures has also caused the closure of Spectrum Transportation Services and Spectrum America Supply Chain Solutions, whose sole customer was Shopko; 225 workers were affected.

The DWD Dislocated Worker Program provides transition assistance to workers and companies affected by permanent worker layoffs. The program’s Rapid Response Teams help companies and worker representatives develop and implement a practical transition plan based on the size of the layoff, the news release added.

Types of services include:

■ Pre-layoff workshops on a variety of topics, such as résumé 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, the news release added.

“The Department of Workforce Development has and will continue to support local communities by partnering with local workforce development boards to create rapid response teams that will help get affected workers back to work,” Frostman added.

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