GE Healthcare is cutting 1.5 percent of its staff in Wisconsin, and the health industry giant's operations in Madison are expected to be affected.

The move is part of a corporate cost-cutting effort, spokesman Benjamin Fox said, in a written statement. He said the number of job eliminations is not available yet.

"As part of this process to streamline our structure, around 1.5 percent of positions will be affected here in Wisconsin. However, for those impacted, GE Healthcare will try to find alternative roles to mitigate any job losses, so it's not possible to say how many jobs may be lost," Fox said.

GE Healthcare has about 6,500 employees in southern Wisconsin, including around 685 in Madison at the company's Life Support Systems plant, formerly Datex-Ohmeda, 3030 Ohmeda Drive. The plant's products include anesthesia machines.

A 1.5 percent cut would affect about 10 positions. The job decrease already has begun; no target completion date has been disclosed.

One year ago, GE Healthcare announced similar job reductions affecting 2 percent of its work force.

Workers who are not placed in other company jobs will be eligible for benefits including health care coverage and job training reimbursement.

"While GE Healthcare regrets the loss of any job, the business needs to make tough decisions in the current economic climate," the company's statement said.

Judy Newman is a business reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.

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fact_based

Lynne4300 is a paid troll for the right wing. How much do you get per post?

AllAmerican11B
AllAmerican11B

fact_based,
Way of stay on topic there. By the way; look in the mirror when you spew such nonsense.

In Medias Res

Saywhatnow is correct. A good friend of mine lost his job there a year ago when his whole research group was eliminated due to corporate restructuring. Oh, wait...I'm missing a golden opportunity to blame it on Walker and his inadequate job creation. I'm not that fond of the Gov but somehow I can't quite distort reality enough to blame him for something he had nothing to do with.

saywhatnow

gretagarbo and Lynn4300xl, Before you go blaming someone or a group I would hope that you had done enough research to instead place them blame where it belongs. Sales isn't selling enough units. It's that simple. It's not Obamacare or the Unions. It's sales not selling and facilities not buying.

gretagarbo

Obamacare strikes again!

Lynn4300XL

Unions causing more job losses..
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everclear

Actually the people in Madison are training people from China so their jobs can be done in China. Plus GE does not pay one cent in federal taxes. Sweet gig Huh?

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