GE Healthcare to cut state workforce by 2 percent

2012-11-16T15:23:00Z GE Healthcare to cut state workforce by 2 percentJUDY NEWMAN | Wisconsin State Journal | jnewman@madison.com madison.com

GE Healthcare said Friday it will pare its workforce in Wisconsin by 2 percent as part of an effort to “streamline its structure and reduce costs.”

The company has about 700 employees at its Life Support Systems plant, formerly Datex-Ohmeda, 3030 Ohmeda Drive. The plant’s products include anesthesia machines. A 2 percent cut would mean the loss of about 14 positions, but a spokesman for the company has not confirmed numbers or details.

“While GEHC regrets the loss of any job, the business needs to make tough decisions in the current economic climate,” the company said in a news release.

GE Healthcare said it will try to find other jobs within the company for affected employees. Those who cannot be placed elsewhere will receive benefits including “income extension aid,” health care coverage and job training reimbursement.

This will be the second job reduction for the Madison plant. An earlier cut was confirmed in April but no numbers were disclosed at that time, either.

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  1. Mea
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    Mea - November 17, 2012 2:23 pm
    In September, GE Healthcare pledged $32.9M for imaging research facility at UW School of Medicine. I'm sure it is money well spent, but it seems like some of that money could have gone to keeping some people employed. :-(

    Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/health_med_fit/ge-healthcare-pledges-m-for-imaging-research-facility-at-uw/article_72f2b20a-fde3-11e1-aa62-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz2CVsK99YJ
  2. Laudmauth
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    Laudmauth - November 17, 2012 8:46 am
    Read This Again. Then check the facts. Shake your head in dismay: All True

    GE is the company that pays such little in federal taxes, it ends up paying NEGATIVE taxes. GE, of all corporations in America, has the least to complain about when it comes to "regulations" and "binding taxes on job creators". The joke might be that if we reduced their taxes anymore, we'd owe them money...but its not a joke, and its already happening.

    Though, I guess, GE Healthcare is a little different, being the only offshoot of GE headquartered OUTSIDE the United States ('eloo, England!). Boy, I'd hate to guess which political party the CEO (in England) donated EXCLUSIVELY to this past election...can you guess? Yep, John Dineen, CEO of GE Healthcare donated exclusively to the Republican Party.

    So, let's sum up: GE has been the most tax-dodging unit in America for years, with Obama even upping the ante by naming Jeff Immelt the chairman of his jobs council. And somehow, this is now Obama's fault that one of the arms of GE, based outside the US, is cutting jobs in Wisconsin.

    Take a hard look at the business climate in Wisconsin, guys. Remember those polls just before the recall when 93% of company leaders in Wisconsin swore up and down they were planning on "hiring really soon, but were worried about the elections...". Wonder how honest that really was.

    Read more: http://host.madison.com/business/ge-healthcare-to-cut-state-workforce-by-percent/article_ccd6d382-3033-11e2-9c18-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz2CUWaznjQ
  3. WI_Retiree
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    WI_Retiree - November 17, 2012 7:19 am
    Very near.
  4. ButSiriuslyFolks
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    ButSiriuslyFolks - November 16, 2012 10:52 pm
    "Thank you, Obama?" Seriously???

    GE is the company that pays such little in federal taxes, it ends up paying NEGATIVE taxes. GE, of all corporations in America, has the least to complain about when it comes to "regulations" and "binding taxes on job creators". The joke might be that if we reduced their taxes anymore, we'd owe them money...but its not a joke, and its already happening.

    Though, I guess, GE Healthcare is a little different, being the only offshoot of GE headquartered OUTSIDE the United States ('eloo, England!). Boy, I'd hate to guess which political party the CEO (in England) donated EXCLUSIVELY to this past election...can you guess? Yep, John Dineen, CEO of GE Healthcare donated exclusively to the Republican Party.

    So, let's sum up: GE has been the most tax-dodging unit in America for years, with Obama even upping the ante by naming Jeff Immelt the chairman of his jobs council. And somehow, this is now Obama's fault that one of the arms of GE, based outside the US, is cutting jobs in Wisconsin.

    Take a hard look at the business climate in Wisconsin, guys. Remember those polls just before the recall when 93% of company leaders in Wisconsin swore up and down they were planning on "hiring really soon, but were worried about the elections...". Wonder how honest that really was.
  5. Hot Shot Pete
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    Hot Shot Pete - November 16, 2012 5:26 pm
    Merle and racedog48, I totally agree, we are an OBAMANATION!
  6. merle
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    merle - November 16, 2012 4:39 pm
    It's re-elected let the closings begin, the end is near people very very near
  7. racedog48
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    racedog48 - November 16, 2012 4:37 pm
    thank you obama

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