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Joy Global to temporarily lay off 100+ workers in heavy fabrication, welding department

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WEST MILWAUKEE -- Joy Global officials say they are planning to temporarily idle work in its heavy fabrication and welding department starting in late November. That means it will temporarily lay off 113 workers at its facility near Miller Park Way and National Ave. in West Milwaukee.

John Koetz, President of Surface Mining for Joy Global said the following:

Joy Global

Joy Global

This is the third rather large layoff to affect southeastern Wisconsin in about a week's time.

Joy Global

Joy Global

Last week we learned of an expected layoff from Caterpillar, and earlier this week, an announcement from GE in Waukesha.

The light workloads at Joy Global were a sign for employees like Chris Chapelle.

"We knew layoffs were coming and it was slow and bad. I was a little shocked they were going to close the whole thing down," Chapelle said. "It was very somber. I've been laid off. I've been there 40 years, and I've been laid off four times. A lot of the older guys have been through it before, but the younger guys haven`t really seen this side of what it's like in mining."

Chapelle says it's more important than ever for these workers to stand by one another and keep their hopes high.

Chris Chapelle

Chris Chapelle

"There's not a lot of other jobs out there in those fields right now, so it's going to be hard for them.  I'm hoping when conditions pick up, guys will be called back and be able to earn a living there. It's been a good place to work," Chapelle said.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development website is a helpful resource that provides information about the types of programs, benefits, and services that may be available to dislocated workers.

Chris Chapelle

Joy Global

Monitor FOX6 News and for updates on this developing story.

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  • You're Worthless

    It’s hard to stand by your own union “brothers and sisters” when Chris Chapelle has single handedly divided them between who he feels deserves jobs and who doesn’t. Start following the contract you negotiated and signed Chapelle, and stop stabbing fellow union members in the back with your deception and lies.


    A fellow union “brother”

    • Jim

      I would have to agree,Chris is a bobble head,(yes joy global,what ever you want) The union you have now should be called the Local 1114 bobble heads

  • grunt

    Thanks, radical leftists.
    Mining is evil, Gogebic Taconite is evil, their mine that would have helped the economically depressed area in northern Wisconsin and created the need for Joy Global’s services.
    Your liberal extremism has consequences, the latest of which is the loss of these union jobs.

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