Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Harley-Davidson plant in Tomahawk to lay off 50 employeesSubmitted: 06/25/2020
Peter Dubois
Peter Dubois
Reporter/Anchor
pdubois@wjfw.com

Harley-Davidson plant in Tomahawk to lay off 50 employees
TOMAHAWK - Roughly 300 people work at the Harley-Davidson production facility in Tomahawk, making it one of the city's biggest employers. But in a week, at least 50 of those people won't return to work.

A spokesperson for Harley-Davidson released the following statement:

"As course of normal business, Harley-Davidson regularly adjusts its production plan and appropriately sizes its workforce. The company announced it will adjust its production volume, which will result in a workforce reduction of approximately 50 Tomahawk employees."


An anonymous employee sent Newswatch 12 the letter informing them they'd been let go. The letter states COVID-19 as the main reason for the company to need to make production adjustments.

In a message sent with the letter, the employee told us, "they are bringing back the temporary workers that they call casuals. They make around 7 dollars less an hour."

In 2016, the plant went through a similar layoff process where 39 workers were let go. The mayor of Tomahawk described the move "devastating" for the city at the time.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

Play Video

THREE LAKES -

Students and parents have been patiently waiting to hear from local school districts on what classes will look like in the fall.

Last night, the Three Lakes School District flipped the script, they instead took questions from community members to hear their concerns.

Educating is a stressful job, now imagine trying to plan a school year around a global pandemic, and combine that with answering questions from nearly 130 parents in one night. That's a day in Teri Maney's shoes.

"It was truly a listening session...this was laying the groundwork so people have an idea of what we're planning and thinking about at the district," Maney said. 

 Those plans primarily aim to have students back in the classroom full time.

 "That would be our goal to return on site five days a week," she added. 

But with COVID-19 showing no signs of letting up in the U.S. backup plans will be in place for any changes.

"Our next level would be a blended approach," Maney added, "We're keeping our primary focus on elementary students being on site and that might mean for our junior high and high school, a little shift of scheduling."

Three Lakes would then approach any positive cases in the district through guidelines from Oneida and Vilas county health officials.

"We also have a plan for if we would have a positive identification in a grade level, or a teacher, or if there's a teacher. We would not want to shut down the entire district," Maney explained. 

But if things don't go as planned, Three Lakes will be fully prepared for online classes.

"The last level, level four, that would be fully remote instruction."

The school board will vote on Monday night at 6:30 whether or not they will continue with the district's plan. 


+ Read More

THREE LAKES - On Thursday, August 20th starting at 10:00 AM the Demmer Library will be giving away 100 trees.

+ Read More

Play Video

WAUSAU - It's world breastfeeding week: a time to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

When it comes to getting a newborn the nutrients it needs, breastfeeding is the safest and healthiest option. They get everything they need to grow healthy and strong in their mother's milk.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says increasing breastfeeding could save more than 800,000 newborns every year, the majority being under six months old.

Newborns can also develop immunity to illnesses like colds from receiving breast milk.

And the benefits of breastfeeding aren't just for the baby.

Jackie Barnet is a lactation consultant at the Aspirus birthing center in Wausau. She helps new moms get ready to breastfeed.

She says mothers who breastfeed have a lesser chance of developing some cancers.

"Moms also have lots of benefits of breastfeeding. One of them is a decreased risk of breast cancer," said Barnet.

A decreased risk of ovarian cancer, heart disease, and type-2 diabetes are among the benefits. The practice also helps moms recover from childbirth faster.

The staff at Aspirus' birthing center have seen changes in the relationship between mothers and their newborn.

Now that the building has limited visitors because of coronavirus, mothers are spending more quality time with their baby.

+ Read More

MADISON - An oversight board is considering firing Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales after he ordered officers to use tear gas to break up protests over George Floyd's death, the last straw for members upset with how the chief has handled incidents since the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown in 2018.

+ Read More

DETROIT - Joe Biden's Democratic presidential campaign has launched a new national ad focused on Black Americans, urging them to stand up to President Donald Trump the way their ancestors stood up to "violent racists of a generation ago."

+ Read More

- Wisconsin Safety Council announced on Thursday that its 78th Annual Conference would be held virtually on Sept. 1 & 2. The conference - planned to be hosted in Wisconsin Dells - was moved to a virtual event following feedback from members and out of an abundance of caution surrounding COVID-19.

+ Read More

- The Grand Theater announced on Thursday that they will be postponing their 2020-21 Season and all other major events through November, as well as creating The Grand's Ghost Light Fund. 

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: