General Jim Doyle announced Sept. 4 his office filed a lien against
Consolidated Freightways seeking $3.4 million in compensation for
displaced state workers.
claims the Vancouver, WA-based trucking company violated the state's
plant closing law requiring companies to give a 60-day notice
before mass layoffs. It also claims the company failed to pay
wages due to affected workers.
on Labor Day it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
and canned 15,500 workers around the country. Workers calling
into the company Monday heard a recorded message from Chief Executive
John Brincko telling them not to show up Tuesday. Employees also
were told by the recording their "employment ends immediately."
state statistics show about 400 Wisconsin workers were out of
jobs as a result. Wisconsin's plant closing law requires companies
to give 60 days notice of a business closing or mass layoffs to
the Department of Workforce Development and the highest elected
official in any municipality affected.
seeks $3.4 million for affected employees, including $2.7 million
for violating the plant closing law and $700,000 in wages and
benefits due for the two-week period employees worked prior to