More than 650 BMO Harris Bradley Center employees will lose their jobs

Layoffs begin Aug. 10

When the BMO Harris Bradley Center closes in August, 45 full-time employees and 606 part-time employees will be out of work, according to a filing with the state Department of Workforce Development.

BMO Harris Bradley Center
Credit Shelly Tabor

The layoffs will begin Aug. 10 and are expected to be completed by Sept. 7.

“A few (Bradley Center) employees will remain to complete the actions necessary for the building closing and transfer of property to the Wisconsin Center District by Aug. 31, 2018,” according to the notice filed with the state.

Fewer than eight employees will remain after the transition to manage the dissolution and wind down of the Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment Corporation, a tax-exempt instrumentality of the State of Wisconsin. The entire facility will be shut down and eventually demolished.

The new $524 million Milwaukee Bucks arena will open just north of the Bradley Center in September. Construction on the 714,000-square-foot arena project is 95 percent complete. 

On May 7, the Milwaukee Bucks held a special recruitment fair specifically for the 606 part-time and seasonal employees who are losing their jobs, said Claudetta Wright, director of human resources for the Bradley Center.

Wright could not say if the Bucks are interested in hiring the 45 full-time employees.

No union represents the employees affected by the closing and there are no “bumping rights.”

Barry Baum, Milwaukee Bucks spokesman, said the Bucks have hired 11 full-time employees who had been working at the Bradley Center and have one offer pending.

When the BMO Harris Bradley Center closes in August, 45 full-time employees and 606 part-time employees will be out of work, according to a filing with the state Department of Workforce Development.

BMO Harris Bradley Center
Credit Shelly Tabor

The layoffs will begin Aug. 10 and are expected to be completed by Sept. 7.

“A few (Bradley Center) employees will remain to complete the actions necessary for the building closing and transfer of property to the Wisconsin Center District by Aug. 31, 2018,” according to the notice filed with the state.

Fewer than eight employees will remain after the transition to manage the dissolution and wind down of the Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment Corporation, a tax-exempt instrumentality of the State of Wisconsin. The entire facility will be shut down and eventually demolished.

The new $524 million Milwaukee Bucks arena will open just north of the Bradley Center in September. Construction on the 714,000-square-foot arena project is 95 percent complete. 

On May 7, the Milwaukee Bucks held a special recruitment fair specifically for the 606 part-time and seasonal employees who are losing their jobs, said Claudetta Wright, director of human resources for the Bradley Center.

Wright could not say if the Bucks are interested in hiring the 45 full-time employees.

No union represents the employees affected by the closing and there are no “bumping rights.”

Barry Baum, Milwaukee Bucks spokesman, said the Bucks have hired 11 full-time employees who had been working at the Bradley Center and have one offer pending.

Comments

  1. The Sheriff says:

    Seems all the hires from the Bucks have been from outside the existing organization, with very little from the actual city of Milwaukee.

    But yeah enjoy those free millions we gave ya.

    Talk about a class A screw job

  2. DAG999 says:

    It’s a shame…especially since public dollars are being used for part of this. You lay off the people with both seniority and higher pay, to hire new people for lower wages. Where is the public outcry? What are the MAYOR and the GOVERNOR saying about this? Will the State have to pay some sort of taxpayer assisted unemployment benefits to those laid off workers??? Granted, a new company that buys a private company sometimes does this (one local grocery store even did this when they built newer version of their stores). But in this case, this is a for profit organization using taxpayer dollars to make more money on the backs of employees and the taxpayers. And, it does not matter if these people are full or part time. It is just wrong. The Human Resources officials for the BRADLEY CENTER should be ashamed for not being able to work out a deal for more employees to transfer. And the billionaire owners and co-owners, like Wesley Edens, Marc Lasry, and the lesser owners like Giacamo Falluca (Palermo’s Pizza CEO) Gale Klappa (We Energies) and even Aaron Rodgers should be voicing objections against this.