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MADISON - The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) on Sept. 12, announced the formation of its new Workforce Committee designed to help the dairy processing industry recruit and retain high quality employees through competitive wage and benefits packages, targeted trainings, and outreach to the emerging labor force.

The WCMA Workforce Committee will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 12-4 p.m. at Emmi Roth USA’s Monroe plant.  Lunch will be provided, and those wishing to attend may register now on WisCheeseMakers.org.

“Cheesemakers — like all employers — are faced with a challenging workforce shortage that’s set to worsen as Baby Boomers retire,” said Rebekah Sweeney, WCMA Communications, Education, and Policy Director.  “With this new committee, WCMA aims to connect and support the industry’s human resources professionals, providing some of the tools they need to attract promising new employees and hold on to their best and brightest.”

The committee’s Oct. 23 agenda includes: a review of the current WCMA Annual Wage and Benefits Survey and consideration of changes to revamp the survey contents and method of information gathering, discussion of current training offerings and remaining industry educational needs, discussion of desired materials for the promotion of dairy processing as a career field, and consideration of the value of an Association Health Plan.

Visit WisCheeseMakers.org to register to attend the WCMA Workforce Committee meeting by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19.  

Questions can be directed to WCMA’s Rebekah Sweeney at rsweeney@wischeesemakers.org or at 608-286-1001.

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