Milwaukee pushes to help employees of closed Cargill plant

CREATED Aug 10, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- City officials are looking to help the 588 employees suddenyl laid off from the Cargill meat processing plant as quickly as possible. 

The employees still have two months of severence pay and benefits. Mayor Barrett says he wants those employees to find a new job as quickly as possible. 

"Whether you've been there a year, 6 years, or 36 years we know this is a setback for the workers and we're doing everything we can to make sure these workers can find additional employment."

This week, local officals are teaming up with specialty firms to hold orientations and job fairs to help find them comparable, or better, jobs than they previously held at Cargill.

Alderman Jose Perez says it's important to get the ball rolling for the employees as quickly as possible. 

"The opportunity is there, we want them to take advantage of it. we're working hard to collaborate and coordinate all these efforts so everyone can get the best information in the same place."

An employee orientation will be held Monday and Wednesday at Serb Hall From 8 Am to 5 PM. The job fair will be held at Serb Hall on Friday. 

Translators willbe on hand to assist.