Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association / Proceedings of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers' Association forty-second annual convention November 15, 16, 1933 assembled in the Eagles Auditorium Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Horn, E. F.
Response, pp. 18-20 PDF (685.4 KB)
FORTY-SECOND ANNUAL CONVENTION 19 price such that a street worker out here would get a better price for the hours he is putting in. I was told this morning that somewhere up in the northern section a man is working for thirty-five cents a hundred pounds of cheese. He is getting a nice flow of milk but when it gets up to 20,000 pounds he has to hire a couple of helpers. That means the man next to him is eventually driven down to where he can't charge any more for his labors than this particular man. A uniform system of wages for cheese makers should be adopted. Most of you have been afraid to open your mouths and say anything. Time and time again you get into a small group and discuss these things. Yet when you can get up in front of a bunch of farmers you can't say a word. That is where you have got to say it, because they have been grinding you down as well as they have ground themselves down. They have been hiring these cheap men to turn out inferior goods and this is what is knocking Wisconsin down. And gentlemen, quality is what will keep Wisconsin in the cheese business. You have got to weed out those men. You can't continue that way. You are making a living but you are also sacrificing your health in those same factories. And you have got to, in some way, lay up for a rainy day, but you can't do it with that kind of a wage. Then comes another side of that story. The factory operator has one factory, possibly more, making cheese for a cent and a half, one and three-quarters, some for two cents, furnishing all his labor and the supplies. In the Journal this last week some cheese maker from somewhere asked Professor Sammis that particular question. I have a chance to rent a cheese factory at one and three-quarters cents a pound for making. Some of you possibly have seen that same item in the last week's Journal. You have been told time and time again by people who actually have the figures that cheese cannot be made for less than two cents, and stay in the business for any length of time. From the different associations we hear complaints right now that the bandages are too high, the boxes are too high. Are they really too high? I wonder. Isn't your making price too low? Possibly these box manufacturers and bandage manufacturers haven't had a profit for a long time. They actually used the capital laid aside in former years. You have gone ahead, some of you and say we are going to build our own box factories and bandage factories. Well, I will say be- fore you go that far, find out whether that man is charging too much. I am not a bandage manufacturer or box manufacturer but I know something about this, and the other man's business always looks as though he can make a greater profit than you can in your own. During this convention try to accomplish something in establishing some kind of an agreement whereby all of you can live up to and stick to charging ai price whereby you can remain in your business so that you don't have to be driven out of Wisconsin and go down to Illinois, Missouri, or anywhere else you may pick up a plant so that you can make a living. I know the conditions and I know the farmers' conditions. They
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