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Foreign workers for Hershey protest Pa. conditions
Associated Press ^ | Thursday, August 18, 2011 6:50 PM EDT | MARK SCOLFORO

Posted on 08/18/2011 5:13:51 PM PDT by Hunton Peck

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Foreign students working at a candy warehouse protested conditions and pay Thursday, chanting on Chocolate Avenue under streetlights shaped like Hershey's Kisses, arguing that they were employed under the guise of a cultural exchange but toil away in what amounts to a sweets sweatshop. The State Department said it was investigating.

More than 100 students gathered in touristy downtown Hershey, home to the nation's second-largest candy maker, complaining of hard physical labor, steep pay deductions for rent that often left them with little spending money, and no cultural enrichment....

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The students earn about $8 an hour, the same as their American counterparts, and were fully informed about the nature of the work, SHS spokesman Sean Connolly said. The company does not intend to fire the students for their protest, he said.

"We continue to discuss the concerns they have," Connolly said. "We hope there's a resolution."

The leader of the Council for Educational Travel USA, a nonprofit based in San Clemente, Calif., that also helped place the students, asserted that their motives weren't entirely pure.

"Somebody has been circulating a letter that they will get several thousand dollars back if they protest and be a part of this movement," said CEO Rick Anaya. "We have not gotten any cooperation from the kids. Somebody is promising them a lot of money in order to participate in this protest."

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The complaints began this year with two students from Central America who went to the state AFL-CIO, which referred the matter to the national office and the New Orleans-based National Guestworker Alliance, Bloomingdale said.

One foreign worker, he said, showed him a paycheck for 32 hours — at $8.35 an hour — that amounted to just $44 after state and local taxes and deductions for rent.

(Excerpt) Read more at centurylink.net ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: exchange; foreignworkers; hershey; protest
Another day, another protest. They're free to go home; they'd just rather stay and whine.
1 posted on 08/18/2011 5:13:55 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

a sweetshop?


2 posted on 08/18/2011 5:16:40 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: Hunton Peck

“and no cultural enrichment...:

TRANSLATION: they were not allowed to play mexican music while working.


3 posted on 08/18/2011 5:17:11 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: Hunton Peck
The complaints began this year with two students from Central America who went to the state AFL-CIO,

Because we all know how great work conditions and benefits are in Central America. Perhaps these ingrates should be treated like they would if they protested in Central America.

4 posted on 08/18/2011 5:18:18 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Hunton Peck
These particular wards of the state think they ought to be exempt from taxes, like the other democrats constituencies.

They didn't plan on paying in, they ony planned on taking out.

5 posted on 08/18/2011 5:20:06 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

I thought Hershey had shut these plants down and moved them
to S. America already....wasn’t that the story a couple years ago?


6 posted on 08/18/2011 5:23:15 PM PDT by Dem Guard (Obama's 57 States = The Organization of The Islamic Conference (OIC).)
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To: Hunton Peck

This is a bunch of BS. Did the AFL-CIO get contacted or was it the other way around. These union thugs hover all over places that trying to get into these things. I’ve seen it before.


7 posted on 08/18/2011 5:25:24 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Hunton Peck
Hershey employees thousands of illegals all over Harrisburg, nothing new about that.
8 posted on 08/18/2011 5:26:31 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Why the hell are foreign students working there when our unemployment rate is so high? I would say 9.1% but we all know that is a lie.


9 posted on 08/18/2011 5:27:00 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Hunton Peck

Nothing here Hersheys can’t fix with a suitcase full of $100 bills to the Democrat Party. How sweet it is!


10 posted on 08/18/2011 5:29:29 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Lazlo in PA
I would be more concerned that with the number of people unemployed why in the hell was this company hiring people out of the country.
11 posted on 08/18/2011 5:32:39 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: org.whodat

From what I read, these punks are part of some study abroad thing. My wife did it over in England. If you look at the picture, they look like a pack of filthy spoiled vermin.


12 posted on 08/18/2011 5:37:31 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Since when is working 32 hours/week sweatshop conditions?


13 posted on 08/18/2011 5:37:57 PM PDT by toothfairy86
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To: Hunton Peck

Hey Folks. this is the beauty of our capitalist system. If you don’t like the work or feel it to hard for you, QUIT. There’s no anchor in your a**


14 posted on 08/18/2011 5:39:23 PM PDT by woodenickel
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To: RitchieAprile

They DO look just like liberal spoiled brats who think that they should have everything handed to them and not have to even work, let alone hard work.?

Some communist union are certainly paying them or at least enticing them to protest. It IS the communist way to get everything that you can from those stupid Americans.


15 posted on 08/18/2011 5:49:15 PM PDT by lephantom
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To: Hunton Peck

I’d take one of those jobs!!!!
Room and board, all the fun at Hershey theme park and 44 bucks extra!!!!

I want it!


16 posted on 08/18/2011 5:50:44 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: Lazlo in PA

The leader of the Council for Educational Travel USA, a nonprofit based in San Clemente, Calif., that also helped place the students, asserted that their motives weren’t entirely pure.

“Somebody has been circulating a letter that they will get several thousand dollars back if they protest and be a part of this movement,” said CEO Rick Anaya. “We have not gotten any cooperation from the kids. Somebody is promising them a lot of money in order to participate in this protest.”


17 posted on 08/18/2011 5:57:14 PM PDT by thouworm (.)
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To: Dem Guard

The plant is by the park we saw it yesterday on our visit to Hershey. They did send the York Peppermint Pattie production to Mexico. This pissed me off.


18 posted on 08/18/2011 6:08:30 PM PDT by angcat (RUN SARAH RUN!)
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To: Hunton Peck

It is a recession. Hire Americans. Even loafer Americans can complain and strike after all, so these are not doing “jobs that Americans won’t do”. And no, I don’t miss him yet.


19 posted on 08/18/2011 6:27:46 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Maybe these jackasses should have done some on-line research on Milton Hershey. >PS


20 posted on 08/18/2011 6:33:33 PM PDT by PiperShade
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To: Hunton Peck
The students earn about $8 an hour, the same as their American counterparts, and were fully informed about the nature of the work

Are they not allowed to quit if they don't like it?

21 posted on 08/18/2011 6:41:07 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (The only problem some people have with tyranny is that they’re not the tyrant.)
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To: Graybeard58

As far as I can tell, it’s only Islam and the Mob from which attempted departure is routinely fatal. Maybe the AFL-CIO guy who put them up to this told them that’s whom they were working for.


22 posted on 08/18/2011 6:46:30 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck
So do they have student visas or work visas? You aren't supposed to work on a student visa unless it is part of a cooperative education program (work at the university might be excepted). There was a Belorussian student doing some of the grunt computer work for us (setting up PCs, doing backups, etc). We wanted him to work more hours, but there were limits because of the co-op program.
23 posted on 08/18/2011 6:50:16 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The Repubs and Dems are arguing whether to pour 9 or 10 buckets of gasoline on a burning house.)
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To: Hunton Peck

They should thank God they don’t work for non-union Nestle-Poland Spring like I did 15 years ago who would demand we work for free. “The guy doing the delivery route next to you is on vacation so you do his route as well, work that extra 12 hours for free so CEO Kim Jefferys can get his 7 figure bonus” and meanwhile I was taking home $400 a week for 22 hours work a day 6 days a week, and if I didn’t like it the told me to quit. We finally took them to court and won a class action for OT in which the lawyer took most of it and I went home with $800.


24 posted on 08/18/2011 11:41:49 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Mark Halperin - Learned the hard way what happens when you speak the truth on PMSNBC.)
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