Skip to comments.Foreign Students Walk Off Hershey’s Factory Job In Protest
Posted on 08/18/2011 6:56:48 PM PDT by blam
Foreign Students Walk Off Hersheys Factory Job In Protest
By Liz Goodwin
August 18, 2011
Hundreds of foreign students on a State Department cultural exchange visa program walked off their factory jobs in protest on Wednesday.
The J-1 visa program brings foreign students to the country to work for two months and learn English, and was designed in part to fill seasonal tourism jobs at resorts and seaside towns. The 400 students employed at a Pennsylvania factory that makes Hershey's candies told The New York Times that even though they make $8.35 an hour, their rent and program fees are deducted from their paychecks, leaving them with less money than they spent to get the visas and travel to the country in the first place.
Some of the students were assigned night shifts, and said they were pressured to work faster and faster on the factory lines.
Hershey's said they didn't hire the students when the Times asked:
A spokesman for Hershey's, Kirk Saville, said the chocolate company did not directly operate the Palmyra packing plant, which is managed by a company called Exel. A spokeswoman for Exel said it had found the student workers through another staffing company.
Last December, the AP revealed that federal immigration officials were investigating two human-trafficking abuse cases related to J-1 visas. Strip clubs openly solicited J-1 visa holders in job listings, and some foreign students told the AP they were forced into sexual slavery when their passports were confiscated by a ring of criminals. About 150,000 J-1 visas were given out in 2008. Businesses save about 8 percent by using a foreign worker because of Social Security and other taxes they do not have to pay.
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Anyway, that's why I've been boycotting their products.
last tine I had a Hershey’s Bar was from rations many years ago
To bad, so sad, shoot along home now.
hunh. maybe they should hire Americans. Or is that illegal?
Send them home
"no M&M's for yo"
I can’t imagine them being “offended”. When I was a kid every job went just as I wanted. I never had to listen to a boss, get done on time, dress right, stay busy, or keep my work station clean. These people must be sooooo abused.
Tell mommy and daddy we expect a check in the mail....yesterday.
So how's that ocean view from a packing plant in PA?
So how's that ocean view from a packing plant?
2 word contest:
Simple solution = put them all on the first flight out of here to where ever they all came.
They should go home.
Perhaps there are some hungry, out-of-work Americans that would be very happy to have the employment.
Most jobs I had from high school to uni were mostly underpaying, miserable workplaces (except for the bodyguard and driver for the biggest escort service in the city back in college but that’s another tale :).
That’s the point these foreign a-holes don’t get. YOU START AT THE BOTTOM. After college or university, you move up the payscale and later on you become your own boss.
Then let the twerps go back to their mother country and earn a living wage plus pay for the college tuition. BRATS!
I think they sent some of the plants to Mexico.
Back when that happened, I bought a bag of Special Dark baking chips and got really sick from them.
I haven’t bought any Hershey products, since.
Send every one of them home on their own dime and take 400 chocolate loving Americans off the PA welfare rolls NOW.
And repeat the process with illegal immigrants...starting with the Kenyan!
What happened to the good old days when there were indentured servants?
Let the buyer beware applies to jobs too.
They should have read the contract carefully and did the math.