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Foreign Students Walk Off Hershey’s Factory Job In Protest
Yahoo News ^ | 8-18-2011 | Liz Goodwin

Posted on 08/18/2011 6:56:48 PM PDT by blam

Foreign Students Walk Off Hershey’s 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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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: culturalexchange; foreighstudents; foreignstudents; hersheys; j1visa; jobs; labor; protest; visaprogram
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I thought Hershey had moved all their chocolate making factories overseas...

Anyway, that's why I've been boycotting their products.

1 posted on 08/18/2011 6:56:59 PM PDT by blam
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last tine I had a Hershey’s Bar was from rations many years ago


2 posted on 08/18/2011 6:59:47 PM PDT by molson209
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To bad, so sad, shoot along home now.


3 posted on 08/18/2011 7:00:22 PM PDT by pietraynor (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. Ronald Reagan)
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hunh. maybe they should hire Americans. Or is that illegal?


4 posted on 08/18/2011 7:00:38 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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Send them home


5 posted on 08/18/2011 7:01:09 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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"no M&M's for yo"

6 posted on 08/18/2011 7:02:53 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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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.


7 posted on 08/18/2011 7:02:59 PM PDT by Baynative (If the government was in charge of the desert , we'd soon have a shortage of sand.)
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Tell mommy and daddy we expect a check in the mail....yesterday.


8 posted on 08/18/2011 7:03:38 PM PDT by mardi59 (Cl)
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"was designed in part to fill seasonal tourism jobs at resorts and seaside towns."

So how's that ocean view from a packing plant in PA?

9 posted on 08/18/2011 7:03:38 PM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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"was designed in part to fill seasonal tourism jobs at resorts and seaside towns."

So how's that ocean view from a packing plant?

10 posted on 08/18/2011 7:03:58 PM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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Some of the students were assigned night shifts, and said they were pressured to work faster and faster on the factory lines.

Oh the humanity!!!!

Walk off the job and walk their asses right on back to where ever they came from.
11 posted on 08/18/2011 7:04:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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2 word contest:

“go home”
“you’re fired”
“don’t return”
“freaking ingrates”

Anyone else?


12 posted on 08/18/2011 7:07:19 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Herman Cain 2012)
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Simple solution = put them all on the first flight out of here to where ever they all came.


13 posted on 08/18/2011 7:07:53 PM PDT by Mr. Wright
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Sounds bad.

They should go home.

Perhaps there are some hungry, out-of-work Americans that would be very happy to have the employment.

14 posted on 08/18/2011 7:09:29 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood)
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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.


15 posted on 08/18/2011 7:10:30 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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Then let the twerps go back to their mother country and earn a living wage plus pay for the college tuition. BRATS!


16 posted on 08/18/2011 7:11:48 PM PDT by tillacum
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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.


17 posted on 08/18/2011 7:12:00 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...clowns will eat me.)
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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!


18 posted on 08/18/2011 7:13:18 PM PDT by tarotsailor
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What happened to the good old days when there were indentured servants?


19 posted on 08/18/2011 7:17:33 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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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.

Let the buyer beware applies to jobs too.

They should have read the contract carefully and did the math.

20 posted on 08/18/2011 7:18:18 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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