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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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To: blam

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: blam

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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To: blam

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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To: blam

Send them home


5 posted on 08/18/2011 7:01:09 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: blam

"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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To: blam

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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To: blam

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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To: blam
"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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To: blam
"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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To: blam
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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To: blam

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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To: pietraynor

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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To: blam
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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To: Baynative

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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To: blam

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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To: blam

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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To: blam

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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To: blam

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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To: blam
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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To: blam
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.

Welcome to America - lol
...kindof sucks to actually have to improve your lot in life without all the freebies and anchor baby stuff - huh...

21 posted on 08/18/2011 7:18:46 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Agenda21: Dept. of Life, Dept. of Liberty and the Dept. of Happiness)
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To: blam

GO HOME!


22 posted on 08/18/2011 7:19:32 PM PDT by struggle
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To: blam

Lots of Americans looking for work, and they can probably be pressured to speed things up.


23 posted on 08/18/2011 7:20:40 PM PDT by pallis
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To: blam

I work in the town of Hershey and they still have a plant here. Its smaller because they moved some of its operations to other states and Mexico. These nuts protesting need to go back to where they came from jobs are tight and even these crappy 8 bucks an hour should have gone to the locals.


24 posted on 08/18/2011 7:26:04 PM PDT by linn37
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To: blam

No problem with companies importing foreign slaves or indentured servants into the USA?

Interesting.


25 posted on 08/18/2011 7:28:28 PM PDT by sarasmom ( A Fine is a Tax for doing wrong. A Tax is a Fine for doing well.)
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Send the spoiled assholes back to where they came from.


26 posted on 08/18/2011 7:33:35 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been Redistributed. Here's your damn Change!)
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To: blam
Hardly indentured servants; there is something to be said for paying attention to the details and knowing what you're getting into before you get there. I rather doubt if these folks were forced to work at this plant.

With respect to the claim that they weren't earning enough money to cover their travel expenses - so what? This wasn't an employment program, it was a cultural exchange/learning program, and students generally spend more money than they earn in, say, work-study programs.

That being said, factories shouldn't be allowed into the hiring base in a program like this in the first place - doing grunt shifts at an American factory is not exactly going to win the minds and hearts of foreign visitors. Reminds me a bit of an old, old Simpsons episode, Crepes of Wrath, wherein Bart is sent to France as a foreign exchange student and ends up working as a drudge in a shady wine operation.

Hershey's chocolate, by the by, is much improved from what it was twenty years ago.
27 posted on 08/18/2011 7:37:55 PM PDT by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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To: blam

"SPEED IT UP A LITTLE!"

28 posted on 08/18/2011 7:40:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: blam

This is an overt effort to reinstate slave labor as an institution in america. Student ‘visas’ for factory jobs? They think american citizens are really stupid don’t they?


29 posted on 08/18/2011 7:41:32 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer
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To: blam

Doing more with less. Didn’t the rookie Hussein proclaim that?


30 posted on 08/18/2011 7:42:24 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: blam

Hmmm...hopefully there’s a Presidential Candidate out there that will clean “Bammy’s clock over jobs going to non-American Citizens....


31 posted on 08/18/2011 7:42:47 PM PDT by mo
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To: blam

I have some relatives who came here with genuine immigrant visas after a 10 year wait. They work at restaurants and the $ per hour works out to less than that. YOU START AT THE BOTTOM.


32 posted on 08/18/2011 7:44:41 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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They should be immediately terminated. You’re not a student, if you’re working full-time in a factory. Those jobs would be and should be filled by Pennsylvanians.


33 posted on 08/18/2011 7:58:32 PM PDT by Jenny217
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To: freedumb2003

Deported Now


34 posted on 08/18/2011 7:59:47 PM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Doogle

Hershey’s doesn’t make M&M’s....


35 posted on 08/18/2011 8:17:54 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: Oceander
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.

And right there is the gist of the problem. They can legally work them for 8% less than locals.

In Japan, foreign workers are much fewer in number (I was one of them) and actually grateful to the host country for the opportunities offered because companies have to pay them at least a 10% premium over what it pays to the locals.

36 posted on 08/18/2011 8:23:14 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

So? The J-1s don’t have to pay the employee side, either. And, quite frankly, it doesn’t make that much difference because what matters is not who writes the check, but who loses the economic value, when a tax is paid, and as numerous studies have found, the employees generally end up bearing the economic burden of the payroll taxes, regardless of who has to write the check to Uncle Sugar.

In other words, even though those employers don’t have to write those checks, they aren’t significantly better off in terms of wealth than the employers who do have to write those checks because, at the end of the day, it’s the employees who are bearing the loss of wealth that goes to pay those taxes.


37 posted on 08/18/2011 8:33:55 PM PDT by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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To: Vigilanteman
Just to put a little bit of money where my mouth is, this Heritage article mentions some of the studies that I mentioned and gives a reasonably decent summary of the complex issues surrounding the economic incidence of taxation. I'd recommend it for those who want to think about tax policy matters.
38 posted on 08/18/2011 8:39:19 PM PDT by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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To: Salvavida
So how's that ocean view from a packing plant in PA?

I'm sure they've seen Algore's movie, and thought global warming was in full swing over here, with the the ocean having risen far enough that white caps would be lapping at the city limits of Hershey/Palmyra, PA.

Oh well...there's always the Poconos come winter...IF there's any snow.

39 posted on 08/18/2011 8:49:27 PM PDT by moovova (“There is nothing wrong with our country,” Obama said in a speech at a Holland, Mich. plant.)
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To: blam

Send their little a@@ home.


40 posted on 08/18/2011 8:59:39 PM PDT by Anti-Christ is Hillary (If Moreen Dowd can call herself a journalist then so can I.)
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To: blam

We have around 25 million unemployed or under employed Americans and around 25 million illegals. Why in the hell are we still bring in more foreigners to work with special visas? This is flat out stupid by a country trying to kill itself.


41 posted on 08/18/2011 10:35:17 PM PDT by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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The students probably just wanted UNION healthcare and other benefits the UNION workers get.
That is the main problem Hershey is leaving PA... the unions are out regeouse with their demands for union wages and benefits for ALL union workers.

I live just outside of Hershey and remember the last rounds where the unin wanted to be the determiner of who works there and what they get paid.

High school kid who wants to push a broom or load boxes for $12 ab hour?
NO say the union, they get full Bennie's and the local insist they get full package.

Hershey does not run into the propblam outside of Hershey... so they leave.
The union is who procures union Job.

No signed up to the union???? NO JOB FOR YOU~!

42 posted on 08/18/2011 10:35:47 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: blam
The students probably just wanted UNION healthcare and other benefits the UNION workers get.
That is the main problem Hershey is leaving PA... the unions are out regeouse with their demands for union wages and benefits for ALL union workers.

I live just outside of Hershey and remember the last rounds where the unin wanted to be the determiner of who works there and what they get paid.

High school kid who wants to push a broom or load boxes for $12 ab hour?
NO say the union, they get full Bennie's and the local insist they get full package.

Hershey does not run into the propblam outside of Hershey... so they leave.
The union is who procures union Job.

No signed up to the union???? NO JOB FOR YOU~!

43 posted on 08/18/2011 10:36:26 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: blam

I’m glad I hate chocolate.


44 posted on 08/18/2011 11:03:12 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: WVNan

I wish I hated chocolate!


45 posted on 08/19/2011 12:10:52 AM PDT by jackieh
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To: God luvs America

...I know ,I live about 8 miles from the Mars plant that does..*smiles*


46 posted on 08/19/2011 2:36:35 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: blam

And what’s the unemployment rate of our own student-age population?


47 posted on 08/19/2011 2:49:03 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Jagdgewehr
Perhaps there are some hungry, out-of-work Americans that would be very happy to have the employment.

Hershey's and the related companies are actually laying off their own employees in order to utilize this cheaper labor. They've laid off over 500 employees over the past few years and expect t layoff that many or more over the next year or so.

48 posted on 08/19/2011 5:00:16 AM PDT by CT-Freeper (Visit CTF.org)
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To: max americana
Regardless of education, the process is the same.

*Get a job so you can learn how to show up, stay busy and please your boss
* If the job doesn't pay enough you learn what it takes to get promoted or find another job that pays more
* If finding another job that pays more is hard because of skills, you find a way to acquire the skills to land a better job

...and so it goes. But, for them who've never had a job or an interest in finding one the process never develops.

49 posted on 08/19/2011 6:45:30 AM PDT by Baynative (If the government was in charge of the desert , we'd soon have a shortage of sand.)
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To: freedumb2003
2 word contest:



50 posted on 08/19/2011 6:48:50 AM PDT by Baynative (If the government was in charge of the desert , we'd soon have a shortage of sand.)
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