Foreign workers for Hershey protest P...

Foreign workers for Hershey protest Pa. conditions

There are 39 comments on the ABC 27 story from Aug 18, 2011, titled Foreign workers for Hershey protest Pa. conditions. In it, ABC 27 reports that:

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.

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Enzo

Hershey, PA

#22 Sep 26, 2011
The Truth wrote:
I'm not saying that everything they do is justified or necessarily the right thing, but what corporation does make "all the right decisions". The town of Hershey would be nothing without Hershey and the companies attached to it. And to the person who said about not buying any Hershey products, well if everyone thought that way, do you realize how many people would be unemployed. If you look into any larger corporation, you will find something you don't like or things you feel are wrong.
Yeah, and most of the unemployed would be in Mexico! And you're right, the Hershey company built this town, but that doesn't mean they should control everything that goes on in this town! The township supervisors are puppets on a string! There are many towns built on one industry, but that don't give them the right to rule with an iron fist!! There is more than enough revenue around here, for small businesses to have a piece of the pie, but Hershey insists it gets it all, one way or another!!
The Truth

United States

#23 Sep 26, 2011
Enzo wrote:
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Yeah, and most of the unemployed would be in Mexico! And you're right, the Hershey company built this town, but that doesn't mean they should control everything that goes on in this town! The township supervisors are puppets on a string! There are many towns built on one industry, but that don't give them the right to rule with an iron fist!! There is more than enough revenue around here, for small businesses to have a piece of the pie, but Hershey insists it gets it all, one way or another!!
Everyone wants to say about Mexico, yes some of the production went there and no I wasn't happy about it either. But there are around 1000 people with Hershey East/West, about 900 at Reeses, 700 full time and up 400 hundred seasonal jobs at Exel Palmyra/Mechanicsburg. There is 3000 people alone. This is counting their facilities in Utah or Virginia. So as greedy as you think they are, they also employee more families locally than any other company. I do agree that things aren't the way most of us might like them, but the initial statement was about the exchange students and Hershey did nothing wrong in that aspect. And there isn't a lot of shops around "downtown" partially due to the fact that there are a lot of other small town businesses there already. So which is it, Hershey Shops or Small Family Businesses. Cause I'm sure if the put in more "downtown shops" everyone would complain that they are taking away the family businesses.
Enzo

Hershey, PA

#24 Sep 27, 2011
Who contracts the company that brings the exchange students here? Hershey Company! So to think that they outsource the contract, and then have nothing to do with it, is being very naive! And what I said about downtown is, they don't want private small businesses opening! That's why every time there's a property for sale downtown, Hershey buy's it! Why do you think Hershey bought Pumpkin World? To sell pumpkins? No because a company that owns water parks was interested.
Enzo

Hershey, PA

#25 Sep 27, 2011
Warrior Poet UG X wrote:
Truth makes sense. Better the devil you know than the one you don't know. Excuse me now while I go refill my bowl of Hershey kisses- yum.
Enjoy you're MEXICAN MADE kisses while I chew on my AMERICAN MADE M&M's YUM YUM!!!
The Truth

United States

#26 Sep 27, 2011
Enzo wrote:
Who contracts the company that brings the exchange students here? Hershey Company! So to think that they outsource the contract, and then have nothing to do with it, is being very naive! And what I said about downtown is, they don't want private small businesses opening! That's why every time there's a property for sale downtown, Hershey buy's it! Why do you think Hershey bought Pumpkin World? To sell pumpkins? No because a company that owns water parks was interested.
Have you ever stayed in a hotel or gone out to eat in a restaurant? If you have these same students work there also. Making the same kind of money and paying the same kind of bills. The only reason that the Hershey name got brought into this was because of the Unions and other organizations. And you want to say about Mexico, look around your house sometime and see how many things say made in the USA. Probably not too many so why such a huge deal about Hershey going somewhere else. Kind of seems hypocritical doesn't it??
Warrior Poet UG X

Madras, OR

#27 Sep 28, 2011
It is TERRIBLE that the Hershey company would use the money that it has earned to buy what it wants and bck the projets it wants. How DARE they use their own money without the permission of the people who live around them. They should share the wealth. Where have we heard that theme before?
Faith

New Baltimore, MI

#28 Sep 28, 2011
America owes these foreign malcontents NOTHING....not an education, not a job. They should use their meager paychecks to purchase one way plane tickets back to whatever third world rocks they crawled from under.
Jay

Sherwood Park, Canada

#29 Sep 28, 2011
Warrior poet has a definite sarcastic opinion. All over these posts he leaves comments. I bet he doesn't have kids. Thus all the free time eh. Cracks me up though and reading all the baiting comments. People go through phases... Warrior friend comment on unions I'd love to here your opinion. (Ps. I dont mean Soviet Union)
Faith

New Baltimore, MI

#30 Sep 28, 2011
Unions are a cancer on the free world. These trained monkeys single-handedly brought the US auto industry to its knees. They are too short sighted to realize they slit their own throats with every action. They feel it is an imposition to expect them to work after they had to go to all the trouble of showing up at their work places to begin with. The entire free world should be "right to work".
Enzo

Hershey, PA

#31 Sep 28, 2011
The Truth wrote:
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Have you ever stayed in a hotel or gone out to eat in a restaurant? If you have these same students work there also. Making the same kind of money and paying the same kind of bills. The only reason that the Hershey name got brought into this was because of the Unions and other organizations. And you want to say about Mexico, look around your house sometime and see how many things say made in the USA. Probably not too many so why such a huge deal about Hershey going somewhere else. Kind of seems hypocritical doesn't it??
BULLS!@%, I purposely look for things MADE IN THE USA!! Even if I have to spend a dollar more for it.Do you think Mr Hershey woukd have sent jobs to Mexico? So much for continuing his vision huh.
Madd1

Gardners, PA

#33 Sep 29, 2011
Enzo wrote:
Who contracts the company that brings the exchange students here? Hershey Company! So to think that they outsource the contract, and then have nothing to do with it, is being very naive! And what I said about downtown is, they don't want private small businesses opening! That's why every time there's a property for sale downtown, Hershey buy's it! Why do you think Hershey bought Pumpkin World? To sell pumpkins? No because a company that owns water parks was interested.
The compamy that contarcted the exchange students is third party logistics company named Exel. It was not Hershey that did that.
Sentinel

Moncton, Canada

#34 Sep 29, 2011
Hershey's used to have a plant at Smith Falls Ontario Canada. I remember reading some comments from Americans back then who thought this was "great...all production of anyhbting should be moved back to the USA...." etc

They closed that one down and moved production to Mexico.

There's the real winners of NAFTA.....Mexico.

I would prefer to buy my chocolate and other sweets made here or made in the USA but not Mexico.
The Truth

United States

#35 Sep 29, 2011
Enzo wrote:
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BULLS!@%, I purposely look for things MADE IN THE USA!! Even if I have to spend a dollar more for it.Do you think Mr Hershey woukd have sent jobs to Mexico? So much for continuing his vision huh.
Like I said before, I don't absolutely agree with the decision, but majority of companies outsource or buy stuff from other countries to make their products. Look at clothing or sneakers, pretty much anything. For pete's sake, the trinkets you buy if you visit the capital are even made in China. Most american flags, etc. I'm just saying if people are going to make such a huge deal about Hershey why isn't there such chaos about all these other "American" companies????
Warrior Poet UG X

Eugene, OR

#36 Sep 29, 2011
Jay wrote:
Warrior poet has a definite sarcastic opinion. All over these posts he leaves comments. I bet he doesn't have kids. Thus all the free time eh. Cracks me up though and reading all the baiting comments. People go through phases... Warrior friend comment on unions I'd love to here your opinion.(Ps. I dont mean Soviet Union)
Sarcastic comments are one of the most /powerful tools when dealing with pompous fools.

Unions are like dinosaurs. They might hve been needed once but not now. They have, through their wageparice spirals, inflated the U.S. right out of the world market in many cases. They claim they are for the worker but the worker NEVER makes up what he/she has lost during strikes etc. Their main purpose is to promote socialist ideas with the added feature that most of the wealth, instead of being redistributed, goes into the pockets of the big union leaders. If someone ever invents a vacine for unions the world will be a better place. The only things unions (and I have unfortuntely been in a few) really promote is incompetence and laziness.

At the present time the unions are promoting civil disobediance and revolution (listen to some of the leaders at present, such as Hoffa.
Jay

Sherwood Park, Canada

#37 Sep 30, 2011
Interesting, I live In Alberta and belong to the boilermakers union and currently work in the electrical union as a steward for Pcl, currently building mod structures for Exxons Kearl Lake project to extract bitumen for our American friends to refine in three different states. Thus Canada has given 18,000 jobs to the USA. When I left the military I was almost killed pipelining because everyone was either drinking or smoking dope ( came close to getting crushed ) The union provided a safe drug free environment with very well trained and good quality people you can trust.
Jay

Sherwood Park, Canada

#38 Sep 30, 2011
I've only been exposed to trade unions which are governed by collective agreements and constitutions. Constitutions will list what union officers make so I can believe any one around here anyways is stealing money or anything of the sort. No soprano type stuff here just farm boys mostly Ukrainian blood lines busting there but for an honest wage $44 an hour is journeyman rate with time and a half Fridays and double time sat and sun. Everything gets voted on so the peoples voice is carried by ballot. The government hates unions so they get audited with a magnifying glass. I've seen no corruption. I've seen govt buckle to foreign pressure to hire foreign workers from India and china and this has been pushed by companies like exxon and shell as better ways to conduct business. Thus taking many jobs away from north America and sadly their credentials are accepted by these companies but really they don't know squat. The Alberta farm boy winds up partnered with these guys and winds up doing his work too, but as canadians our nature is ridiculously nice. Just look at us giving Americans free oil and they still protest in Washington about it being dirty. State governors even want to charge a dirty oil tax! Wow not only free oil but make canadians pay to give it away. This is where my blood starts to boil and as most union people here are conservative not socialist as everyone outside the union think. I believe countries like India and china want to pay top dollor for it so give it them, and finance free university with the funds. I'm starting to ramble but u get my message. I do understand government unions are way different and full of complacency and long term unmotivated people, I married one ( lol she'd kill me if she heard that ).
Regardless u can make a good living and work in a racist free, safe workplace on all our jobs. If you wanna drag your ass your fired. That's why on average we make over $100,000 a year. Without unions the non union sectors would crash wages have no benefits and provide retarded nepotism everywhere. Nothing like watching the boses son who don't know squat graduate high school and become a manager the next day. With unions we set the standard. In Canada we fought and brought in free health care for all citizens, established employment insurance ( so when your out of a job you will get govt decent funds for almost a year ), and a welfare system because god knows single moms and mentally unstable or even crippled and sick citizens should not have to starve or beg to get food or a roof over there head. We understand all people are not playing with the same deck of cards so social programs are an acceptable expense instead of prisons or grave yards. I know most Americans disagree with Canadian views. But judge not yet ye be judged. I find it funny the us state department recommends wearing a Canadian flag on your backpack when traveling outside the states. Sounds like foreign policy is good for aggressive companies but not people.. Just saying...
Jay

Sherwood Park, Canada

#39 Sep 30, 2011
Oh ya and Faith I wouldn't hack on the man slapping your car together he had the sense to seek out a good paying job with benefits. Remember who manages and directs companies it's definitely not the union it's the boys in charge. The north American 3 got cozy creating a parts market with vehicles they say officially last for 5 years. The Asian persuasion new this weekness and made way better rides and strategized to let factories into north America manned by north Americans thus no tariffs and less discrimination because it's not made in japan anymore! Funny how people don't hack on Honda and Toyota no more. What are you driving? I recently attended a seminar where a berkley professor explained how without unions there will be a gap way wide with rich and poor. If nobody stands up and fights for a decent wage this so called global economy will have to pay u squat to be competitive with overseas 3 rd world countries. Enough from me... Just giving u my two cents...But I do respect your opinion.
Cossack

Sherwood Park, Canada

#44 Oct 1, 2011
This pro union stuff is what was intended for the States, but we've lost our way. Good to hear somebody out there has ethics and morales!! Good on you Jay!! Always been impressed at the "do the right thing attitude' coming from you Canadians. A great country that always allows Ukrainian immigration- god bless.
Cossack

Sherwood Park, Canada

#45 Oct 1, 2011
2 more weeks and back home to Texas!!! To cold up here!

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