On August 17, hundreds of student guestworkers from around the world were joined by unemployed American workers and labor leaders in a factory sit-in at the Hershey Chocolate Company packing plant in Pennsylvania.
The students paid $3,000-6,000 each to come to America this summer for what they thought would be a cultural exchange program. Instead, they found themselves packing chocolates at the Hershey’s plant in deeply exploitative conditions.
Their demands: end the exploitation of student workers at the Hershey’s plant, and make these jobs living wage jobs for local workers.
Stand with these brave student workers and the local workers they’re fighting for.
- Contact Hershey’s CEO John Bilbrey: tel. 717.534.4200, fax 717.534.6550, email email@example.com. Tell him you want dignity for student workers and living wage jobs for local workers.
- Post on Hershey’s Facebook page and tell them the same.
- Send the workers a solidarity message at Justice-at-Hersheys@guestworkeralliance.org.
- Contribute to the workers’ solidarity fund.