This is a really interesting article I found about Hershey's Chocolate in Hershey, Pennsylvania and the use of foreign students on a visa. The quote from Hershey's themselves reminded me of NH politics and some of the rationale and explanation that frequently goes on. An example my recent experience with H.B 218. and my conversation with the Dean of the Executive Council, Ray Burton.
In any case, and as an aside I've been to Hershey, Pennsylvania several times as a OTR truck driver. The place is absolutely fascinating in terms of the overall community and the sense of history that is here. I've encountered the company mentioned here, EXCEL which manages their warehouse operations; I've found them to be very professional, in my particular case I actually arrived with my inbound load over two hours early to my appointment time and not only did they accept the load early but my preloaded oubound was also ready so after after dropping my trailer in the yard and submitting my bills of lading to the receiver, I hooked the preload set the refer temp and made a quick departure.
This is how to make money in trucking, picking up and delivering loads. The same is true for the reciever, EXCEL it was a good business decision on their part to accept the load early.
It doesn't always work out this way, just like NH politics.... Especially the information part.
Foreign students walk off Hershey’s factory job in protest
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, theAP revealedthat 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.