International student workers and those supporting their cause brought their Hershey walk-out to Philadelphia today.
Ralliers gathered in Old City where they handed out “Justice at Hershey’s” fliers that explain the reason the student workers left their chocolate factory jobs earlier this week: “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.”
Labor law academics and the U.S. State Department are in Hershey today to review the claims that the student workers are doing exhaustive, strenuous labor for little money.
Students are demanding an end to the exploitation and want fair wage and labor standards.
Side note: NewsWorks Tonight Produce Shai Ben-Yaacov says the rally also happens to be anti-fracking. While you grab your Hershey flier, you can also snag a Shale Gas Outrage flier.