Stop Supplying Captive Workers to the 1%
  • Petitioned Secretary of State HIllary Clinton

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Secretary of State HIllary Clinton

Stop Supplying Captive Workers to the 1%

    1. Petition by

      National Guestworker Alliance

On Aug. 17, one month to the day before the launch of Occupy Wall Street, hundreds of student workers from around the world occupied the factory floor of the Hershey's chocolate packing plant in Pennsylvania to expose Hershey’s corporate greed. The students had paid $3,000-6,000 each for a cultural exchange, but became captive laborers for the Hershey’s Corporation instead.

Hershey’s labor recruiter, CETUSA, was exposed in a front-page New York Times story as a temp agency that masquerades as a non-profit while luring students into captive labor through the J-1 visa program.

“You wanted a cultural exchange,” a CETUSA representative told one of the student workers at the Hershey’s plant. “This is America and this is the way we do things here.”

The U.S. State Department certified CETUSA to issue J-1 visas, leading thousands of cultural exchange students into captive labor over the course of years. CETUSA continues to operate in more than 50 countries, and is recruiting now for the next season of work.

Tell the State Department today: Shut CETUSA down!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Washington Post covers State Dept panic over J-1 revelations

      The Washington Post reports that Justice at Hershey's has sent the State Department scrambling to reform the J-1 visa program. Please spread the work that they need to start by shutting down Hershey's labor recruiter CETUSA!

    3. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Michelle Johnson SAN DIEGO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I was appalled when I learned about how these students were treated. This is like the treatment of Black people in post Emancipation. Its PEONAGE! I strongly encourage this administration to not just overall the J-1 program but bring charges on the company(ies) that participate in this modern day human slavery!

      • almost 3 years ago


    • Jacob Nevin FREMONT, MI
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is injustice. These are very qualified people being exploited for cheap labor at the expensive of their current and future well-being.

    • Anthony Long YAKIMA, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is not how we do things here! Congratulations Hershey's, you are a real embarrassment to our country. Shame on You!

    • Stephen Brummitt LENOIR CITY, TN
      • almost 3 years ago

      While I think that the VAST majority of the people in the "Occupy" movement are mindless Social pariahs who have no real idea what it takes to run a business, a country, or even provide for themselves, I believe that these folks truly have a legitimate grievance. They have pointed out a major injustice, which is more a hallmark of socialist countries, NOT the 'run of the mill' business practice of the average American businessmen, or of capitalism in general! Men's hearts by nature are evil, and this sort of thing is just a symptom of that fact.


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