This year, the Obama administration vindicated the student guestworkers who occupied Hershey’s “student sweatshop” by shutting down Hershey’s labor recruiter CETUSA and fining Hershey’s subcontractors almost $300,000 for violations of federal safety and health law.
Hershey’s “student sweatshop” was just one of the facilities where Hershey’s employs student guestworkers. We expect a new wave of students to arrive to work at facilities like the Hershey Lodge and Chocolate World any day now.
On Monday, 3/20/12, Hershey’s board chairman James Nevels is going to give the keynote address to a conference of the 1% on corporate social responsibility.
Tell Hershey’s chairman: Talk is cheap. Real responsibility means signing a pledge to end exploitation and create dignified, living wage jobs for local workers.
If Hershey’s wants to restore its reputation as a good corporate citizen, then I call on you to:
- Pledge that there will be no retaliation against future guestworkers who organize to access their fundamental rights.
- Allow guestworkers to work with dignity and organize with freedom from fear. Sign onto the National Guestworker Alliance’s corporate protocols for U.S. guestworker employers to guarantee respect.
- Make all the "chocolate sweatshop" jobs at the Hershey’s packing plant in Palmyra, PA, into dignified living-wage jobs for local workers.