National Consumers League

Helping the exploited students at the Hershey plant


By Michell K. McIntyre, Project Director of NCL’s Special Project on Wage Theft

As the nation's oldest consumer advocacy group, who's been protecting and promoting social and economic justice for workers and consumers, we were disturbed to learn about the exploitation the J-1 visa students experienced at a Hershey packing facility.  Since then we've sent a letter to the Hershey Company, partnered with various unions and explored ways to ensure that these terrible acts of exploitation are never repeated.
The International Union of Food Workers wrote a wonderful letter detailing the work unions have been doing to help the J-1 students and offer solutions to the Hershey staffing problem. Click here to read it.