Hundreds of foreign students walk off hershey factory jobs

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    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.

    Foreign students walk off Hershey
     
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    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.

    Wow, Republicans come up with all the good scams.
     
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    Works for me.... end the program and ship them all home. I am sure there are plenty of people on welfare to fill the jobs.
     
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    I smell a rat in the story. Hershey Pa. isn't a seaside town. It's in the area that used to be known as the "rust belt" and unemployment it high.
     
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    It also recently shipped lots of jobs to Mexico.
     
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    Naah Hershey is in eastern PA.
    Been there.
     
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    Yup... Let Americans looking for work do the jobs....

    Plus, they already speak English....
     
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    This is the kind of crap that just kills me. WHY should be be doing any kind of exchange work programs when there are plenty of people here who need those very jobs. :cuckoo:
     
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    Plenty of willing, unemployed Pennsylvanians waiting for work... Shouldn't be hard to find replacements...
     
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    Common Questions | J-1 Visa Basics | J-1 Visa

    It's an "educational experience". College students in the U.S. often work at UNPAID internships. No one claims they were supposed to make a boatload of money. If they can't afford it (just like many American kids), then they should work in their home country (where they most likely would get less than $8.25)

    Hershey is going to have provide "outreach" to some of the unemployed here. Social experiment failed. It happens. A lot.
     

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