Slave Worker System Exposed
Mainstream Media Ignores It
When I saw a story come through my
email a few days ago about Hershey Chocolate company, I made a note to
read it, but I really didn't want to read or hear anything about
Hershey. In 2007, when they closed their factories in the United
States, laying off thousands of American workers, to move their
production facilities to COMMUNIST China and Socialist India, I wrote
Hershey as a traitor corporation to America. After a lifetime
of being a loyal and frequent Hershey customer, I swore I'd never buy
another Hershey product. And I haven't.
I finally got around to reading the story and lo and behold, there
was a "labor action" at Hershey's facility in Pennsylvania. Since
the story I got was from the SEIU, I wanted to find a story in the
mainstream media. I couldn't find one. I found old stories
from a 2002 strike in mainstream publications. But nothing on the
current strike. I did find the story on a couple of left
Alternet and Huffington Post and one on the
Economic Policy Institute website.
It's not surprising that the mainstream didn't report the story because
the details of the strike reveal the slave system that has been
established through the university system that is flying under the heading of education and
The Hershey company
"workers" who went on strike are
foreign students in the United States on
J-1 Visas. From an article on Huffington Post:
"The students had come to
the U.S. on J-1 visas for the summer to experience America and
improve their English. Instead, they claim they ended up working
stressful full-time jobs for a sub-contractor at the plant in
exchange for meager pay. Several of the students said they each paid
between $3,000 and $6,000 to come to the U.S., and that after their
housing costs were deducted they were taking home between $40 and
$140 per week."
Although the students worked
at a plant handling Hershey Company products, a Hershey spokesperson
referred questions this week to the company that runs the plant,
Exel Inc. A spokesperson from Exel in turn referred HuffPost to the
company that supplies the labor, SHS Staffing Solutions. And an SHS
spokesperson referred HuffPost to the non-profit that handled the
students' visas, the Council for
Educational Travel, USA, or CETUSA.
"Obviously, we want every student
to experience a
meaningful cultural exchange
during their visit," CETUSA CEO Rick Anaya said. "If that
is not the case, we will attempt to work with the students to see
what can be done in the limited time they have left in their
...Most of the students are set to return to their native countries
within the coming weeks, Boykewich said. The students mostly hail
from countries in Asia and Eastern Europe, including China,
Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Poland, and Romania.
Kevin Connolly, a spokesman for
labor supplier SHS, said that CETUSA handled the students' housing
arrangements. Boykewich said the workers each paid around $400 per
month for housing -- a significant cost for many of them -- and that
the $3,000 to $6,000 fees they paid to have their J-1 visas
processed through CETUSA was a "huge" sacrifice for students coming
from developing countries.
said many of them will not ultimately earn back the money they
shelled out to work in the U.S.
I did a search on Exel to see who
they are since I wasn't familiar with the name. It turns out
that Exel is
a British Corporation - actually, a corporation of
corporations similar to the way the COMMUNIST Chinese set up their
down for Americas Leadership) Interestingly, Exel bills
themselves as a logistics corporation.
I also did a search on SHS
Staffing. I finally found their
but they have such a big presence on Internet, it wasn't easy. It
so was big in fact, that I printed out the search so that you can see
how many references there are for SHS
Staffing. And the corporate website doesn't even have
information about the company. You have to follow the link about
one of their service lines - "On
Site Solutions" to find the CEO of the corporation. His name
is John Zentgraf.
There is a
CorporateWiki page on John Zentgraf that shows a connection to
Wharton Investments. Naturally, I'm on the trail so I did a search
on Wharton Investments. They don't have a sterling reputation.
There are lots of entries about a fraud case where they bilked investors
from the Philippines out of $65 million. Notice in the article in the
New York Times, they don't mention Wharton:
Investment Advisor Admits $65 Million Fraud Against Her Clients
But the SEC press release did mention them.
Nice people don't you think?
Great way to introduce young people to the United States.
This blog has an interesting
statistic in an article titled,
Whattaya Mean This Ain't No Cultural Exchange?
This major international embarrassment
brought a belated and tepid response from
the State Department that they were looking
into it—about what can be expected from the
moribund Obama administration (MOA) these
days on any issue, large or small. Palmyra
is, sad to say, just the tip of the iceberg.
The J-1 program has grown from 28,000 to
350,000 students a year over the past
half-century—most of them put to work at
tasks just as menial and exploitive as the
ones at the Kit-Kat factory.
Imagine—350,000 jobs a year in this
economy. Just what State is doing
taking all these paychecks, however
miniscule, away from American workers at all
in these depression days is the real
question—although fortunately for the MOA,
Republicans’ overriding antipathy toward any
sort of worker rights has kept them from
exploiting the whole mess.
So you need not wonder why
unemployment in the United States is so high. It's because
importing cheap labor under devious and deceptive means is too easy and
August 28, 2011