The students, including many from medical and engineering graduate schools, said they were expecting a relaxing summer job and opportunities to befriend Americans. They were encouraged, they said, by the Web site of the council, which shows laughing students on a highway before a panoramic mountain landscape, promising a chance to "live your dream."
Instead, the students were dropped into the middle of a transformed American workplace, doing fast-paced production line and lifting work in round-the-clock shifts for wages of $7.25 to $8.35 an hour, under multiple layers of contractors. The students said they rarely saw American employees in their area of the plant, where they were packing Reese's, Kit-Kat and other candies.
Their cultural exchange has been an unlikely connection with the American labor movement. A group called the National Guestworker Alliance helped them to organize, and they were joined by leaders from the A.F.L.-C.I.O. and the Service Employees International Union.
"...students, including many from medical and engineering graduate schools...." What in the world was Hershey's thinking? If you are going to work people in a warehouse/plant packing candies, you have to really be honest up-front about what it's like to work a 40-hour week doing that. Just having them sign off on a statement saying they'd be lifting 40 lb. boxes really isn't enough.