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August 20, 2009

Boycott Hershey’s Products.

Filed under: Keystone United News — Douglas Myers @ 9:59 am

HersheyboycottWhile reading the local classifieds in the Harrisburg Patriot News paper this Sunday, I noticed that the local chocolate factories of central Pennsylvania – there are several – are beginning their employment search for seasonal help.  Mass production of candies for the holidays, Halloween through Easter, are soon set to begin.  With that in mind, I would like to remind you this holiday season to boycott Hershey’s Chocolate and Hershey’s Foods products.

Starting almost two years ago the Hershey’s Corporation has shut down several non-union plants in Hershey, Pennsylvania as well as Canada.  The company is outsourcing all the production to Monterrey, Mexico; hoping to shut down the remaining US/Canadian plants entirely.  Hershey’s has been met with some insurgence from the Chocolate Workers union and several local public boycotts, however, this has not delayed business plans of relocation.

Monterrey is located just outside the US border, below the state of Texas.  Obviously Hershey’s plans to manufacture products in the newly constructed plant for a fraction of the cost, only to ship the products back into the US at little or no change in retail selling cost.

The town of Hershey may not only have this heartening decrease in employment soon, but it will lose it’s rich heritage.  The heritage that is a product of the town’s namesake Milton S. Hershey.  The town where Mr. Hershey founded his company and school for orphaned children.  Shortly the amusement park, which was originally constructed for recreation for the factory employees, will be one of the last few things standing; casting its ever growing capitalist shadow, as it has helped change a small town into a money siphoning tourist attraction.

Hershey will remain the historic birthplace of the candies that many people remember enjoying since childhood and the memory tourists and the residents of  Hershey enjoy when the entire town smells of the sweet cocoa concoction.  Yet, the innocence of those memories will soon be lost.  The streets will no longer share that aroma with the bustle of factory workers coming to or from the plant; walking across Chocolate Avenue on their way.  After the factory closures, “the sweetest place on Earth,” a phrase Hershey’s uses quite liberally, will likely leave a bitter taste in the mouths of the thousands of workers who will be former employees of this once great American icon.

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10 Comments »

  1. Haven’t bought anything of theirs in a while, but I’ll make sure to pass along the info to everyone I know out here.

    I thought they had an agreement to keep some plants in Hershey open…

    Comment by COTransplant — August 20, 2009 @ 7:55 pm

  2. Last winter the Hershey plant in Reading got shut down putting roughly 1500 people out of a job

    Comment by MattPA — August 22, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

  3. The synagogue of satan that runs America appointed Obama to finally get this race war going so they can use it as an excuse to declare martial law: http://www.hdeanberry.com

    Comment by Dean Berry — August 23, 2009 @ 9:56 am

  4. `Preaching to the choir,lads, Hershey shut down a plant in Reading that made Peppermint Patties(my personal fave) and moved the union jobs south of the border. The “great American Chocolate Bar” hecho en Mexico? I think not. If you see someone buying one in the market,politely ask them to read the label carefully. NO TRICK, NOR TREAT! Buy American lads! These are our jobs! It’s OUR economy!

    Comment by Andrew — August 23, 2009 @ 8:18 pm

    • Everyone knows that outsourcing ruins the structure of the economy. Well, this specific example hits close to home and surprisingly a lot of people do not know about the outsourcing of Hershey’s.

      We plan to post a downloadable letter, in time for the holidays, that individuals can print and send to Hershey’s corporate offices explaining the disappointment in the business decisions and the further boycott of products.

      Comment by Douglas Myers — August 24, 2009 @ 11:16 am

  5. York Peppermint Patty “Hecho en Mexico”? I think not.It’s our economy.Not Pedro’s that needs an upgrade.They got thier hands full smuggling drugs guns and tequila into Texas. Leave the candy to the candymakers left in America.

    Comment by Uncle Meat — August 24, 2009 @ 6:36 pm

  6. BTW,it was closer to 650 jobs at the Reading plant,many of them union workers,sold out for pennies on their pension’s dollar.Another plant near Harrisburg/Hershey closed also bringing that total closer to 1200 jobs outsourced.

    Comment by Uncle Meat — August 24, 2009 @ 6:39 pm

  7. Labor Day is approaching. It is not just another holiday of rest for the weary worker,but that’s nice ,just the same. It’s also a good time to remind working men and women that the Employee Free Choice Act is still a very real option that could open a dialogue between mgmt and the “boys on the docks”. Go to and look for links and options. You all have a voice and a vote.Even if that vote is “NO” it still opens a door that can sit you down at the table to discuss what’s best for all concerned. Buy American,buy local,and,on the way to the MEGA Mart, stop off at that “Mom & Pop” on the way and give them a play.They have it hard too. Cheers lads.

    Comment by Uncle Meat a.k.a. Andrew — August 24, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

  8. Capitalism is giving his last kicks before it dies and fades away like a bad memory. It will be replaced by socialism, but not of the kind that you may find in the marxist books. This socialism will be inspired and based on the workers of a nation. In which factories that want to sell it’s product in the country should produce it’s products using the labor force of the country that it serves. Heavy taxation for all other factories that produce their products outside the country will be implemented. This is what THEY call protectionism, this is what as nationalsocialist we like to NATIONAL WORKER PROTECTIONISM.

    Comment by Der Angriff — September 4, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

    • Copy that.We’re the first ones to starve and the first ones to die. The first ones in line for that pie in the sky and we’re always the last when the cream is shared out….the workers are working while the fat cats about.(Woody Guthrie)

      Comment by Uncle Meat a.k.a. Andrew — September 4, 2009 @ 5:39 pm


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