Thursday, August 18, 2011
The New York Times reports on a very strange strike. The striking workers were foreign students holding J-1 visa who came to work for two months and travel for a while. They were working as temporary workers for a Hershey contractor in Palmyra, PA. From the NY Times description, they seemed to be wealthier students from poorer nations who had paid between $3500 and $6000 for the opportunity to come to America, practice English, make money for two months and travel. Some of the students were studying things like medicine in their home countries and did not go for being paid (after deductions for housing and fees) $200/week for manual labor.