2011-09-01 / Local & State

Foreign Student Protesters Gather Signatures

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A group that organized a walkout by some foreign students working at a plant that serves the Hershey company says the students have gathered more than 63,000 signatures from supporters.

The National Guestworker Alliance said Monday the students who protested working conditions and low wages at a distribution center run by a Hershey vendor earlier this month are demanding a refund of fees they paid to come to the U.S. on J- 1 visas for work and cultural experiences. They also want the jobs they filled to be given to local workers.

The alliance says the students plan to deliver the petitions Monday to the office of Leroy Zimmerman, chairman of the Hershey Trust, which controls the candy company.

A call to a Hershey spokesman was not immediately returned Monday.

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