2011-09-15 / Local & State

Foreign Students Protesting In Hershey Stop At PSU

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Foreign students who walked off their jobs in protest at a facility that serves Hershey's chocolate manufacturer are traveling to speak about their experience.

The Centre Daily Times reports about a dozen students in foil hats shaped like Hershey Kisses shared their story at Penn State on Thursday. United Students Against Sweatshops organized the event.

The students say the work was so strenuous and low-paying that they couldn't see much of the country. They want to be reimbursed up to $6,000 each to cover their costs.

Nineteen-year-old Turkish medical student Karika Ozer said she and nearly 400 co-workers were underpaid and unfairly treated as they worked to package Hershey candy bars.

Hershey spokesman Kirk Saville said the students received one week of paid vacation to travel.

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