Letters to the Editor

Hershey workers want jobs, not pity

In response to "Pity the poor Hershey workers" (Oct. 1, Letters): Ninety-nine percent of the people that were and are still employed by Hershey really don't want anyone's sympathy. Hershey has given us a good severance package that will help workers who have been with the company a long time. Unfortunately, some will not get a long severance, but remain grateful for what they have been given. A few employees have complained. But the majority haven't.

We don't qualify for unemployment while getting severance. After severance, we must be willing to work -- and we are. Employees who want to take time off for emotional needs do so at their own expense. Losing a job is not a vacation.

Most Hershey employees came to the plant right out of high school. I have been here half my life. It's a family, not just a group of employees; we have watched each other's children grow, go to college, get married and have babies. We have been there when deaths have occurred. It is hard to say goodbye to people you have worked with and loved for 20 or 30 years. If you haven't walked in our shoes, don't condemn us.

We are a family, we are strong and we never needed your sympathy.