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The Hershey strike of 2002 was the first strike of Hershey workers since 1980 During the strike the Company and the Union had strengths and weaknesses that worked for and against them Some of the Companys strengths were that they have nineteen other plants operating and they could move production to them they also only had two plants in Hershey PA Some weaknesses of the company were that the public was mainly on the side of the workers and the workers were extremely united Some strengths of the union were their dedication to stick together and their public support Their weaknesses were that the company had other plants and the union members had more to lose by striking than the company did By talking to Mr Feaser the Chocolate Workers Local 464 Business Manager as well as by researching the situation I have gained an understanding of why the strike in Hershey happened and how it ended History Milton Hershey was born in 1857 in the town of Derry Church Pennsylvania He only attended school until fourth grade At the age of eighteen he opened his own candy shop in Philadelphia The business failed after six years In 1886 he started a candy making business called the Lancaster Caramel Company In 1900 Milton Hershey sold the Lancaster Caramel Company for 1 million With the money from the sale he built the worlds largest chocolate manufacturing plant It opened in 1905 The business thrived In 1909 with his wife he established the Hershey Industrial School to provide education for children whose families have been disrupted After his wife died in 1915 Milton Hershey donated his entire fortune to the school trust about 60 million During the Depression in the 1930s Milton Hershey kept men working by building a grand hotel community buildings sports arena new offices and other things Milton Hershey died October 13th 1945 and left the company under control of the School Trust
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