Unionized workers at two Hershey Co. hometown chocolate plants on Friday overwhelming approved a labor deal that could eliminate hundreds of jobs and leave just administrative offices in the original factory built by founder Milton Hershey.
Union members approved the deal because of the candy maker’s promise to expand and modernize its newer West Hershey plant across town and because of its threat to move the project and jobs elsewhere if the union rejected it, a union official said.
“I think the members thought it was the only way to ensure the plant would be built here instead of somewhere else in the United States,” said Diane Carroll, secretary/treasurer of Chocolate Workers Local 464.
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