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Chocolate Workers' Sit-down Strike

Type: 

Roadside

Hershey’s Chocolate Workers Local 1 (CIO) responded to a labor-management impasse on April 2, 1937 by initiating the first sit-down strike in Pennsylvania and in the confectionery industry. The strike was ended by strike-breaking violence and government mediation. The union lost two subsequent representative elections. In 1939 workers affiliated with the Bakery & Confectionery Workers Local 464 (AFL).

Dedication Date: 

09/10/2005

Location

Cocoa Ave. near Caracas Ave., Hershey

County: 

Dauphin

Latitude: 

40.28

Longitude: 

-76.65