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Hershey in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Chocolate Workers’ Sit-Down Strike

 
 
Chocolate Workers' Sit-Down Strike Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, April 12, 2008
1. Chocolate Workers' Sit-Down Strike Marker
Inscription. 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).
 
Erected 2005 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 17.084′ N, 76° 38.958′ W. Marker is in Hershey, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is at the intersection of Cocoa Ave. and Caracas Ave., on the right when traveling south on Cocoa Ave.. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hershey PA 17033, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hershey (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pennsylvania State Police (approx. 0.3 miles away); Milton S. Hershey (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wilt Chamberlain's Scoring Record (approx. half a mile away); Derry Session House and Enclosure (approx. half a mile away);
Chocolate Workers Local 464 AFL-CIO image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, April 12, 2008
2. Chocolate Workers Local 464 AFL-CIO
Marker is near the union hall parking lot.
Derry Churchyard (approx. half a mile away); Derry Church (approx. half a mile away); Derry Church School (1844-1904) (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hershey.
 
Also see . . .  Chocolate Workers' Sit-Down Strike - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 19, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyIndustry & CommerceLabor UnionsNotable Events
 
Hershey Theater Building image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, April 12, 2008
3. Hershey Theater Building
This building is across the street from the marker. It is one of many buildings provided to the workers by Milton Hershey.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 15, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,198 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 15, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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