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Bakers’ Union kills the Twinkie!

November 14, 2012

Well another once solid company, unable to meet ridiculous union demands, is on the brink of shutting down.  Here’s the story thanks to RedState

Back in September, following acceptance by the Teamsters. the bakers’ union (BCTGM) at bankrupt Hostess brands—makers of the iconic Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder brand breads—rejected a company proposal to help keep the company in business. By a voice vote of its members, the union opened the door to conduct a company-killing strike and potentially putting 18,500 Hostess workers onto the streets.

 

Well, on Friday, the bakers’ union called its members on strike nationwide. Now the job cuts begin.

On Monday, Hostess permanently closed three of its plants, thanks to the union’s strike:

Hostess Brands permanently closed three bakeries Monday, including a plant in St. Louis where 365 jobs were cut, in response to a bakers’ union strike that started Friday.

The bankrupt maker of Twinkies and Wonder bread said it’s trying to avert liquidating the entire company, and it shuttered three plants that were no longer able to produce and deliver products because of picket lines. The other plant closures are in Seattle and Cincinnati, where a combined 262 jobs were cut.

“We deeply regret this decision, but we have repeatedly explained that we will close facilities that are no longer able to produce and deliver products because of a work stoppage — and that we will close the entire company if widespread strikes cripple our business,” Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn said in a statement.

In an unconscionable game of chicken, the bakers’ union is welcoming liquidation, according to Indianapolis union boss Dennis Howard, betting that another company will come along and buy the union facilities.

Hostess strike could lead to closures

Unfortunately, it appears the only thing the union’s game of chicken will accomplish is the putting of union members onto the unemployment lines once they realize their facilities are closed–permanently.

READ THE REST HERE

I love to see Hostess move its operation to Texas … a right to work state.

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  1. November 14, 2012 9:54 am

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  2. November 14, 2012 10:16 am

    Now insane is this? These unions are the reason that most companies have decided to outsource to other countries! Unions can be a good thing and certainly helped workers but now they are out of control as greed has set in and lifted all boundaries. I would love to know the number of lost jobs in this country that can be attributed to union greed. Unfortunately, the union leaders live the high life as they gamble with the livelihood of some hard working members! As Obamacare gets ready to take down small and large businesses everywhere, the last thing this country needs is greed filled, self-serving unions destroying the business that we do have!

    When are people going to wake up see this for what it is? I only pray that it is not too late.

    • November 14, 2012 11:05 am

      Marianne;
      A multitude of companies are either laying off workers or cutting their hours back to reflect “part time” labor. We’ve always equated “full time” workers with 40 hours per week. Companies figured by cutting back to 32 hours would save a lot of money not having to provide medical insurance to part time workers. The Obama regime has designated a full time worker as someone that works … 30 hours a week. heh heh … you have to get up pretty early in the morning to get one over on ol’ team Obama.
      Can you believe these union people? Will strike knowing it could possibly bankrupt the company and they will be unemployed … yet they go ahead! Unbelievable!

    • November 14, 2012 12:21 pm

      Save Twinkie!!!

    • November 14, 2012 12:23 pm

      ;)

    • AFVET permalink
      November 14, 2012 1:21 pm

      I know,…lets increase the welfare roles !
      Yeah, that’s the ticket.

    • November 14, 2012 5:23 pm

      Will strike knowing it could possibly bankrupt the company and they will be unemployed … yet they go ahead! Unbelievable!

      Or they could work for 20 cents an hour and go bankrupt themselves!

    • November 14, 2012 5:34 pm

      Why is it always an extreme with you John? No one says anything about 20 cents an hour. But obviously Hostess can’t afford $70.00 an hour + paid medical, dental, life, 100% pensions, company car, company cell phone, expense account, company credit card, 6 weeks paid vacation, 4 weeks sick pay, 2 weeks holiday pay at Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter, 6 months paid time off for maternity leave and all the other “stuff” unions demand ………………….. Which all is probably much closer to reality than 20 cents an hour.
      But now that you mention it … 20 cents is better than no cents.

  3. November 14, 2012 11:19 am

    The best is yet to come ! Just Saying Hi !

    • November 14, 2012 12:04 pm

      Oh yeah! I hope you’re doing well berry556!

    • November 14, 2012 5:24 pm

      Can’t wait until some of these companies start importing their labor forces from China or somewhere – – – it would save the expense of outsourcing, right?

    • November 14, 2012 5:47 pm

      Right , It could happen . The world has spun out of kilter some how .

    • November 14, 2012 5:50 pm

      Hmmmmmmmmm … good point. Hispanics are very good workers and like I said, Texas is a right to work state and I’d be thrilled to see Hostess move to Ft. Worth and hire no one but Hispanics. I’m sure Mr. Liming would love that as well as he’s a staunch believer in immigrants seeking a better life here in the United States.

  4. MaddMedic permalink
    November 14, 2012 11:38 am

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  5. November 14, 2012 11:50 am

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  6. coffeeandsleeplessnights permalink
    November 14, 2012 1:14 pm

    Reblogged this on A Lot Of Coffee and Sleepless Nights.

  7. AFVET permalink
    November 14, 2012 2:02 pm

    I like Twinkies.
    I say we impeach the twinkie in the White House.
    Hmmmm, do food stamps buy Twinkies ?
    Don’t mess with your base Barry.

    • November 14, 2012 5:28 pm

      I like Twinkies.
      I say we impeach the twinkie in the White House.
      Hmmmm, do food stamps buy Twinkies ?
      Don’t mess with your base Barry.

      I think food stamps might buy twinkies – – – but I am not so sure they would buy oxygen tanks.

  8. November 14, 2012 5:32 pm

    I know,…lets increase the welfare roles !
    Yeah, that’s the ticket.

    Why not?

    There are plenty of seniors who might be able to use the help one of these days.

  9. November 17, 2012 1:43 am

    It’s terrible what unions do to companies. Pay the shakedown or go out of business. They do the same thing to the workers, really.

    My husband read earlier that a company in Mexico is buying up Hostess’ assets, so they will no longer be an American company.

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