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Don't buy products distributed by Flowers Baking

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#1 Mar 1, 2011
They are closing the Bluefield store, saying it is old and they cannot afford to build a new one. I think the news said 160+ people will be outof a job. So, lets stop buying the products that they are shipping in from other areas. If OUR FRIENDS can't work, we don't need to buy products to keep the employees working in other cities.
For Real

Elizabethtown, KY

#2 Mar 1, 2011
Politically incorrect2010 I totally agree with you!!! I know I will not be buying their products any longer.
I KNOW

Bluefield, WV

#3 Mar 1, 2011
I agree and neither will I as far as I am concerned they can get their products off the store shelves here-and KEEP them whereever they are choosing to make them.

IF they choose NOT to support local people and jobs then we do not need to suppport the sale of their products.
Make or Take

Beaver, WV

#4 Mar 1, 2011
I ageee here are the products to boycott....

Nature's Own
Cobblestone Mill
Whitewheat
Sunbeam Bread
Bunny Bread
ButterKrust
Captain John Derst's
European Bakers
Blue Bird
Mrs. Freshley's
Mi Casa
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Unprofessional

Dallas, TX

#6 Mar 1, 2011
They sure didn't show any class in the way they went about doing things, that's a way to treat people who have dedicated 30-40 years of their life to ya.
hahahaha

Beckley, WV

#7 Mar 1, 2011
The thing with all this is that all of us have been buying products not made here anyway. Not all the products Flowers makes were baked at Bluefield. Only certain ones were. So we all were already not supporting locals.

Is it wrong to shut it down, yes. But from the press release it sounded to me moreso they wanted to get rid of the union and they were using the "old" building as an excuse.

I bet the reopen it in a few years without a union.
I KNOW

Bluefield, WV

#8 Mar 1, 2011
That could well be as many companies are wanting to get rid of theunions. However the way they handled it was really cruel to tell the employees today that Friday was the last day.I know they are giving a severance of some sort but a 30 day notice or even 2 week would have been more considerate of some that spent some 20 or 30 years there.
This proves lookout for yourself companies care nothing about employees....loyality means absolutely nothing.This is true of every company.

Since: Sep 09

Morristown, TN

#9 Mar 1, 2011
For Real wrote:
Politically incorrect2010 I totally agree with you!!! I know I will not be buying their products any longer.
I notice your location says Tn. Morristown has a bakery. This would affect their workers that service your area. The routes are not owned by Flowers, you will only be hurting the economy in your back door.
TOLD EARLIER

Murfreesboro, TN

#10 Mar 1, 2011
I can not believe that the workers were not told earlier. So after Friday they will not have jobs. That was just selfish of the executives not to tell these workers sooner so they would have a chance to find other employment or save. What about these workers FAMILIES.Do these people have no heart. I am disgusted at FLOWERS BAKERY. Hope all of you EXECUTIVES SUFFER.
TJC

Smoot, WV

#11 Mar 1, 2011
Executives never suffer... They make sure of that when agreements are made. They wont loose their homes, vehicles, benefits...Rest assured they are well taken care of. Just the middle class and minimum wage workers loose at times like this. Sad but so.
Yep

Nashville, TN

#12 Mar 1, 2011
I KNOW wrote:
That could well be as many companies are wanting to get rid of theunions. However the way they handled it was really cruel to tell the employees today that Friday was the last day.I know they are giving a severance of some sort but a 30 day notice or even 2 week would have been more considerate of some that spent some 20 or 30 years there.
This proves lookout for yourself companies care nothing about employees....loyality means absolutely nothing.This is true of every company.
You're absolutely right! This is proof that it pays to plan for your future. Meaning if you don't have the option to contribute to a 401k, you need to contribute to an IRA. There is no such thing as job security. Especially in today's economy. Bottom line, this is a shitty, low down, dirty way for executives to treat employees that have helped them pocket millions in salaries.
will

Bluefield, WV

#13 Mar 2, 2011
politically incorrect2010 wrote:
They are closing the Bluefield store, saying it is old and they cannot afford to build a new one. I think the news said 160+ people will be outof a job. So, lets stop buying the products that they are shipping in from other areas. If OUR FRIENDS can't work, we don't need to buy products to keep the employees working in other cities.
You have my total support!
sheesh

Beckley, WV

#14 Mar 2, 2011
Sheesh you people are getting upset. Yeah it was quick notice, but they have known it was coming now for a while. Everyone up there knew that once the union contract was up (in may) that it would be shut down. So they are doing it earlier. They are still gonna get paid till the contract would have been up. It really isn't a surprise. And it only affects the production workers. Not the truck drivers, or office, or delivery guys. Like I said, everyone knew it was coming. They have been laying off and in a hiring freeze for over a year.
mary kate

Bluefield, WV

#15 Mar 2, 2011
sheesh wrote:
Sheesh you people are getting upset. Yeah it was quick notice, but they have known it was coming now for a while. Everyone up there knew that once the union contract was up (in may) that it would be shut down. So they are doing it earlier. They are still gonna get paid till the contract would have been up. It really isn't a surprise. And it only affects the production workers. Not the truck drivers, or office, or delivery guys. Like I said, everyone knew it was coming. They have been laying off and in a hiring freeze for over a year.
all the families who lost income due to plant closing thank you for your ignorant opinion.
SSS

Oak Ridge, TN

#16 Mar 2, 2011
Sad they are losing their jobs around here but the truth is if we stop purchasing these product we will only push others out of jobs elsewhere. Think about the Bakery thrift store on the avenue, they are not closing if we stop purchasing product these fine ladies may lose their jobs. I for one will not stop purchasing bakery product from there!!!
Mommyof2

Princeton, WV

#17 Mar 2, 2011
sheesh wrote:
Sheesh you people are getting upset. Yeah it was quick notice, but they have known it was coming now for a while. Everyone up there knew that once the union contract was up (in may) that it would be shut down. So they are doing it earlier. They are still gonna get paid till the contract would have been up. It really isn't a surprise. And it only affects the production workers. Not the truck drivers, or office, or delivery guys. Like I said, everyone knew it was coming. They have been laying off and in a hiring freeze for over a year.
I love who people that don't know what they're talking about like to leave posts. It did NOT only affect production. My husband works there as a driver. It affected the drivers and office ppl as well. Only a few supervisors were offered a transfer. Also, their contract was not up until May 2012, and they are only getting pd until Aril 30th,2011. If everyone knew they shutting down the plant, don't you think they would have found other jobs?? Get the facts straight or put a cork in it!!!
lol

Oak Ridge, TN

#18 Mar 2, 2011
Why don't you boycott Wal*mart instead? Made in China apparently doesn't bother anyone.
Clueless and Heartless

North Tazewell, VA

#19 Mar 2, 2011
sheesh wrote:
Sheesh you people are getting upset. Yeah it was quick notice, but they have known it was coming now for a while. Everyone up there knew that once the union contract was up (in may) that it would be shut down. So they are doing it earlier. They are still gonna get paid till the contract would have been up. It really isn't a surprise. And it only affects the production workers. Not the truck drivers, or office, or delivery guys. Like I said, everyone knew it was coming. They have been laying off and in a hiring freeze for over a year.
Yeah we pretty much knew that when the contract was up that would be the end. BUT the contract was through May of 2012.. So to close 14 months earlier was very unexpected. And giving them a few days notice was ridiculous! They will not be paid for the remainder of the contract, only 8 weeks. My husband is an employee (until friday anyway) and this is heartbreaking... So please don't be so cold. This is our life. These are families you are talking about! It isn't just the employees tough luck, our children are greatly effected!!! Good Luck to ALL the employees and their families!
big bird

Bluefield, WV

#20 Mar 2, 2011
Mommyof2 wrote:
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I love who people that don't know what they're talking about like to leave posts. It did NOT only affect production. My husband works there as a driver. It affected the drivers and office ppl as well. Only a few supervisors were offered a transfer. Also, their contract was not up until May 2012, and they are only getting pd until Aril 30th,2011. If everyone knew they shutting down the plant, don't you think they would have found other jobs?? Get the facts straight or put a cork in it!!!
agree. this loss for the community is going to hurt alot of families. those who dont have a clue about facts please shut up.
ReHab

Beckley, WV

#21 Mar 2, 2011
I'm friends with a distributor and he told me that he wasn't surprised. He was pissed himself the way they handled the whole thing and figured it would happen sometime next year (he said too that the contract was up in 2012). But he said he has been hearing rumors for a long time and therefore wasn't surprised.

But he was totally surprised it happened this quick and like I said, how they did it. He said the high ups probably got a bonus for shutting it down before the end of the first quarter of this year.

Figures.

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