Okay, so they chose not to work for less money. How are those employees doing today? Are they better off than when they had a job regardless of it's pay?<quoted text>
No, what I am saying is this is Hostess' second bankruptcy filing in the last 10 years. That during the first, the workers gave back $10 million dollars that wasn't reinvested but rather was used, in part, to give corporate officers 75% raises, paying its CEO $100,000/month. I am saying that Hostess had 6 different management teams over the last 10 years. I am saying that Hostess had stopped paying its employee pension obligations. I am saying that Hostess has been under the control of private equity firms whose business is to load a company up with debt, suck the life out of it and then close.
To suggest that the demise of that company is simply because a union chose not to make a second round of concessions is ludicrous.
I never said that the unions were entirely at fault for the companies problems, but they are at fault for virtually shutting the place down. See, in the non-union work world, you have no choice if your company is doing badly (for whatever reason) so you either work for what is offered to you, or you find another job. Hostess's problems are similar to problems a lot of companies have. My company no different.
My employer had a policy since he started the company: every employee gets a guaranteed 40 hours per week. During the heart of the recession, I and a few of my fellow coworkers realized that our company had no future because my boss was paying us to sit in parking lots all day long. We addressed my employer demanding that he only use us for the hours he needed us for and pay us accordingly. Forget about the 40 hour pay guarantee.
My boss resisted, but we finally talked him into it. Sure, it was tough living on 28 or 30 hour paychecks, but it beat seeing one or more of our fellow coworkers getting laid off or having the company shut down. What we did was a great help to my employer, but it wasn't enough. After a while, he removed the 40 hour guarantee for all employees--not just those of us who demanded it.
After things got a little better, my employer confided in me. He said that he was only two weeks from closing the company. He had exhausted all funds, and couldn't borrow any more money.
Now if we had a union, chances are they would have bled my boss for everything he had. Without a doubt, my employer would have closed the doors forever. And don't say that unions aren't that way, because we've lost customer after customer because unions refused to back down. The companies either closed or moved out of the state or country.