What does this have to do with the election?<quoted text>
You really are funny.
A strike is a union's tool of last resort in the grand scheme of collective bargaining. Its the essence of unionization when faced with intolerable, or unfair labor practices, to stick together for the greater good of all.
No union wishes to "close up" their shops.
That isn't their decision to make. You're being completely disingenuous in suggesting that it is.
Union members going on strike are sending a message: Address our concerns, or we're prepared to stay home, or find other work.
If an employer chooses not to address those concerns, that's their decision. And closing up shop is only a secondary choice, one of several they could make after choosing not to address the concerns of their workforce.
Get a grip, man. The election's over.
Union employees don't just sit home. Some do, but many are out on the picket line making threats to anybody who crosses it. Trust me, I've crossed picket lines before to pick up or deliver products to their company.
No union wishes to close up their shop? Then why have I seen them do so many times in the past?
I remember one customer of ours. It was a printing shop near downtown. I learned that they were packing up shop to head down south. While on a delivery there, I spoke with a few of the workers who were on break sitting outside. I asked why they didn't accept the company's offer and opted to lose their jobs? They explained that's the union way. They may lose their jobs, but the union will find them another one. It was a small shop--no more than fifteen people working there, but their union DID opt to close the shop down.
Unions lose when that happens, but what they gain is a reputation for all other shops that have the same union. That's what I suspect with this bakers union. They are not just in Hostess, they are probably in many other baked goods factories as well. So now the owners or corporations who have these unions knows they mean business. They are willing to close a place down before backing down.