A Union Destroying Jobs

A Union Destroying Jobs

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Cleavon Little

Since: Sep 12

Hilliard, OH

#1 Nov 12, 2012
By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, November 12, 5:17 PM

Hostess Brands Inc. is permanently closing three bakeries following a nationwide strike by its bakers union.

The maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread said Monday that the strike has prevented it from producing and delivering products, and it is closing bakeries in Seattle, St. Louis and Cincinnati. The facilities employ 627 workers.

Hostess, based in Irving, Texas, operates 36 bakeries nationwide and has about 18,300 employees. It warned earlier this month that the strike, by about 30 percent of its workforce, could lead to bakery closures.

“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 Brands CEO Gregory F. Rayburn said.

Hostess said customers will not be affected by the closures.

A representative for the union could not be reached immediately for comment Monday.

Thousands of members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike Nov. 9 to protest cuts to wages and benefits under a new contract offer, which the union rejected in September. Union officials say the company stopped contributing to workers’ pensions last year.

Hostess has argued that workers must make concessions as it tries to improve its financial position. The privately-held food maker filed for Chapter 11 protection in January, its second trip through bankruptcy court in less than a decade. Hostess cited increasing pension and medical costs for employees as one of the drivers behind its latest filing.

The company, founded in 1930, is fighting battles beyond labor costs, however. Competition is increasing in the snack space and Americans are increasingly conscious about healthy eating.
Obama 2012


#2 Nov 12, 2012
Hostess is no different than the Steel Mills, the Garment Industry or the Auto Industry. Once Unions demand more then more then more than any Company can afford the Company must go out of business.

Labor Unions don't have to worry about profits or the health of a Company they are consumed with one mission...GREED for more and more and more until the businesses and the Industry collapse.

Obamas mandate to restructure the American economy will have a chilling impact on millions of union and non union workers in the private sector over the next four years. Obama's mandate should increase unemployment in Ohio by at least 5% within the first two years.

Public Sector jobs are the wave of the future for American families. The other "Progressive" Countries, North Korea, Greece, and Cuba, have already transition.

Akron, OH

#3 Nov 12, 2012
O Bama Pie

Terlton, OK

#5 Nov 13, 2012
That Unions i belongs too is repressing me! i voted for o bama.. and his union promised me my in titlemunts. i aint gettin paid to stands out here with a sign in my hand. Mam o Man it's cold out hear!
Al Obamy

Columbus, OH

#6 Nov 13, 2012
O Bama Pie wrote:
That Unions i belongs too is repressing me! i voted for o bama.. and his union promised me my in titlemunts. i aint gettin paid to stands out here with a sign in my hand. Mam o Man it's cold out hear!
Mines union is repressin me toos. Dey makes me pays dem unions dews out o my checks when I needs dat moneys to pays for mines cracks and meths.

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