Politics: Union intransigence and unrealistic expectations at Hostess Brands have forced the bakery to shut its doors permanently and throw 18,500 people out of work. So much for Big Labor caring about the little guy. A down economy and two restructurings in three years left Hostess, maker of Twinkies and Sno Balls, in dire fiscal straits. The company warned its workers, union and nonunion, to make concessions or everyone would go down in a liquidation. Instead, one union, the AFL-CIO-affiliated Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International (BCTGM), imagined the company was bluffing and went on strike.
hope those non working union members who follow thier labor bosses pay their union dues...after all, mr.trumpka has to get paid for his leadership...in the amount of $800,000 a year...while all the little union people are out of a job... sad part is those little union members think mr.trumpka is doing all this leading, for them...ha
My husband *was* a plant manager at the Hostess owned Merita bread plant in Rocky Mount, NC. I am stunned at all of the lies I have been reading over the past few days. A local union leader is quoted as saying the company took away their pension, when in reality, Hostess was no longer going to contribute to the pension. Hostess had been paying into pension funds of companies it no longer owned, and some it never did own. Food companies have a very slim profit margin as it is. The pension funding, and union wages, killed this company. To be fair, there had been poor management in the past as well, but those folks are gone.
Some employees did cross the picket line. My husband and I respect that, and our prayers are with them. They were the smart ones who did the right thing. Who strikes a company in bankruptcy? Idiots.
Trumpka has a larger salary than the POTUS! He (Trumpka) makes $800,000 a year. I wish I made 10% of his salary
FTA:"When are unions going to start caring about real jobs and real workers?"
Answer: Never. It´s all about power to these union thugs like Trumpka - they only want the dues to continue. Well, Trmpka and his cronies pushed too hard, and now the dues of 18,500 workers or however many really are union workers at Hostess will dry up. Ha, ha, ha.
Poetic justice would be that some day Trumpka and his buddies will have to file bankruptcy. I have no sympathy for unions. They are long past being necessary for workers´ safety (which supposedly was the original intent of unions.)
The 18,500 should camp out on the lawn(s) of their illustrious union leaders and demand "stuff". Kind of like Occupy Union Leaders. Trumka has a lot of stuff I´m sure he´d be willing to share with his fellow communists. Forward, Comrade.
Things are moving along nicely for Obama and his unions, as these evil white rich guys were forced to fall, leaving the unemployed ones behind them. Stay tuned, as this is just the first of many. The Obama plan calls for erasing the American Dream, which will be replaced with government obeisance .... I wonder how many of these employees voted for Obama.
I think that our Twinkie President welcomed the shut down of Hostess. Sends a clear message to companies that unions are powerful enough to put them out of business, so you better give in. President Twinkie set the NLRB loose on Boeing over a new plant in right to work South Carolina. President T was ready to keep the plant and its 2,500 well paid workers from opening to appease the union. Unlike a Hostess Twinkie with white inside, President Twinkie has red filling oozing inside.
Read another article where Union leaders and some members are bragging about closing Hostess. They claim this will scare all corporate investors and make them do the bidding of unions. Is that not the most stupid, insane bit of spin? I agree with one thing..it will scare corporate investors and keep them from investing in union run states. Come on down to Mississippi and other Right to Work states. We love business and industry here.
All of the traditional "steel mill towns" along the Monongalia and Allegheny rivers around Pittsburgh are populated with long term unemployed steelworkers today because the union told them their demands would be met. Towns filled with steelworkers with no factory to report to.
and of course all of these unions workers will not a problem finding work with their vast array of job skills.....what job skills you may ask...answer: NONE.
But when you buy the union lines then you´ll suffer the consequences unlike Trumka ( a round of golf today at the union country club followed by dinner with Zippy and Mooch followed by a serenade by Beyonce and Jay-Z) Life is good in the union world....err, unless you are a worker.
I think this is a conflated story of good ole fashioned capitalism at work on the one hand and greedy evil bastid labor unions simply making it happen a little sooner than it would have otherwise on the other.
I mean, who´s eating this stuff now? The folks made verklempt by childhood memories of eating Twinkies and Ding Dongs are the same people who now have to sort and load up their pill trays every morning with Lipitor and Avandia and Cardizem, et al. I haven´t had a Twinkie in 40 years, and it´s just not the sort of thing worth going Chick-Fil-A over.
There are gazillions of other options available in the supermarket now that moms can buy for their kids - and they are.
Capitalism put the Ding Dong on life support . . . the A-Effin-L & the See-I-Owe pulled the plug.
Fox reported this morning on some of the peculiar contract clauses. One was that a truck could not deliver twinkes and bread on the same run. That sort of thing is a leftover from the golden days of the 1940s. I also suspect that the various union contracts contain strong successor clauses. that is, unless a bankruptcy judge nullifies the union contracts completely, whoever buys a part or all of Hostess is legally obligated to keep the contracts in place. Finally, on Trumka´s pay - I suspect there is some hidden, deferred compensation tucked away for him. (The United Mineworkers constitution, by the way, requires that only a coal miner can be president of the UMWA. Trumka was never really a coal miner. His daddy got him a summer job in a mine while Trumka was in law school.)
The 19,000 jobless workers have only themselves to blame: none of them would cross the picket lines even after they received an order to go back to work, and a plea from the Teamsters Union yet.
Comrade Joe Trumka and the dummy that heads up the Bakers´ Union apparently were clueless as to what being in Chapter 11 (reorganization in bankruptcy) actually signifies. It means there´s no money, you fools. It means that Hostess was already in the hole, and has no money to pay for extra goodies for workers. Now they´ll be going into Chapter 7 (liquidation). Nice work, workers of the world!
One really enjoyable thing about this is that the evil "Bain-type investors" were actually all big Democrats, headed up by Dem totem Dick Gephardt -- remember him?
With unemployment compensation, food stamps, medicaid, Section 8 housing assistance, unearned income tax credit, etc., the laid-off Hostess employees will do quite well. They will also have plenty of time to sharpen their skiing, tennis, and golfing skills.
33, the Teamos warned the OTHER union members not to strike.They had actually seen the books and knew the corporation wasn´t lying. Their own people (drivers) did not join the strike. Didn´t matter - the bakers etc etc etc union called the strike anyway...
All other union employee`s who fall under the Trumpka Tower curtain can expect an increase in their dues next year to make up for the 18500 who lost their jobs. Unfortunately, the other fallout to this companies demise is taxpayers have to fork over millions in support for the laid off workers.
Second post apologies, but a needed legal clarification - In the private sector, under Wagner/Taft Hartley Acts, if an employer claims to be unable to pay as much as the union wants, the unions have a right to go to federal court, to get an order requiring the employer to open up their books. The Teamsters looked at the books, and saw that the employer was being truthful. The other union must not have looked... During baseball players association negotiations, back in the 1990s, George Steinbrenner, owner of the NY Yankees, but not even on the negotiating committee, said that the baseball owners could not afford to meet the demands of the players association. The players association immediately went to federal court, and obtained an order for the owners to open their books. (The proud hispanic woman now on the U.S. supreme court issued the order.) The dispute settled the next day. There are interesting accounting practices with professional sports teams, and there was no way the owners wanted to let the players association see those accounting practices.
People, people, people... this is nothing. Expect much more of this in the coming years as the socialism the self-loathing white liberals, blacks, and Hispanics have supported becomes reality. Dear fools, wait until you fully see what you´ve created!
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