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Hostess closing Seattle bakery; 110 workers affected
King5 ^

Posted on 11/12/2012 8:00:31 PM PST by chessplayer

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.

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.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: 2012; bakery; bholayoffs; carbs; democrats; hostess; layoffs; liberalism; obama; obamanomics; obamasized; obamasizing; ownit; seattle
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1 posted on 11/12/2012 8:00:37 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Hope and Change is a B!tch isn’t it?


2 posted on 11/12/2012 8:02:30 PM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: chessplayer
The maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs....

Doesn't seem fair now that pot is legal in WA.

3 posted on 11/12/2012 8:03:30 PM PST by Mike Darancette (I don't understand why the Boomers are so passive.)
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To: chessplayer

What morons strike at a bankrupt company??


4 posted on 11/12/2012 8:03:35 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Mike Darancette

Well, those food stamps can go for that other thing now.


5 posted on 11/12/2012 8:04:41 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Union morons apparently.


6 posted on 11/12/2012 8:10:25 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: GeronL

Union morons


7 posted on 11/12/2012 8:10:25 PM PST by NonValueAdded ("Our president ... makes big speeches packed full of little ideas" Charles C. W. Cooke)
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To: chessplayer

I wonder who got this union’s endorsement/cash.


8 posted on 11/12/2012 8:11:11 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: chessplayer
Twinkies are in jeopardy!!!???
9 posted on 11/12/2012 8:11:14 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt.)
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To: GeronL

What morons strike at a bankrupt company??


Unions. Well, now the union has put them out of work. But hey, at least the union thugs still have their 3 cars and a swimming pool.


10 posted on 11/12/2012 8:11:34 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer
The next four years are going to be hell for Unions...


11 posted on 11/12/2012 8:11:40 PM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: chessplayer

SINCE OBAMA WAS RE-ELECTED! 5 working days!

November 13 , 2012

NBCUniversal - 500

Dana Corporation - Warns Employees of Poss. Layoffs

Mississippi County Arkansas - About 12 Layoffs

TMX Group ( International ) - Plans to Cut 100 Jobs

November 12 , 2012

Update: Wingspan Portfolio Advisors - 459 Possible Layoffs

German news agency dapd -100 Layoffs

The Commercial Appeal - Another Round of Layoffs?
Airlines SAS ( International ) - About 6,000 Jobs Lost

_______________________________________________November 10 , 2012

Williamson Bicycle Works Closing at 640 W. Washington Ave Store, Wisconsin

Bakers Footwear Group Begins Liquidating 150 Stores Across the Country

-All Pool Products Plant in McKenzie Tenn.

Christensen’s Furniture, Charlotte, Michigan

Mountain West Research closed its call center in Idaho Falls

Blockbuster Video Store at 545 N.Telegraph Rd. in Monroe, Michigan

Fishbones General Store in Mount Vernon, NH?

Bartikowsky Jewelers in Wilkes-Barre, PA

The Red Oak Comfort Food and Pie Co in Bloomington, Illinois

House of Shalimar in Ithaca NY

Update: Target Store in Hickory Hollow Area Tenn.

Mike-sell’s Snack Food Co. is closing three Ohio distribution facilities - < 40 Jobs Lost

Richboro’s Patagonia Bar and Grill PA

The Party Warehouse closing 2 Stores Albany, New York

Holland Jewelers located near SouthPark Mall in Moline, Illinois

———————————————————————————————————————— November 9 , 2012

The Pizza Inn restaurant on Hughes Boulevard in Elizabeth City, NC

Waltz Pharmacy in Waldoboro ,Maine

Zac’s Place in Hinsdale, IL

Lone Star Steakhouse at 70th and O streets and Ruby Tuesday at 56th Street in Lincoln, NE

Career Education Corp - Closing 23 Campuses - 900 Jobs Lost, Chicago, Illinois

Handy Hardware to close its 2-year-old Meridian, Miss. warehouse

Shamrock Bar at Payne City’s Rose Avenue. in GA?

———————————————————————————————————————— November 8 , 2012

Caterpillar Inc. will close its plant in Owatonna Minn.

Mount Pleasant’s Albrecht Sentry Foods, Milwaukee , Wisconsin

The Target store at Manassas Mall, Va.

Millennium Academy in Wake Forest, NC

Target Closing Kissimmee, FL Location

Calgary’s iconic Rideau Music store ( International )

The Andover Gift Shop in Andover, MA

Grand Union Family Markets Closing Storrs Location ,CT

Movie Scene Milford Location, NH

Update: TE Connectivity Closing Greensboro Plant , North Carolina - 620 Layoffs Expected

Gomer’s Fried Chicken in South Kansas City, MO

Kmart in Homer Glen, Illinois

———————————————————————————————————————— November 7 , 2012

Fresh Market on Pine Street in Burlington, VT.

AGC Glass North America to permanently close its Blue Ridge Plant in Kingsport ,Tenn.

The Target store at Platte and Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Island Colors - A Carolina Beach Clothing Store,Carolina Beach, NC.

The Roses store on Reynold Road in Winston-Salem ,NC

Meanders Kitchen West Seattle location at 6032 California Ave: White Center Location Still Open

Bost Harley-Davidson at 46th Avenue North and Delaware Ave. in West Nashville TN

Townsend Booksellers in Oakland,, CA.

The Kmart store in Parkway Plaza off University Drive in Durham NC - 79 Jobs Lost


12 posted on 11/12/2012 8:12:05 PM PST by classified
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To: null and void

ping


13 posted on 11/12/2012 8:12:35 PM PST by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: Mike Darancette

Now that right there is funny!!! I don’t care who you are!


14 posted on 11/12/2012 8:12:41 PM PST by Jerry Attrick
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To: chessplayer

bump


15 posted on 11/12/2012 8:12:46 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: chessplayer

HOORAY Hostess! Prepare. Persevere.


16 posted on 11/12/2012 8:16:55 PM PST by PGalt
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To: AAABEST
Since the election:

Layoff numbers

Organization # Laid off Running total Sector Notes
AMD 400 400 Electronics
American Coal 54 454 Energy
Ameridose 790 1244 Health
Art Gallery of Windsor 12 1256 Art Gallery Canada
Associated Milk Producers Inc 130 1386 Agriculture
ATI 172 1558 Education
Atlantic Lotto Corp 16 1574 Gaming
Bartikowsky Jewelers 25 1599 Retail Business closure
Brake Parts LLC 75 1674 Automotive
Bristol-Myers Squibb 479 2153 Health
Career Education Corp 900 3053 Education
Caterpillar 100 3153 Construction Eq
Center for Hospice and Palliative Care 40 3193 Health
Cigna 1300 4493 Health
Commerzbank AG 6000 10493 Finacial Services Cuts in Germany
Community Newspaper Holdings Inc 21 10514 Media
Corning 100 10614 Manufacturing
Covidien 595 11209 Health
Crouse Hospital Syracuse 70 11279 Health
CVPH 17 11296 Health
Dana Holding Corp 7 11303 Automotive
dapd 100 11403 Media Cuts in Gemany
DuPont 64 11467 Defense Kevlar/Nomex plant. Planning 1500 layoffs 2013.
Energizer 1500 12967 Energy
Ericsson 1550 14517 Consumer Electronics Cuts in Sweden
Exide 150 14667 Energy
Gameforge Berlin 20 14687 Online Games Cuts in Germany
Groupon 600 15287 Consumer
Hawker Beechcraft 410 15697 Aerospace
Hill-Rom 200 15897 Med Eq/Dev Mfg
Hostess Brands 627 16524 Food
Husqvarna 600 17124 Tools Cuts in Sweden
Iberia 7000 24124 Airline Cuts in Spain
ING 2350 26474 Finacial Services
Kinetic Concepts 427 26901 Health
Lightyear Network Solutions 14 26915 Software/internet
Lower Bucks Hospital 30 26945 Health
Majestic Star Cassino 80 27025 Entertainment
Medtronic 500 27525 Med Eq/Dev Mfg
Mills Manufacturing 68 27593 Defense
Mississippi County AR 12 27605 Government
Momentive Performance Materials 150 27755 Chemicals
Murray Energy Corporation 48 27803 Energy
NBCUniversal 500 28303 Media
New Energy 40 28343 Energy
OCE 135 28478 Office equip
Penn Refrigeration 40 28518 Commercial Service
PerkinElmer 66 28584
Pratt & Whitney Rockedyne 100 28684 Aerospace
Providence Journal 23 28707 Media
Research in Motion 200 28907 Consumer Electronics
SAS 6000 34907 Airline Cuts in Scandinavian countries
Smith & Nephew 104 35011 Med Eq/Dev Mfg
Southeastern Container 15 35026 Consumer
SRA International 222 35248 IT Federal contractor
St Jude Medical 300 35548 Health
Stryker 96 35644 Med Eq/Dev Mfg
TE Connectivity 620 36264 Electronics
Teco Coal Corporation 90 36354 Energy
The Commercial Appeal 11 36365 Media
TMX Group, Ltd. 100 36465 Finacial Services Cuts in Canada
TurboCare 88 36553 Energy
U.S. Cellular 980 37533 Electronics
Umatilla Chemical Depot 34 37567 Defense
UtahAmerican Energy 102 37669 Energy
Vestas 3000 40669 Energy
Welch Allyn 275 40944 Med Eq Mfg
West Ridge Mine 102 41046 Energy
Westinghouse 17 41063 Hi Tech Services
Westinghouse Anniston 50 41113 Defense
Wingspan Portfolio Advisors 459 41572 Finacial Services
Wright-Patterson 115 41687 Defense
Yakima Regional Medical Center 10 41697 Health

Layoffs without exact number specified

Organization % Laid off # Affected Sector Notes
Boeing Defense, Space & Security 30 Defense Executive Staff
Dana "A large number" Automotive
EMD Millipore 2 Biotech
Plexus Corp Manufacturing
Saugerties, NY Government
SCA Paper products
Slidell, LA Government "Will try to spread equally"
Standard Bank Group 10 Banking London
United Blood Services 10 Health All staff
Wilkes-Barre, PA Government Firefighters

Worker Reduction In Scheduled Time (to below ObamaCare threshold)

Organization % WRIST # Affected Sector Notes
Darden Restaurants Food service
JANCOA Janitorial Services Janitorial Service
Kroger Grocery
Applebee's Food service
Papa John's Food service

17 posted on 11/12/2012 8:17:08 PM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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To: chessplayer

Obamanation Communism File.


18 posted on 11/12/2012 8:21:34 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: null and void

BUMP

I saw an article earlier than a local company was getting rid of over 200. Wingspan something or other.


19 posted on 11/12/2012 8:22:13 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Mike Darancette

Yea, the workers should have hung in there for the boom in demand.

LOL...


20 posted on 11/12/2012 8:22:13 PM PST by dila813
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To: null and void

lol

You already had it.


21 posted on 11/12/2012 8:23:22 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Third from the bottom of the first group 459 employees...


22 posted on 11/12/2012 8:23:45 PM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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To: null and void

I just noticed. A lot of those are in Texas, too.


23 posted on 11/12/2012 8:24:41 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: null and void

BTTT


24 posted on 11/12/2012 8:25:22 PM PST by paglia444
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To: chessplayer

The private sector is doing fine. - Barack Obama


25 posted on 11/12/2012 8:26:11 PM PST by CriticalJ (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But then I repeat myself. MT)
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To: chessplayer

Well I guess the pay cuts ticked up a little...


26 posted on 11/12/2012 8:29:18 PM PST by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: chessplayer
Well, there goes the 'Twinkie Defense.
27 posted on 11/12/2012 8:30:27 PM PST by QT3.14 ( USA: Likely only country in world history to adopt policies and laws that ensure self-destruction)
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To: chessplayer

Wonder Bread is a competitively-priced brand compared with other bread on the shelves and it’s among the bread products I buy.


28 posted on 11/12/2012 8:36:23 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: chessplayer

Hmmm... I wonder if that one on Dexter Ave. N. and Mercer Ave. just north of downtown Seattle has closed for the strike? It smells great when I pass by there!


29 posted on 11/12/2012 8:42:17 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I just read the whole article and, yes, that’s the one!


30 posted on 11/12/2012 8:46:06 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: chessplayer

Waiting for the executive order from the WON that makes all of these companies government owned and run.


31 posted on 11/12/2012 8:46:22 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: darkwing104

I think the unions will do well (do a search for syndicalism), but there members are going to take one heck of a beating.


32 posted on 11/12/2012 8:48:49 PM PST by Red Dog #1
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To: null and void

Hopey-Changey!!!


33 posted on 11/12/2012 8:49:10 PM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: classified

It’s starting to look like unions and waitresses (single women) are taking the brunt of Obamasizing so far. How did they vote again?


34 posted on 11/12/2012 8:51:01 PM PST by gore_sux (Al Franken - Preferred by Minnesota Educated Somali Pirates and Suicide Bombers Everywhere)
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To: chessplayer
What a shame. End of an era.

When I was a kid in Seattle, there was a baker who worked at this bakery who was known all around town for his quality. His name was Milton Walker. He was one of those old school craftsmen who just “knew” how to bake

Milt would put loaves of bread in the oven and then go for a little walk down the street to the harbor and Pier 16. By the time he got back to the bakery, the bread was perfectly baked. If he went to Pier 17, the bread was over done. Likewise, a shorter walk to Pier 15 meant under baked loaves. For this, he was reknown town wide. One of those things from a more simple time that was important to a city's character.

When he retired, a huge celebration was held for Milt. In fact, the City placed a plaque down at Pier 16, commemorating the fact that it was the Pier that made Milt Walker famous......

35 posted on 11/12/2012 8:52:41 PM PST by llevrok (I haven't left America. It left me.)
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To: chessplayer
Hostess has argued that workers must make concessions as it tries to improve its financial position.

Concessions or confections?

36 posted on 11/12/2012 8:59:22 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJvTOio)
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To: chessplayer
Hostess has argued that workers must make concessions as it tries to improve its financial position...Economics 101 is way over the heads of union worker-thugs in this country......
37 posted on 11/12/2012 8:59:32 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Conservative4Ever
"Twinkies are in jeopardy!!!??? "

Twinkies have been in trouble since they started using HFCS.

38 posted on 11/12/2012 9:12:02 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: chessplayer

Michelle’s fault!!

But this is no joking matter.


39 posted on 11/12/2012 9:15:37 PM PST by jch10 (7th generation Floridian)
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To: chessplayer

Elections have consequences.


40 posted on 11/12/2012 9:18:41 PM PST by WeatherGuy
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To: Mike Darancette

LOLOLOL.


41 posted on 11/12/2012 9:19:40 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: GeronL

“What morons strike at a bankrupt company??”

The unvarnished truth........”not only won’t we help bail the water, we’re going down with the ship!”

These fools deserve what they are getting.


42 posted on 11/12/2012 9:21:48 PM PST by Enten (I don't have islamophobia...I do have islamonausea)
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To: GeronL
What morons strike at a bankrupt company??

Never been to Seattle, have you? LOL.

43 posted on 11/12/2012 9:23:32 PM PST by WeatherGuy
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To: Mike Darancette

The maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs....

Doesn’t seem fair now that pot is legal in WA.

GOOD ONE !! I’d forgotten all about that !!


44 posted on 11/12/2012 9:25:07 PM PST by onona (Don't mean nothin)
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To: WeatherGuy

nope


45 posted on 11/12/2012 9:26:38 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: llevrok

ouch


46 posted on 11/12/2012 9:30:21 PM PST by onona (Don't mean nothin)
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To: chessplayer
Well ain't life sweet for you Libtards now.

And yes, I'm pounding the drum for ALL companies to leave Seattle, and leave all the
retarded scum sucking libs behind to rot in their own piss.


The consequences of Voting DemocRAT Sucks don't it..

47 posted on 11/12/2012 9:38:07 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: chessplayer

Posted on Mon, Nov. 12, 2012
Hostess bakery walkouts threaten company’s future
By DIANE STAFFORD
The Kansas City Star

Hostess Brands said it is permanently closing three bakeries nationally in response to a bakery workers strike and may decide to liquidate the entire bankrupt company.

The company reacted quickly to a walkout that began Friday at the Hostess bread plant in Lenexa and spread to two-thirds of its bread and cake plants nationally.

Employees struck in protest of a unilaterally imposed contract that the union called “horrendous.”

More than 200 members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union in Lenexa began a walkout Friday at the end of their shifts, the local said.

The strike spread over the weekend to thousands of workers at about two-thirds of Hostess’s 36 bakeries throughout the country.

The actions may pinch the supply of Hostess snack cakes and Wonder bread. Of greater impact is that company officials said Monday that they will close bakeries in St. Louis, Cincinnati and Seattle that employ a total of 627 workers.

Hostess Brands chief executive Gregory F. Rayburn said the Irving, Texas-based company regrets the 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.”

The bakery workers union said the contract would cut wages and benefits by 27 to 32 percent, including an immediate 8 percent wage cut.

Hostess, which makes Twinkies, Wonder Bread and Ding Dongs, filed for Chapter 11 protection in January. That was its second bankruptcy petition; the first was in 2004. In reorganization, the company has closed 21 plants and eliminated thousands of jobs.

For many years, the company had headquarters in Kansas City and was known as Interstate Bakeries.

In the latest bankruptcy filing, Hostess listed assets of $982 million against liabilities totaling $1.43 billion.

The Teamsters Union, which represents truck drivers at the bakeries, told its members who encounter bakery picket lines to contact their local unions for instruction about whether to cross the bakery workers’ lines.

“Any decision for the union to sanction or honor a picket line would have to be in compliance with local contracts,” the national Teamsters organization said.

Teamster officers at Local 955 in Kansas City were not available Monday to comment.

About 7,500 Teamsters work for Hostess Brands nationally. That union narrowly approved an 8 percent wage cut and a 17 percent cut in benefits in September.

A U.S. bankruptcy court in White Plains, N.Y., imposed those concessions on some members of the bakery workers union, who voted down the contract.

Union officials said the company stopped contributing to the workers’ pensions last year, and 92 percent of union members voted to reject the contract in September. A bankruptcy court judge allowed the company to force the union to accept the new collective bargaining agreement.

“Hostess Brands is making a mockery of the labor relations system that has been in place for nearly 100 years,” said Frank Hurt, international president of the union.

Hostess said in a prepared statement that “a widespread strike will cause Hostess Brands to liquidate if we are unable to produce or deliver products. If that’s the case, the company will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,300-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders.”

The company statement said that “we know the concessions are tough, but it would make more sense for unhappy employees to simply leave the company voluntarily than to strike and cause the company to close down, forcing everyone to lose their jobs.”

About 64 percent of the Hostess Brands workforce are non-union or work for other unions than the bakery union, the company said. About 5,680 employees are represented by the bakery union.

Mike Hummel, a union member who works at the Lenexa plant, said that because of the union’s concessions, his pay has plummeted from a peak of $48,000 to $34,000 last year and an expected $30,000 this year.

A turnaround won’t work, Hummel said, if it’s just “off the backs of their workers who make the least. … They’ve just about made the job unworthy of saving. They’re radically changing our lives. Why shouldn’t we fight back?”


48 posted on 11/12/2012 9:39:27 PM PST by peggybac (Hope and Change has become Divide and Conquer)
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To: Conservative4Ever

“Twinkies are in jeopardy!!!???”

One more excuse for murder lost!


49 posted on 11/12/2012 9:42:39 PM PST by dalereed
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To: chessplayer
There's no Twinkie the Kid that's going to come to the rescue either.

The only one who can save us now is God himself.

50 posted on 11/12/2012 9:53:34 PM PST by Smittie
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