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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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Hope and Change is a B!tch isn’t it?
Doesn't seem fair now that pot is legal in WA.
What morons strike at a bankrupt company??
Well, those food stamps can go for that other thing now.
Union morons apparently.
I wonder who got this union’s endorsement/cash.
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.
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.
Christensens 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
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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?
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Caterpillar Inc. will close its plant in Owatonna Minn.
Mount Pleasants 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
Gomers Fried Chicken in South Kansas City, MO
Kmart in Homer Glen, Illinois
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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
Now that right there is funny!!! I don’t care who you are!
HOORAY Hostess! Prepare. Persevere.
|Organization||# Laid off||Running total||Sector||Notes|
|Art Gallery of Windsor||12||1256||Art Gallery||Canada|
|Associated Milk Producers Inc||130||1386||Agriculture|
|Atlantic Lotto Corp||16||1574||Gaming|
|Bartikowsky Jewelers||25||1599||Retail||Business closure|
|Brake Parts LLC||75||1674||Automotive|
|Career Education Corp||900||3053||Education|
|Center for Hospice and Palliative Care||40||3193||Health|
|Commerzbank AG||6000||10493||Finacial Services||Cuts in Germany|
|Community Newspaper Holdings Inc||21||10514||Media|
|Crouse Hospital Syracuse||70||11279||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.|
|Ericsson||1550||14517||Consumer Electronics||Cuts in Sweden|
|Gameforge Berlin||20||14687||Online Games||Cuts in Germany|
|Hill-Rom||200||15897||Med Eq/Dev Mfg|
|Husqvarna||600||17124||Tools||Cuts in Sweden|
|Iberia||7000||24124||Airline||Cuts in Spain|
|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|
|Mississippi County AR||12||27605||Government|
|Momentive Performance Materials||150||27755||Chemicals|
|Murray Energy Corporation||48||27803||Energy|
|Penn Refrigeration||40||28518||Commercial Service|
|Pratt & Whitney Rockedyne||100||28684||Aerospace|
|Research in Motion||200||28907||Consumer Electronics|
|SAS||6000||34907||Airline||Cuts in Scandinavian countries|
|Smith & Nephew||104||35011||Med Eq/Dev Mfg|
|SRA International||222||35248||IT Federal contractor|
|St Jude Medical||300||35548||Health|
|Stryker||96||35644||Med Eq/Dev Mfg|
|Teco Coal Corporation||90||36354||Energy|
|The Commercial Appeal||11||36365||Media|
|TMX Group, Ltd.||100||36465||Finacial Services||Cuts in Canada|
|Umatilla Chemical Depot||34||37567||Defense|
|Welch Allyn||275||40944||Med Eq Mfg|
|West Ridge Mine||102||41046||Energy|
|Westinghouse||17||41063||Hi Tech Services|
|Wingspan Portfolio Advisors||459||41572||Finacial Services|
|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|
|Slidell, LA||Government||"Will try to spread equally"|
|Standard Bank Group||10||Banking||London|
|United Blood Services||10||Health||All staff|
Worker Reduction In Scheduled Time (to below ObamaCare threshold)
|Organization||% WRIST||# Affected||Sector||Notes|
|Darden Restaurants||Food service|
|JANCOA Janitorial Services||Janitorial Service|
|Papa John's||Food service|
Obamanation Communism File.
I saw an article earlier than a local company was getting rid of over 200. Wingspan something or other.
Yea, the workers should have hung in there for the boom in demand.
You already had it.
Third from the bottom of the first group 459 employees...
I just noticed. A lot of those are in Texas, too.
The private sector is doing fine. - Barack Obama
Well I guess the pay cuts ticked up a little...
Wonder Bread is a competitively-priced brand compared with other bread on the shelves and it’s among the bread products I buy.
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!
I just read the whole article and, yes, that’s the one!
Waiting for the executive order from the WON that makes all of these companies government owned and run.
I think the unions will do well (do a search for syndicalism), but there members are going to take one heck of a beating.
It’s starting to look like unions and waitresses (single women) are taking the brunt of Obamasizing so far. How did they vote again?
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......
Concessions or confections?
Twinkies have been in trouble since they started using HFCS.
But this is no joking matter.
Elections have consequences.
“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.
Never been to Seattle, have you? LOL.
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 !!
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..
Posted on Mon, Nov. 12, 2012
Hostess bakery walkouts threaten companys 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 Hostesss 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 thats 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 unions 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 wont work, Hummel said, if its just off the backs of their workers who make the least. Theyve just about made the job unworthy of saving. Theyre radically changing our lives. Why shouldnt we fight back?
“Twinkies are in jeopardy!!!???”
One more excuse for murder lost!
The only one who can save us now is God himself.