Skip to comments.Former Hostess workers in Rocky Mount 'relieved' at plant closing (Can't get much dumber)
Posted on 11/16/2012 2:14:27 PM PST by tobyhill
Several former workers at a Hostess Brands plant in Rocky Mount said Friday they were relieved after the company filed for bankruptcy, seeking to close its operations.
The closings will mean the loss of about 18,500 jobs overall.
Theyve been holding this over our head for a long time and now its here, said Lamont Phillips, an oven operator and the president of the local union. They had to do it.
I dont have to deal with that anymore. The things that they were trying to do to us, it wasnt fair.
They always hold that over our heads, that theyll close it down. So, Im like, OK. Close it down.
And on Friday, Hostess did. The flag at a Hostess plant in Rocky Mount hung at half staff on Friday afternoon, and many former workers there hung around outside to talk about what had happened.
Hostess had offered an 8 percent pay cut, but Phllips said that wasnt going to work for the employees.
Were not making a whole lot of money out here and then we got to take a pay cut like that. Then you got your health benefits going up, he said. They stopped paying into the pension fund.
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I hope some of the non-union workers (the people who work for a living) kick Lamont’s goatsmellin’, greedy commie ass.
Yeah, evil hostess, expecting them to **gasp** actually do work! Now they get to sit home on their asses and collect Obama money. Winning! Stupid idiots.
Several former workers at a Hostess Brands plant in Rocky Mount said Friday they were relieved after the company filed for bankruptcy
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If ‘they’ are just referring to the fact that the job can’t be held over their head anymore, decent statement.
If that is NOT what they meant, then it appears the owner was running a Slave Shop, where the employees(???) were unable to leave and seek other means of self support.
The answer more than likely in the middle, till the Employer ‘kicks ‘em out’, the bennies will NOT kick in, now that they are ‘free’ from the shackles of work(?) they will be able to get all the free goodies.
I don’t know how this unemployment works any more, but I remember from my hiring days that at least the drawer had to openly ‘appear’ to be seeking work.
Of course, my stock answer to anyone showing up looking for a laborers job at 11AM (early for most) was “you be here at 6 AM and catch ANY of the dump trucks going to the job. Check in with me first”.
My ‘open rule’ was “One that shows up at 6AM, lunch in hand, work clothes on, had a job, very few questions asked”.
Since I didn’t ‘advertise’ it that way, I never had a lot of people I ‘must’ hire.
My SIL been out of work (combination of things) and I found something for him - mostly part time, but steady, his own boss and he could get about 400 per week dropping off newspapers in their truck. (Hrs 02-06 +-)
After not a whole lot of thought I was told no sense going off unemployment for that...Of course FOR someone really interested in working that is just something to get by on, allowing you to look for a REAL job during the day.
Of course 1939 has something to do with that train of thought and we all know us ‘old fartz’ are just plain stoooopid.
If that happens, my wife won't be going to the Wal-Mart except in daylight hours, with an armed escort.
Gee. I wonder if the company as a whole was in dire financial straights BECAUSE OF THE PARASITIC UNION WORKFORCE BLEEDING IT DRY?
It just took it this long to bleed out...
He used to make a lot of dough.......
Yeah, but don’t forget, he kneaded it too!
Obama/leftists supposedly lament the loss of “manufacturing” in the US of A, one of the prime examples of why jobs are leaving.
The whole community will be hurt by the plant closing, you morons!
...many other business that support Hostess will be be hurt or have to close.
They thin another company will buy it up and restore their pay and benefits. Seriously.
Welfare and food stamps.
“5000 idiots cost another 13,000 people their jobs. Not to mention the jobs that will be lost in the surrounding communities.”
First of all: HELLO, CC! Still holdin’ down the conservative fort in MI? :)
Secondly, we had a string of a half-dozen calls on local
(The People’s Republik of Madistan) talk radio today telling of how they or a family member is directly impacted by this company closure. All the way up here in little old Wisconsin. Go figger!
If Hostess is smart, and the unions haven’t completely bled them dry of operating cash, why not start up with the same products (they OWN those trademarks, correct?) under a slightly different name as a NON-Union shop? I would, but then, I’m kinda vindictive that way, LOL!
Did you see Browncoats Unite?
In a company that's declared bankruptcy (TWICE!), mind you. ;)
I saw two Hispanic ladies load up their shopping carts. The second paid with EBT, and when the balance exceeded what was on her EBT (I think the first one, who was older may have also used EBT), she whipped out an American Express card. EBT... don't leave home without it.
There's nothing prohibiting them from filing for UI benefits and HR won't waste it's time protesting the UI claims because they will have more important things to attend to..........
Union record keeping violations directed to Lamont...
Yep. What profits?
They were offered 25% stake in the company for a short-term 8% pay cut. They decided that Obama-Phones, food stamps and Section 8 were a better deal.
The unemployment was near 15% in one area. That means that there are no jobs.
We crushed the union ballot proposals on election day so that’s something.
I just read today that some 380 indirect jobs will be lost here in Michigan because of this idiocy.
Now, the Obama benefits start....stay home collect, say 70% of your salary, go fishing for a couple of years....why worry...
Quite a few crossed the picket lines to try to keep the company afloat. I would guess that those can draw unemployment.
I hope they mean “relief” as in “now we know which way it’s going, and we can respond to it.” Sometimes the not knowing is worse than the diagnosis.
Rocky Mount Senior High School
Rocky Mount, NC
Class of 1989
Twinkies could have survived a nuclear war, but did not survive unions.
A union strike is more destructive than a nuclear strike!
“Of course 1939 has something to do with that train of thought and we all know us old fartz are just plain stoooopid.”
I come from a long line of Old Farts, and I miss them every day as I pack my lunch and head out to work. :)
I am so very GRATEFUL to have had a Dad and, not one but TWO, Grandpas just like you!
*HUGE HUG* Thank you! God Bless You! :)
In other news, former Hostess employees today were awarded 18,500 Darwin Awards.
Well now he has all the time in the world to stay at home and get baked!
Stupid is as stupid does.
I guess I’m really stupid. North Carolina is a right to work state, is it not?
“In a company that’s declared bankruptcy (TWICE!), mind you. ;)”
I wonder what the compensation was for the execs.
I seem to recall that in the last 15 years lots of corporations were driven into the ground by execs who then bailed out with their own private golden parachutes.
If that’s the case here then I find it hard to care if they went under.
I don’t know any details so this may not be like that, but if it were the execs padding their own pockets while asking the workers to take a paycut then I think the stikers were justified.
Gee, I wonder who this assclown voted for?
Personally, I blame all this on Michele Obama and her stupid program to reduce obesity. She scared everyone off Twinkies.
Personally, I don’t eat them, preferring Tasty Kake myself. But if there are any left at the supermarket, I’m gonna stock up.
WI is kickin’ @ss these days! Republicans OWN our Governorship, House and Assembly, even though we helped 0bama win and foisted Tammy Baldwin (Lesbian Foremost, D, WI) on the rest of America to the Senate. BUT - she’ll be a little tiny fish in a HUGE pond filled with men who hate women anyway, so I’m not that worried that her name will be on any legislation within the next decade.
And as an ADDED BONUS, this week Governor Walker joined the swelling ranks of ‘united’ Governors who are saying “NO” to the healthcare exchanges. The Feds need to foot the bill...and the Feds ain’t got no monies to do so. Bwaa-Haa-Haa!
Happy, Happy ‘over here’ these days!
Now - can our legislature continue to GOVERN and LEAD like Conservatives? We. Shall. See. *SHRUG*
There’s a reason Barry met with the Union Thugs and these people aren’t worried and don’t care about the non-union/fellow Hostess workers are out of a job. Something was promised to them. (at taxpayers expense) Perhaps an Executive Order paying the Union Workers who lost their jobs striking, more than unemployment?
“I gets to sit HOME fuh two years for FREE on da Unemployment.”
This is just partial retirement for the Union Workers. Now they get Unemployment, plus food stamps, plus who knows what else, to sit home and watch TV all day for 99 weeks. You betcha they are happy.
Not for me, but if you are a lazy slacker, there are much worse things than being paid a small stipend not to work for 2 years.
They don’t want to work. Barackoclaus will give then dough to sit home on their lazy asses.
When the dough runs out? They will hit the streets and complain.
Usually, I don’t like rude posts. But yours made me laugh out loud.
Probably not- but this is coming from somebody who just read “The Twinkie, Deconstructed”. :)
I’d be willing to bet that not a single one of these “workers” will ever get a job again that pays as much as the deal they turned down.
Don’t forget OBAMAPHONE!
I don’t believe that they will get unemployment. The union members - that is. The other workers will.
(This is the only thing keeping me smiling about the horrible situation.)
Yeah we have a pretty solid hold on the legislature in Michigan despite our puddinhearted governor. I’d love to see our attorney general run for the top spot.
Just last week the legislature stripped the DEQ of the power to designate areas as special or otherwise off limits without legislative approval. Just a few months back they eliminated the state permit requirements to retrofit some small dams for hydroelectric.
From the Video, I would say they were not all that productive either. You are at the mercy of your workers. Great workers will get you higher profits. These look like type of workers that would do the least they had to not to get fired, and that’s about it.
Whoever buys the Hostess name and starts up again needs to do so without Union labor. An investor would be insane to buy them if the Union slackers come for the ride. Just insane.
You can see they are really looking forward to their 99 weeks of vacation.
Why would I want to hire someone who comes with built in hostility toward me and the company, who is going to bring in a third party parasite to suck the life blood out of the company through extortion to make me pay people I now can't fire more than they are worth?
Screw that and screw you. I'm going to go set up shop in a country that wants me to be there and then hire people who want to work for me.
That's not a choice I would have come to, I want to do that in my hometown. But, it is one you union workers force on those who might make the mistake of hiring you.
Here. Have a Twinkie.
“Where do I sign up for welfare...”
oh,...and an obamaphone?