Skip to comments.BCTGM 'Extremely Disappointed' by Reports Hostess Brands Buyer Will Not Hire Union Members
Posted on 04/27/2013 2:25:51 PM PDT by mdittmar
Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) issued a statement today, responding to the sale of the iconic Twinkies brand.
In response to Metropoulos & Co. CEO C. Dean Metropoulos' statement to The Wall Street Journal that the company will not hire union workers when reopening four former Hostess Brands bakeries, BCTGM International President David B. Durkee issued the following statement on behalf of all BCTGM members:
The BCTGM is pleased to see that Hostess Brands LLC, the newly formed snack cake company created by Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co, has announced that it will be reopening four Hostess bakeries to produce the iconic Hostess cake brands. Those four successful cake plants were represented by the BCTGM for many years under former Hostess ownership.
However, we are extremely disappointed to see negative statements from company executives about the union status of its future employees. Ideally, we would like to see as many of our members hired as possible. We believe their combination of experience, dedication and know-how will give the new owners the chance to get high quality snack cakes back in the marketplace.
Federal labor law governing the hiring process and the obligations for the employer and the rights of the future employees in this situation is quite definitive. We expect that the new owners will respect the statutory rights of all workers during the hiring, startup and future of this new company.
The BCTGM remains focused on ensuring that the new Hostess Brands ownership understands that the snack cakes at the center of this new company are inextricably linked to the hands that make themand have made them for generations. We know that our workers have a critical role to play in protecting and enhancing some of Americas most valuable consumer brands. We all want the same outcome: that the brands should prosper and endure. This is what the next stage of this saga is all aboutimplementing a new ownership and manufacturing structure worthy of the brands themselves and Americas manufacturing prowess.
Our members provide immense value to the new ownership with decades of experience, expertise and training. Not only have our members produced these quality products for consumers for generations, they know these bakeries inside and out. Our members are eager and willing to return to these snack plants and help usher in a new period of prosperity for Hostess snack cakes.
It is our sincere hope that the new owners will fully recognize the tremendous value of hiring back our members. If, however, they do not want us as part of the future of this company, we will continue to fight for our membership through other avenues.
No offense to any union workers here but they would be idiots if they were to hire union workers. That’s how this whole thing began.
What did they think? Run them out of business twice? Morons! Idiots! But I digress.
And if any union tries to organize, the new owner needs to make it clear they will shut the doors and move production to Mexico.
“Extremely disappointed”,I’ll wager,means that their members plan to engage in massive sabotage but have no immediate plans to commit murder or arson.
Watch, the “New Hostess” will soon join Wal-Mart as one of the left’s most hated businesses. Funny too, most folks who I see at Wal-Mart are typical democrat voters.
” Those four successful cake plants were represented by the BCTGM for many years under former Hostess ownership.”
They went bankrupt because of your representation!
This is great news. They would be stupid to hire the same idiots that shut down Hostess out of spite
Then they must be doing “the right thing”.
In other words, they forced the previous company out of business and they are going to try to force the new company to deal with them if the new owners won't do it voluntarily. It sounds like an arrangement that battered spouses know quite well. How could management refuse a relationship like that?
"Hey! You no build that! Somebody else they build that!"
It is because of the typical wal mart shopper that I do my best never to set foot in one unless I really, really have to.
The illegals, EBT abusers, and other sterling members of our moocher society I see jamming up all the checkout lanes sometimes almost makes me physically ill.
” . Those four successful cake plants “
No, you made them UNSUCCESSFUL.
So now they will be able to sell them at a lower price and actually be able to pay the new workers instead of going bankrupt.
The old workers might sabotage the machinery. The Hostess operations seem scaled down and they will operate with fewer workers to achieve a given output. The former operation probably had all kinds of union instituted feather bedding and planned inefficiencies
My guess is that the learning curve for a snack cake worker (aka machine minder) is about 1 hour. The “skilled” union folks can shove it.
If your "decades of experience, expertise, and training" bring value to the position, you'll get paid well, within the range that the market will bear.
If not, you can break the legs of people who will do the work as well for less money.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.