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.
The company is doing well,so are the employees.
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Picket lines obstructing traffic?
Harassment against employees?
Physical assaults on employees?
“Hey, where’d the dog go?”, said the fleas.
Isn’t that special!
Exactly! Hostess tried to come to an agreement with their unions and the unions refused. I have come to think that people who are in unions do not believe that the same realities that affect our lives should affect theirs.
I remember when everything went ker-fluey, and what did the Boeing Machinists do? They went on strike. People losing jobs left and right. People, like my hubby, whose 401K became a 201K. And, the union at Boeing decided it was a good time to strike. After that strike ended, Boeing moved part of their operations to a right-to-work state and opened a non-union plant. The union people here in the Seattle area were outraged. Honestly, what did they think was going to happen? The economy is in the tank, people are losing their jobs everywhere; but, you should get a big raise 'cause, why? You are in a union?
So, I just don't get the mind-set of these people. They seem to be at war with the people who hire them, and they always believe they are worth more money, even if the world around them is crumbling.
Why, so you could destroy this company too?
They won't hire you? GOOD, BITCHES.
Put down the cookies and back away from the computer.
Anyone that has ever worked with unions knows the above is a not so subtle threat. There will be trouble.
This is tailor made for Obama to cause some trouble with.
Bakery, Confectionery, Torpedo Wankers and Goat Munchers(BCTGM) can KMA in Macy’s window. They rode a good company into the ground and now they are outta work. Good on them. Let em eat scab twinkles.
Noting that the title of this thread is the title of the article which was likely written under supervision of union bosses, the title is misleading imo. I think that the Hostess brands buyer probably doesn't have major problems with union workers. I think that a more honest title for the article is the following.
BCTGM 'Extremely Disappointed' by Reports Hostess Brands Buyer Will Not Deal With Greedy Union Bosses
I want my Devil Dogs back. Is the purchase of Hostess a package deal with Drakes Cakes?
different companies purchased different things
If they’re TRULY worried about all these experienced bakers and other skilled workers, they’d let them get rehired as NON-union so they could regain their job.
Dumb question: Will the union forbid its members from working for the new company?
Is he implying there is federal statues that say union thugs must be rehired?
Except in the mind of the Union leader ship and many members, it was all the companies fault.
I’ve never even liked Twinkies. But now, I’ll have to at least try some again. Chick-Filet is starting to grow on me, after all.
The news stories about this very long event ~ multiple bankruptcies and all ~ do suggest that there were some facilities that were sufficiently automated with new investment that they'd be worth something. Those would probably be the ones opening up now. There will be many fewer employees there. But there will also be some automated equipment specialists making much more than any employee ever made in that factory.
The real issue is whether or not the Twinkies will last as long as the old custom made Twinkies!
Labor unions need to go away and stay away.
One union killed the company and now they want jobs when a new owner is trying to clean up the mess...too bad.
The thing about it is Unions aren't managed by workers. Those days are long past. They are funded by nation wide memberships & managed by national offices who really could care less if Joe Worker has a job or not.
If it hasn't already happened, escort the scumbags off the premises.
Cupboard bare for many former Hostess workers looking for jobs
It opens up, I might go back, he said. Im not for sure, because whats to say they arent going to do the same thing again? Burt plans to keep looking for a job but attended the meeting to find out what assistance is available.
The meeting was organized after several states successfully petitioned the federal Department of Labor to apply provisions of the Trade Act to jobs lost nationwide through the Hostess bankruptcy. Federal officials approved that petition Feb. 19. Lindsay Anderson, Iowas Trade Act coordinator, said the forms laid-off workers filled out would also serve as an application for provisions of the Workforce Investment Act.
Among the services available to the workers are job search and relocation allowances, wage subsidies up to a certain income for workers 50 and older, job retraining services, a weekly income benefit, and a health coverage tax credit.
Ummm..no ... they will be priced at what the market will bear...higher...
When Hostess folded all the other bakeries Cloverhill, Freshley's raised their prices almost immediately because of increased demand...
They even suspended production temporarily on some slower items to keep up with demand on their better selling items...