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New Twinkie Maker Shuns Union Labor
Wall St. Journal ^ | April 24, 2013 | RACHEL FEINTZEIG

Posted on 04/26/2013 10:23:59 PM PDT by grundle

The company that bought the Twinkie, HoHo and Ding Dong brands out of bankruptcy is gearing up to reopen plants and hire workers, but it won't be using union labor.

Hostess Brands new incarnation of the baking company that liquidated in Chapter 11—is reopening four bakeries in the next eight to 10 weeks, aiming to get Twinkie-deprived consumers the classic snack cake starting in July.

Chief Executive C. Dean Metropoulos said the company will pump $60 million in capital investments into the plants between now and September and aims to hire at least 1,500 workers. But they won't be represented by unions, including the one whose nationwide strike sparked the 86-year-old company's decision to shut down in November.

"We do not expect to be involved in the union going forward," Mr. Metropoulos said in an interview Wednesday.

Hostess Brands Inc., the company that filed for bankruptcy protection in January 2012 and eventually sold off its brands and plants to several buyers, was once powered by 19,000 workers, 15,000 of whom were represented by unions. The company's largest union, the Teamsters, had agreed to a new labor contract following a contentious bankruptcy trial. But the second-largest union, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International Union, launched a work stoppage after the company imposed new labor terms on the union's members. Hostess said the strike crippled its operations, forcing it to shut down.

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1 posted on 04/26/2013 10:23:59 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Twinkies on the return!


2 posted on 04/26/2013 10:27:54 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

bump


3 posted on 04/26/2013 10:29:47 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: grundle

” “We do not expect to be involved in the union going forward,” Mr. Metropoulos said in an interview Wednesday. “

I think that line will be quoted back to you in a year or so.


4 posted on 04/26/2013 10:30:50 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: grundle

Stupid, greedy union workers drove the cost of labor so high they lost their jobs. No worry. The Marxist community organizer/messiah will save them.


5 posted on 04/26/2013 10:31:18 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: grundle

Twinkies need cane sugar ilo HFCS.


6 posted on 04/26/2013 10:32:18 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: grundle

It sounds like the only Twinkies in their bakeries are going to be the ones wrapped in cellophane.


7 posted on 04/26/2013 10:32:20 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (I got expelled from the "fundamental transformation" indoctrination center.)
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To: grundle
There you go. You got what you wanted, unions. You shut the company down.

The new company isn't interested in dealing with your fractious arses.

You'll need to find new jobs.

Thanks for playing.

/johnny

8 posted on 04/26/2013 10:36:48 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Seriously jonesin’ for some vanilla/yellow zingers. Ya never know what you miss til it’s gone. Hurry man. Hurry.


9 posted on 04/26/2013 10:37:17 PM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST MR. PRESIDENT!(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: grundle

This is my Twinkie, and
This is my surly union hire.
One is for eating,
The other I fire.

And don’t let the door hitcha
Where the good Lord splitcha,
You #*!e*f%@!?*%!


10 posted on 04/26/2013 10:54:51 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: Jet Jaguar

They better taste better. The quality went way bad


11 posted on 04/26/2013 10:55:58 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: tumblindice

When the new Twinkies hit the shelves, I’m buying two dozen just to poke a finger in the ‘unioneyes’.


12 posted on 04/26/2013 10:58:07 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: MHGinTN

I’m a cupcake man myself, but I’ve never turned down a scrumptious golden creme-filled twinkster. They will taste even better knowing they’re made by bakers who work for a living.
Snowballs: white or pink. The debate rages on ....


13 posted on 04/26/2013 11:11:02 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: tumblindice

Pink of course, and always with a hot cup of tea, milk and sugar added.


14 posted on 04/26/2013 11:17:26 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: grundle

So I suppose the union goons are going to stick razor blades into Hostess Brands on the shelves at Wal*Mart. We are dealing with organized criminals here. These guys were the inspiration for the Brothers Tsarnaev.


15 posted on 04/26/2013 11:20:13 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: MHGinTN; tumblindice
I think I just got diabetes from reading this thread. It makes my teeth hurt, and I'm not even sure where they are. ;)

/johnny

16 posted on 04/26/2013 11:21:07 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: grundle

Forget the twinkies, I want the hostess chocolate cupcakes, with the creme filling inside. LOL.


17 posted on 04/26/2013 11:26:47 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

LOL. Sometime what goes around comes around. Schadenfreude.


18 posted on 04/26/2013 11:27:54 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greeneyes

Ever notice that occasionally you would break one of those chocolatey babies open—and she’s just *loaded* with creme?
Mmmmmmm.


19 posted on 04/26/2013 11:30:25 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: Paladin2

AFAIK the twinkies baked in Canada (supply was never disrupted here) are made with real sugar. Cane sugar is pretty cheap here; the US gov’t imposes ridiculous tariffs and quotas on it.


20 posted on 04/26/2013 11:35:00 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: rktman

Jeez, I should have started my own export business. They’re in every supermarket here.


21 posted on 04/26/2013 11:36:03 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: greeneyes

The cupcakes are a staple in my home.


22 posted on 04/26/2013 11:37:21 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: tumblindice

Stop! I am going to seriously have a melt down for a cupcake. LOL


23 posted on 04/26/2013 11:44:44 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Squawk 8888

Well, I try to eat healthy, but I make an exception for those cupcakes. LOL


24 posted on 04/26/2013 11:47:29 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Cool! Screw those unions.


25 posted on 04/26/2013 11:49:14 PM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: Squawk 8888

Given that I’m an old fart (aroma challenged due to aging), I tried a few twinkies a few years ago and found them lacking compared to my memories of eating same ~40 years B4.


26 posted on 04/27/2013 12:08:37 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Jet Jaguar

Just proves that Twinkies survive EVERYTHING!


27 posted on 04/27/2013 1:52:03 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: grundle

How will unions discipline their own when a member is caught with contraband cupcakes? Detox?


28 posted on 04/27/2013 2:09:11 AM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: grundle

And the Union members will join Obama’s unemployment army.


29 posted on 04/27/2013 2:30:14 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: grundle

Won’t hire Union but will hire Hispanic Slaves....no Citizen slaves need apply!


30 posted on 04/27/2013 2:32:10 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: grundle

I quit eating Twinkies years ago, but I did manage to secure 6 individual wrapped ones before the shutdown as a hedge against inflation. My wife threw them away yesterday.


31 posted on 04/27/2013 3:13:09 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
So I suppose the union goons are going to stick razor blades into Hostess Brands on the shelves at Wal*Mart. We are dealing with organized criminals here.

...and watch Eric Holder run interference for the union.

32 posted on 04/27/2013 3:20:30 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: grundle

The Metropoulos family has turned many companies around.

They have become billionaires as a result of their hard work.

They will have great success with Hostess.


33 posted on 04/27/2013 3:22:15 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: ltc8k6
I think that line will be quoted back to you in a year or so.

Good point, the union will not just throw in the towel. They will work diligently (with federal support) to unionize again through hook or crook. Hopefully Hostess will be very selective in whom they rehire.

34 posted on 04/27/2013 3:27:43 AM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: greeneyes

Forget the twinkies, I want the hostess chocolate cupcakes, with the creme filling inside. LOL.

I have to agree though I’ve been trying to stay away from ‘em for awhile...


35 posted on 04/27/2013 3:52:17 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: grundle

Bring back the Chocodile!


36 posted on 04/27/2013 4:28:46 AM PDT by petercooper
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
"We are dealing with organized criminals here."

You are completely correct. This will not go well for the new owners. O-Hole and chicago gang will see to that.

37 posted on 04/27/2013 4:34:54 AM PDT by Lockbar (Quality Factory Loaded Ammunition ------- The New Gold)
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To: grundle

I think I will buy them by the case and give them out to unemployed unionistas...yes, I will give them a twinkie each and let them chew on it for a while.


38 posted on 04/27/2013 4:55:31 AM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: grundle

I’m glad I saved my Twinkies cookbook with wonderful recipes for goodies made with Twinkies. Yum, yum, yum....


39 posted on 04/27/2013 5:05:11 AM PDT by ryderann
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To: grundle

Just don’t let Obama come use your plants and jobs as a crutch to use to show how “the economy is good and getting better”. You’ll be out of business in a year. He is the anti-Midas...everything he touches turns to Obama.


40 posted on 04/27/2013 5:10:14 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: fortheDeclaration
And the Union members will join Obama’s unemployment army.

And the new employees will make so little they will qualify for food stamps, free healthcare (paid by me) and all kinds of subsidies, while the twinkie owners join the ranks of the Wal-Mart cartel...

I love it when a plan comes together...And I'll be anticipating a huge drop in twinkie prices/S...

41 posted on 04/27/2013 5:39:11 AM PDT by Iscool
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To: Erik Latranyi
They have become billionaires as a result of their hard work.

That's the system I support...Let's make a few more people outrageously filthy rich by screwing blue collar Americans...It just sounds so, patriotic...

42 posted on 04/27/2013 5:41:55 AM PDT by Iscool
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To: Iscool
Unions lost their usefullness about 60-70 years ago, when they were truly needed.

At that point the concept of fair became greed.

43 posted on 04/27/2013 5:42:35 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: catfish1957
Unions lost their usefullness about 60-70 years ago, when they were truly needed.

You mean blue collar unions of course...What about the car dealer unions; the Landlord unions; the bank unions, etc., ect...We really need those tho, don't we...

44 posted on 04/27/2013 5:45:30 AM PDT by Iscool
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To: Squawk 8888

WHAT! What’s the “sell by” date? Of course they probably have enough preservatives in them anyway that I won’t need to be embalmed in any case. LOL! Just wonderin’ if they are knock offs like fake rolex’s? Only more valuable.


45 posted on 04/27/2013 5:59:13 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST MR. PRESIDENT!(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: Iscool
What about the car dealer unions

Didn't help the Chrysler Dealers.

46 posted on 04/27/2013 6:03:11 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: grundle

I would guess that on the first day of hiring Union goons will be standing at the line and registering former (union) employees as they are hired.

Next, within weeks of operating, a strike will begin.

After that, it all goes to crap as all of the former union employees bring the same union pestilence with them to the workplace.

Unionists and Democrats are exactly the same.....Marxist, Liberal, Socialist, Communist. The mindset of all is anchored in their heritage and cannot be changed.


47 posted on 04/27/2013 6:10:55 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Iscool

“Screwing blue-collar America?”

What? By providing jobs they can handle because they were too short-sighted, stupid, or lazy to learn a trade that earns more?


48 posted on 04/27/2013 6:28:33 AM PDT by EricT. (Another Muslim terrorist. Who saw that coming?)
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To: Iscool
That's the system I support...Let's make a few more people outrageously filthy rich by screwing blue collar Americans...It just sounds so, patriotic...

Are you a troll, or just as stupid as most Obama lovers?

49 posted on 04/27/2013 7:06:17 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: grundle

It is bad enough having to deal with employees...but to deal with unionized employees!!!!! Oy Vey!


50 posted on 04/27/2013 7:09:42 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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