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Union Wins Victory by Killing Twinkies and 18,500 Jobs

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maddmatt Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
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Hostess, an already struggling company who had just settled with one striking Union could not handle the second strike of a second union holding them hostage.

Some workers had crossed the picket lines while the union threatened heavy fines to poor workers if they tried to go back earning a living. This stoppage of production put a dagger in the heart Hostess.

So because of the union strategy, at a place that did not have any unsafe workplace issues, instead of workers have a small cut in pay to keep the company afloat, everyone lost all their pay. Instead of taking a little less and having the time on your own to seek other employment or something you liked better, you are now jobless along with thousands of others who will be competing for the same very few jobs.

So is a victory of a striking union worth the death of a beloved company and thousands of jobs?
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Agburanar Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Sorry, Madmatt - Hostess' failure was one of leadership. The company would not be in a position of such weakness if not for years of mismanagement and executive profligacy.

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This is pretty cut-and-dried. The union's seeming intransigence was simply a predictable reaction to repeated provocation by the Hostess execs.
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maddmatt Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Maybe, maybe not. The issue on the table is a union decision to halt production effectively killing the jobs of the people they represent with threat of fines if they did not strike.
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mosobot64 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
The issues here are much more complex than that and go back several years of mismanagement by the upper staff that led to the striking in the first place. They filed their first bankruptcy in 2004, long before any striking took place: [link]

Anyway, good riddance anyway. Their employment policies were lousy, their Wonderbread honestly sucked and they're not the only ones capable of making Twinkie-like cakes anyway.
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maddmatt Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Yeah screw the thousands that are paying for this union peeing contest.
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mosobot64 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Y'know what? All this shit went AFTER unions were dismantled, not before!

Stick that factoid up your ass and suck it!
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maddmatt Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Not true. In fact hostess is still negotiating with the unions.
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mosobot64 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Actually, Hostess is currently liquidating their assets and getting the paperwork signed to sell their trademarks to the highest bidder.
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maddmatt Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Currently, yes. After the initial decree to close, bankruptcy judge ordered mediation attempts with the union stating the union had serious flawed logic in striking. Those attempts to reason with the union has now failed again.

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mosobot64 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I say again that it's not the union's fault the company was failing so badly in the first place.
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Novuso Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
The Unions at Hostess were never dismantled. In a way you could blame the management for not taking on the unions years ago when the company still had the resources to dismantle them. If they did that Hostess would still be in business.
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