Twinkies – and 18000 jobs – fall victim to union-management dispute; Update: Teamsters throw bakers union under the bus?

posted at 10:31 am on November 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Hooked on Ho-Hos?  Find Ding-Dongs delectable?  Were Twinkies an indelible (if particularly edible) part of your childhood?  Be prepared to consign them all and many other junk-food delicacies to nostalgia.  Hostess, which has made these sugary staples for years, announced this morning that they will liquidate their business and end production after failing to negotiate new labor contracts with several unions.  Along with these confections, 18,000 jobs will also disappear:

“We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike,” said Gregory F. Rayburn, chief executive officer. “Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders.”

About one-third of the company’s workers are union members who are unhappy about the company’s cutbacks during its bankruptcy reorganization.

But problems with several unions — including the Bakery, Confectionery, and Tobacco workers and the Grain Millers International Union — have prevented the company from moving forward. Hostess said it will seek bankruptcy court permission to sell all of its assets. The company said bakery production has already shut down.

Without much more data than this, it’s impossible to say whether the unions or the company has been unreasonable in this dispute, or whether it might be a blend of both, as is usually the case. Sugary snacks like the kind Hostess produces have fallen out of political favor, certainly, but I doubt that sales have dropped dramatically. They have been a ubiquitous presence in supermarkets, convenience stores, and kid’s lunch bags since before I was a child, and in moderation don’t do any harm to anyone who is otherwise healthy.

Those aren’t the only places where Hostess-brand snacks have impacted the culture, either. Twinkies have especially captured the cultural imagination, and in one notable case, the legal imagination.  When Dan White stood trial for the 1978 murders of Harvey Milk and George Moscone in San Francisco, his attorneys tried to argue that White had a diminished capacity to form an intent to murder, thanks to depression that became intensified by consumption of large amounts of sugary snacks.  The media dubbed this the “Twinkie Defense,” and it proved successful, as White only got a seven-year sentence.  California eliminated its diminished-capacity defense shortly afterward.

On a more fun note, we’ll always have this scene from Ghostbusters:

That used to be a big Twinkie.  Perhaps all sides can take one last deep breath and try working together to save 18,000 jobs rather than see an American institution disappear, along with a lot of livelihoods.

Update: I updated the headline to highlight the jobs as well as the Twinkies.  Also, the jobs lost were nationwide, not in Texas, so I deleted that reference.

Update II: Like I said, I haven’t paid much attention to this fight, so I don’t have a lot of insight into whether labor or management has been more unreasonable.  However, the Teamsters’ web site seems to lay the blame on the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) for refusing to go along with the Teamsters to accept the last offer from Hostess:

In fact, when Hostess attempted to throw out its collective bargaining agreement with the Teamsters in court, the Teamsters fought back and won, ensuring that Hostess could not unilaterally make changes to working conditions during the several months’ long legal process that recently ended. Teamster Hostess members were allowed to decide their fate by voting on the final offer conducted by a secret mail ballot.  More than two-thirds of Hostess Teamsters members voted with 53 percent voting to approve the final offer.

The BCTGM chose a different path, as is their prerogative, to not substantively look for a solution or engage in the process. BCTGM members were told there were better solutions than the final offer, although Judge Drain stated in his decision in bankruptcy court that no such solutions exist. Without complete information, BCTGM members voted by voice votes in union halls. The BCTGM reported that over 90 percent rejected the final offer and three of its units ratified the final offer.

On Friday, Nov. 9, the BCTGM began to strike at some Hostess production facilities without notice to the Teamsters despite assurances they would not proceed with job actions without contacting the Teamsters Union. This unannounced action put Teamster members in the difficult position of facing picket lines without knowing their right to honor such a line without being disciplined.

As is our longstanding tradition, Teamster members by and large are honoring Bakery Worker picket lines when encountered and complying with their contractual obligations when not encountering picket lines. The BCTGM leaders are putting Teamster members in a horrible position – asking them to support a strike that will put them out of a job when they haven’t even asked all their members to go on strike.

That strike is now on the verge of forcing the company to liquidate – it is difficult for Teamster members to believe that is what the BCTGM Hostess members ultimately wanted to accomplish when they went out on strike. We may never know unless the BCTGM members, based on the facts they know today, get to determine their fate in a secret ballot vote. Teamster members would understand that the will of the BCTGM Hostess membership was truly heard if that was the case.

That’s a pretty remarkable statement from the Teamsters.

Update (MKH): Just a little background. There’s a lot going on, here, though the bakers union strike was certainly the last straw for Hostess. The company has been in bankruptcy twice in the last decade, and as Allahpundit notes, the culture of organics and calorie-counting was working against them.

But the bakers union deserved to get thrown under the bus by the Teamsters because it looks like they threw the Teamsters under the bus, first. The Teamsters and the bakers worked together to come to a deal with Hostess in September. The bakers were quiet during negotiations, and apparently pulled a surprise move when they rejected the deal.

Hostess, which also owns Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, Wonder Bread and other celebrated baked goods, has been in Chapter 11 since January, its second such filing in a decade. The key parties have been two major hedge funds and two big unions, and they’ve been fighting over wages and pensions. Hostess contends givebacks are needed for the company to emerge from bankruptcy. The unions respond they’ve given up enough. Last month, Hostess made what it said was its “last, best offer.” CEO Greg Rayburn told Fortune that union rejection would result in the company immediately filing to liquidate—and putting thousands of employees out of work. Union members were faced with a Hobson’s choice: accept drastic concession or lose their jobs.

Late last Friday the largest unions—the Teamsters—announced that by a narrow vote, 53.6% to 46.4%, its Hostess rank-and-file had approved the new collective bargaining agreement. (Out of 7,900 Teamsters voting at the company, slightly more than half cast votes). Rayburn and Teamsters leadership both offered up measured words about the “difficult” decision.

But shortly thereafter, word came that the 7,000 employees of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union had rejected Hostess’ proposal. (No details of the vote were announced, though some press reports suggested there were only voice votes at locals rather than a written mail tally.) Though the leader of the bakers’ union in recent weeks had excoriated the proposal, the rejection was nonetheless curious. That’s because the bakers’ union had been quiescent for months in bankruptcy court, letting the Teamsters engage Hostess management and the hedge funds over the company’s demands to restructure by scuttling existing labor agreements.

This is what the deal looked like. It sounds like the Teamsters really did make sacrifices, and many of them were crossing the bakers’ picket line to keep the company functioning:

The proposed new labor deal consists of an immediate 8% wage cut and work rules more favorable to the company. Employer contributions for health insurance would decrease 17%. Hostess contributions to multi-employer pension plans would cease until 2015, at which point the current required level of funding would plummet from $100 million to $25 million. According to Rayburn, the proposal has been endorsed by Hostess’s key secured lenders, which are led by hedge funds Silver Point Capital and Monarch Alternative Capital. One estimate put cost savings for Hostess in the neighborhood of $200 million.

For their part, the unions would receive two seats on a restructured nine-member board of directors and 25% of equity. That would make the unions part of Hostess’ capital structure for the first time.

Maybe they can still come to some deal. I’m guessing after the company’s previous threats to shut down, the bakers might have thought they were bluffing. The deal the Teamsters took was painful, but it’s because the company was truly in dire straits. The roughly 6,000 bakers are really handing a raw deal to 12,000 of their colleagues. And, barring that, the brand is still worth money. It won’t immediately help those who will lose their jobs in this dispute, but Twinkies may be back owned by someone new, their labor obligations vacated, and likely in a right-to-work state.


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No more deep fried twinkies at the state fair?

lorien1973 on November 16, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Obama will buy the plant and retool it to produce Hostess Broccoli twigs. Only union personnel will be rehired, and paid twice their old rate. The plant will run a $50 million loss each year, and stay “in business” for 20 years.

Hannibal on November 16, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Were the cutbacks due to Obamacare?

txhsmom on November 16, 2012 at 10:34 AM

The plant will run a $50 million loss each year, and stay “in business” for 20 years.

Hannibal on November 16, 2012 at 10:33 AM

And be deemed a success…

right2bright on November 16, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Why can’t those greedy fatcat owners just operate at a loss goddamit??!!?!1!!

SOCIAL JUSTICE!@#!@%

Good Lt on November 16, 2012 at 10:35 AM

If unions were necessary, that time ended a long time ago.

Unions are unpatriotic, socialist, and every one of them needs to be stamped out.

Rebar on November 16, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Sugary snacks like the kind Hostess produces have fallen out of political favor, certainly, but I doubt that sales have dropped dramatically.

I used to love Twinkies when I was a kid… and now I find them absolutely disgusting.

ninjapirate on November 16, 2012 at 10:36 AM

A non-union shop will buy the rights to the brands – unless Obama seizes the company an gives it to the union and the Italians.

forest on November 16, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Twinkies fall victim?

I thought it was the 18,500 people who won’t have jobs anymore who were falling victim? Well, the ones who weren’t in lock step with the unions anyway. If they stood with the unions they’re not really victims in this. They gambled and lost.

dczombie on November 16, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Down with Big Twinkie™!

No war for cream filling!

Abby Adams on November 16, 2012 at 10:37 AM

I doubt this is the fault of management being unreasonable. It is their jobs, too, that will come to an end. It is highly unlikely management would voluntarily put themselves out of work in support of an unreasonable negotiating position.

Hopeless Future on November 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM

No more deep fried twinkies at the state fair?

lorien1973 on November 16, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I know Erika is upset she won’t get the Tina Korbe treatment.

Abby Adams on November 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Ohhhh, that’s too bad. Well just go on unemployment for two years. Maybe get some food stamps. But keep paying those increasing heating bills this winter and the next and the next. You’ll make it, somehow. Myabe buy some green energy for your back yard.

jake49 on November 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Let them eat cake.

hillsoftx on November 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Don’t blame me I voted Romney.

Oil Can on November 16, 2012 at 9:55 AM

They said if I voted for McCain and Romney, jobs would be lost. And they were right!

BigGator5 on November 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I’m still mourning the loss of the Choc-o-dile. (A short-lived chocolate-covered twinkie product).

DrAllecon on November 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM

The 18,000 jobs ARE NOT just in Texas – Hostess is based in Texas, but has bakeries / operations nationwide. It is also important to note that only about 5,000 of the employees being laid off are union workers – the union killed it for all of them.

Pork-Chop on November 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Welcome to the real world. Now enjoy Christmas on food stamps. Cheers.

LizardLips on November 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I find it rather odd that you went with the Ghostbusters reference instead of the Zombieland one, which would be considerably more apropos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1vYj0E2Hr0

fusionaddict on November 16, 2012 at 10:40 AM

On the upside, this means the end of the “Twinkie defense” in court

NoFanofLibs on November 16, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Union holdouts: Happy Thanksgiving… Merry Christmas…

Khun Joe on November 16, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Stockpilers beware: Twinkies only have a shelf life of 25 days or so. Luckily, it’s very simple to make them at home.

I’m a Little Debbie man, myself.

3.14159 on November 16, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Umm.. You think the scolds on the left care about the lack of Twinkies.. Seriously, Michelle Obama and Mike Bloomberg are probably tickled pink.

Illinidiva on November 16, 2012 at 10:42 AM

As plan. The systematic dismantling of America continues by the Left.

milemarker2020 on November 16, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Feel sorry for the affected families, but this was some dang bad negotiating brinkmanship by the union.

Robert_Paulson on November 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Usually a parasite is smart enough not to kill the host(ess). I guess not libtard union ones.

Wolftech on November 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM

When does the Twinkie bailout happen? Uncle Ben, take the printing presses to WARP speed.

Oil Can on November 16, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Mika must be thrilled

cmsinaz on November 16, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Perhaps all sides can take one last deep breath and try working together to save 18,000 jobs in Texas

Ed, these 18,000+ jobs are not in Texas. From the Dallas News article

Bakery operations have been suspended at all 33 plants. Three plants had been permanently closed Monday. No plants are in Texas.

http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/2012/11/twinkies-maker-to-shut-down-18500-jobs-lost.html/

Texas is a “right to work” State.

TexasEngineer on November 16, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Bishop hardest hit.

katy the mean old lady on November 16, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Who do we boycott now?

Republican Yogi on November 16, 2012 at 10:45 AM

But…. but…. my union loving friends tell me that this kind of thing just doesn’t happen!!!!111!!!11! What gives?

UltimateBob on November 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM

First they came to organize the employees,
and I did not speak out because I was not an employee.

Then they came for the bondholders,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a bondholder.

Then they came for the shareholders,
and I didn’t speak out because I was not a shareholder.

Then they came for my Twinkies,
and there was no one left to speak for my Twinkies….

powerpickle on November 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM

What will the Bald Avenger do now to keep up his burgeoning man boobs?!?!?!?

Is there nothing you can’t twist to your own small minded purposes! Such aplomb!

tommyhawk on November 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Someone will surely buy the trademark names and begin producing these in a non union state or, gasp, out of the country, at which time the unions that forced the liquidation will cry foul that jobs were shipped overseas. I will break out my little violin.

Ellis on November 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Were the cutbacks due to Obamacare?

txhsmom on November 16, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Nah, it sounds like Hostess has a massively unfunded pension and unsustainable overhead costs. Their financial situation seems reminiscent of GM and Chrysler’s, only in this case they’re not deemed too big to fail by the Bush or Obama Admnistrations.

Sgt. Al Powell and the Ghostbusters(and those 18,000 employees) are the hardest hit.

Doughboy on November 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Little Debbie…

JoeHanson on November 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM

This is all just a rightwing teebagger conspiracy.

Good Lt on November 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM

The only thing that irritates me about this is that the union goons will be able to collect unemployment insurance, even though they essentially refused to work. Show me any other non-union group that gets to do this. If YOU refuse to work and are fired because of this, YOU don’t get to collect employment. The great thing is that the OWS children will have no twinkies anymore, as tingles mathews will not also have.

Old Country Boy on November 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Perhaps some of these government sponsored training programs for the unemployed should include basic math and economics…. or they should be required.

I have no sympathy for the union members. None. Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the fruits of your ignorance.

Cody1991 on November 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM

How many jobs did the union lose for its members? 18,000? Drop in the bucket, wait until we hit the Obama triple dip. Hey maybe this company can pick up the slack http://www.littledebbie.com/about/familybakery.asp

I can see it now, coming soon, the Littles Debbie’s O TripDip, thousands of empty calories, no health benefits.

Michelle ought to love them

Sven Pook on November 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM

It’s sad but this is what the unions do nowadays. They make business so expensive that companies move. Some overseas, some to non-union states, some to the scrapheap. The useful days of unionizing for the sake of protecting workers from harm is long gone.

bsinc1962 on November 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Please follow the link to get the full breakdown.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-11-16/hostess-liquidation-curious-cast-characters-twinkie-tumbles

Summary: A Democrat run private equity firm took control of Hostess as it came out of a previous bankruptcy in 2009 – with the help of Dick Gephardt’s consulting firm.

Union pensions totaling $ 2 billion being set aside under the current bankruptcy were the bone of contention that led to the latest set of strikes that started on October 25th and are still ongoing. Unable to generate cash flow of any sort, management has requested liquidation of assets which they warned the unions would be the result of any continuing strike action.

Time for a reality check, America.

We are headed for global economic collapse thanks to a SCOAMF who has millions of spoiled children believing they can have whatever they want by just demanding it.

PolAgnostic on November 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Ed should eat a Twinkie during his show today.

22044 on November 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Hostess says Let. It. Burn.

Pink slips for pinkos it is. :-)

Punchenko on November 16, 2012 at 10:50 AM

L.I.B.

M240H on November 16, 2012 at 10:50 AM

What no government bailout to save 18,500 jobs?

18,500 jobs is more than the entire trillion dollar stimlus created. If we can bailout GM by GOd we can save the twinkies

I mean really the bailout monster has been unleashed how can we justify bailout out one compnay ( GM) and not others?

moderate GOP could rally around the twinkie and ding dongs.

unseen on November 16, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Businesses need unions like a dog needs a tapeworm

kurtzz3 on November 16, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Do not mourn the twinkie. Now that they have decided to close their doors, the court will put the name and ingredient rights up for bid to pay for the bankruptcy. Those are all extremely valuable commodities that will be used to pay off creditors. So, now we will see what should have happened to GM and Chrysler when they were supposed to go through bankruptcy and the process was hijacked by Obambi.

Remember, there are rules set forth. When they are followed, there are good results. When they are broken, there is only anger and chaos. That is why the rule of law is so important. And why the demon rats work to undermine it.

deadite on November 16, 2012 at 10:52 AM

I expect that the twinkie will be back on the market in less than a year, with huge fanfare and a surge of goodwill sales. My 4 year old son will be waiting.

deadite on November 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM

it’s impossible to say whether the unions or the company has been unreasonable in this dispute,

Hostess is in bankruptcy, but Ed can’t form an opinion here.

rdbrewer on November 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM

There is no such thing as junk-food, all thing in moderation is good.

Axion on November 16, 2012 at 10:54 AM

How many jobs did the union lose for its members? 18,000?

Sven Pook on November 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Unfortunately, only about 5,000 of the 18,500 workers being cut are union members … 5,000 union members killed the jobs for all 18,5000.

Pork-Chop on November 16, 2012 at 10:55 AM

What will the Bald Avenger do now to keep up his burgeoning man boobs?!?!?!?

Is there nothing you can’t twist to your own small minded purposes! Such aplomb!

tommyhawk on November 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM

What the hell is your problem? (You know, besides the litany of deficiencies that come with being a prog.)

changer1701 on November 16, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Hey… the Democrats just got more votes!! All these 18,000 people will now get unemployment benefits. I’m sure Obama and the Democrats are cheering this!!

Axion on November 16, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Michelle ought to love them

Sven Pook on November 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM

It’s a win-win-win for Obama. They have a heartless, evil corporation (going Galt), more people on unemployment and foodstamps (more people dependent on the government), and Michelle can claim victory against a cheap sugary treat (eat your damn arugula).

“Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula? I mean, they’re charging a lot of money for this stuff.”

Arugula should be “free,” let it burn…

Fallon on November 16, 2012 at 10:57 AM

LIB.

Illinidiva on November 16, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I think it was over at RedState blog that I saw the best headline for this debacle: ‘Union Parasites Kill Their Hostess.’ Or something.

It was apt, regardless.

locomotivebreath1901 on November 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Oh well, at least we still have Tastykake (if you’re lucky enough to live in the greater Philadelphia area).

Nobody bakes a cake as tasty as a Tastykake.

UltimateBob on November 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

This is one of those odd parings for the Dems.

You got a place like Hostess and its Unions….
Then you have Michelle Obama pushing her healthy eating plan. :D

Kinda like the coal miner unions, and then Obama attacking coal….

Still makes you wonder why people vote the way they do.

MityMaxx on November 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Good on Hostess, don’t give in to the moochers, just shut the place down.

It’s called ‘taking your ball and going home’ and we all need to get used to it.

John_Locke on November 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Looks like somebody’s bored and wants to be banned. Just stop posting if you don’t want to be here.

Fallon on November 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

try working together to save 18,000 jobs in Texas

Those jobs are all over the country, throughout the regional bakeries, distribution centers and retail stores.

ButterflyDragon on November 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Without much more data than this, it’s impossible to say whether the unions or the company has been unreasonable in this dispute, or whether it might be a blend of both, as is usually the case.

Not sure about that…
There is also the teamster union who was involved in this.
They got a look at the books for Hostess and they agreed with Hostess management…

The Teamsters were actually begging the Bakers union to not do this and get back to work.

MityMaxx on November 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Unions finished off the company, but it had been run into the ground long ago already by terrible executive management. Hostess was in bankruptcy from 2004-2009 and again in 2012. Their leadership was utterly incompetent and completely tone deaf to any inputs from outside their circle. One example, in 2011/2012 at the same time he was asking workers to take a 25% compensation cut, the CEO had his pay increased from $750k to $2.5 million.

AngusMc on November 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Obama and Holder won’t allow Hostess to shut the plant down. The government did not give them the right to do so. I’m sure the Labor Board will create some regulation that prevents it.

The union could have purchased the company if they hadn’t squandered all its members dues on Obama’s campaign.

iamsaved on November 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Great job unions. With the whole layoff bomb, I’ll interested to see the umemployment rate for November.

vcferlita on November 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

What the hell is your problem? (You know, besides the litany of deficiencies that come with being a prog.)

changer1701 on November 16, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Changer, I politely ask for your support of the continuing TROLLCOTT.

Especially that @-hole, who has the mental capacity of your average garden slug.

UltimateBob on November 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

So, based on Egon’s calculations, how big a Twinkie would Obamacare be? The size of Manhattan? The eastern seaboard? Texas?

Lily on November 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

F the unions.

I hope Trumka is proud because many Teamsters will lose their jobs.

Maybe the non-union employees can sue the union. That would be rich. Love to see it!

txdoc on November 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Colorado and Washington hardest hit.

antipc on November 16, 2012 at 11:01 AM

At least Big Bird was saved.

docflash on November 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Changer, I politely ask for your support of the continuing TROLLCOTT.

Especially that @-hole, who has the mental capacity of your average garden slug.

UltimateBob on November 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Oh, I didn’t realize that was still on.

changer1701 on November 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

When union members lose their jobs like this and go on unemployment compensation, are they required to pay union dues out of that? Please don’t tell me it is automatically withheld and transferred to union management.

a capella on November 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

please America, bail out my favorite snack cake, the hoho!

burserker on November 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I hope union membership recognizes how stupid and greedy union leadership can be.

I’m experiencing schadenfruede.

freedomfirst on November 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I find it rather odd that you went with the Ghostbusters reference instead of the Zombieland one, which would be considerably more apropos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1vYj0E2Hr0

fusionaddict on November 16, 2012 at 10:40 AM

“Where the Fu<% are the Twinkies!?!"

Browncoatone on November 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Poor Tallahassee.

Nick_Angel on November 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Oh, I didn’t realize that was still on.

changer1701 on November 16, 2012 at 11:04 AM

I know, it’s hard to tell when so many arguments break out with the usual idiots here (verbaluce, Dave Rywall, Sesqui, etc).

UltimateBob on November 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Kraft, General Mills, and others are no doubt “licking their chops” to be able to buy the Hostess brands and many of their physical assets at a significant discount price.

And, they’ll need extra workers, maybe not union ones, to operate all the facilities acquired.

The sugar high will continue, unabated.

TXUS on November 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

There is no such thing as junk-food, all thing in moderation is good.

Axion on November 16, 2012 at 10:54 AM

What if you eat out of the garbage?

(something we may have to think about in the coming years)

Nick_Angel on November 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Hostess’ products were probably prime targets of Moochelle anyway, and considering the trends in “healthier” snacks, the writing was on the wall for a while for the company.

Still, for the unions to demand blood from a stone, and now in this case a tombstone, is just beyond chutzpah. Tragically, the strikers will probably get unemployment benefits for at least a year as well as filing for disability when in fact they should all get a swift kick in the ass.

Now, I will scrounge a pack of Twinkies and an apple Fruit Pie one last time.

LET. IT. BURN.

Rixon on November 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Let them eat cake.

hillsoftx on November 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Let them eat food stamps.

NbyNW on November 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM

The coming of the zombie apocalypse is assured. Colorado and Washington have legalized pot and now there will be no more Twinkies and Ding-Dongs to cure the munchies. Zombies will surely arise from this!

michaelo on November 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Be prepared to consign them all and many other junk-food delicacies to nostalgia.

No way. The IP rights are up for sale, and I’m pretty sure some other company will grab them yesterday.

mrsknightley on November 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

SO NOW, the UNIONS want a SECRET BALLOT VOTE???

That strike is now on the verge of forcing the company to liquidate – it is difficult for Teamster members to believe that is what the BCTGM Hostess members ultimately wanted to accomplish when they went out on strike. We may never know unless the BCTGM members, based on the facts they know today, get to determine their fate in a secret ballot vote.

originalpechanga on November 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

That’s a pretty remarkable statement from the Teamsters.

Remarkable, no. 100 percent utterly to be expected, yes. the teamsters are Union. Period. They stood shoulder to shoulder with the BCTGM, Hostess called their bluff the hard way and now the Teamsters are scrambling to avoid the inevitable blow back coming from their actions.

SWalker on November 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM

What if you eat out of the garbage?

(something we may have to think about in the coming years)

Nick_Angel on November 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

“Well, you, my friend, have crossed the line that divides man and bum.”

22044 on November 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM

The Union protested the 8% paycut, and ended up with a 100% paycut.

WINNING.

portlandon on November 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I hope union membership recognizes how stupid and greedy union leadership can be.

I’m experiencing schadenfruede.

freedomfirst on November 16, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Don’t hold your breath kid, Union Member’s generally speaking, aint the sharpest tools in the kitchen.

SWalker on November 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Hostess, which has made these sugary staples for years, announced this morning that they will liquidate their business and end production after failing to negotiate new labor contracts with several unions. Along with these confections, 18,000 jobs will also disappear.

Poof!

Glenn Jericho on November 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

215 out of work in Memphis, alone.

Tommyhawk, if you despise Ed and this site, why torture yourself (and the Queen’s English) by posting here? Are you just stoopid?

kingsjester on November 16, 2012 at 11:13 AM

The coming of the zombie apocalypse is assured. Colorado and Washington have legalized pot and now there will be no more Twinkies and Ding-Dongs to cure the munchies. Zombies will surely arise from this!

michaelo on November 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

LOL!

Key West Reader on November 16, 2012 at 11:13 AM

No way. The IP rights are up for sale, and I’m pretty sure some other company will grab them yesterday.

mrsknightley on November 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Dick’s Sporting goods should buy Hostess.

Dick’s Ding Dongs
Dick’s Ho Ho’s
Twinkie Dick’s

VegasRick on November 16, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Union leaders stir up victim-class dissent by propagandizing their workers with incomplete information?!? I am aghast and agog!

“Whaddya mean, ya lahst yer jabb?” “I knoo, riiit?”

The Schaef on November 16, 2012 at 11:14 AM

What if you eat out of the garbage?

(something we may have to think about in the coming years)

Nick_Angel on November 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

“Well, you, my friend, have crossed the line that divides man and bum.”

22044 on November 16, 2012 at 11:10 AM

“Above the rim”

“Adjacent to refuse is refuse.”

Nick_Angel on November 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Let’s see – Hostess laying off 18,000 employees, Texas Instruments announcing they are laying off 1,200, Xerox announcing they are laying off 2,000. Boeing announcing lay-offs and coal mines around the country getting ready to or have announced lay-offs. Should be interesting to see what they unemployment numbers look like over the next couple of weeks.

And those pesky Obama voters don’t think elections have consequences.

rsherwd65 on November 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Union vs. union. Time to bust out the popcorn!

dczombie on November 16, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Awe crap I misquoted it.

Browncoatone on November 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

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