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Hostess Shutting Down Amidst Relentless Union Attacks 18,500 thugs kicked to the curb

[TWG: I don’t consume Hostess products, and I’m GLAD to see them shutting down after what they’ve experienced under constant attack by those abhorrent union thugs.  18,500 less union thugs in the “workforce”.  GOOD.  The CEO of Hostess ought to take those recipes elsewhere and open a NON UNION facility, so those who enjoy twinkies and fruit pies can continue to do so.]

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Hostess Brands says it is going out of business, closing plants that make Twinkies and Wonder Bread and laying off all of its 18,500 workers.

The Irving, Texas, company says a nationwide worker strike crippled its ability to make and deliver its products at several locations.

Hostess had warned employees that it would file a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to unwind its business and sell assets if plant operations didn’t return to normal levels by Thursday evening.

The privately held company filed for Chapter 11 protection in January, its second trip through bankruptcy court in less than a decade.

Source: Associated Press

  1. CounterRevolution
    November 16, 2012 at 06:45

    Sad to see another American company go under because of Unions. I will do the same thing is it ever comes to it. I will sell off all the machinery and intellectual property and close the doors. Bye bye………

    • November 16, 2012 at 07:48

      “elections have consequences”.

      They will reap what they’ve sown. Adios.

  2. Cheryl
    November 19, 2012 at 11:06

    Please don’t lump all workers in a union shop as thugs. I worked in a union plant and about half of the workers were not the “thugs” you speak of. The problem was, if you wanted to leave the union, the “thugs” would see to it that you lost your job, one way or the other; mainly through sabotage of some sort.

    • November 19, 2012 at 11:19

      The trouble I have with that is that silence in the face of evil IS evil. They will stand with thugs just to keep their jobs. If they wanted to maintain their integrity, they ought to quit those jobs and go work elsewhere, where they’re not aligning themselves with such evil. For those with hard work ethic, it’s not at all difficult to find suitable work. At the very least, they should have stood and spoken out against the tactics used to usurp our government and destroy our education system, our children and our society.

      Just as hitler’s generals were only “obeying orders”, it makes them no less guilty of heinous crimes they committed while “obeying orders”.

      My main gripe about unions are the “teachers” unions and government unions. Why do they even NEED unions? It’s the GOVERNMENT!

    • CounterRevolution
      November 19, 2012 at 12:36

      Cheryl, I’ve worked in three Union Shops in my career. IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1), ICNW International Chemical And Nuclear Workers as well as the UAW. I know lots of folks in those Unions and you are right in at least one aspect, not all of them are thugs but the leadership ALWAYS is and even when non-thugs get elected it seems they go bad. Unions have had their day and need to police themselves and by God if corporations are vilified for being political entities then Unions are the definition. Also I know that even the Great Socialist (until Yalta that is) Franklin Delano Roosevelt believed that there should be NO GOVERNMENT UNIONS (PERIOD).

      • November 19, 2012 at 14:00

        Early in my career I worked for the phone company and then for a company that specialized in systems engineering for very large platforms. my department was “K-12 and Government Accounts” eventually leading to a “Strategic Accounts” section, which encompassed all of those entities. I’ve worked very closely, and for very long periods of time, amongst government unions, trade unions and the education system. Working on the Boeing project for nearly three years and stationed there at the plant, it was quite clear to me why they call it “The Lazy B”. At the phone company, I was employed on the non-regulated (non-union) side of the house and had to interact with the union side throughout each day. It was HORRIBLE dealing with union workers. THey never wanted to do anything that wasn’t explicitly laid out in their job description, had no motivation to do a good job and with incredibly nasty attitudes 100% of the time, it was extremely unpleasant working environment.

        During my time traveling to various cities & countries to scout, build and deploy many different construction projects, I had to deal with trade unions all the time. In cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Detroit, it was a physically threatening situation, with many cases where my life was threatened should I not include the union thugs in my projects. One of their leaders actually tried to punch me in the face. I’m a 5’2″ 110 lb petite woman!

        I was responsible for technologies for which the unions were not trained and equipped to handle, so they tried to demand that I not only hire them and pay their unreasonable wages, but that I also send them ALL to school to learn those technologies. In Philadelphia, because I refused, they broke in to the facility at night and destroyed over 60 million dollars worth of equipment and work, cutting fiber cables, crushing million dollar servers/routers/equipment and throwing hundred thousand dollar cabinets down the stairwells. They left their calling card, but they also left an EXTREMELY bad taste in my mouth about unions.

        I have many reasons, most from personal experience to feel very strong about this. I HATE UNIONS.

      • CounterRevolution
        November 19, 2012 at 14:54

        If my company ever grew to the size that employees wanted to Unionize, I would sell all the Corporate equipment (I’m a LLC) and property and close the doors. I would rather be back to a one man show than allow Union spongers in the doors. I have similar experiences to yours. It’s funny in a way, the other trade Unions here in the Arm-Pit of the World, St Louis, MO, have a saying for their “brothers” in the IBEW, they say the acronym stands for “I Barely Ever Work” and they savaged the carpenters Union, Local 57 for the last two years for taking their wiring work in residences and small businesses (I sat back and laughed!).

      • November 19, 2012 at 15:15

        Because some of my duties involved scouting cities in which to build, I can’t tell you how many city & county council members and various entities I had to present my dilemma just to get things done. In other words, you either let me build here with my own trained engineers, or we’re not going to build this multi-million dollar facility that would employ thousands of your citizens. Get those damned unions off my back and out of my face or I’m going to pull out of here and move on.

        It was always a major fight.

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