Bakers Union President: We Knew Hostess Could Die

Frank Hurt

Bakers Union President Frank Hurt released a statement yesterday after Hostess closed all of its American plants.
Hurt said the union knew Hostess could die.
They went on strike anyway and today 18,000 more Americans are out of work.
The Biz Journal reported, via RedState:

“Our members decided they were not going to take any more abuse from a company they have given so much to for so many years. They decided that they were not going to agree to another round of outrageous wage and benefit cuts and give up their pension only to see yet another management team fail and Wall Street vulture capitalists and ‘restructuring specialists’ walk away with untold millions of dollars.

“Throughout this long and difficult process, BCTGM members showed tremendous courage, solidarity and devotion to principle. They were well aware of the potential consequences of their actions but stood strong for dignity, justice and respect.”

Oh well, at least Frank still has a job.

(Thanks to Banafsheh Zand Bonazzi for the Twinkie funeral picture.)

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  • Sasja

    Bakers made $1,000/wk? They actually paid someone that much to pour flour, sugar, salt and whatnot into a large vat? What did the quality control folks earn? How many employees did they really need since everything is automated?

  • midusdew

    “Our members decided they were not going to take any more abuse from a company they have given so much to for so many years. They decided that they were not going to agree to another round of outrageous wage and benefit cuts and give up their pension only to see yet another management team fail and Wall Street vulture capitalists and ‘restructuring specialists’ walk away with untold millions of dollars.”

    funny thing, just replace company with union, this is exactly hostess position.

    pinko’s like the union when faced with accountability always blame someone else.

  • RKflorida

    The union rank and file went along with this idiot. They could have voted not to strike, or crossed the picket lines. Many did cross the lines, but not enough to maintain production. These striking workers are truly the face of the Democratic party, especially the part that Obama represents. Save your logical arguments, they live in a pink, puffy, unicorn world.

  • Larry Scarn

    Didya notice that union boss Frank Hurt has a perfect attendance record at dinner. At pre-dinner, breakfast, lunch, and every hack politician festivity. Ever!

  • dan

    I get so sick of those of you that never had to work for this company.They treat their worker like crap.7 am start to 7 pm never 2 days off .The pay folks low compared to the hours worker put in. So sick of opinions from those who had no clue what Hostess was like.To many Americans do not see what’s happening.These companies know that they can do whatever they want to the worker because hey! there 25 million out of work,Those on the top of the company get their pocket filled to over flowing and the average worker get low pay.How long people before you realize this .

  • dan

    Correction 5 am to 7 pm kind of days ..

  • midusdew

    dan we all are making sacrifices these days what planet are you on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sasja

    Dan. I’d hardly consider earning $1,000/wk low wages. By the way. No one forced them to work there. They were free to find other employment. You know what a real baker earns in a small bakery? No where near $1,000 and they put in long hours. If they own the bakery, chances are most of their profit goes right back into the business. Maybe these “bakers” could open their own shop since they have so much experience in dropping dry ingredients into a large tub.

    Why don’t you ask this Hurt guy just how much he earns for no work. From his pic, I would guess it’s no paltry sum.

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  • Redlite

    Well Now..You can’t feed your families dignity, honor and respect. Tell your kids that you quit your good paying jobs and that they will have to go hungry for a while!

    One of my neighbors was an employee at the Sweatheart Bread store here in town and now she will be out of work. She is absolutely devastated by the insanity of this travesty.. Will the Unions help these people out?
    Thought not.

  • jb

    Dan –

    Who was twisting your arm to work under such third-world conditions, as you describe them.

    Whiner! You (or your fellow “hotesses” whined your way into unemployment.

    Very intelligent decision. Commendable and all . . . :-)

  • GotFreedom

    When you point a finger at the company, you have 3 pointing back at yourself you greedy, selfish b@$tards!!!

    To all you folks who are now out of work. . .why don’t you go camp out on Mr. Hurt’s front lawn and see if maybe he’ll share a meal or two with you; maybe give you his spare change to help you pay your bills that aren’t going away even though you no longer have a way to pay them!

  • crosspatch

    But now they can do at home what they had been doing at work:

  • http://Americanthinker paul

    Thinning of the herd. Painful but necessary.

  • hermie

    The union president will still get his cushy pension, his huge salary, his perks and the ‘prestige’ of being lord and master over 18,000 out of work union members who will still have to pay dues for the ‘honor’ of holding a worthless union card.

  • Granny

    #26 November 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm
    dan commented:

    Correction 5 am to 7 pm kind of days ..

    Oh PUH-LEASE! That kind of work schedule would be illegal in many states – and no union in the country would agree to such hours as the “norm”.

  • JenBee

    Dan, I work 12 1/2 hour shifts as a respiratory therapist, and I don’t make anywhere near $1,000 a week. AND I had to go to school for four years, putting myself in considerable debt to do so. Please, do tell, what sort of education you had to pay for and how much time and energy you had to put into it to become a baker?

    See this is the problem with unions. Typically they need no schooling past high school, yet they demand wages upwards of $40-$50 an hour, PLUS pension, PLUS grade-A healthcare. While people like me work so hard through school for a median wage. You’ll say that we ALL deserve union pay, but brainwashed by your union-mentality, you do not understand that your way is simply unsustainable and quite unrealistic. Out here in the real world we understand that businesses simply cannot afford to pay your wages AND your healthcare AND your pension-for-life after some 20-odd years of work.

    It’s simply a disconnect of reason. We get it, you don’t.

  • Larry

    What I want to know is how anyone thinks pouring flour, water, sugar and a few other ingredients possibly rates more than being a minimum wage job. A few people working for the company who actually have to have a skill set (machinery maintenance, etc.) should be paid more.

    If the $1,000 a week base pay is correct then they were getting paid $25 an hour to open bags and dump them in a hopper. Add to that the employer part of taxes plus benefits and Hostess was probably paying in the neighborhood of $40 to $45 an hour per employee…..and we wonder why a twinkie costs more than the 50 cents they are worth.

    Now these rocket scientists who quit their jobs will have their union help them all sign up for food stamps, unemployment and every other assistance available. Thus adding a further burden to the system that is already overload system. Look around hostes union people…..the non-working freeloaders you have been whining about being taxed to help???? It’s you!!!! And this is why disabled people and those truly needing help don’t get what they need. Nice job guys. EPIC FAIL!!

  • Earthmover

    Why dont these unemployed workers pool their genius and simply start their own
    bakery and show the world how to do it? Pay themselves 200 an hour! Its easy,
    come on!

  • lynndh

    The union guy still has a job and a paycheck. His members that worked for Hostess do not. For most of us that is a bit disjointed. Too bad he can’t be fired. Bet his salary and bennies are hirer than the management of Hostess.