Hostess Permanently Closes Three Plants After Bakers’ Union Goes on Strike

Hostess told union workers they would close plants if the union went on strike.
The bakers’ union went on strike anyway.
So today Hostess closed three plants, including the one in St. Louis that has been in business for decades, in response to the strike.

A bakery store attached to the Hostess plant in St. Louis. The store was closed Monday, because of the bakers’ union strike. (STL Today)

Over 600 workers will no longer have a job.
Nice work bakers’ union.

St. Louis Today

Hostess Brands permanently closed three bakeries Monday, including a plant in St. Louis where 365 jobs were cut, in response to a bakers’ union strike that started Friday.

The bankrupt maker of Twinkies and Wonder bread said it’s trying to avert liquidating the entire company, and it shuttered three plants that were no longer able to produce and deliver products because of picket lines. The other plant closures are in Seattle and Cincinnati, where a combined 262 jobs were cut.

“We deeply regret this decision, but we have repeatedly explained that we will close facilities that are no longer able to produce and deliver products because of a work stoppage — and that we will close the entire company if widespread strikes cripple our business,” Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn said in a statement.

Wholesale baker Hostess Brands, which is based in Irving, Texas, filed for bankruptcy in January and has fought with labor groups over contract changes throughout the year.

Thousands of members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike beginning on Friday at plants across the country, including Oakland, Calif.; Seattle; and Orlando, Fla. The union represents about 5,680 of Hostess’ 18,300 employees.

On Monday morning, more than two dozen Hostess workers stood on a sidewalk outside the St. Louis bakery on North Broadway, refusing to cross the picket line set by striking bakers’ union members from Columbus, Ind. Some of Hostess’ St. Louis employees said they had worked at the plant that makes Hostess cakes and Nature’s Pride and Wonder breads for decades but were honoring the picket line to protest cuts to their salaries and other benefits.

The St. Louis Bakers Union Local 4 represents 200 employees at the plant at 6301 North Broadway.

It’s evident the bakers’ union is run by liberals, huh?

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  • Jim

    And so it begins –

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  • ShawnP

    So yes it is possible to phuck up Twinkies.

  • P Walker

    Can’t wait to hear what the workers were striking over.

  • lonestar

    Good for Hostess! Hopefully, they come out of bankruptcy and open plants in Right-To-Work states, where they are welcomed.

  • Mike

    Way to Go fellow union heads……….Stop listening to your leadership and think for yourself guys……what a piece of pathetic >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Sasja



    maybe they should call their union reps and get a job inside the union, for this i will buy more twinkes. great job union-idiots

  • kmacginn

    Who is John Galt?

  • tom

    Here comes the liberal boycott!

  • silentcalrox

    this is just the beginning!

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  • archtop

    Remember to remind your Obama-voting friends how great the economy is…

    Especially next year, when we all get whacked with tax increases…

  • Patty

    Unions, can’t live with them and can live without them.

    And this among other businesses layoffs thanks to Socialist in Chief

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  • Edward Treadway

    Twinkies going the way of the bustle. Sad

  • The Central Scrutinizer

    First the Chocodile and now evrything else. The Mayans were right.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    “…we will close the entire company if widespread strikes cripple our business,”

    Not being able to buy the occasional box of Ho Hos is going to suck, big time.

  • andre

    Probably Obama voters. Good work Union! You really showed Hostess!

  • Dien Cai Dau

    Trying to work up some sympathy for the union workers……….nope, cant do it.
    Actually it couldnt have happened to a more deserving group of neanderthals.

  • Highlander

    No problem … The Obama administration will simply seize the company, claiming that it’s too large to fail. Once the management has been sufficiently demonized, and they’ve screwed the shareholders out of their investments, they’ll redistribute the assets to the unions as they see fit, and we’ll have government Twinkies and Obama Bread in every school….