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

  • Who is John Galt?

  • tom

    Here comes the liberal boycott!

  • silentcalrox

    this is just the beginning!

  • Lawrence Rosenthal

    OT: Team Romney says they got all the votes they set out to.

    ‘Rich Beeson, the political director for the Romney campaign, says that the problem wasn’t the GOP get-out-the-vote efforts, but the astounding success of the Democrats to turn out groups that generally didn’t vote in such large numbers.

    “We turned out the groups we needed to on our side,” Beeson says, adding that Democrats “did a better job of turnout than we thought they could do. They did alter the electorate.”’

    Edit Reply

  • 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

    NBCUniversal Cuts About 500 Employees [Less Than One Week After Election!]

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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….

  • Patty

    National Papa John’s Appreciation Day

    FOX Nation

    A viral Facebook post is calling for a national Papa John’s appreciation day in reaction the company having to cut employee hours because of ObamaCare. From the post:

    The CEO of Papa John’s, John H. Schnatter, has said that he will have to cut employee hours because of Obamacare. Schattner has received intense media scrutiny in addition to being demonized as an evil rich guy by the Left. Obamacare is a fiscal nightmare and because of it, many small businesses aren’t hiring now. Some are even closing their doors. Obamacare is now, as John Boehner said, “the law of the land.”
    In solidarity with John H. Schnatter, we propose that November, 16th, 2012 be National Papa John’s Appreciation Day. The Left thinks we are discouraged; they think they have won. Let’s send a clear message this Friday, like we did on Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, that we are here to stay and that we won’t stop fighting. There are over 2,600 Papa John’s stores in the United States. Let’s flood all of them like we flooded Chick-Fil-A.
    How the event works: more

  • Dave

    Yes, let’s go back to a time without unions, where every employer will pay its workers a fair wage and provide safe working conditions. Oh, wait, that was a dream I had, and isn’t actually possible.

  • Patty

    Actually, the world would be better off without Unions. People would actually work hard because they know if they don’t there is someone else, in line, especially thanks to Obama, to take their place.

  • Patty

    Unions: Look at this: Teachers Flock to Northwestern University for ‘Marxist Conference’

  • Rose

    We will sorely miss the Hostess bakeries, but as the daughter of a self-employed and sometimes small businessman, I HIGHLY SALUTE the business decisions of hostess for themselves and for America and the Constitution.

    Socialism is the Political GANGRENE of the planet.

    God Bless Hostess Owners and Management, and cover them Lord, Psalm 91 – Soldiers for America.

  • Patty

    Here one JA looney:

    The Left Picks a Bone With Papa John’s Pizza

    Papa John’s Pizza To Raise Prices Because Of Obamacare, CEO John Schnatter Says

    After President Obama’s health care law takes full effect, the slogan for national pizza chain Papa John’s may need an update. Instead of, “Better ingredients. Better Pizza,” may we suggest, “Better health care. Pricier pizza.”

    Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter says that Obamacare will result in a $0.11 to $0.14 price increase per pizza, or $0.15 to $0.20 cents per order, Pizza Marketplace, a trade publication, reports.

    Under Obamacare, the company, which is the third-largest pizza takeout and delivery chain in the United States, will have to offer health care coverage to more of its 16,500 total employees or pay a penalty to the government.

    One Papa John’s franchise owner in Texas, Judy Nichols, says the law could interfere with her ability to open more restaurants.

    “I have two options, I can stop offering coverage and pay the $2,000 fine, or I could keep my number of staff under 50 so the mandate doesn’t apply,” she told Legal Newsline. Nichols added that the law may cost her between $20,000 to $30,000 extra in taxes. “Obamacare is making me think about cutting jobs instead,” she said.

    REST IS HERE: huffpo

  • Patty

    #25 November 12, 2012 at 11:38 pm
    Rose commented:

    We still have plenty here. Thank God. and I mean no disrespect.

  • bigkahuna

    I would love to see the looks on the morons faces as they got notice they no longer have jobs and they have unions to thank. Maybe they can get their duers from the past 10 years or so back LOL yeah right.. Obama and other liberals got those.

    Maybe Bain Cap. will buy the leftover company and move it to a right to work state that voted for Romney and make it a success. !!!!!

  • Anthony Durnsford

    #22: That’s the spirit, Dave! Better to be an unyielding, clueless union zombie than a person with an actual job.

  • Highlander

    Dave, I thought when you clowns “won”, you’d go away and celebrate. Yet you keep coming back here. Could it be that you sense that you really haven’t won anything?

    Here’s a question for you … if government is the solution to all of life’s problems, and we already have all sorts of federal agencies to regulate wages and workplace safety, just exactly what do we need unions for? What are the unions doing for anyone, besides collecting dues and making life miserable and more expensive for everyone?

    I can’t believe that you idiots can’t see what you’re doing to this country, so I have no choice but to conclude that you’re doing it on purpose ….. and I find that reprehensible. I hope you understand that you’re going to suffer right along with everyone else if you break the backs of America’s businesses and kill the goose that laid the golden egg …..

  • Highlander

    It’s funny … for people who spend as much time as they do fighting to restrict our gun rights, liberals sure seem to shoot themselves in the foot an awful lot. Maybe THAT’S why they hate guns so much ….

  • thescribbler

    That’s one way to get rid of unions, welcome to the unemployment line. Please keep to the right and don’t look for yourself to be counted in the numbers when they come out. Bad for Obama and we can’t have that. Don’t qualify for unemployment? Wow, your line is over there —-> Yeah, that’s it under that sign that says Welfare….you’ll actually come out a lot further ahead in the long run. Just keep having children and you’ll get more money for every kid you have. You can stay on it for life and good news is that you can show your children that there isn’t a need to work for a living, Dear Leader will provide for you……Good luck, you’re going to need it!

    It all makes me sick! Now hearing about voter fraud, so blatant that they should be ashamed of themselves for being so stupid…and yet he gets away with this crap, over and over and over and over. What’s the guy gotta do for everyone to be as outraged as we are? I need meds, I guess…hope Obamacare will provide me with some good stuff!

  • donh


  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    It’s funny … for people who spend as much time as they do fighting to restrict our gun rights,…

    It’s most assuredly not just our gun rights they want to restrict…

  • Bubba

    You know, that election result was (still is) a brutal pill to swallow, but stories like this make me very VERY happy. Yes, yes, Karma blah blah blah…but 95% of these union shakedown artists without a doubt voted for that boy King. The fact that the’ll now be seeing first hand how “awesomely awesome” the Barry economy is VERY satisfying.

    Reap the whirlwind, union scum Obama supporters. Oh…but cheer up deadbeat losers–there’s food stamps a plenty and Obama phones for all the 47 percenters.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    …there’s food stamps a plenty and Obama phones for all the 47 percenters.

    “They’ll turn us all into beggars because they’re easier to please.”

  • Michael

    It is called economic reality. These left drones thought vote for the Marxist and all the world would succumb. Despite the fact he pulled in over 9 million fewer votes. I applaud Papa John’s, Applebees and others that will make the MORONS that voted for this tin suit pay for it. They deserve it. Leftists create no jobs, never build anything, invest nothing and then demand those that do conform to their leftist agenda. KISS OFF!! Layoff as many as needed, cut their hours and fire them. IT IS HIGH TIME the DEM LEECHES face the reality of their vote. This is only the beginning….many more large companies will soon be dropping health care. The 2,000 fine is much more affordable then over 3,500 per employee that will rise as now insurance companies are forced to expand coverage and terms that will force them to raise rates. As they raise rates, Companies will simply DROP COVERAGE for all employees and pay the fine. HELLO GOV’T HEALTHCARE, limitations, fewer doctors, fewer hospitals, rationed care, denied treatments, fewer medicines and much more living with pain and others waiting months and months for surgeries if APPROVED. YOU FOOLS you bought Obama’s BS and now SUFFER!! I feel no sympathy for them. They must learn their lesson. It is high time. For too long freeloaders have gotten away with not facing the economic reality. THEY THINK they are entitled because they breathe. NO…GO PAY FOR IT!! There is no FREE anything. The leeches are just use to someone else paying through GOV’T mandates requiring the producers to pay for the leeches. WELL HELLO REALITY….

    Get ready for the left crying and boo hoo…because JOB LOSSES are about to go through the roof and company based great healthcare is about to go BYE BYE….get ready for lines and lines. THE LEECHES from the third world that left those dumps to come here voted for the same type of gov’t they left. YOU see the difference is here they think the WORKERS will pay for them unlike the dumps they came from where NO JOBS existed and it was Marxism 101.

    Well NO JOBS are coming because you fell for Obama’s False Prophecy and BS!! Get in line for your gov’t cheese. Your future is gone! You made the choice for Marxism….a year from now unemployment will be well over 10 percent and real unemployment will approach 20 percent and no end in sight! I would guess 60 million on food stamps a year from now….47.1 right now!

    Elections have consequences and the left will soon be facing the economic reality of it. Sadly, the very people that voted for this FRAUD will be the ones that suffer the most. Hey, since the super wealthy liberals in Hollywood, NYC, PHL, SFO and Boston agreed with you…GO FORM A LINE OUTSIDE THEIR HOMES AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT YOU…lets see their LOVE???

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  • lethargic

    Time to add Hostess Cupcakes to this week’s shopping list …

  • Ben

    A good start. Every unemployed union member is one fewer dues-payer and one less dues dollar contributed to the advancement of socialism. I only wish it could have been 365000. May they never find another union job.

  • Economan

    Too bad the average Obamabot is too stupid to figure out simple, basic economics. Of course Obama is happy since this means more people on welfare …

  • EdithWislow

    I say GOOD!

    SCREW the union and those that support it! This country is in the middle of a depression and they’re going out on strike? What employer needs that kind of loyalty? SCREW the union and all the union workers too! It’s about time the workers realized that it wasn’t the union who signed their paycheck, but the employer – whom they just walked out on. Enjoy your food stamps…while they last.

  • raybojabo

    Unions were beneficial at one time before they became communist tools, sorta like the Democrat party.

  • dunce

    Shutting down the business is the quickest way to effectively de- certify a union. People will still want baked goods so the will be opportunities for people to open small bake shops. let the unions try to organize a family business,LOL.

  • MVH

    So the workers “were honoring the picket line to protest cuts to their salaries and other benefits” in spite of being told that if they striked they would lose their job… Mmmm ka-ay.

  • dw dude

    uniondouches…I know Sasquatch eats them

  • I feel like baking the CEO a cake!

  • bobdog

    Time for a national Twinkie boycott! Let’s show these rich capitalist pigs that the working man won’t put up with this kind of treatment! We’ll drive them into BANKRUPTCY!

    Wut? They’re already bankrupt?

    Oh. Well, let’s make an EXAMPLE out of them! We can’t let them get away with this! They’re just trying to get out of their contract by committing suicide!

  • Granny

    What part of “bankrupt” does the Baker’s Union not understand? Oh, wait . . . . there is that minor little thing called a precedent that Obama set when he threw bankruptcy law to the 4 winds for the GM unions . . . .

    Ah well – Twinkies haven’t been what they once were in many a year.

  • Since this election, I have decided to never buy a car from one of the Big Three again. I was born and raised in Michigan, and grew up loyal to American makes. Now, I realize I am just putting money into the pockets of the UAW, who will turn around and spend it to elect politicians I find despicable. No More.

  • Jimmy C Corn

    “I left it as I found it”.

    This is the feel-good story of the day.

  • well now

    Good for management! It’s about time these bloodsucking union leeches get a lesson in cold economic reality.
    A few years ago, the same situation happened at the Stella D’Oro factory in the Bronx with a union strike. The factory eventually closed up and moved to Ohio.
    These Union leeches seem to have an over inflated opinion of their own value to a company.

  • bike mike

    I remember a company I was associated with some years ago, fell on hard times and was down to one employee. The union took that one employee out on strike. The owner came to work and saw the one employee and union president on a picket line and told them the shop was now closed. The president took the strike sign from the last employee put it in is car trunk and drove away, leaving the now unemployed last employee dumbfounded and alone. Quite a fitting justice.

  • briscuit

    These unionist got what they deserve. No sympathy here.

  • mg4us

    Remember – – Unions themselves are a business too. . . they run their own P&Ls and the bigwigs dine on steaks & lobster while Joe the picket-line dork eats franks & beans!

  • anti-bho

    I can respect this lady’s feelings, but she should have just divorced him. If he dies he will be a permanent dim voter. If she’s convicted for it she can’t vote anymore either.
    Wise up conservatives.

    Cops: Woman angered by Obama re-election runs down husband for not voting – Orlando Sentinel

  • Hostess is better off without these employees since it is obvious they are too stupid to even make Twinkies.

  • Limousine Barry

    Let me be clear, this is proof that my job killing policies are working!

    And, if you are in Ohio then you can expect a huge cut in your food stamps! [Giggle – snort]

    You have given me your vote and I have given you the shaft – up the arse! Barky does it doggy style!

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  • Daisy

    So, does this qualify under the WARN act – 60 days notice that a plant is closing? And is severance based on the last weeks wages? Which would be 0 as they were out on strike?

    One mark of intelligence is to forsee the reaction to any action. (Maybe even 2 or 3 steps out). Unfortunately, these people to make that connection, even when it was pointed out to them. I hope they sue the union.

  • saveus

    curious that all these terminations occur after the election

  • myohmy

    Hostess filed bankruptcy last January, duh. Stupid sheeples were led by stupid union leader. See, where they get them to. Welcome to the Obama world where joblessness is the new norm.

    Reap what you sow.

  • Finncrisp

    Given deteriorating conditions in the country, it is instructive the infomation blackout that is in effect with respect to our Union bretheren. What kind of bubble are they living in to believe that a company dealing with potentioal complete liquidation has gobs of cash to spread around?

  • Finncrisp

    #61 Elections have consequences. Busineses live in the real world and must plan for real events that Barry has planned for them. Most restarants will go to a 29 hour work week to eliminate full time employees. Yep, elections have consequences.

  • snap boy

    Not a doubt tose workers received value from their years of union dues. Now they can collect from Uncle Sam without lifting a finger.

  • Jsmith

    Good job Hostess! Crush the unions!

  • To Idiots like Lonestar Workers should picket when denied decent wages and benefits all hostess is doing is trying to get bailed out by the govt.Owner should be arrested and put in jail for violating workers rights.

  • bike mike

    Darryll, you will never pass a drug test with that level of thinking

  • Kelly Kheel

    Good for Hostess, my hats off to you for standing up to thugs. Union workers are paid on average 34% higher than their private sector counterpart. The price of your products are through the roof all to pay for the high price of your employees. Get your cost down and become competitive again. It is the American way, with good, honest standards not being bullied.

  • radioone

    Management made the right decision. Why have that union headache, when you’re dealing with bankruptcy lawyers and judges all the time. Now they can just sell the buildings and equipment, generate the cash for the creditors and move on to the next problem. If they run into more employee problems, management might just throw up their hands and turn it over to the Bankruptcy Trustee, who will just sell the pieces off. Eventually somebody will buy the “Hostess Brand Names”, produce the products in non-union shops, and make a profit with employees working only 29 hours a week.

  • Guess they can bake for the air-traffic controllers Reagan canned- guess when there is no “evil company to strike, there is non to work for. We need right to work in Mo.

  • Good for Hostess. Show the union workers what happens when they strike and support a government which is causing small business to close their doors.

    Now I’m in the mood for some Twinkies.

  • bigL

    Where I live there was a Hostess installation and the bakers were going on strike. Thearticle said that the union was “owed” something like $2 billion which was morethan the value of that division of the company company.How does this happen. Even if some dope inthe company was willing to negotiate such benefit package, where is the brain ontheother side thatsays to the
    union bosses: “hey, they can’t pay this,ever.”

  • Tighterlines64

    The next move by the unions is to have the courts overturn all right to work legislation nation wide, or else we are goint to see business do what Boeing did on a large scale. On the other hand who really knows what is going to happen in this screwed up mess of a former great country.

  • Dave-O

    I’m hoping that, as part of their severance package, each laid-off worker receives a sheet that includes the name, address, home & cell phone number of each and every union official so every laid-off worker can send along their personal thank you for a job well-done.

  • Cynthia C.

    Hello to the new Change of Progressive stupidly thought out plans…. Hello Union thugs, have you all gone stupid? Get a clue there are going to be cuts across the board. Obamacare is demanding more wealth which means the workers are going to share theirs. This is the revenge Obama was talking about and Union people voted for. Suck it up and give up more of your wealth for the Obama Change. Which will just keep Progressively take more of your money, or like you are seeing leave you without any. You gotta love change now you can be totally dependent on a bankrupt government… oh Joy oh Joy we are going to be taken care of. Really, you have just been bankrupted and Obamasized which is the downsizing of your life… and guess what the last 4 years are the reason for this season of your life.

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  • Mel

    Get out there and buy Ho Ho’s and Twinkies to show your support!!!! Let them relocate to Right to Work states and succeed. The war has been started. We need to support companies that support conservatism. The others can wither and die. Vote with your pocketbook.

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  • This is the kind of food that Obama wants to ban, and doesn’t care how many jobs are lost in the process. Could the union leaders simply be tools that are getting paid with whatever slush fund (created by taxpayer dollars) is available?

  • Tau

    I can see why everyone hates the union and loves the company – damn straight no business should be forced to provide health care coverage. While we’re at it, let’s get rid of minimum wage and weekends, too. I know all I need to be happy is that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from knowing the business owner is making a healthy profit. Just as an aside, Hostess products include some of the unhealthiest crap on the planet. I bet the union was responsible for designing all those products, too. And for sure no one wanted to buy those Twinkies because they were union made – had nothing to do with the fact they are gross. Yep, union pretty much had it coming. Pity it isn’t like the 1930’s now – we could have sent the cops in to beat the crap out of those commies. Those were the days.

  • Don

    Back when they were started unions were desperately needed. But over time they have over stepped their usefulness. They are not working for the people when they make contracts that will bankrupt the company’s or municipality their people work in.

  • modre

    welcome to “obama land” ya get free stuff

  • Tee Dub

    Sad thing that nobody seems to recognize is that in each of these factories there are probably at least 100 to 200 non-union clerical, supervisory, managerial, and support jobs that had no say in the union decision to strike. But they will be out of work along with the union brothers.


    Who are they kidding? Oh, Obviously You Liberal Sheeple. They Were Going Under Anyway Due To Poor Management. They Tried To Recover Their Losses On The Backs Of The Workers via their Salaries And Benefits. But What Better Opportunity To Blame The Union Worker For Their Demise. Not Fooling Me!

  • Don De

    I hate this. Having been out of work from May to September I sympathize with anyone in that
    situation, but with this and other closings and layoffs the unions in this country may finally be seen for what they are.
    If those union workers losing their jobs had voted with their conscience instead of doing what the union told them to do they’d be at work today.

  • Don De

    PROUNIONWORKER have you been drinking already? For someone with a name like yours to call anyone else a sheep is laughable. You’re the sheep. You voted the way you were told and now we’re all going to suffer through the result.
    Congratulations. I hope you’re next.

  • Don De

    PROUNIONWORKER has obviously been drinking already.
    For someone with a name like PROUNIONWORKER to call anyone else a sheep is laughable. You’re the sheep. You voted the way you were told and now we’re all going to suffer through the result.
    Congratulations. I hope you’re next.

  • Don De

    Sorry for the (sort of) duplicate. It took forever and I didn’t think it posted…

  • BuddyG


  • Lisa Faith

    I am so glad Hostess did this. Workers got what they deserve.

  • Crusty1149

    The unions want MORE from a company in bankruptcy? In what reality does that make any sense? Welcome to Obamavile!

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  • dwd

    Good for Hostess.

    There are probably a lot of non-union people that would love to bake for Hostess.

  • Steve Meservy

    I worked for the state welfare office for 28 years and you were not entitled to Food Stamps if you were on strike. Retired now, but hope they have not changed the law !!

  • Tom

    That absolute GALL of those filthy working scumbags!!! HOW DARE they get mad when the CEO and his top executives run the company into bankruptcy and raise their own pay by 300%!!! They should stand like good slaves and take the screwing. Those fat cats needed the money to be able to look for new jobs in companies they haven’t destroyed yet.

  • Ellen Brewster

    Unions and Obamacare will cripple the nation. Obama voters, thank you in advance for destroying what once was the grand experiment in freedom of enterprise, expression, religion and thought. Get in line (with the rest of history’s failed civilizations) for food distribution, gasoline, sub-par medical care, clothing, and every other handout briefly available. No more industriousness, ambition, achievement, invention. Just regulation, taxes and a stifling governmental behemoth.

  • sablegsd

    #22 November 12, 2012 at 11:31 pm
    Dave commented:

    Yes, let’s go back to a time without unions, where every employer will pay its workers a fair wage and provide safe working conditions. Oh, wait, that was a dream I had, and isn’t actually possible.

    Dave, there are about a billion laws on the books that protect workers from unsafe conditions. And who decides what a “fair” wage is?
    You watched that series on the tv about men who built the country, didn’t you? News flash, the world is not like that now.

  • sablegsd

    #96 November 13, 2012 at 10:51 am
    Tom commented:

    That absolute GALL of those filthy working scumbags!!! HOW DARE they get mad when the CEO and his top executives run the company into bankruptcy and raise their own pay by 300%!!! They should stand like good slaves and take the screwing. Those fat cats needed the money to be able to look for new jobs in companies they haven’t destroyed yet.

    Who owns the company? Not the damn union. And if you don’t think the union had a huge part in the unprofitably, you are stupid.

  • burt

    Papa John’s is cutting back on employee hours. Meanwhile they have to hire more lawyers and tax accountants to to keep up with federal requirements.

  • Deb Speelman

    Come to Florida, Hostess! We are a Right To Work State!!!

  • James

    Unions have turned into a Big Business also. I worked at Caterpillar when they locked us out the Union said they can’t replace you but they did. When the company made their first offers the Union said your not going to vote on this Cat S#$t. After two years on the picket line the Union called off the strike said oh well you just have to accept the final offer which was much worse that the one we couldn’t vote on. We worked 6 yrs without a contract the Company told them no contract no Union dues the Union was more worried about the lost dues than the workers. It’s your money they want not what’s in the workers best interest.

  • RoaRock

    Hostess is welcome in Virginia, we are a right to work state.

  • brian

    Now they are really in the bread line

  • prax26

    sablegsd – just wondering if you were aware of the fact that less than 12% of the US workforce belongs to unions? Are you saying that the remaining 88% that are NOT union all work in unsafe, unprotected conditions and do not receive fair wages?

  • Jim Dorkins

    *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.*
    “PWalker” had you read the article, it would be apparent.
    Unions have brought higher wages, 40 hour work week, time and 1/2 for anything over 40 hours as well as many other benefits to all workers. I have worked union and non-union jobs. Seen good AND bad on both sides, and been successful. I’d much rather have the benefits brought about by unions, than the abuses practiced before them!!! Sixteen hour work days, no holidays, no time and 1/2 for holiday work or hours past 40 in a week. You want to work that way, go ahead. I’d like to spend time with my family and be able to afford it!

  • Cranios

    In Amerika, job strike YOU!

  • Kemp Horn

    No problem, the union will take care of those jobless bakers.

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  • Juan Donner

    Nelson Muntz.

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  • larry

    Good for Hostess.I hope they hang in and refuse to bow to the union thugs..

  • mike westphal

    They wanted more dough.

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  • RonB

    Screw all unions, the union bosses are all corrupt, they make more than the average worker, when you idiots lose your jobs, they like politicians will still be screwing you.

  • Sam Pierce

    I work at a chemical plant that have changed hands a few years back. Years ago the Steelworkers stuck their nose in the door. They tried to unionized us, but failed. We was called stupid for that decision. My job is rough and at times it could be dangerous. We need to hire more people, but due to the company laying off people, we are in a hiring freeze. We get better than average pay and really good benefits. When our company we are now bought us, we could have lost everything but did not. My years of service and vacation was kept. The company is not perfect, but hey I am working.

  • ltklem

    Jim Dorkins, where do you live? time and a half is the law, not a union benefit. Workers comp and unemployment insurance are the law, not a union benefit! YOU BASICALLY JOINED A UNION SO YOU COULD MAKE MONTHLY PAYMENTS TO A THIRD PARTY SO YOU COULD HAVE A JOB! Federal Holidays are a law not a union benefit. Are you retired yet? Hope not because you will pay a medicare premium to the govt or LOSE your social security. Union Benefit? Your pension from the union won’t be squat. All that money you paid in for years to your pension fund, social security, medicare, union dues-ITS GONE.

    signed retired 35 year union fool.

  • Harvey Henkelmann

    To Hell with unions, to Hell with the working class… I LOVE living in a Right To Work state so I can work my ass off for nothing!

  • Dave

    #117 ltklem Are you familiar with history at all? Do you know who was responsible for instituting those laws? The 8 hour work day specifically can be traced back to efforts by the International Workingmen’s Association in the mid-1800s. And trust me, they were not a supper club. The 8 hour work day didn’t emerge out of the kindness of company owner’s hearts – thank god for unions!

  • Harvey Henkelmann

    Those in favor of eliminating labor unions should also be in favor of eliminating the Minimum Wage, overtime, vacations and other benefits.

  • SteveG

    Maybe the union should just buy out Hostess and run it themselves. Then we’ll see how much they like unions. If they can sell the product affordably.

  • Mark Grant

    Striking for more pay and benefits,….brilliant!
    Plant closing so you lose ALL your pay and benefits – Priceless!!

  • Harvey Henkelmann

    One thing is for certain, I’ll NEVER buy Hostess products again, especially if they hire Scabs.

    And all you people who are screaming against the unions…. I hope YOU lose your job next. There are many ‘undocumented’ immigrants ready to do YOUR job for much less than what you make. ; )

  • LarryFrom10EC

    Yes, the Democrats did an amazing job turning out the vote. Over 100% in many districts. Nothing to see here folks, move it along.

  • Lee

    Come to Mountain Home, AR. We would be glad to have you open here and work for you. Good job on your decision. I hope they all beg for a twinkie in time.

  • David Harris

    The Union was warned….You strike….We shut down plants….

    Unions were designed help to negotiate wages, work hours, etc.

    They were not designed to put its workers out of work and that is just what they did.

    I have read all of these comments by Union supporters and Union haters and would like to remind everyone of something.

    Unions had their purpose at one time. To give workers a collective voice on wages, work hours, working conditions.

    Now the Unions take the workers dues, spend it on lavish parties, use it to try to manipulate elections. And they don’t give one rat’s butt about the worker. In this shrinking economy the last thing a smart union boss would do is form a strike. They would continue to negotiate and keep their workers working.

    Now 600 people are out of work, in an economy that could be heading for another recession.

    To you Union Supporters. There is an old saying. You don’t bite the hand that feeds you. And that is exactly what the Baker’s Union did to Hostess. They bit them. And they were told, you bite us, we will let you go.

    They got what they asked for. They thought the Union could protect them. The Union can’t protect them now.

    Oh, I’m sure they will take it to court. But they will lose. Because once a company files bankruptcy, they have protection under the law. The Union workers voluntarily walked out after they were told, you walk, you lose your job.

    You walk off the job, your job should be open to someone else. And if Hostess is smart, they will move operations to a state where the Union has no bite. 600 people elsewhere would be happy to take a job without a Union.

  • Gin-nastic

    I’ve been buying Little Debbies and store brand lately. My budget couldn’t stand Hostess prices anymore anyhow. I do love the Twinkies though. Miss the heck out them:-((

  • Neenie W

    I think Hostess is right…having worked both with and without union representation over the years, I tend to like non union better…
    Unions were good when originally formed, but they’ve gained so much control, thanks to the gov’t., that they are literally putting businesses out of business.
    To strike is to give up what you had and what you want…you NEVER gain a thing by striking…principle is one thing, but that’s why negotiation and compromise is necessary. When a union breaks a company, everyone loses…but the biggest casualties of all are the workers who lose their income and the ability to care for their families and pay their bills…

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  • Lynn

    It’s all Obama’s. fault!

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  • Jeff

    I have lived in Michigan all my life and if you want to see what unions have done check out Detroit, there are other things that have helped kill the city as well but the unions are a part of it. Unions in the beginning were started for a good reason but now they are greedy and corrupt. I am seriously considering a none UAW vehicle when I purchase a new one, the UAW supports a socialistic, spineless POS like Obama so I figure they dont need my money.

  • Debbie

    Who’s John Gault? How long will it take? What will have to happen? WWIII? PLEASE Go to sign up for a 14 day free trial. You will be amazed/enlightened about the REAL NEWS/THE TRUTH LIVES THERE. (We are members $9.99 per month WELL worth it) PLEASE Don’t believe the main stream media ie CBS, CNN, NBC, ABC, MSLSD They are all in Obama’s pockets.

  • Please do a little research BEFORE writing an article like this. You are helping Hostess spread lies and scare tactics. Here’s the proof that these plants where already slated to close as also stated in the contract they forced on us. Mayor of St. Louis was told MONTHS ago about the plant closing. This is just one of many LIES told by Mr. Rayburn as of late.

  • Mark S.

    Sorry Eric.. but Hostess said they were going to TRY to keep the plant open, if they could under bankruptcy laws (and would have likely been able to do so), but they would back out of that if the workers went on strike.

    And if you believe _ANYTHING_ that comes out Slay’s mouth… you’re fooling yourself. That man is probably the 3rd biggest liar in the state of Missouri behind McCaskill and Clay.

  • Jimmie

    why? or there plenty of jobs out there? you cut off your nose. Looks like the Union needs to go.

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  • Roger Korby

    Just how do these unions think they can be paid by a company who declared bankruptcy? Hostess can make it, but they need to reconsider where they place their factories. Come to the friendly states of Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana where they will actually thrive and start turning a profit again.

  • Shaggington Thaddeus Farnsworth

    This is a thing of beauty!!! I love it. Rarely is stupidity and greed punished so quickly. Because of Unions forcing companies to pay unskilled laborers $25/hour, skilled office workers with IT Certifications are paid $10/hour to make up for the costs. This is payback!!!! I might not be making $25/hour for cleaning toilets and pushing a broom around a plant, but I still have a good job! HA aha ha ha ha ha hah ah ahaah aha hah ha ah aha h!!!!!!

  • Steve

    I work for hostess brand(deliveries and sales) 4 YEARS AGO i would bring home about 600 a week for working about 65 to 68 hours a week. Not much when you think of the hours I work. First they took 20 bucks a week from us. Saying thats alll they need to get the company back on its feet. two years later they took another 170 bucks a week. and now they took another 135 bucks a week. now I don’t even bring home 400 a week and I still HAVE TO work 65 hours a week. I didn’t go on strike Im a teamster and they claim the teamsters agreed to the cuts. Oh, did I mention the CO s and the dozen men at the top started getting million in bonuses. Im stuck doing this because unlike what the president says, there are no jobs out there. I just turned of my cell phone and cut my cable off. you can’t make a living at hostess brands anymore. So the strikers just feel they might as well take down the company that took them down.

  • Steve

    Oh I also forgot to mention we lost our pension also. They stop putting in a year ago. I have no idea what the auto union people make. All I know is what the Hostess people make. Trust me. We can make the same bagging groceries at the local store per hour. People always asked me “Why you get up at 0one in the morning and work 13 to 15 hours a day with out even two days off in a row? My answer was always . “Well. we have good medical and A ok retirement. Now what can I tell them? My pay has been cut in half(I ‘m sure if you figured it out at time in a half over 40 hours I wouldn’t make min wage}(We get no over time pay on routes ) Our insurance for one person jumped from 10 bucks a week to 84 bucks a week (thanks obama)

  • carolyn

    OMG These plants were going to be shut down anyways, no matter of the strike or not. So they had nothing to lose. Resource the facts first. There are more plants on that list. This is just a scare ploy.

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  • Mark S.

    Steve.. i call bs on this number

    First they took 20 bucks a week from us. Saying thats alll they need to get the company back on its feet. two years later they took another 170 bucks a week. and now they took another 135 bucks a week. now I don’t even bring home 400 a week and I still HAVE TO work 65 hours a week

    They took money from your paycheck? First off.. I call that into question. A company by FEDERAL law cannot just take money out of your paycheck unless you agree to the withdrawals. (taxes you don’t have any choice in the matter on).

    Secondly, if you’re pulling 65 hours a week, and only pulling home 400/week, you’re either making minimum wage (Pre-TAX) or you’re just pulling numbers out of thin air. If you spent 4+ years there and not making more than minimum wage, then maybe you needed to reconsider your work ethic?

    Maybe you needed to double check what money was coming out of your paychecks and why, before you start blaming the company.

  • george mckeel

    Congress needs to pass a law that there should be NO wage our salary increases during or as the result of a strike; none for one year after a strke for whatever reason.

  • res

    Unions bad for everything
    Now your screwed guess you don’t have to worrie about crossing ur picket line

  • rick

    Geez, do you people know what’s been going on and what concessions these people have already made? Hope this happens to you.

  • Brian

    Watch out more and more companies are going out of business because of ObamaCare..Obama do not understand business and math

  • Jon Arnow

    My dad was a union president in the early 1950s. Things were different then. Now, the union bosses and the unions themselves are reminiscent of what I read about happening in the Soviet Union and socialist leaning countries in Europe. Way to go. You killed the goose that was laying your golden eggs. Stupid narrow minded , self serving people. Try and start a company and find out what it takes to run one before you go and destroy one. This is just the beginning. What a bunch of Jerks. Thank you Mr. President for your support of these idiots. Everything is beginning to fall into play for you and your bloated government cronies

  • steve8714

    Just like the 6000 workers at Chrysler didn’t give a crap about the thirty thousand others who lost their jobs when Fenton closed, these bakers don’t care about the other 12000 or so Hostess employees. I’m sorry for the teamsters and company employees, and packaging company employees, etc. but not the bakers.

  • anita

    Sad the non union workers who will lose thier job because of the self-serving union bosses and members. Patty, you can live without them. Right now they are destroying out cities and
    States with demands for more money and benefits. Most of the taxpayers have no more to
    give. I get tired of hearing how they put their life on the line everyday or they are over worked
    and underpaid. Before you chose your profession what was it. The job, was it to help people
    in need or was it the money???

  • A_Nobody

    @P Walker; They’re homebased here and going through bankruptcy. As usual, union demands were more than could be afforded, and they were told so, but wouldn’t relent, so Hostess was forced to take the measures they did. This is a first step in the demise. 2nd will be when the 1% get fed up with taxes and pick up their marbles and move. Then where are the “99%” going to get their money? Unions have helped run jobs overseas and blame others too. I suppose they’ll blame the rich for leaving too.

  • Disgusted

    I came across this thread just trying to find out what the story was with Hostess….but themore responses I read, the more disgusted I got as you blamed each other’s political views, parties, and whatever else you could think of. And here I stupidly thought that the bipartisan problem and rhetoric was mainly in Washington and that average Americans were more interested in solving the problems than just blaming “the other guys”. Guess I was wrong there – at least on this site. Here’s an idea…why don’t we all get OUR act together and stop echoing the politicians and the infighting in DC. Maybe we could set an example for THEM by getting along and focusing on some solutions. And yes…apparently I am a Polly Anna. Oh…and last time I checked, both democrats and republicans belonged to the unions that I’m familiar with! And…when they started the minimum wage, they predicted THAT would be the end of American small businesses too. Amazing how we’ve survived worse economic times as a nation but no one seems to remember how really strong we can be together.