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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  • 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.
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  • 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.