Striking Workers Kill Hostess – 18,000 Workers Laid Off

Striking workers forced Hostess to close its doors and lay off 18,000 employees.

NBCDFW reported:

Hostess, the makers of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread, is going out of business after striking workers failed to heed a Thursday deadline to return to work, the company said.

“We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike,” Hostess CEO Gregory F. Rayburn said in announcing that the firm had filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to shutter its business. “Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders.”

Hostess Brands Inc. had earlier warned employees that it would file to unwind its business and sell off assets if plant operations didn’t return to normal levels by 5 p.m. Thursday. In announcing its decision, Hostess said its wind down would mean the closure of 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, approximately 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores in the United States.

Hostess suspended bakery operations at all its factories and said its stores will remain open for several days to sell already-baked products.

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  • feduptoo
  • retired militaryq

    I saw this on yahoo. Comments were overwhelmingly antiunion.

  • Sasja


    Now we all know that since Barry’s trip to NY, all is well. The lights are on, heating systems are functioning, there is plenty of food and everyone is happy. It still might be a little smelly, but when did NY not smell? As to the problems in NJ, the great and wonderful Christie Creme also has everything under control, I’m sure.

  • MJ

    Well, they got what they asked for.
    Where is Obama-god now????

  • Hangtown Bob

    Ding Dong, the Ding Dong is dead
    the Ding Dong is dead
    the Ding Dong is dead
    Ding Dong, The wicked Ding Dong is dead

    We’re all in the insane world of Oz now, but, the big question is ……….

    Who is going to pull back the curtain to expose the Wizard??

  • Economan

    So Twinkies can survive a nuke holocaust but they can’t survive Democrat-loving unions…The Wookie must be very happy.

  • ukdon

    Those of us who are past the age of 50 will find this article shocking and yet it is so very, very true.

    The unions will lead us directly down this path if we let them.

  • john hawkins

    Hostess is is one of the first to go “John Galt” since the election. Many to follow.

  • Aaron G.

    Now the laid off workers will just collect 99 weeks of unemployment.

  • Mitch Rapp

    Why can’t Obama step in and let the Post Office run the Twinkie shoppes? The can lose Billions a month and still survive – why can’t Hostess with the Mostess?

  • Lilbby


  • VotingFemale

    To Union Greedsters, Happy Holidays Asshats.

  • bigL

    The Teamsters represented the other parts of the employees. so they got scrod by t he Bakers Union. Is there goingto be butt kicking soon? uh no…
    And say, how much did these jobs pay? anyone see that?

  • Hera

    I dislike unions but the article I read said Hostess cut the workers wages and benefits and stopped contributing to their pensions a year ago. What good is being part of a union if the company can do all that? The unions problem is that they thought management was bluffing about closing the business and they weren’t. People who support Obamacare and increased taxes on the “rich” are in for the same rude awakening when those businesses also close.The “rich” will be fine its Obama supporters who will be out in the cold literally and figuratively.

  • Trish

    “… early retirement”? WTH? I’ll be working till I’m 80 … and that’s if I’m still lucky enough to have a job.

  • senah

    Wonder what Twinkies will go for on ebay?

  • donh

    Will the union be grubbing off a cut of the food stamp and unemployment payments to their fired members ?

  • TeachX3

    This is serious, I know. But what is done is done. One of my favorite movies is Zombieland…

    Tallahassee: [discovers Hostess truck filled with Sno-Balls] Sno-Balls? Sno-Balls? Sno Balls? Where’s the f*ing Twinkies?
    Columbus: I love Sno-Balls.
    Tallahassee: I hate coconut. Not the taste, consistency.
    Columbus: [eats a Sno Ball] Fresh.
    Tallahassee: Oh, this Twinkie thing, it ain’t over yet.

  • Espresso Logic – The 6th Sense

    Keep your powder dry boys and girls.

  • mg4us

    Heck the Unions doing such a good job running GM, why not by this company and save all these jobs. . .