11.19.2012 in Big Labor, Politics by NetRight Daily 20

Big Labor killed the Twinkie

Big Labor is Fighting UsBy Adam Bitely — The war on profit and success waged by Big Labor has claimed their latest victim: Hostess.

The snack food king announced on Friday that they would immediately cease all production operations at their bakeries and would lay off their more than 18,000 employees and liquidate their assets. Simply put, the company that sells us Ho-Hos, Ding-Dongs and Twinkies is no more.

Hostess had been battling the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union for the better part of the past year. After filing for bankruptcy in January of 2012, Hostess had sought to restructure their labor deal to make the company competitive in the snack food industry again.  The labor union, arguing that it was protecting the workers, would not make the necessary concessions to keep the company afloat. Instead, the union, knowing that the company might go under completely, decided to gamble away the employees they purportedly represented.

The union went on strike in early November, severely hampering the production capabilities of Hostess. The strike was the final straw for Hostess ownership who decided that it was better to give up and go home than deal with the two front war that they were dealing with.

Now there is a possibility that those who went on strike and lost their jobs could find themselves receiving taxpayer funded unemployment benefits. After engaging in efforts to destroy their jobs, which they were warned by Hostess was a possibility when they decided to strike, the last thing these people deserve is any sort of compensation to tide them through the hardship created by their own efforts.

The demise of Hostess is just the latest shoe to fall in the war on the producers that is being waged by Big Labor. Convincing people to join their unions because of the supposed protections afforded them by membership, these organizations have instead shown a willingness to destroy the companies of the employees they represent. It is past time that the disastrous effects of labor unions are shown front and center to people around the country.

As Bill Wilson, President of Americans for Limited Government put it, “It is common for parasites to kill their hosts, but it rarely happens in a way where so many people can see it.  This union did what many others have done outside of the spotlight, they have forced a company to go out of business directly due to their irresponsible actions.”

And what is most ironic in the downfall of the cupcake king is that Dick Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO which is one of the largest labor organizations in the country, blamed the Hostess closure on Mitt Romney saying, “What’s happening with Hostess Brands is a microcosm of what’s wrong with America, as Bain-style Wall Street vultures make themselves rich by making America poor. Crony capitalism and consistently poor management drove Hostess into the ground, but its workers are paying the price.”

So according to the prinicipal spokesman of Big Labor, companies exist as jobs programs and not to earn a profit for shareholders. But what happened on Friday is that over 18,000 new people were turned over to the Department of Labor for unemployment benefits — proving Trumka’s and Big Labor’s premise for existence is nothing more than a sham to shakedown America’s producers.

Ultimately, they have shown time and again that they don’t care what happens to the employees. They only care about themselves. They are fighting for themselves and against producers to get what the producers have.

Adam Bitely is the Editor-in-Chief of NetRightDaily.com.

This article has 20 comments
  • Hardcore Rightwinger 19.11.2012 10:08 AM

    Ho! Ho! The idiots pulled out their guns and shot themselves squarely between the eyes. Good luck finding a new job in the Obama Version II economy that they and their “Union Brothers” brought about.

  • mitcha 19.11.2012 10:39 AM

    I would be skeptical to the extreme about hiring one of these people. They have demonstrated that their desires are what is most important, even if they desire more then there is available. Then when the entire thing crashes down on them there is the crying and gnashing of teeth and of course, the inevitable “who can we blame” game.

  • reggiec 19.11.2012 12:04 PM

    Other consequences: Now all those who were suppliers to Hostess will also be impacted. How about those who produced the products Hostess used in their products? How about all those who processed and delivered those products to Hostess? And then of course all those attorneys who might have used the “twinky defense” will have to come up with some other ridiculous excuse.

  • Ike Isaacson 19.11.2012 12:04 PM

    I understand that the teamsters settled a contract and the AFL/CIO union would not bargain and that is what broke the company. I guess they wanted to increase the 47% to 48%. If a company can’t make a profit they are not going to stay in business just to employ people.

  • nanc 19.11.2012 12:05 PM

    Of course its to blame Rommney and everybody else, look for more companies to close because they don’t want the union in their pockets.When they should be looking at the unions and their goons.

  • jerry maz 19.11.2012 12:18 PM

    I do not feel the hostess workers pain. . . They voted themselves out of work. . . they probably voted for Obama too

  • jgnCT 19.11.2012 12:47 PM

    This article is complete bull. The bakers went from making $48K a year to $32K a year and now the company was asking them to take cuts to $25K a year. How many of you could take a 50% pay cut and then pay more for your insurance on top of that. They might as well go work for WalMart. I have no love of unions. Most of their demands are excessive. In the case of Hostess, the blame falls squarely on management. They did not see the trends towards more healthful snacks and did not diversify their product lines. On top of that, they gave themselves huge bonuses right before filing for bankruptcy when the judge would have controlled what they gave themselves. Now a Mexican company is likely to pick up the brands and their intellectual capital and move all the jobs to Mexico. I suppose that means 18000 less Mexicans will cross the border looking for jobs, but this did not have to happen this way. This was vulture capitalism at its worst. As I said, I have no love of unions particularly state employee unions. In CT they hold complete sway over the government. We had the largest tax increase in CT history and next year we face another $1.6b deficit because of all the new people on Medicaid. In the case of Hostess, the workers compromised several times but at some point, there is nothing left to give away.

  • Ike Isaacson 19.11.2012 1:01 PM

    It looks like the management seen the writing on the wall and took what they could out of their company and ra,n yet I don’t believe this is what most companies do and i know Romney did not do this. The election is over, the left has blamed everything that is bad on everyone but themselves. I believe we all have had a hand in it and we can take one of two roads, one is to come together and solve these problems or continue to divide and that is a sure path to failure. Capitalism made us the greatest free nation in the world and I have not seen a great socialism nation in the world.

  • James H Waters Phd 19.11.2012 1:24 PM

    Sure, Adam. The only problem with Hostess and Twinkies was a labor union. I’m sure you know that’s not true, not in the slightest, but it’s always good to have an excuse to bash the workers. They made a lousy product and if they can’t do it without being able to pay a reasonable wage, it is hardly the fault of the union – is it?

  • Barbara 19.11.2012 1:47 PM

    Uh Oh another liberal academic with a progress opinion. Made a lousy product? I guess that’s why so many people like and buy them. Yes Jimmy boy, it was the greedy, corrupt unions that did these workers and this company in. You liberal give new meaning to making excuses for your failures. Finger point is a new art for you.

  • Barbara 19.11.2012 1:54 PM

    There is nothing wrong with the product. The union management were the fat ticks with the huge bonuses. Typical liberal knowledge on economics. Guess what, the reason someone is in business is to make a profit. not to just be able to run a company at their expense in order to have employees. Your statics are flawed. Go back to the drawing board. Get the information straight, not from liberal talking points. the greedy unions did this and the workers fell right in line, thinking they could threaten and intimidate to get their way; which was totally unrealistic under this economic recession.

  • MontieR 19.11.2012 2:03 PM

    Let’s see the textile industry, check. The steel industry, check. The auto industry, check ( most of the parts are NOT made in the USA ) Public misseducation, check.The banking industry and now the entire political system. There is no more USA, it is now the USSA, ( the united socialist states of Amerika) . Thank you unions.

  • the Brat 19.11.2012 2:12 PM

    Hostess is an example of the relationships between company and union. Constant distrust, disruption of smooth business operations, unrelenting and often unreasonable demands, etc., etc. The day the union entered Hostess was the day the cooperation between employees and management ended. Both the company and the union ended up with the ultimate reward…the end of their lives together. Essentially a divorce. No one wins! 18,500 employees will get their unemployment and no insurance. The company management ends up without a company and no paychecks, either.

    Hope both sides are happy!

    Now, the taxpayers get to pay the child support for these spoiled brats who used to be union employees.

  • Walter 19.11.2012 4:58 PM

    Damum, I hope they starve to death. Too stupid to live.

  • Robert Mo 19.11.2012 8:06 PM

    Dick Trumka is an idiot. He has other companies which he represent and what ever happens at Hostess really doesn’t matter. He will sti receive a check.

  • secession minded 19.11.2012 9:01 PM

    They voted themselves out of job, so why do they deserve unemployment benefits.

  • topeka 20.11.2012 2:07 PM

    Trumka knows his Leftist strategy well…

    Commit the crime

    Get caught red handed

    Blame your victim

    Blame your enemy

    Double Down with the Big Lie

    Keep up the calumny until the drones believe it or give up.

    Trumka is filth… with apologies to trash, garbage and sewage.

  • ssilv48 24.11.2012 9:25 AM

    Ike, first and foremost, the owners of the company are and never will be broke, they are laughing at the unions as they should be. Unions at one time were good for America, now, unions are a drag on any system and do not have a place in America. Any company I have owned, it is me that runs the business, not a union. Hostess can open back up as a non-union bakery and I hope they do.

  • ssilv48 24.11.2012 9:33 AM

    Too bad we can’t just ship all the demorats to china or russia. If you leave the business alone to run their company’s at a profit and not tell them you can’t deliver twinkee’s and another product on the same truck, you will see America come back, There is so much corruption in all levels of government that you can not run a profitable business anymore with out someone telling you have to provide a health care program for all your employee’s. This will not work and is designed to BREAK AMERICA. It may take a civil war to correct all the criminal doings. When you have a criminal checking out your criminal actions and the criminal friend finds you justified in your actions, it’s time to clean house.

  • ssilv48 24.11.2012 9:37 AM

    James, your an idiot nothing anyone can do to save you.

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