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HonestChieffan 11-13-2012 02:38 PM

Strikes dont always work.
 
On the first business day after bakers went on strike against Hostess Brands, the Irving-based company said Monday it will permanently close three striking bakeries, putting 627 employees out of work.

Late Friday, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike against Irving-based Hostess to protest cuts and give-backs in the company’s last, best, final contract offer. The contract, which was rejected by 92 percent of the union members who voted, called, in part, for 8 percent pay cuts, a company hiatus from contributions to a multi-employer pension plan and changes in work rules.

As of Monday, bakers had set up picket lines at about 23 of the 36 bakeries and production plants operated by the bankrupt snack maker. Hostess said the strike “has prevented the facilities from producing and delivering products.”

“Our customers will not be affected because we will continue to serve them from other Hostess Brands bakeries, but sadly this action will result in the permanent closure of three facilities and the loss of 627 jobs,” said Gregory Rayburn, Hostess Brands’ chief executive.

“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.”

The bakeries to be closed immediately are in Seattle, St. Louis and Cincinnati. The Seattle facility employs 110 people and produces Hostess cake products. The St. Louis facility employs 365 people and produces Hostess cakes and Nature’s Pride and Wonder breads.

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/h...cincinnati.ece

Garcia Bronco 11-13-2012 02:40 PM

dumbasses

cosmo20002 11-13-2012 02:50 PM

Excellent.

/Little Debbie

loochy 11-13-2012 02:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Garcia Bronco (Post 9115858)
dumbasses

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Saul Good 11-13-2012 03:22 PM

Do these idiots get unemployment?

blaise 11-13-2012 03:26 PM

Who cares? People making over $250,000 can pay their way.

vailpass 11-13-2012 04:03 PM

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Originally Posted by cosmo20002 (Post 9115885)
Excellent.

/Little Debbie

LMAO I laughed

vailpass 11-13-2012 04:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Garcia Bronco (Post 9115858)
dumbasses

X2 Your employer is bankrupt and you strike instead of partnering to keep them afloat and keep your job?


I'm curious to see how long the other striking bakeries continue to strike

kcpasco 11-13-2012 04:47 PM

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Originally Posted by vailpass (Post 9116114)
X2 Your employer is bankrupt and you strike instead of partnering to keep them afloat and keep your job?


I'm curious to see how long the other striking bakeries continue to strike

These aren't small concessions bieng talked about. Their are some people who have worked at the the company for 30 years and are bieng told they no longer have a pension they have paid into for 30 years.

Meanwhile the CEO is still banking 150k a month.

HonestChieffan 11-13-2012 04:52 PM

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Originally Posted by kcpasco (Post 9116216)
These aren't small concessions bieng talked about. Their are some people who have worked at the the company for 30 years and are bieng told they no longer have a pension they have paid into for 30 years.

Meanwhile the CEO is still banking 150k a month.

Now the CEO is still CEO regardless of his pay and the poor old union guy who didnt vote against his union is now SOL. And the union bosses are still dragging big bucks. After 30 years you shold have learned a little something

patteeu 11-13-2012 05:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kcpasco (Post 9116216)
These aren't small concessions bieng talked about. Their are some people who have worked at the the company for 30 years and are bieng told they no longer have a pension they have paid into for 30 years.

Meanwhile the CEO is still banking 150k a month.

Who paid into it?

A Salt Weapon 11-13-2012 08:32 PM

This is awesome, I hope more plants go on strike now.

Amnorix 11-13-2012 10:16 PM

Don't really see a problem. When 92% of the workforce says no, then clearly it was an unacceptable contract. Hopefully they thought long and hard about the alternatives if the plants were closed, but taking an 8% pay cut and cessation of payments into their pension plan is a fairly big hit they were being asked to take.

I love the attitude of so many on here who seem to basically support employers no matter what they do. I'm hardly a die-hard labor supporter, but some of you guys are over the top.

Dallas Chief 11-13-2012 10:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kcpasco (Post 9116216)
These aren't small concessions bieng talked about. Their are some people who have worked at the the company for 30 years and are bieng told they no longer have a pension they have paid into for 30 years.

Meanwhile the CEO is still banking 150k a month.

Not defending the employer, but just to be clear, they are not losing their pensions, the employer is just not paying into them anymore. They get to keep what is already there. I lost my pension plan some 10 years ago, but still have the balance of what was already paid into it. I don't know many people that have pension plans any longer outside of my friends that are teachers or govt employees.

Chocolate Hog 11-13-2012 10:50 PM

I went to the one off I-35 and 87th the other day. There were some people striking and by striking I mean sitting in lawn chairs holding signs.


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