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Speak Out: Should Hostess Shut Down?

The company had warned employees that it would file a bankruptcy motion Friday seeking permission to shutter its operations and sell its brands if plants hadn't resumed normal operations by Thursday deadline.

Could this be the end of Twinkies?

After 82 years, Hostess Brands announced Friday that, on the heels of a nationwide worker strike, it will be going out of business, closing its production plants and laying off about 18,500 employees nationwide.

The brand itself is expected to be sold.

Hostess, based in Irving, Texas, has stopped operations at its 33 factories and said its stores will remain open for several days to sell already packaged products, The Huffington Post reported.

The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January.

Thousands of members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike last week after rejecting in September a contract offer that cut their wages and their benefits. The bakers union makes up about 30 percent of the company's workforce.

The company had warned employees that it would file a motion with U.S. Bankruptcy Court Friday seeking permission to shutter its operations and sell its brands if plants hadn't resumed normal operations by a Thursday evening deadline.

Should Hostess shut down because of the labor dispute? Are union workers right to stand their ground? And, what should happen to Hostess and the many brands they own? Tells us in the comments section below.

Robert Kelly November 18, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Stanley, yeah I was kind of harsh, but the conversation was getting so pro/anti union and repetitive I thought maybe there was another perspective. I agree with you that it is sad they couldn't work it out and bake some quality products. Alternatively, there is a niche market in Washington and Colorado for some local recipe brownies!
stanley seigler November 18, 2012 at 09:15 PM
POINT John Schafer say: saw non union workers turned away. I know them I trust them, COUNTER POINT JoSCh say: From the company that the workers came..."To be clear, at no time were our crews 'turned away' from the utility in Seaside Heights." who's a fellow to trust...josch provides ref/link. john schafer provides none...until JS provides ref/links, i'll bet on josch... josch's link/ref is similar to reports published by main stream media...which BTW, is less bias than fox, msnbc, right/left wing blogs, etc...
TwinkieToes November 19, 2012 at 08:53 PM
THIS IS ONE REASON IT IS BETTER TO FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS THAN TO LIE DOWN AND TAKE THE TABLE SCRAPS OFFERED BY YOUR COMPANY!!! Judge Orders Hostess To Mediate With Union DETROIT -- Twinkies won't die that easily after all. Hostess Brands Inc. and its second largest union will go into mediation to try and resolve their differences, meaning the Irving, Texas-based company won't go out of business just yet. The news came Monday after Hostess moved to liquidate and sell off its assets in bankruptcy court citing a crippling strike last week. The bankruptcy judge hearing the case says that the parties haven't gone through the critical step of mediation and asked the lawyer for the bakery's union to ask his client, who wasn't present, if he would agree to participate. The case is being heard by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York in White Plains, N.Y.
tony overcash November 20, 2012 at 02:22 AM
DC manager N.C. I managed a union depot in a right to work state (U.A.W. RSRs and Teamsters transport drivers). There is some truth to both (Reg and John) however from our standpoint, we were 100% in agreement to take the deal and for the ones that the glove didn't fit, they had time, pay, and insurance, while they may look for opportunities and leave on their terms. Now there is no choice. We blame both and in time with all your prayers will move on and forgive both. Please keep us in your prayers guys. Thanks
stanley seigler November 20, 2012 at 03:37 AM
@tony overcash as tony managed, not sure he was a union member...but not important... re: '...we were 100% in agreement to take the deal...' opine: bakers should have taken the 'deal'...they could have had a job and been a thorn in the side of ripplewood (holding company that controls hostess) for a few months...and; as the deal provided the bakers with two seats on the board; they could have more information to confirm ripple main product was money. NOT ho hos... re: The case is being heard by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York in White Plains, N.Y. [TT say] results will be interesting...my bet on the bakers... BTW know union officials are aware of this...but they have to always understand, in negotiations, ripplewood/bain ilkes are not concerned with saving a company...they make money either way...probably more money if hostess (eg) fails.

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