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RIP Hostess Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Etc [Pic+]

Hits: 10946 | Rating: (2.7) | Category: News & Politics | Added by: CrakrJak
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CrakrJak
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 16155 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 6:51:59 PM
WizardofCOR: From your link, Written By Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, aka the union that bankrupted them.

Bluntman: There are boxes on EBay selling for over $50 right, Here

Fehz
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 582 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 6:17:37 PM
I just did some contract work for them last week. Our company had them on credit hold. Good thing we made them pre-pay. Now about the rest they owe us.. ugh. Anyway, this shows what's wrong with companies and this country in general. If that's all it took, then they saw this coming a long time ago. Were they publicly traded? I'm too lazy to look that up and their executives' pay. That might tell us a good part of the story.

turdburglar
Male, 30-39, Western US
 3059 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 5:47:53 PM

God bless unions.

AltairWolfe
Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 20 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 5:41:50 PM
Anybody noticing that the reason the unions were on strike is because Hostess was proposing 8% across the board pay CUTS and a 20% increase in health care contributions and decreased pension benefits? I'm not saying unions DON'T have some issues, but Hostess WAS NOT running their business well (modernization of plants, CEO pay raises despite having 6 company heads in less than 10 years, poor sales, etc...). Oh, and this was not the first time Hostess has been in bankruptcy court in the last EIGHT! The unions may have been the straw to break the back, but that camel was already overloaded.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 22081 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 5:41:23 PM
@dogfeet: True that! I won't disagree that sometimes a Union is very good! And in the (now distant) past worked wonders for it's members!

It's just that I've seen it do more harm than good. Overall, in the long run, for the most part.

And "The Mob" controls each and every one of them now... not good!

patchouly
Male, 40-49, Canada
 4089 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 5:29:59 PM
They've been huring for a while and already had plans to close some places down. The strike is just being used as a scapegoat.

Nickel2
Male, 50-59, Europe
 3950 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 5:23:44 PM
Gahd blayuss thu unions! They stuck up for us through thick and thin, even if we lost our shee-ut jobs, houses, cars and livelihoods, they were behind us all the way to our DOOM.

dogfeet
Male, 30-39, Canada
 136 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 5:11:05 PM
i dunno 5cats, i've seen it go both ways. in my home town we have a steel plant that saw massive leaps forward in employee safety thanks to the union's efforts.
also, i currently work two jobs, doing pretty much the same thing at both work places, and the two facilities are very similar. i'm unionized at one job, and not at the other. my hourly wage as a non-union worker is approximately half of my wage as a union member. sometimes they benefit.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 22081 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 5:00:13 PM
@WizardofCOR: Your link says... almost nothing! But thanks for the effort.

Top executives "looting the burning building" is COMMONPLACE and has been around forever! If the Unions DIDN'T anticipate that? They're both corrupt AND grotesquely incompitent...

@OddNumber: No more smuggling whiskey or pot across the border, now it's Bootleg Twinkies!

@bluntman: Stock up by the ton! The best part is? Twinkies NEVER go bad! (germs would rather die than eat them...)

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 22081 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 4:50:20 PM
Can someone explain to me how a union finds it more beneficial to bankrupt a company than to reach an agreement that will keep it open?

@RuralNinja: I can explain!
Unions are a multi-billion dollar industy controlled by organized crime (since arouhnd 1950).
They have NO intrest in their "members" and willingly sacrifice them for "the greater good" = their own profit!
They risk their members' jobs on a WHIM! "Oh, they're just bluffing! Stay on strike and you'll get another 1%!"
HUNDREDS of times a strike COSTS it's members more in lost wages than they get in pay increase. And I mean thousands or 10's of K's in real, lost income.

I've seen it FIRST HAND many times (on a smaller scale of course!) and believe me: Unions always look out for #1! (Themselves...)

bluntman1138
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 28 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 4:33:13 PM
Need to stock up on twinkies, and sell them for 50 bucks a box ion ebay n a month or so.

OddNumber
Male, 18-29, Canada
 201 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 4:25:33 PM
apparently us in Canada won't be affected by this deal
(possible border crossing by you Yanks for Twinkies?)

greenbasterd
Male, 18-29, Canada
 2288 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 4:07:42 PM
its all good they can get food stamps and obama phones!!!!! OBAMA BE TAKIN CARE OF YALL!!!!!!

Scuzoid
Male, 30-39, Western US
 1270 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 4:00:22 PM
Interesting. Most of the bakery's seem to be in Right to Work states as well. Curious how a single union where the employees do NOT have to join it was able to accomplish this. I'm not so sure it's solely the result of a 5000 member union. Wouldn't be surprised if the exec's at Hostess made some very poor chosen expansion investments.

Andrew155
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2471 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 3:59:45 PM
So Hostess says one thing and the Union (that article was written by Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union) says another thing?

IMAGINE THAT.

jpwhitfo
Male, 40-49, Western US
 130 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 3:58:27 PM
OR this is what happens when an investment company owns the corporation and could give 2 poops about the business unless it is making a 8-12% increase on last quarter's profits. (I really don't know if this is the case, but it often is)

WizardofCOR
Male, 40-49, Western US
 156 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 3:55:27 PM
And now for the
real story.

Fancysucksss
Male, 18-29, Western US
 1051 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 3:54:58 PM
Shame. I haven't had one of those since I was a kid. I'll Have to raid the store today

Andrew155
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2471 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 3:50:09 PM
BAILOUT

ScottSerious
Male, 18-29, Western US
 5329 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 3:48:45 PM
THERE'S NO REASON TO LIIIIIIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

carmanut
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 78 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 3:44:41 PM
No, this is what happens when a company has been slowly-but-surely going bankrupt for almost 10 years and blames it on unions and Obama instead of its own pooty business practices.

RuralNinja
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 521 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 3:37:49 PM
Can someone explain to me how a union finds it more beneficial to bankrupt a company than to reach an agreement that will keep it open? I never understood how having all your union members unemployed is better than reduced wages.

josieflo
Female, 18-29, Western US
 146 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 3:36:35 PM
Poor Tallahassee

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33697 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 3:34:46 PM

Good thing they have union protection!
They can all band together in the unemployment line.

eugenius
Male, 30-39, Western US
 75 Posts
Friday, November 16, 2012 3:31:36 PM
I BLAME THE OBAMA!

There, I said it.

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