Friday, November 16, 2012

Tyranny of the Minority

The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union killed Twinkie, Ho Ho's, and Ding Dongs. 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, approximately 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores will close Tuesday, and 18,000 workers, two-thirds of whom are NON-union, are now unemployed. "Most employees who lose their jobs should be eligible for government-provided unemployment benefits," Hostess said. More wards of he state, just what is needed right now.

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NBC's Savannah Guthrie read a statement on "Today" from the bakers' union that said: “Despite Greg Rayburn’s insulting and disingenuous statements of the last several months, the truth is that Hostess workers and the union have absolutely no responsibility for the failure of this company. That responsibility rests squarely on the shoulders of the company’s decision makers.”

Rayburn responded that he had been “pretty straightforward in all the town hall meetings I’ve done at our plants to say that in this situation I think there is blame that goes around for everyone.”

He denied that the decision to shut down could be a last ditch negotiation tactic to get the union back to the table.

“It’s over,” he said. “This is it.”
It is only a myth that Twinkies will last forever, but in this case Twinkies will go on after another bakery picks up the the top selling brand name. The Union, however, may, and should, die a quick and painful death. They called the shutdown and liquidation a bluff and we all lost.

It's over. 12,000 non-union people out of a job because of 6,000 union bullies. Unions are not your friend.


Always On Watch said...

And the SEIU is calling for more strikes!


The inmates are running the asylum. Really.

Indigo Red said...

That's exactly it, AOW. You've probably had trouble convincing people this is not about Twinkies, too.

Anonymous said...

I have been a Union man for most of my life and I have always been against them. It was a condition of my employment that I could not get around. They are a bunch of crooks. Don

Indigo Red said...

That was my Dad's opinion, too, Don. I was a member of a food workers union for about a week until the university lawyers and judge ordered that the union couldn't get new members by posting a sign-up sheet for those who DO NOT want to join under the subject line "Union Membership." If you didn't sign, you automatically became a member and dues were taken out the next paycheck leaving many of us without a dollar figure on the check. Crooks to the core.