Unions Kill The Twinkie

The Hostess company, maker of Ho Ho’s, Ding Dongs and the incredible Twinkie, filed for bankruptcy and is liquidating its assets because of striking workers in the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM).  Go ahead, say that five times fast.

Only a union member would find victory in the loss of over 18,000 jobs… including their own:

“If Hostess had been allowed to get away with what they’d been trying to do, other corporations would have lined up to try the same tactics. Hopefully, this will be an example to other companies not to [try to] break their unions.”

What was it the company asked of the union?  Take an 8% pay cut and rework their pension plans so they could emerge out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  This was done with the blessing of a court order.  The company had this to say:

Hostess Brands is unprofitable under its current cost structure, much of which is determined by union wages and pension costs. The offer to the BCTGM included wage, benefit and work rule concessions but also gave Hostess Brands’ 12 unions a 25 percent ownership stake in the company, representation on its Board of Directors and $100 million in reorganized Hostess Brands’ debt.

Anyone who owns or runs a business will tell you that labor costs are the most expensive aspect of the budget.  The labor unions, which often artificially inflate the value of their work through holding a monopoly over available workers (closed shop), have bled the company until the point where it was no longer profitable and continued until they bled it to death.  Hostess had reached an agreement with their largest union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters already, but it didn’t matter.  Needless to say, even the Teamsters were pissed at the BCTGM.

“The BCTGM chose a different path, as is their prerogative, to not substantively look for a solution or engage in the process.  BCTGM members were told there were better solutions than the final offer, although Judge Drain stated in his decision in bankruptcy court that no such solutions exist. Without complete information, BCTGM members voted by voice votes in union halls. The BCTGM reported that over 90 percent rejected the final offer and three of its units ratified the final offer.”

So, yes, these “bastions of the working man” have now cost the working man over 18,ooo jobs.  This is what unions do and their actions are laid bare for all to see.  These organizations of the lowest common denominator that protect the worthless by crippling the strong have now brought everyone together in equality to share in the misery of the unemployment line.  Frankly, they did it to themselves.  I feel bad for the company’s non-union employees who, because of union greed, are now out of a job as well.  Sadly, I’m sure there are plenty of unemployed people in this country who would have happily taken a job at Hostess in place of one of these union “brothers.”

In the end, it’s just one more example of how terrible unions have become.  These are no longer organizations that are meant to protect workers from dangerous working conditions and unfair labor practices as they were in the past.   Instead, they are the boot on the throat of the worker; bleeding them of money through dues and holding them back from any chance of advancement through the quality of their work.  They are terrible, corrupt beasts whose time has passed.

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