At a time when our economy is headed for a Double Dip Recession, unemployment if characterized in the same manner as the 1929 Great Depression is close to 24%, and the baking industry is over capacity, The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers’ International Union (BCTGM) an affiliate of the AFL/CIO Union, arrogantly and callously refused to bargain and forced an American institution to padlock it’s doors.
The Hostess Corporation notified its striking unions and their 18,500 workersthat they could no longer afford the pensions and the looming healthcare cost increases.
Here is why:
There are 372 Bargaining Agreements
There are 40 different Pension Plans
There are 5500 Delivery Routes
The Unions wouldn’t allow Twinkies and Hostess bread to be delivered to the same store on the same truck.
Different delivery routes had to be utilized for the Twinkies and Hostess Bread products.
The Unions required that each truck had to have a driver and a Pull-up. A Pull-up is the person who takes the product from the truck into the store.
Because of these outrageous work rules for all markets across the US and the failure of the AFL/CIO BCTGM Union in particular to provide concessions, ( Concessions that the Teamsters Unions had agreed to) Hostess was forced to shut down.
18,500 direct jobs have been lost along with 33 Factory closings around the Country.