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Hostess Closure Means Locals Lose Jobs
NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Nov 16, 2012

Posted on 11/17/2012 5:17:52 PM PST by nickcarraway

Yes the Twinkie and the Ho Ho may not be available for snacking, but there are people who lost their jobs when Hostess closed its doors.

The bankruptcy of Hostess Brands Inc. made headlines across social media and news websites Friday as people across the country mourned the loss of the Twinkie.

But the news means more than a loss of a snack food option for 145 people who work at the Oakland bakery and numerous retail outlets around the Bay Area.

They are loosing their jobs because of the shut down.

The company, known for its Twinkies, Ho Hos and Wonder Bread announced Friday morning that it is shutting down operations and has filed a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court seeking permission to sell its brands and facilities.

Company officials blamed the decision on a recent strike by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union.

"We deeply regret the necessity of today's decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike," CEO Gregory F. Rayburn said.

"Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders."

Local union officials were not immediately available for comment. The Colombo bakery at 580 Julie Ann Way in Oakland, a facility with around 145 employees, closed Friday, according to Hostess spokeswoman Anita Marie Laurie.

A voicemail recording at the bakery today directs employees not to come in to work. Hostess also has retail outlets around the Bay Area, in cities including San Pablo, San Leandro, Vallejo, Pittsburg, Dublin, Santa Rosa, Santa Clara and San Jose.

A statement on the company's web site indicates that retail stores may stay open for "several days" in order to sell already-baked products. The shutdown will affect 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlets nationwide.


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1 posted on 11/17/2012 5:17:56 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Some 380 jobs here in Michigan that will be lost as well.


2 posted on 11/17/2012 5:20:22 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: nickcarraway

3 posted on 11/17/2012 5:22:07 PM PST by COBOL2Java (The GOP-e said "Beat a Marxist with a Liberal!" What a colossal blunder.)
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To: nickcarraway

Sorry to be selfish, but I miss the loss of my INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS & FREEDOMS versus the loss of a Twinkie and a lot of jobs.

*SIGH* Have we fallen off the fiscal cliff, yet? Can we speed it up a little bit?


4 posted on 11/17/2012 5:22:11 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: cripplecreek

And it’s not just the Hostess employee’s jobs. Also affected are all the vendors who provided materials to the Hostess factories. 18,500 is not the true effective jobs lost.


5 posted on 11/17/2012 5:22:42 PM PST by Josa
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To: nickcarraway

Heh...the union was claiming that this was actually some kind of victory for its newly out-of-work members.


6 posted on 11/17/2012 5:23:42 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: nickcarraway

Well, somebody had to pay for the union knuckledraggers to have their “great victory” over “big bidness”. The union commies are showing “resolve” don’t ya know.


7 posted on 11/17/2012 5:24:57 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (We need Comprehensive Election Reform, NOW!)
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To: nickcarraway

Cry me a river...


8 posted on 11/17/2012 5:24:57 PM PST by babygene
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To: nickcarraway

OK, if they sell the assets, could they be purchased, and new owners move the plant to right-to-work states and resume business?


9 posted on 11/17/2012 5:24:57 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Josa

Not to mention other jobs that will be lost in the towns surrounding the factories. Gas stations, restaurants etc.


10 posted on 11/17/2012 5:25:18 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: nickcarraway

This is operation that isn’t going to Mexico or China, they just couldn’t compete with US companies.

And ironically the private equity boys who looted and pillaged it were DEMOCRATS:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-11-16/hostess-liquidation-curious-cast-characters-twinkie-tumbles


11 posted on 11/17/2012 5:25:54 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's bankruptcy: 2016)
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To: nickcarraway

...when does this socialist pile of crap end? :(


12 posted on 11/17/2012 5:26:27 PM PST by Tzimisce (What do you do when every level and every branch of the government is corrupt and aligned against yo)
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To: nickcarraway

The Teamsters Union was smart enough to realize that not getting everything you want is better than not having a job. However, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union of course will blame management, celebrate their union “solidarity” and gave a lot of their members and their families a very bleak holiday.


13 posted on 11/17/2012 5:26:43 PM PST by The Great RJ
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To: nickcarraway

The brands are valuable, the facilities are pretty much worthless.


14 posted on 11/17/2012 5:27:55 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: nickcarraway

Barry Benghazi will ride to the rescue and buy the company and brand names with taxpayers dollars. Government Twinkies! Cool!


15 posted on 11/17/2012 5:28:32 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (We need Comprehensive Election Reform, NOW!)
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To: nickcarraway

Is their union passing out hits of Hopium?


16 posted on 11/17/2012 5:32:09 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: cripplecreek

850 jobs lost in Hoosierland

Of course, the workers blame the company.


17 posted on 11/17/2012 5:32:30 PM PST by digger48
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To: Texas Fossil

Yes. However the likely buyer will already be in the business and won’t need the building, equipment or staff.


18 posted on 11/17/2012 5:32:30 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: The Great RJ

After they exhaust their unemployment bennies, thay can apply for part-time cleaning work with a placement agency.


19 posted on 11/17/2012 5:33:16 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: Timber Rattler

If you lose your $16/hr job and have a family of 4 in Obamaville, you’ll be better off sitting on your butt and collecting all of the $60K/yr goodies


20 posted on 11/17/2012 5:34:42 PM PST by digger48
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To: digger48

Yeah reelect the the boy kine.


21 posted on 11/17/2012 5:35:20 PM PST by DooDahhhh (ma)
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To: digger48

Yeah reelect the the boy king


22 posted on 11/17/2012 5:36:06 PM PST by DooDahhhh (ma)
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To: Texas Fossil

Indiana is now a RTW state.

How many of those previously union folks will even apply for a non-union job?


23 posted on 11/17/2012 5:36:40 PM PST by digger48
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To: Josa

I used to work for a company that made things like cake and bread mixes. We were non union suppliers of Hostess.


24 posted on 11/17/2012 5:38:07 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: nickcarraway
They are loosing their jobs because of the shut down.

Loosing? Really? Journalism at its finest.

25 posted on 11/17/2012 5:39:18 PM PST by TXBlair (We will not forget Benghazi, Mister Prez.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m waiting for one of those union picketers to go....hey..wait a minute!!


26 posted on 11/17/2012 5:40:51 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt.)
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To: GeronL

“The brands are valuable, the facilities are pretty much worthless.”The workers, hopeless (in multiple meanings).


27 posted on 11/17/2012 5:41:17 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: cableguymn

OK. makes sense.

But a bargain on the equpiment might be worth moving.

Building & employees? nope


28 posted on 11/17/2012 5:41:17 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: nickcarraway

Say, why doesn’t Obama just issue an executive order to confiscate all Hostess assets and give them to the union? If the capitalist vermin who claim to “own” the company protest in court, just appeal up to the USSC, and John Roberts will uphold the confiscation as a tax.


29 posted on 11/17/2012 5:41:25 PM PST by TChad
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To: nickcarraway
"loosing"

That's Hugh!

30 posted on 11/17/2012 5:42:48 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: digger48

The smart ones might actually like working for a non-union company. There are advantages.


31 posted on 11/17/2012 5:44:23 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Josa

Good point


32 posted on 11/17/2012 5:45:39 PM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (The DNC loves abortion so much they will now be called the D&C)
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To: Tzimisce

When you die.


33 posted on 11/17/2012 5:47:11 PM PST by bmwcyle (Women reelected Obama)
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To: nickcarraway

How lon before the NLRB issues a ruling yhat businesses can no longer lay off union members (no matter how dumb their labor leaders advise them to be).


34 posted on 11/17/2012 5:49:09 PM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: nickcarraway

How long before the NLRB issues a ruling yhat businesses can no longer lay off union members (no matter how dumb their labor leaders advise them to be).


35 posted on 11/17/2012 5:49:27 PM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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To: Paladin2

The ones who think liquidation means another company would come and rescue their pay and benefits, are definitely hopeless. They are too stupid for words.


36 posted on 11/17/2012 5:49:50 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: cripplecreek

Not to mention other jobs that will be lost in the towns surrounding the factories. Gas stations, restaurants etc.


The “ripple effect” has not yet been seen. There are a lot more people to be hit by this.


37 posted on 11/17/2012 5:50:40 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: Timber Rattler
Heh...the union was claiming that this was actually some kind of victory for its newly out-of-work members.

That actually is quite telling. I'm posting this here but need to find the article with the exact statement. Basically, the union is sacrificing the Hostess employees — the whole company and its supply chain, in fact — as a warning to other companies about what can happen when you seek concessions. Let that sink in. This is part of a national strategy and the union leaders are not acting in the best interests of the local union membership, their dues-paying victims. My advice to the newly unemployed is to look up the Mongo quote "Mongo only pawn... in game of life." That and find a right-to-work lawyer who is willing to tilt at windmills. This could be hugh.

38 posted on 11/17/2012 5:56:16 PM PST by NonValueAdded ("Our president ... makes big speeches packed full of little ideas" Charles C. W. Cooke)
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“We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike.....”

....or Obamacare

....or tax increases

....or higher energy costs,...etc.


39 posted on 11/17/2012 5:57:33 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: TXBlair
Loosing? Really? Journalism at its finest.

I am surprised that the title isn't

Hostess Closure Means Locals Loose Jobs

40 posted on 11/17/2012 5:57:43 PM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: nickcarraway

So...who won?


41 posted on 11/17/2012 5:58:25 PM PST by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

The “ripple effect” is somewhat related to the “trickle down effect”. In either case, the left is completely clueless to these and will not acknowledge losses outside of Hostess.


42 posted on 11/17/2012 5:58:41 PM PST by TMA62 (Al Sharpton - The North Korea of race relations)
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t know why everyone is pissing and moaning about this. The unions killed another company. They also left a void in the marketplace that is ripe for new companies to fill. It’s not like our appetite for bread and delicious creme-filled cupcakes with a tasty chocolate icing has diminished any!

Let’s go, people who know the baking industry! Get a business plan put together, talk to Hostess about buying their facility and re-opening it as “Patriot Pastries” or whatever your heart desires.

Creative destruction! Let’s get to work!


43 posted on 11/17/2012 5:59:07 PM PST by bigbob
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To: nickcarraway
I grew up reading Aesop's fables and remember the one about killing the goose that laid golden eggs. This modernized version by Richard Cummings seems appropriate for this thread:

KILLING THE GOOSE

44 posted on 11/17/2012 5:59:09 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: Texas Fossil

“OK, if they sell the assets, could they be purchased, and new owners move the plant to right-to-work states and resume business?”

I believe so, however they have to give the NLRB some sort of notification.


45 posted on 11/17/2012 5:59:10 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (George W. Bush is the Emmanuel Goldsten of the modern era.)
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To: NonValueAdded

There was a story out of Orlando, the liquidation filing was what they wanted. Their union rep had convinced them that liquidation would SAVE THEIR JOBS at the original pay and beenfits.

I am astounded at the idiocy. 5,800 “bakers” are out of work, how many will be needed by the new band name owners who likely already have their own bakeries and workforce? How likely is the new company going to be to put these idjits at the top of the list if there are new positions needed?

Not very, IMO.


46 posted on 11/17/2012 6:00:14 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t thinnk those union idiots could care less who or what they hurt. It was about liberal greed, nothing more.


47 posted on 11/17/2012 6:00:32 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: nickcarraway

YOU HAVE NOW SEEN THE PERSONIFICATION OF STUPID....AND SO SOON AFTER A DEMOCRAT VICTORY IN AN ELECTION........could it be a co-incidence??/I think not.


48 posted on 11/17/2012 6:00:59 PM PST by terycarl
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I await news that the machinery has been moved to Mexico and
will be operated by the Bimbos chain to supply those brands.


49 posted on 11/17/2012 6:01:07 PM PST by RitchieAprile (the obsteperous gentleman..)
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To: Ezekiel

No kidding!


50 posted on 11/17/2012 6:01:17 PM PST by TXBlair (We will not forget Benghazi, Mister Prez.)
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