It's about 90% union trouble. I went 31 days without power in Rita and no one thought of attacking the people that came from all over to help get the power on. Anyone could see they worked 12-14 hour days and never hardly stopped for food or drink. They slept in tents in a baseball field because we don't have but one motel and the roof was gone. OTOH, ALL union activities usually ended up with police called or hospital visits. I was a phone man for 30 years and saw many strike actions that were dangerous. I dropped out of the union after about 10 years for a variety of reasons, mostly because they supported politics I couldn't stomach and later for religious reasons. I will not give any money for abortionists and gun grabbers, but that's the only people they gave money too. When I joined the Teamsters in High School, the very night I joined the police and and ambulance was called. As a longshoreman they didn't even try to hide the fact that they beat people up that disagreed with them, even their own members. After watching union behavior for a few years, I just couldn't justify it anymore. Then they came after me. Lucky for me I had some friends that felt about the same as me. When I left the union, that year they lost a out 15 others from my garage. Every threat was met with more loses. The union would brag about what gains they had achieved, but most couldn't remember any good that had come in the last 20 years. It's just a bunch of bravado.
Hostess just shut down 3 plants permanently in Seattle due to a strike. I'm sure the union is bragging that they showed management who's boss.
posted on 11/13/2012 7:49:32 AM PST
One in Seattle—one in St Louis—one in Cinannatti—627 jobs total.
Probably not coming back—union striking for more benefits.
Hostess threatens to liquidate the entire company within days.
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