Skip to comments.Former Hostess workers in Rocky Mount 'relieved' at plant closing (Can't get much dumber)
Posted on 11/16/2012 2:14:27 PM PST by tobyhill
Several former workers at a Hostess Brands plant in Rocky Mount said Friday they were relieved after the company filed for bankruptcy, seeking to close its operations.
The closings will mean the loss of about 18,500 jobs overall.
Theyve been holding this over our head for a long time and now its here, said Lamont Phillips, an oven operator and the president of the local union. They had to do it.
I dont have to deal with that anymore. The things that they were trying to do to us, it wasnt fair.
They always hold that over our heads, that theyll close it down. So, Im like, OK. Close it down.
And on Friday, Hostess did. The flag at a Hostess plant in Rocky Mount hung at half staff on Friday afternoon, and many former workers there hung around outside to talk about what had happened.
Hostess had offered an 8 percent pay cut, but Phllips said that wasnt going to work for the employees.
Were not making a whole lot of money out here and then we got to take a pay cut like that. Then you got your health benefits going up, he said. They stopped paying into the pension fund.
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“Yes....lots of great people in northern New England & upper NY. Not a lot of good jobs up this way, a bit difficult to make a living, but its still a nice lifestyle. I live in Mass, but Im going to retire up here in central NH when the time comes. This part of the country still looks like the areas I grew up in back in the 70s. Best thing is there is no traffic in the off-season & yet Im still just 2 hours to Boston if I need to get down there quick.”
I usually spend a few weeks a year up that way. I’m considering spending 3 months in upstate NY next summer if I can make the scheduling work out.
I haven’t been to Mass. or NH or Maine yet.
I spent a week in Pennsylvania. I’d be willing to pay up to $10.00 for the whole state but I’d want $9.95 back if I had to take Philly lol.
No clue. I’ll let you know when I get there. :)
“Petroleum taste? Why, thats only the very best of hyper-aerated hydrogenated cottonseed oil!”
Tastes just like gasoline...Don’t ask me how I know that lol.
You can’t go wrong visiting the coast of Maine. Beautiful place. If you like history Boston is a great city to visit. You can walk everywhere in Boston cause it’s so small.
Leaded? White Amoco premium? Avgas?
“You cant go wrong visiting the coast of Maine. Beautiful place. If you like history Boston is a great city to visit. You can walk everywhere in Boston cause its so small.”
Boston is on my list for 2013.
“Leaded? White Amoco premium? Avgas?”
The cheap gas...Ha, that’s an oxymoron.
The kind I used to siphon out of my old mans tractor when I had blown my gas allowance.
Oh, spittooey. More of a texture than a flavor thing I suppose.
The Company was working with a 80M loan that was given to them to either work out a deal or close. Losing 8M a day during the strike its easy to see that the only golden parachute was borrowed money via a court order. Once the trademarks are sold and the equipment I really don’t think the management is walking away dragging bags of cash. The Unions were warned that time was short, even the Teamsters urged them to settle. Frankly they get what they asked for.
It's really worked good all across the west coast for almost ever. So let's keep moving foward; and, and besides, president Obama knows what he's doing for all the rest of us, So I'm like Just do it man!
The teamsters settled and urged the bakers to settle. But u can’t fix stupid. Peace.
Its gonna suck when the union takes their tables and chairs away from them. Geez?
Please put state in headline.
We’ve seen quite a few interesting stories on pay and employment over the past year or so. As for sugary foods (cupcakes and the like), I tend to avoid ‘em.
School Salary Database Reveals What Ohio Educators Earned In 2010 (1,800 over $100K)
77,000 feds paid more than governors
Wisconsin teachers and administrators pay and benefits average about $90,000
The average Phoenix city employee makes $100,000 per year
Milwaukee Teacher Pay to Top $100,000 [Teaching for the Money]
The $100K-Plus Employees in Michigan’s Prison System
Teacher Made Over $80K Per Year, Retires With a Pension of Over $40K Claims ‘Violation of Trust’
Uzbekistan Pays Teachers With Chickens (glimpse of future US?)
Lifeguards’ high pay riles Calif. beach city
SCHOOL CHIEF MAKES MORE THAN $500,000
So what’s the law about collecting unemployment comp? Does it vary by state? I would really love if the strikers were not able to collect.
I like Wonder Bread, but what I want to know is what they were making per hour.
Where I’ve seen it, Wonder was costlier than some sandwich breads, but nowhere near the top of the range.
The old slogan about “helping build strong bodies 12 ways” was probably more attractive back the 50s and 60s.
Everyday.. my drive to work hard slows a bit when I see the crap the takers are getting from me.
I have gone galt. my 6 figure income next year will be cut in half. I don’t need to work this hard. I don’t need to invest all that money in my company. I am kicking it in neutral and coasting through the rest of zero.
Doesn't matter. Your statements since have proved that the company's demise is due to the unions. Better bribes, double routes, etc., have helped to drive the company into the ground over the past decade while management has struggled to tread water.
<Seriously I have to think that healthier diet awareness played a part. Didnt Krispy Kreme take a major hit a few years ago?
I read that in one of the financial sites last night. Part of the problem with Hostess - and why they might not get a buyer, so take that unionists - is that the country has changed and wants healthier snacks. Also, there is a ton of competition in the snack market. Hostess will be missed for about a month, then people will substitute with whatever they can get at their local stores and move on.
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