Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Eleventh-Hour Twinkie Reprieve?

By Ivan Osorio on November 20, 2012

Today, representatives from Hostess Brands and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) undertake an 11th-hour effort to negotiate a new labor agreement to allow striking BCTGM members to return to their jobs at Hostess. For the union, this is really a last-ditch effort to save not only its Hostess employee members’ jobs, but probably to save face as well.  Last Friday, November 16, the union found itself in a bad situation, when Hostess announced that it would shut down operations, blaming the Bakers union’s decision to call a strike rather than accept major concessions which the company argued were necessary to keep it afloat.  For BCTGM, which represents at least 5,000 members at Hostess, the optics were not good. They were so bad, in fact, that the union had no immediate public response. When asked for comment, a BCTGM spokeswoman told the Huffington Post that the union was not talking to the press about the situation at Hostess — an unusual reaction to thousands of its members losing their jobs.  To Read More.....

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