Monday, November 26, 2012

Taking Down Twinkies


Twinkies selling for hundreds of dollars on eBay. Union membership dropping steadily over the last decade….. The fate of the popular sponge cake was in the hands of the unionized men and women who work for Hostess Brands.  Or perhaps I should say “worked” -- past tense. Because a union-backed strike has killed what the Great Depression couldn’t……No, the union in question -- the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International -- doesn’t deserve all the blame. Hostess has struggled financially for years, losing $341 million last year alone. But it didn’t have to end this way…….As Heritage labor expert James Sherk points out, this is a major reason why union membership keeps falling. Unions keep losing members as existing unionized firms shrink, and they can’t recruit enough new members to take their place. This year, union membership hit another record low: 11.2 percent. In the private sector, just 6.6 percent of workers belong to a union……The National Labor Relations Board has gotten in on the act as well. “The NLRB just changed its rules to enable unions to cherry-pick who votes in union elections,” Sherk writes. “At one New York department store, unions recently formed a unit representing only women’s shoe associates on the second and fifth floors. None of the 300 other employees in the store got to vote.”  To Read More….

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