There have always been jokes about how Twinkies never go bad. About how, if there were a global apocalypse, survivors might dine on Twinkies well into the future because they survive so well.
Except, Twinkies apparently couldn’t survive Big Labor.
If the union can’t have those jobs, nobody can have those jobs.
Hostess, the makers of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread, is going out of business after striking workers failed to heed a Thursday deadline to return to work, the company said.
“We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike,” Hostess CEO Gregory F. Rayburn said in announcing that the firm had filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to shutter its business. “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.”
Hostess Brands Inc. had earlier warned employees that it would file to unwind its business and sell off assets if plant operations didn’t return to normal levels by 5 p.m. Thursday. In announcing its decision, Hostess said its wind down would mean the closure of 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, approximately 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores in the United States.
Pay close attention to the way this will be reported. If Hostess were moving these jobs to China or something, they’d be vilified.
But the union putting the company out of business? It will get a collective “meh” from the nation’s reporters and editorialists.
Update: For you North Dakota/Minnesota readers, it’s worth remembering that this is the same union responsible for the American Crystal debacle, which put hundreds of workers out of a job.