Ho Ho NOOOO! Union forces Twinkies out of business

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Congratulations, unions! After deciding to strike instead of taking an 8% pay cut, 100% of Hostess’ employees will be taking a 100% pay cut. That’s right, the unthinkable is happening — Hostess, the maker of the American classic treats like Ho Ho’s and Twinkies, is going out of business.

Glenn jokingly called it the “saddest news of the day.”

“Twinkies are gone,” he said sorrowfully this morning. “The golden sponge cake with creamy filling, snack classic. The reason why I bring this up, right after the oil spill, is because I believe a lot of this is petrochemical-based.”

It’s understandable why the employees at Hostess would be upset. There was an 8% pay cut headed their way. But what’s better an 8% pay cut or a 100% pay cut?

“Let’s say you’re pissed off about the 8% pay cut and, you know, who wouldn’t be.  But you’d rather have the job.  So you at least keep the job with the 8% pay cut until you can find something else that you’re happy with,” Pat suggested. “You certainly wouldn’t want to be out of a job completely and making zero dollars.  I mean, you know, think about that.  If you’re working at Hostess and you’re making $50,000 a year, an 8% pay cut is what?  You’d be making 47 then?  So instead of making $47,000 a year rather than 50, you’d rather make zero dollars a year? How does that makes sense in anyone’s world?”

Glenn believes that the unions, more specifically: the union leaders, are pushing for unrest.

” The unions want joblessness now.  They needed to have it look like there were lots of jobs but now it works to the advantage of the president to show how bad the economy is going and to have more joblessness.  It works to the advantage because it creates unrest. It creates a need for a savior — a need for big government to bail people out,” he explained.

He added, “I’m convinced they want the fiscal cliff.  It was their idea.  It was their idea.  You’re not negotiating.  I have no problem negotiating and compromising on things.  I won’t compromise my value, but compromise is important.  But you don’t compromise with people who are suicidal, and you don’t compromise with people who are not honest brokers.  You need an honest broker at the table.  Hostess was not negotiating with an honest broker.  An honest broker says, “Look, we want you to be in business.  We want you to be in business.  We know you’ve gone bankrupt a couple of times.  We want you to be in business because it’s good for our people.  We have 18,500 families.”  Think of that.  18,500 families.  We want you to be in business.  So let’s negotiate.  Now come on.  Really, there’s nothing else you can do?  There’s nothing else we can do.  We’re bankrupt.  You don’t let somebody go out of business like that.  If you’re an honest broker?  They’re not honest brokers.”

The tone of show took a sharp turn when Glenn and Pat began discussing the actual Hostess products that were about to be lost from the shelves.

“We can’t let this go out of business,” Glenn exclaimed, before eating a Twinkie.

Glenn then revealed he was possibly holding on to some of the last Hostess products in the Dallas area. So, of course, they put them where they would be kept safe: the Liberty Safe.

All joking aside, Glenn did emphasize that it really was a sad day.

“Wonder Bread gone, Twinkies gone.  I mean, that’s a really big deal,” he told listeners.

Rest in peace Hostess, America will miss you…

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Twinkies have died and Obama is now making comments on bailing them out: soon we will see Nationalized Twinkies being shipped around the nation on behalf of Obama’s union cronies.

    There is a petition FROM THE WHITE HOUSE (and not from a citizen) asking people to sign if they agree the government should bail out Hostess with Federal funds…and if that happens the door is kicked in for Obama’s pledge to ‘bail out all the industries…’ and the government has totalitarian control.

    You have been warned people.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Union bosses are blaming ‘Bain-style vulture capitalism’ for the failure of the company; when it is the unions uncompromising attitude of ‘it all belongs to us’ that has finally broken an 82 year success of business.

    Now here is an article of the ‘politico’ affirming that there is a petition going around for a bailout of the Hostess company by the Federal government. The petition appears to have originated in the White House itself and not from a citizen of the land the last time I checked.

    Article:
    http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/11/petition-wants-obama-to-save-twinkies-149789.html

    White House petition:
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/nationalize-twinkie-industry/cJz0ngJR

    Tell everyone you can NOT TO SIGN IT.

  • http://twitter.com/KateDeweese1 KateDeweese

    @snowleopard3200:disqus Kyle answered I am in shock that a stay at home mom able to make $5813 in four weeks on the internet. did you lOOk at this site…twitlink.ws/bya

  • landofaahs

    Hostess ding dongs were also the employees because dey have’snoballs and followed the Ho Ho’s of the unions.  No Wonder bread is not being made there.  

  • landofaahs

    Of course the dummies at the company will think their pension will all be covered by pension insurance companies.  They may be surprised  if they only get 30%.  Another company destroyed thanks to the blood sucking parasitical unions.  Which “Hostess” will they move to next?

  • http://twitter.com/nutts2020 nutt

    So you’d prefer 18,000 people dependent on state welfare than be employed thanks to a state bailout?

  • landofaahs

    Wow, they went broke just before they were about to introduce a new snack that had brown looking crap inside and covered with dark chocolate on the outside.  There was no nutritional value to it though the ads would promise they would make your whole life sunshine and lollipops.  It was to be called Obamabum.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if they are going to start an unemployment  union? Maybe the can strike in front of the benefits office.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W3E3M5V2NSS63M35NQ6QSCIOPI imnoangel512

    oh man i guess we wont be able to rely on twinkies (the only food substance that has a 100 year shelf life)  to be around when the zombie apocalypse happens

    But seriously this is not a surprise, Union bosses dont cave and would rather see a company shut their doors then to compromise. So who is hurt by this? The company CEOs will sell off the assets and reap the benefits of profits made from that. The investors will move their money into other stocks. The union bosses will still collect dues from these people who are now out of work (they will pay out of their unemployment checks). The ones who are hurt are the 18,000 plus people who are now unemployed…Way to go you shot yourself in the foot all because you let some union thugs speak for you (here’s your sign those union thugs dont have your best interest at heart otherwise you wouldnt be out of a job now this close to christmas)

    Unions=scrooge

  • http://www.facebook.com/darryl.vanderklein Darryl Vanderklein

    Nobody tell Tallahassee from Zombieland, he’s gonna be pissed.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW6ALM3N2YFTOT6TN3GZGAHQG4 Frank Balcer

    The unions only care about their pockets. I used to work for a company that was union and they never did anything to help me keep my job after working there for 5 years. they are just legalized thugs out for your money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1165147138 Rhonda Coleman

    Here comes Little Debbie’s!!!

  • Anonymous

    It isn’t just Hostess but Drake’s, Wonder Bread, Beefsteak Bread, Merita, Dolly Madison, Nature’s Pride and Home Pride as well.

    No more Ring Dings, Yodel’s, Devil Dogs…it’s just too painful to imagine a world without all of them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joy.wegener Joy Wegener

    It was more than an 8% pay cut!  With the changes to their insurance plans, loss of overtime pay, loss of a paid holiday, and other cuts, it amounted to more like a $7/hr pay cut for my family member directly affected by the company’s closing. 

  • Anonymous

    I was one of those 18,500 and went about my route today fine until 10:00 when I was told to turn in my key. What a shock but we all knew it was coming. A total of 5,000 bakery union workers destroyed the jobs of the majority. The only person happy today is Michelle Obama as one less source of junk food is on the grocery shelves or American pantries. RIP Twinkie.

  • Anonymous

     And now he has a 100% cut.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.ogden.5 Michael Ogden

    were i work, over the course of the last four yrs. we started out w/ 70 employees, now down to 8. we also took a 5% pay cut and no one has had a raise in 3 years :( but you have to do what you have to do.

  • Anonymous

    Unions? Not really. Sales declined steadily for two decades. The handwriting has been on the wall for some time now. Americans are eating healthier and that is a good thing.

  • http://twitter.com/LesClay Les Clay

     I did this today, had to share. Galt made me do it.

  • Anonymous

    This is awesome! This is one of the first times I have smiled since late on election night. Sc rew the unions. How do ya like me now?!? Now you greedy bas tards, destroyers of Amerika go away with NOTHING! Take a big bite of the excrement sammich obamatrons. Go face your family and tell them how your greed won over Hostess management. 

    I’m not kidding. I have a HUGE smile on my face right now, the first real happiness I have had since o bow Mao and the socialist layabouts voted themselves a raise on election night.

    Watch the dominoes fall in succession. I don’t care if it affects me directly. The only thing left now is to watch Amerika fail and fail BIG. F*^* ‘em.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.ogden.5 Michael Ogden

    wow, that sounds rather selfish. I still would’ve been happy to have a job. there’s tons of people out there that would have loved to and need to work there w/ those cuts. They should have been grateful that they had a job when in these times a job is hard to come by. but because of the greed, even the ones who were grateful have lost.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.butler.10004 Mike Butler

    Well, I guess having 18,000 people lose their jobs is worth it in order to stand up for principle, don’t ya think???

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FTL54AO6XGP4VW3FNIWQNOHDOA Robyn

    I live in the Tulsa area, where about 160 workers will be unemployed when this factory shuts down. But even after the statement about going out of business? THE WORKERS ARE STILL OUTSIDE WAVING SIGNS. What are they picketing, unemployment?

  • http://www.facebook.com/elton.robb Elton Robb

    They might as well. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/elton.robb Elton Robb

    What principles?

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.butler.10004 Mike Butler

     I was being facetious, I know someone who thinks that way. Stand up for the union regardless of the consequences.

  • Anonymous

     Unfortunately, principles won’t feed my children.

  • Anonymous

    NO,  what I would like is to not have to support 18K people on unemployment from the small amount of money I make at my job.  I’m a single mom working full time, going to school full time and not taking handouts.  I can’t afford higher taxes to support union workers who won’t work. 

  • Anonymous

    yo nutt !! “THIS CESSPOOL OF A COUNTRY IS BANKRUPT”  , typical ” head up your ass” liberal answer ! take it from the taxpayers !!! , what fools !!! , they have spent all of the money that is why we are 17 trillion in debt asshole !!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    hey kate please!!!!!!!!!! go play in traffic!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Novak/1440480559 Robert Novak

    awesome how people cannot look past their own noses…….and end up losing everything. I support Hostess 100% in their decision.

  • Anonymous

    the nation is bankrupt ! where in the hell are they going to get money ! , let the whole ” cesspool” of a country implode !!!

  • Anonymous

    Maybe Hostess will be bought up and reborn as a ‘nonunion’ company.

  • dennis smith

    Are you going to like that 100% pay cut?

  • Anonymous

     Are you sure Michelle will let this happen?  After all, Twinkies wouldn’t be approved for her wonderful school lunch overhaul…..

  • OscarK44

    This is Obama at the time of his first election; Things could very well get worse before they get better. Hope and change… This time it was; Things are looking up, I know we still got a long way to go but we will get there. Forward… This is future Obama; This is the new normal people, so we are right on course. Get in line and get over it… You can take your pick of the line, unemployment, welfare, ssi, gas station, bread? who knows.  Sorry people it don’t have to be that way and should never have gone this far. So to all you Obama loving, gun hating, tax loving, atheist out there. Those of us that know how to grow and hunt our own food and to protect our homes and loved ones, you know, the ones that voted for the other guy, well we should do just fine, or so we pray. But what will you do when Obama runs out of the “other” peoples money, you know, that money he’s been giving and promising to give more to you and your friends? I don’t know, do you? Well, just a thought. Hell maybe they’ll just blame it on Bush again.

  • Anonymous

    AMERICA WINS A LIFETIME OF OBAMA   —  JUST THE BEGINNING  –  = ENJOY =

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    were’nt they created for the purpose of sustenance in extremely hard times because of their shelf life…infinity?

  • Anonymous

    It was another cut, in a string of cuts. The company did not adopt to the times. They didn’t aggressively go after new markets. They didn’t look at current trends in branding an adjust.
    How many cuts in compensation do you take before you say ‘enough’? Are you suppose to work someplace you can’t afford?

    The CEO got a massive pay raise in 2011, after two bankrupcies. So, why does the CEO get 3 times his salary in a raise, but the Bakers unions gets a cut?

    And your comparison to Obama is .. nonsense. They came to agreement with the teamsters. Clearly if it was some sort of conspiracy, the teamsters wouldn’t have agreed to a contract.

    The only conspiracy that could be possible, would be if the CEO made a deal with the Union Bosses not to accept the 8% so they can blame the unions for this closure and sale. 

    I could easily say it’s a republican conspiracy to make an excuse for nation wide union busting.
    I don’t think that happens, but they only ones the fit the evidence.

    Why does everyone jump on the unions when the market was a far stronger force driving them out of business?

    BTW, they will still be making them in Canada.

  • Anonymous

    Last time I check, people who work in the white house are citizens.
    BTW, you can log into the Whitehorse petition system and create YOU’R OWN PETITION.
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/create

    Not that I agree with this petition, but stop trying to make it sound like congress is mandating a bailout. Someone just logged in, and created an open petition. End Of Story.
    Stay Calm, and Think.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000281360518 Kenneth Leber

     The workers do not need a Union that helps to make them jobless. What benefits are that Union providing to the unemployed workers??

  • http://twitter.com/fawnday Dawn Brayton

    Glenn, didn’t you have a Twinkie once on the air at Fox? You said you didn’t like them and thought they tasted like plastic. So you’re probably right when you mentioned they were made from petrochemicals. Twinkies ARE eternally greasy. 

  • Anonymous

    Company busting… Union style…

    So what was proven?  That companies go out of business and people lose jobs?  People wanted “forward”.  “Forward” they will get (but they won’t get jobs).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000394968309 Debbie Morris

    As a former union steward for a large company, once worker’s start taking pay cuts, losing benefits, etc. it never ends. When employees take cuts in pay, benefits, etc. for a company facing bankruptcy to help the company stay afloat, majority of businesses will not give back when they are turning a profit.  A simple solution is to put in new contract provisions to bring employees back to where they are now plus a raise when the company is solvent. 

  • greywolfrs

    So, let me get this straight, the union negotiated a contract that had workers being OVER paid. Now, the company is operating at a loss and the unions will not take an 8% pay cut? Those employees are now taking a 100% pay cut. How foolish is this? I see all the morons defending unions and you people are laughable. How much money are these union workers making now? The answer: NOTHING. That is so much better. I hate to see an American company like Hostess go down, but I am laughing at all you union shills. Maybe Hostess should just dump union workers and restaff with no union workers.

  • Anonymous

    One Word,  “Bailout”…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003622812563 Terry Parcher

    LET THE GREEDY AMERICAN COS. LOSE !!THEY HAVE TAKEN OUR MONEY WITHOUT PRICE CUTS FOR YRS.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/V6J7TROVVOFAELOAGKLVA5EQ5M Shiro

    If he bails out Hostess he is only doing do so to make himself look like a savior. Leave well enough alone He knows we know his Unions forced this upon themselves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003622812563 Terry Parcher

    HOSTESS ALSO MAKES ZERO!!!!!!!!!!WAY TO RUN A BUSINESS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003622812563 Terry Parcher

    GOODBYE GREEDY HOSTESS WTH ZERO INCOME!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003622812563 Terry Parcher

    WRONG ANS.THE UNIONS DID’NT DO THIS ! THE GREED OF HOSTESS DID!THEY DON’T SELL HOSTESS IN AMERICA, THEY DON’T THEY  MAKE AMERICAN PROFITS! GREED!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003622812563 Terry Parcher

    OUR CHILDREN DON’T NEED TOO EAT HOSTESS GARBAGE ANYWAY! GOOD BYE TO BAD FOOD!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/V6J7TROVVOFAELOAGKLVA5EQ5M Shiro

    Terry why don’t you just go ahead and drink some of that spiked koolaid

  • Anonymous

    So how’d that work out Debbie? Unions: EAT IT.

  • ValueSet

    Troll alert.  Person who has missed ” Meds Pass” is posting on this site. Has Caps Lock on. PFF.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=778830083 Cassandra Mae Featherstone

    Good bye twinkies….you were by far the best part of my childhood :’(

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/646T67CWVNSBGDLMOPGZZ4AMMY TomA

     Think this Petition was posted by some caring person that wanted to save the Twinkie?
    Guess again!

    It was posted by the White House in their efforts to save the jobs of
    the UNION Ex Employee’s that drove the company into Bankruptcy!
    Sign
    it if you will, but it is just an effort to Nationalize the Co./Fed.
    Govt. Bailout in order to save the jobs of the UNION Ex Employee’s!
    I wouldn’t sign it on pure principal of the devious way that the White House is trying to fool those signing!

  • Anonymous

    I just wish we could deny unemployment benefits to those who voluntarily choose to lose their jobs by refusing to end their strike. The same thing happened to those steel workers when Bane Capital tried to resuscitate their failing steel mill. They didn’t lose their jobs until after they went out on strike the second time. But of course it was all Romney’s fault.

  • Sunshine Kid

     Right.  It is OK to have people out of work because some people LIKE bad food occasionally.  Whatever happened to freedom of choice?

    You can CHOOSE not to buy something, and if enough people won’t buy it, then the business will fail without union help.  Whatever happened to the idea that the unions were for the benefit of the workers?  It appears this time the unions are for the benefit of the liberals who demand, as you do, NO bad food at all, even if it sells and makes profits that can be taxed and pay for your welfare handouts.

    Ever feel like shooting yourself in the foot, or do you limp from having your foot in your mouth while it is still moving?

  • Sunshine Kid

     Inflation is like that.  Prices of raw materials go up because there is a demand for them.  Having something not sell will definitely lower the price.

    Tired of shouting yet?  As your picture shows, you obviously have no eyesight problems.  I’m 65 years old, a Vietnam veteran, and don’t have to capitalize unless I wish to make a point.  Your whole post is rather pointless.

  • Sunshine Kid

    I flagged her.  Let’s see if it gets removed, or perhaps she is working for this site and this site is working for her ads.  If you think I’m picking at mod er a tors, you’re right.

  • Sunshine Kid

     Good answer.  Putting people on welfare or bailing out a company is taking from the same source: TAXES.  Enough already!

  • Sunshine Kid

    Yes, just like employees involving themselves in sweepstakes entries.  Or did you know that is not allowed?  If an employee of the white house makes a petition, it should be as a private citizen, not an officially sanctioned request.

    Think about what you are saying before you sound too much like a liberal.

  • Sunshine Kid

     Well, goodbye also to Hostess Cup Cakes!

  • Sunshine Kid

     You certainly are hateful, aren’t you?  I hope you are not rearing your children to act and talk as you do – you really need to chill out.

  • Sunshine Kid

     Yes, but you forgot the central white stuff that was well hidden.

  • Sunshine Kid

     Or in front of the black house or Congress.

  • Sunshine Kid

     The union members ought to strike the unions.  Stop paying them for their part in losing their jobs, and try to get their jobs back as NON-union workers.  One way to equalize the “right to work” situation, no matter what state they are in.

  • Sunshine Kid

     Sounds to me that you are the greedy one in the conversation.

  • Anonymous

     Who is John Galt?

  • Sunshine Kid

     She’d rather have the 100% cut, have her husband at home to listen to her whining, and have that glorious government handout than to be a respectable person who’s husband had a decent job.  Maybe she’ll become a welfare mom with more babies to claim as dependents for her welfare check.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW6ALM3N2YFTOT6TN3GZGAHQG4 Frank Balcer

    The executives should lose their benefits & pensions as well, they should not profit from this disaster. The union reps (thugs) should get nothing either,  the the money from the sales should be split up among the workers for their pensions

  • Anonymous

    This isn’t a lottery, so that is completely irrelevant.
    It isn’t an officially sanctioned request. It was created by Danial B. of Kansas City, Mo.
    Are you really so full of self importance and hubris you can’t handle a simple fact? 

    Where in my post is there any comment about political stance? 
    Stay Calm, and Think.

  • Sunshine Kid

     At least they have THAT job down pat!

  • Sunshine Kid

     Yep, lemmings all, herded by the liberals out to sea.

  • Anonymous

    You do know when you use extra exclamations, incorrect grammar and call people names you sound like some street corner crazy person, right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1788605620 Dave Townsend

    This is what unions do, they destroy our country and have for decades… they are good to have but they have wayyyy to much power… and encourage very shady work ethics to ensure the continued need of the union which results in terrible production /quality….

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessi.sanchez.98 Jessi Sanchez

     Wow. You must have listened to Rush. Too bad he was wrong. The petition was started by a radio personality as a JOKE! LMAO. So gullible in your hatred for the Pres.

  • Draxx

    I thought the Constitution forbid Federal Government from directly owning a Commercial Business as a conflict of interest type thing…

    And How on Earth can the Obummers even think about saving such a Fat Kid Dream Company????????  Sounds like a Huge Double Standard To Me…

  • Sunshine Kid

     $7/hr pay cut from 8%?  What was your spouse getting, $55 an hour?

  • 47percentsolution

    This company is going through liquidation due to a failure to innovate. Revenues have been decreasing steadily since people learned that eating excessive fats and carbohydrates is bad for you, i.e., since the 1980s.  This is the Gateway Computers of snack food.  Unions granted concessions to both Interstate Bakeries and Hostess Brands through the bankruptcies of ’04 and ’09, but with almost $1bn in debt and $2bn in unfunded pension liabilities, it didn’t really matter. 

    Hostess is proof that Gordon Gecko can buy a company with as much money as he can  borrow, but that doesn’t mean he knows how to run a bakery. Hmm, I’ve seen this movie before. In fact, this could be the Bain Capital story. Liquidation happened to 30% of Bain’s investments under Romney. At least Hostess employees didn’t have to build their own stage.

    Ultimately Hostess Brands couldn’t compete with Mexican baked goods conglomerate Grupo Bimbo. Oh well, rednecks, I guess you’ll have to blame your lack of Twinkies on that damnable free market. Enjoy your Entenmann’s in the meantime.  But you’ll be able to chow down on  Mexican Twinkies soon enough… Bimbo will buy the Twinkie name & production process, and you’ll be able to clog your cardiovascular system with plenty of saturated fats and cholesterol faster than you can say, “Ay Dios Mio.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/dillon.long.9022 Dillon Long

    never mind. I want to see this continue

  • Anonymous

    “Maybe Hostess should just dump union workers and restaff with no union workers.”

    –Makes sense! Who needs unions? They are killing America.

  • http://www.facebook.com/norton1 Scott Norton

    I was wondering how much a Hostess employee made per hour.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.amauric Jennifer Amauric

     And now 18,500 American workers will be eligible for food stamps now. Yay aren’t you a happy Idiot

  • Anonymous

    Dem-t*rds keep saying nasty things like “Conservatives are a thing of the past.” Well, UNIONS are MORE a thing of the past. Who needs them in our current economy/society? We have OSHA and other heath/protection laws in place; we have (still!, for a little while) a FREE MARKET system. Unions have bled America dry.

    Shut down the Union-Hostess Company and reopen a NONUnion Hostess Company and let the chips fall where they may. It’s the “American way.”

  • don

    please under stand that is where this is all going. its in the plan.  gov takes over everything an when dollar colapes. he can set up another money system an say its worth this much an go from there/ that what russia did an it carryed them for a long time.this is where obama i8s taking us

  • Anonymous

    Terry, you need to just be quiet. The more you talk, the more stupid you sound, if that is at all possible. My guess is that you voted for the terrorist muslim in office, just so you could get food stamps or another free phone. Pathetic. Oh, and if you want to know why I have the screen name, about Romney as my president. It basically means, that “I and many others, will NEVER COMPLY to ovomit. He had to cheat as usual to even be where he is, but many of us will never show him any respect, nor will will listen to him. So, he will still be a big ZERO, as he has always been”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/herbert.shallcross Herbert Shallcross

    Never heard it myself, but it is said that mute swans dying song is very beautiful, the fabled “Swan Song”. What you hear at Hostess is the dying song of the Golden Goose. Twenty thousand good, safe indoor jobs, most of them that require very little education or special abilities, destroyed by union greed. What is the union going to do for these people? Get them jobs with Bimbo, in Mexico?

  • http://www.facebook.com/herbert.shallcross Herbert Shallcross

    Who loses? The owners or investors? Well, some. They have less money to invest in something else, but they do have a lot of commercial real estate and trucks to sell or lease. Unfortunately there is little demand for those things in this economy. 
    Who really loses is the nearly twenty thousand employees with skills and abilities that are in absolutely no demand who have just been lead by their union onto the street. 
    Taxpayers in general? We will have to make up the revenue shortfall represented by these people no longer earning or paying taxes. We will have to pay benefits to keep them from starving.
    Who gains? Bimbo, the Mexican baking company that has recently expanded into the market Hostess was in, and who will have little competition for market share now. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/herbert.shallcross Herbert Shallcross

    This is one solution to the illegal immigration problem. Unions hound American companies like Hostess to their death leaving the market open for Mexican companies like Bimbo. Mexican bakers probably get paid, including salary and benefits, about a third of what Hostess workers did, but it’s a reason for Mexicans who need work to stay home.

  • http://www.facebook.com/herbert.shallcross Herbert Shallcross

    The company has been limping along with little or no profit for years. Is this your idea of greed? Yes, unions did this. When the company was profitable, unions strong armed management for the salary and benefit packages that sapped the company’s profit in the first place. When those union plans finally dragged the company down, the union made their employees take nothing rather than 92% of a loaf. 

  • http://twitter.com/nutts2020 nutt

    Very Christian of you – fuck the rest, let ‘em eat cake. You DO realise that their benefit will be paid by your taxes – whereas them being in work and paying taxes means that their bailout begins to be repaid and your economy is more productive.

  • http://twitter.com/nutts2020 nutt

    I think it’s better to have 18,000 people still in work and paying tax, rather than have 18,000 people on benefit and contributing nothing to an economy.  Dickhead.

  • http://twitter.com/nutts2020 nutt

    Bailout means 18000 people still paying taxes – no bailout means 18000 contributing nothing. Seems a no-brainer, though even the no-brained folk slobbering over Glenn’s words can’t get that.

    Laying years of shitty management suddenly at the doors of the union is also pathetic. Typical; but nontheless pathetic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/herbert.shallcross Herbert Shallcross

    Just because Hostess isn’t baking it, doesn’t mean we won’t still eat junk food. We will just by junk food made by Mexican companies like Bimbo, who pay no American taxes at all.

    I will personally miss the “Funny Bones” chocolate covered, peanut butter filled devil’s food cakes. I wonder if Bimbo is going to make anything like that?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6GMGXNPSX6T5PEKBBIMJXUL4FM Marnee Crawford

    Repugs have been quick to
    blame unions for the downfall of the company there’s actually more to the
    story: While the company was filing for bankruptcy, for the second time,
    earlier this year, it actually tripled its CEO’s pay, and increased other
    executives’ compensation by as much as 80 percent.

    CEO of Hostess
    was awarded a 300 percent raise (from approximately $750,000 to $2,550,000) and
    at least nine other top executives of the company received massive pay raises. One such executive received a pay increase from $500,000 to
    $900,000 and another received one taking his salary from $375,000 to $656,256.

    It
    is quite clear that the company is stealing the money and hiding it in the
    executives pockets along with the Hedge Funds who own Hostess. Let’s do the math.
    18,000 employees. The average yearly cost per employee with benefits is
    $50,000. I am high balling it just to see. That comes out to about 1 billion a
    year in wages and benefits. That leaves the company with 1.5 billion dollars!
    Their expenses are not more than 1.5 billion dollars! They are fabricating the
    books and the executives are pocketing serious money. In the hundreds of
    millions! Let the company burn! Period! Greg Rayburn is a liquidation
    specialist. They hired him a couple of months ago to liquidate the company.
    Don’t get it twisted.
    Salary Increases at Hostess. 

    Some creditors question Hostess pay raises approved in late
    July. 

    Brian Driscoll, CEO, around $750,000 to $2,550,000. 
    Gary Wandschneider, EVP, $500,000 to $900,000. 
    John Stewart, EVP, $400,000 to $700,000. 
    David Loeser, EVP, $375,000 to $656,256. 
    Kent Magill, EVP, $375,000 to $656,256. 
    Richard Seban, EVP, $375,000 to $656,256. 
    John Akeson, SVP, $300,000 to $480,000. 
    Steven Birgfeld, SVP, $240,000 to $360,000. 
    Martha Ross, SVP, $240,000 to $360,000. 
    Rob Kissick, SVP, $182,000 to $273,008.

     

    This is
    Bain capitalism at its worst……..a company using bankruptcy as a bargaining
    chip……..it failed so they are liquidating a profitable company………

  • http://www.facebook.com/herbert.shallcross Herbert Shallcross

    So you’re saying, that the executives, who had the books in front of them knew there was no way, given their labor costs, to return to profitability. They could see that the union had finally destroyed the company, so they went for a one time cash-out. 

    Without union greed, the company could have been profitable. Now 18,500 people who with few marketable skills used to earn a decent living at a clean, safe, inside job are left with little or nothing. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMJUHF4UNZWSLIDRXPSSTOHA3Q Shane

    Greedy union jerks killed Hostess. It’s apparrent that they would rather get unemployment than take a pay cut. That seems to be the prevailing attitude in most unions. A company with a low profit margin, like Hostess, cannot afford unions. Maybe someone in China will buy Hostess. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=738403809 Dorene Chretien

    This is the REAL story. I can’t believe it. This Union shit is out of control, rules need to change with this and those people are ungrateful, you know how many people would LOVE to have a job? 

  • andrew glover

    Were the executives at the company taking a cut in pay and benefits too? Let me think about that…..NAHHH!!!

  • Anonymous

    How about instead of workers taking a 8% pay cut the CEO and other top honchos take a cut and stockholders take less quarterly earnings and not blame it on low level hourly workers. Low Level hourly workers are always getting the blame that is BS. Please make sure Beck reads this post I want him to reply himself on this one

  • Anonymous

    I just posted the same thing but in more detail

  • Anonymous

    This is a sad day because now more thousands of families have no income. I also believe that Obama, the Dems and unions have been planning everything that’s happening so that they can take businesses away from entrepeneurs and then government will own us and our lives. They’re all communists. It just doesn’t make sense that they would say no to an 8% cut as opposed to 100%. When will the people in unions wake up to reality that by supporting their unions and the Dems, they are greatly jeapardizing their very lives? Obama isn’t wasting any time on continuing his destruction of the US is he? This is karma returning immediately for choosing the wrong party/guy. Ohio and Pennsylvania have lost thousands of jobs already, now Hostell employees and others.  Perhaps this is God’s law that will force you to change your wrong idealogy, values and morals and return to Him. We vote for the person who holds our beliefs most, even if it’s just for the color of their skin. So many African Americans again voted for Obama because of his skin color – even though they don’t agree with his stand on God, marriage and the economy. Now they will pay for this shallow reason to vote someone into office. Those that refused to vote for Obama but also not for any Republican (Romney), do you really think you sent him a message? He could care less what you think! Did it change his mind before the election and has it changed his mind now? The abortion industry is still being funded by us and marriage continues to be changed. You really need to re-evaluate which party holds your beliefs and where you must go to from here on. Stop wishing that the Dems change back to the original beliefs. It isn’t going to happen – they are the communist party now and I imagine will be for quite a long time. When people return to God, their morals and standards wil rise up within them and they will support and vote for the better candidate and prosperity, freedom and happiness will return in the US and the world. With all the moral decay in our coutry, everything will only get worse until total destruction. I care not whether you believe in a higher power, God or whatever you want to call Him/it. Truth is truth and we can’t get away from it no matter how hard we try. The ways of sin and rebellion to our true reality destroy. People wake up and let history guide you so we stop making the same mistakes over and over again.

  • Anonymous

    wow — let’s drink some more kook-aid.  Let’s keep vilifying those that went to college, spent time working hard to get up that corporate ladder, and don’t punch a time clock but likely work way more than 35 hours a week — some likely double that.   And…. as far as stockholders…. Hostess was a privately owned company — no stockholders. But in your world, those that have worked hard and invested in a company to help it grow should also give up so unions can bully them into losing money so the unions and its members don’t have to…. gawd.

     But the union members paying union dues for the union to bully a company into paying more than what the jobs actually are worth is legitimate?  I am going to go out on a limb and say that Hostess was probably a pretty good place to work but Union bosses (who by the way are paid quite handsomely and likely take no cuts in pay) want to make a company pay more that what the jobs are worth and force it into unsustainable spending and debt (sound familiar?????).

    Frankly, if you don’t want to compromise to help the company you work for to continue to exist in an era of out of control taxes with more to come, then you get what you deserve.  No jobs.  Great.  Fantastic.  Did they win??????

  • Anonymous

    But Herbert, it is no longer Bush’s fault. No – read it —  it is Romney’s fault…..  this is a narative that is as inane as being a liberal in the first place…..

  • Anonymous

    “They could see that the union had finally destroyed the company, so they went for a one time cash-out. Without union greed, the company could have been profitable. Now 18,500 people who with few marketable skills used to earn a decent living at a clean, safe, inside job are left with little or nothing.”  You see what Executives were making and you blame the Union ? How about all those Executives take a cut so the workers don’t have to take one 

  • Anonymous

    Look at the list at what Hostess Brass was making that is obscene 

  • Anonymous

    Unions asks for pennies while companies give CEO’s millions give that to the line workers

  • Anonymous

    Of course they can collect unemployment 1-They paid into in for probably years 2-They did not quit the company shut down do to greedy owners

  • Anonymous

    What  has God, Morals, and Marriage got to do with this are you saying that God caused the plant shutdown because good people believe in Marriage Equality ? BTW- More people voted against Obama because of his skin color than voted for him for that reason those people are called “Racist” I voted for Obama because he most reflects my believes although I wish he were way,way,way,way more Left 

  • Sunshine Kid

     Crazy people never admit the fact of their ailment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/arnie.hoyt Arnie Hoyt

    And how many people in the union voted to keep working….I bet a lot of them…..but 51% of the goons vote for for EVERYONES LIVELYHOOD…

  • Sunshine Kid

     Well, according to one disgruntled poster, her spouse lost $7/hr on a 8% pay cut.  That works out to around $55/hr.  I’ve never made near that amount; must have been in the wrong union (or no union).

  • Anonymous

    Yea good idea $7.25 a hour , no sick time, no holidays, no vacations, no holidays, no OT for working over 40 hours, no protection if you are fired sounds like a plan That is Stupid

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KAKBXOLRITNE253SEXMTWUPNCE Kevin

    The Unions are building the voting base up for Obama and the Democrats…. Let’s see now:
    Evil company that paid people to work, creating products to sell, which allowed them to make a living, support their families, etc, and yes for profit to the  company for executive and owner salaries.. along with stockholder returns… needed to reduce costs to stay in business… Union response…. NO!!!! we are holding strong…. STRIKE STRIKE STRIKE….. Now 18500 employees will be collecting unemployment for 99 weeks…. wait… that’s just about right before the mid term elections… do you think the Democrats and Obama will say… .those evil Republicans are going to take your unemployment checks away.. .I want to extend them forever…. yes… for all of you… another unsustainable gift for your vote….. Hey… it worked last time… why not again….. ???  Maybe you should reflect on the motives of the Democrats…. are they really looking out for you by keeping you on unemployment, welfare, food stamps and every other public assistance program available or to be determined?  And yes… unemployment is something that is paid into, oh wait.. by the evil employers…..your salary is not the only cost to the company, they pay health care costs which are going up, unemployment, etc… 
    Seriously though, this is what you get when the President, the Democrats and Unions demonize one class of people against another… Obama keeps saying the “rich” need to pay just a little more… well how many government programs is he trying to pay for with “just a little more”?  And when that little more runs out.. where does he go next.. who’s his next target to demonize.. well the Just below Rich need to pay their “fair” share now… Every time a company goes out of business or lays of people causes a reduction in tax “revenue” to the government and an increased demand on public assistance programs… 
    You do the MATH!!!!! Obama’s math does not add up when you include the element of the real world!!!!!!!   This would fall into the math of an intellectual idiot!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5TBBY37XKEIHHONUJH6EONDIWI misty e

    There are more products than twinkies being made by Hostess.  18,000 Americans are now unemployed. 
    I am so happy that you are so happy about that. 

  • Anonymous

    An American company shut down because it did not evolve at the same pace of the country.  They closed because they refused to tweak their business plan in order to profit.
    Instead of accepting the blame for their failure, Hostess will try to blame the President and glenn beck will love to push this lie. 
    glenn beck and Hostess (in this case) will do their best to blame someone else, but it is a whiny excuse.
    I only hope that glenn can get enough twinkies to eat himself to death before they run out death bombs to feed this fat f*** so he can leave as soon as possible.

  • Anonymous

    I Stand with the Workers not the Greedy Corporate Heads you should too

    http://act.aflcio.org/c/18/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=5109 

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  • XenaWP80

    Edwim, take your spam and go on a hike – and then get lost.

  • XenaWP80

    The company shut down because of greedy unions.

  • XenaWP80

    Pennies!?! How crap falls from the union thugs lips.

  • XenaWP80

    Stupid is as stupid does – now they have ZERO pay and pernament vacation!

  • XenaWP80

    Yes, clearly you have a proublem with people making profits. Now the unions are still making money, but the workers are scr#wed and out of the job. How much profit do those union thugs bring home??

  • XenaWP80

    “That leaves the company with 1.5 billion dollars.” You conviently forgot the cost of the company itself. Paying for electricity, gas, water, just the cost of keeping the building up to code, and paying taxes. The company does buy the toilet paper in the bathrooms!

  • XenaWP80

    I knew you were a progressive sh#thead.

  • XenaWP80

    I stand with workers having work – not greedy over payed rich union thugs. You should too, unless your a progressive that cares more for your agenda, then you do your country.

  • XenaWP80

    Oh, lets not forget the cost of the up & coming obamacare.

  • Guest

    The Unions refused to protect their jobs by working with their employer.  Unions are a thing of the past.

    Strtlk the vulgar spamming cockroach is back again with his death and hate filled post about a man who he has dreams about in the shower.

    Strtlk, stop eating those round things in the urinal, they are not mints!

  • BentGhazi

    They closed because the spoiled union workers would rather strike than take a cut so the company could stay in business. I know you are ignorant, but Hostess has already been in bankruptcy two times. The cut was necessary in order to stay in business. The company laid the deal on the table and the union got 18,000 people fired by advising them not to take the deal.

    You are wrong, so go shut up and clean some more bathroom fixtures.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FTL54AO6XGP4VW3FNIWQNOHDOA Robyn

    So is the president of the union, who makes well over $200,000 a year, and the top union staff, who make nearly that much, going to take a pay cut to help the workers? Don’t hold your breath!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K7GR2CCKEY7NQYTLFMJK3AQIX4 Nate

    Go unions!  Time to start fighting back against incompetent, unimaginative, uninnovating management.  Twinkies sucked.  Who would launch such a product today?  But did they change their product line with the times?  No.  They robbed pension funds instead.  Crappy leadership.  They deserve liquidation.  Hopefully a better, smarter, stronger company buys up the assets and puts people back to work.
    Nationalization?  Oh, puleeeeeez, folks!  Get real!  Do you even know the definition of the word?  What silliness!  You are gullible if you believe that just because Rush said its so.  In fact, if you believe anything that comes out of his mouth, you better be careful, because most of it is plain, old garbage.
    R.I.P. Twinkie, at least embalming won’t be necessary.  LOL

  • Anonymous

    You’re certainly in the minority here.  Most of us have gown up with Hostess products.  The Unions had to prove just how powerful they are.  Well, now they’re so powerful they are out of work!  Since this was their own CHOICE, they should be ineligible for unemployment.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K7GR2CCKEY7NQYTLFMJK3AQIX4 Nate

    What was necessary to their staying in business was having vision and knowing how to innovate – and on that count management failed. 
    Wonder how many pay and benefit  cuts YOU would be willing to take to save crappy management where you work, BentGhazi.  Probably the first time they asked you to sacrifice you would be out of there.  But 2 going on 3?  Only if you are stupid, which I suppose, considering your comments, is not out of the realm of possibiliy.

  • BentGhazi

    You are wrong and apparently know nothing about business. There is a profit margin in every business, and after two reorganizations if you are still unable to make a profit, the IRS considers you out of business. This was Hostess last try to stay alive, and the union cost them the business and 18,000 families at least a part of their income.

    You are the one who is stupid here. Must be a Harvard grad.

  • Sandie

    The stupidity and pie in the sky type of vision on the left is a staggering form of fantasy and total lack of reality. The selfishness of the UNION BOSSES to keep the $$$$$$$ coming into their own pockets is real. Trumka is the epitome of the Union Bitch whipping the ignorant union members into a froth so he can be assured his place of power and a juicy income on the backs of the union little guys. Any union worker that can’t see this is the typical worker who is lacking in any intelligence, who will be easily poked along by the unions in their work place spiels because they don’t know any better and do not seek the facts, who is easily persuaded by their locals. I have seen this first hand.

  • Sandie

    The stupidity and pie in the sky type of vision on the left is a staggering form of fantasy and total lack of reality. The selfishness of the UNION BOSSES to keep the $$$$$$$ coming into their own pockets is real. Trumka is the epitome of the Union Bitch whipping the ignorant union members into a froth so he can be assured his place of power and a juicy income on the backs of the union little guys. Any union worker that can’t see this is the typical worker who is lacking in any intelligence, who will be easily poked along by the unions in their work place spiels because they don’t know any better and do not seek the facts, who is easily persuaded by their locals. I have seen this first hand.

  • BentGhazi

    Well there are 18,000 of them now who are going to be growing resentful by this Christmas for what the union bosses did to/for them. Unions nowdays are pyramid schemes – it’s all about the dues money they squeeze from the rank and file. Most of the union bosses can’t do the jobs the members do – the only thing they know how to do is rob the members with a fountain pen.

    I feel for the 18,000 families who this selfish power play put in financial jeopardy.

    These workers are the ones who are losing the most.

  • BentGhazi

    Well there are 18,000 of them now who are going to be growing resentful by this Christmas for what the union bosses did to/for them. Unions nowdays are pyramid schemes – it’s all about the dues money they squeeze from the rank and file. Most of the union bosses can’t do the jobs the members do – the only thing they know how to do is rob the members with a fountain pen.

    I feel for the 18,000 families who this selfish power play put in financial jeopardy.

    These workers are the ones who are losing the most.

  • BentGhazi

    Well there are 18,000 of them now who are going to be growing resentful by this Christmas for what the union bosses did to/for them. Unions nowdays are pyramid schemes – it’s all about the dues money they squeeze from the rank and file. Most of the union bosses can’t do the jobs the members do – the only thing they know how to do is rob the members with a fountain pen.

    I feel for the 18,000 families who this selfish power play put in financial jeopardy.

    These workers are the ones who are losing the most.

  • BentGhazi

    Well there are 18,000 of them now who are going to be growing resentful by this Christmas for what the union bosses did to/for them. Unions nowdays are pyramid schemes – it’s all about the dues money they squeeze from the rank and file. Most of the union bosses can’t do the jobs the members do – the only thing they know how to do is rob the members with a fountain pen.

    I feel for the 18,000 families who this selfish power play put in financial jeopardy.

    These workers are the ones who are losing the most.

  • BentGhazi

    Well there are 18,000 of them now who are going to be growing resentful by this Christmas for what the union bosses did to/for them. Unions nowdays are pyramid schemes – it’s all about the dues money they squeeze from the rank and file. Most of the union bosses can’t do the jobs the members do – the only thing they know how to do is rob the members with a fountain pen.

    I feel for the 18,000 families who this selfish power play put in financial jeopardy.

    These workers are the ones who are losing the most.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K7GR2CCKEY7NQYTLFMJK3AQIX4 Nate

    What about management’s responsibility?  Should they get unemployment?  They were the ones, after all, that failed to make the company profitable after 3 bankruptcies.  Their product line never changed, ads were sparse and ineffective, they obviously failed to gain the trust and cooperation of their workers.  They were (for a third time) going to seek protection from their creditors…..in other words welch on their debts.  You thinking they should all get ‘golden parachutes’ for a job well-done?  Why aren’t they called names like ‘deadbeat’ or accused of wanting ‘gifts’ from government?  You don’t hold back when it comes to the workers but seem to think the management did a fine job.  Difficult to acccept that in light of what happened. 

  • Anonymous

    You G.D. Idiot! the pay cut was 32% and that was after a significant benefits cut a few years earilier. Hostess management just gave themselves an 80% increase. 
    This is typical of what Bain captitol does – they leverage and milk the company dry then sell off the assets. It’s what GREED does to people. BTW dumb-Arse, did you know executve wages have increased 127 times more than workers workers in the last 30 years??? and did you know the trillions the 5% horde is the single worst detriment to our economy. Thank God your boy mitt wasn’t elected!

    IDIOT!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K7GR2CCKEY7NQYTLFMJK3AQIX4 Nate

    Oh, good one!  Lol….Harvard grad.  Yup, that’s me, all right.  Hit the nail right on the head, by golly!  :-)  It doesn’t take a Harvard grad to see lousy management, fool.  Take off your blinders now an then and see something beyond what you want to see. 

  • Anonymous

    FYI: That’s called slavery…21st century slavery… where the big boss man whips the little men and women who work for him into servitude, paying them a pittance of their worth while lining their pockets with gold. Ironic that they are too blind to see that it’s the 19th century all over again.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K7GR2CCKEY7NQYTLFMJK3AQIX4 Nate

    LMAO!  Good party line!  Did you copy that right out of the Neo-Con Bible?  I suspect you need no more brainwashing, Sandie, as whatever gray matter you possessed seems to have trickled down the drain of neo-con vacuousness.  Now don’t get in such a lather!  The stress hormones will kill ya.   

  • Anonymous

    xena, Hi – progressive is progress. Progess is what brought us from one-cel amebas to what we are today- are you a regressive or would you rather regress?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K7GR2CCKEY7NQYTLFMJK3AQIX4 Nate

    Unions are not of the past, and if you only understood what you owe to them and the brave men and women who risked their lives to form them, you’d shut your mouth on the matter.  Another neo-con clueless when it comes to history AND economics…..

  • BentGhazi

    Try paying attention to something other than the waitress. It was widely reported that this was the last chance for Hostess = no more company unless costs were reduced. They had outstanding debt because of declining sales. The company had one chance to survive after two bankruptcies failed to put them in the black.

    It’s basic accounting. You really can’t be this stupid – or can you???

  • Anonymous

    The American “slaves” received housing, food, clothing and an occasional night off. That is merely capitalism adjusting its wages to the worth of the worker?

    Moreover, such is very similar to contemporary illegals working in the field, or women and children working for minimal pay in India, Bangladesh or China…

    Ergo, we must conclude that “slavery” does NOT exist! The slaves/workers are simply low paid help?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K7GR2CCKEY7NQYTLFMJK3AQIX4 Nate

    You cite “declining sales”…..hmmmm, well, why were sales declining?  Can’t conveniently blame that one on the workers, now can you, Mr. Bent?  Hmmm…..could it be that management failed to come up with a good plan to improve and market their product/image?  No, that would just make too much sense!  Wake up, and stop ingesting the poppy seeds, Bent, they’re killing brain cells!  Duh!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GW6ALM3N2YFTOT6TN3GZGAHQG4 Frank Balcer

      I bet when they first heard about this, the Moocher in Chief and his wife the First Moocher were jumping for joy, more people out of work so they might be able to do a bailout, & Moochelle can try to cram more healthy stuff down our throats. Mauobama wants to take over companies & Moochelle wants snack food companies out of  business so she can try to force healthy stuff on us. it is not the governments job to do such things, this is dictatorship.

  • BentGhazi

    You are the one with the addled brain here. It’s been in all the papers. People are also avoiding these products more than they did in the past. Sales are down in every business due to your president’s recession and lack of economic savvy. He thought his healthcare plan and supporting foreign islamic terrorist run governments were more important than fixing the economy. That is where his efforts were expended instead of trying to do something with the domestic economy. It’s hurting every business, or haven’t you heard about that either?

    I think you can do the math. It costs X to produce Y product, and the company has to charge Z in order to stay in business. When costs go up to the point that the revenue isn’t paying the bills, then you go bankrupt. Give it a rest, you are not going to win.

    You must be one of those union thugs we keep hearing about in the news. Do you think that the people who run the company keep it open just to pay you? No, they are in business to make a profit. When that business can no longer sustain the cost of doing business, they shut down.

    I know it’s late, but you try again in the morning to figure this out. It ain’t rocket surgery, Nate.

    Unions are killing barely profitable businesses all over the country. Hostess made a business decision to shut down, they tried to offer the employees a bit more time to keep getting a paycheck and keep the business alive, but dimwits like you think you can get a dollar out of a bank that has ten cents in it.

    Take your fantasy magical bull hockey elsewhere.

    They went out of business because they had to. The IRS has rules that business has to abide by – expenses cannot exceed income for more than two years and still be a viable business, and a publicly held company (sells stock to investors) can’t keep running a negative balance forever. The IRS will shut down any corporation that is this much in the red, and the skill of management has NOTHING to do with what is going on in this case.

    Please do some research and educate yourself, kid. You are making a fool of yourself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Calvin-Bradford/100001152582920 Calvin Bradford

    Obama runs a place out of business and then tryes to bail them out what you think obout that

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carol-Morgan/100000253121773 Carol Morgan

     speaking of which, why are you still here???

  • Sandie

    That is exactly right , and exactly why there are more and more union members who are leaving the unions, or who are trying to at least cut their union dues by what their union is supposedly giving for campaign contributions. They want to leave the unions, but cannot because they are strongarmed by the union bosses and co-workers.

  • Sandie

    And isn’t that funny? The slave masters turn out to be those who would claim to be the saviors – the union bosses! They whip their members into line to assure their own largesse!

  • Sandie

    And isn’t that funny? The slave masters turn out to be those who would claim to be the saviors – the union bosses! They whip their members into line to assure their own largesse!

  • Sandie

    And isn’t that funny? The slave masters turn out to be those who would claim to be the saviors – the union bosses! They whip their members into line to assure their own largesse!

  • Sandie

    And isn’t that funny? The slave masters turn out to be those who would claim to be the saviors – the union bosses! They whip their members into line to assure their own largesse!

  • Sandie

    And isn’t that funny? The slave masters turn out to be those who would claim to be the saviors – the union bosses! They whip their members into line to assure their own largesse!

  • Sandie

    And isn’t that funny? The slave masters turn out to be those who would claim to be the saviors – the union bosses! They whip their members into line to assure their own largesse!

  • Sandie

    Do you really think your unaimed and unsubstantiated derision will stand for anything?

    Gawd, you are stupid.

  • Sandie

    That guy is clueless about business – like Obama.

  • Sandie

    Perzactly. In the beginning of the unions, there were no paid union bosses. But there grew out of it selfish and greedy people who would take advantage of the worker, They were just like the ‘tycoon’ who owned the business, and who they claimed to be protecting the little people from. These opportunists and users, many affiliated with the maffia or other organized crime, still depend on the lower intellect and unworldliness of the “little people” to harvest their pockets. I have access to the periodically published crap from a union in this area, which presents Jimmy Hoffa Jr’s lies and really poorly contrived propaganda that he puts out there, and these people believe it! You wouldn’t believe the crap this guy puts out (being that you and other people here are more in the know). I would love to send this out to everyone who can publicize it and knock this jerks power down. He is a taker and a joke, but the union members believe his crap and those that don’t have no choice.

    Viva The Right to Work!

  • Sandie

     Gawd, you are stupid.

    Your party line brainwashing by the leftists has been successful – probably the only thing you have ever been successful at. That is no surprise – you are the usual people they have success with. Talk about being vacuous! … LMFAO! Did you really believe them when they told you how smart you are to be supporting Obama? That is too cruel a thing to do to people like you. They should be reported for abuse of a person of restricted mental capacity.

    Your response shows how vacuous you really are. Isn’t the internet a wonderful thing, where you can use a thesaurus to find big words like “vacuous” …. lmao even when you misuse them. LMFAO!  Go to bed now quickly before mommy finds you messing with her computer!

  • Sandie

    There are people in my area who are a part (union workers) of the this mess. They were not happy with the insistence of their union to strike, but couldn’t go against them. So much for “freedom, liberty” and the American way. Under threat, they had to strike, They didn’t want to lose their jobs. Some of them realized that they had benefits and pay far above many others in the area, but their greedy power hungry UNION BOSSES said they must. Now they have NOTHING! Hey WTH – their UNION BOSSES still are collecting big $$$$$$$$$$$ from the rest of the union lackies who are still working. And what will they do when there is less revenue coming into their union coffers? Why of course!, they will raise the amount they charge for union dues! And there is NOTHING the union members who they are using, can do to change that. They don’t have the wherewithall and most don’t have the intelligence to figure it out or fight their captives. They are the lower level of what the FAR LEFT depends on as their working class support for their Socialist/Marxist war. And it is still working….. unless we can get the freedom back for the “RIGHT TO WORK”

  • http://www.facebook.com/anne.deangelo Anne DeAngelo

    Jessi,  Put your money where your mouth is….go to Poltico.com to get the straight scoop!!!!!!! 

  • Anonymous
  • Bradley

     Nothing you said is true. See to the left the truth is an unchecked lie. Well you have been fact checked, liar! You truly are an idiot if you think I believe any of the crap spewing out of your hole.

  • Bradley

     You are pathetic, you seem to forget that 18,500 families are without work now. Its morons like you that are bringing this country down. Right now in this economy ANY job is a good job. So go get your welfare check and put on the View and leave running the country to the adults, you know the people who actually work and pay taxes. You truly are a complete idiot!

  • Bradley

     They closed down because the Unions were in their business and Hostess could not afford to keep paying union wages. The company simply was paying its employees too much money and it was affecting the bottom line. Many companies are going to go under you watch. They can not afford to pay outrageous salaries and pensions and still be profitable. Look at the USPS, can not afford to pay its pensions either, is this because they did not adjust to the times? That assumption is just plain silly and those ideas seem to mostly come from people who dont work or pay taxes. Let me put it simple so you libtards can understand. I would rather have a job that pays a little less then no job at all. A company is in business to make money, if you think that is evil then you are just plain stupid. I never and I mean never saw a poor man sign somebodies paycheck, so keep that in mind when calling rich people and employers evil okay, thanks.

  • Bradley

    Good job in refuting his points Nate, LOL. Please it is obvious you are a taker and have never had a real job. I have taken pay cuts in past to keep my job and will probably have to do it again. Am I happy about this, hell no Im not, but I need to work to feed my family and if I can find a better job I will take it. Until that point however I will bite the bullet and work at my current job until something better comes along. This is what a working man does. Welfare recipients such as yourself will never understand this as your checks come in the mail on the 1st and the 15th. So please crawl back under the ignorant rock you come out of and let us working folks get back to work. Leach!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Bradley How about  if Hostess cut there Big Shots pay by 35% and not ask the workers for any cut ? This would be like a Major League Sports league asking the hot dog and beer vendors to take a pay cut but giving raises the the players making millions to start with

  • Anonymous

    Is that your answer to the question?

  • Anonymous

    Shane The Big Shots at Hostess were given raises not cuts is that fair ?

  • Bradley

     Sigh, a pay cut form a few executives at Hostess was not going to save them. They needed to reduce the money going into the 18,500 workforce. You really think a few executives taking a pay cut would save the company. You really really are brainwashed into thinking people with money are evil. As I said early I never and mean never saw a poor man sign my pay check. But please continue to think this is all Hostess’s fault and not the Unions and their greedy power hungry leadership. Unions are so not needed in this day and age and people like you that support them are pathetic. 18,500 people lost their jobs and the Union could have prevented it, that is the bottom line.

  • Anonymous

    Answer this ?Bradley How about  if Hostess cut there Big Shots pay by 35% and not ask the workers for any cut ? This would be like a Major League Sports league asking the hot dog and beer vendors to take a pay cut but giving raises the the players making millions to start with

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K7GR2CCKEY7NQYTLFMJK3AQIX4 Nate

    No, Bradley!  Any job is a good job???  Really???  That is astoundingly shallow.  Wake up, you unwitting, dimwitted cog! 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K7GR2CCKEY7NQYTLFMJK3AQIX4 Nate

    What kind of lame-brained fool are you?  Dictatorship?  You don’t know the meaning of the word, obviously.  You sling disrespect like you are something special, but in reality you obviously feel powerless and inadequate, and therefore have to besmirch the good names of others in order to feel better about yourself.  If I were you I’d hide my ignorance instead of posting it for all to see, but it IS a free country; if you want to make yourself look like an idiot, best my guest!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K7GR2CCKEY7NQYTLFMJK3AQIX4 Nate

    What would YOU, Bradley, know about the truth?  If you know so much, PLEASE enlighten the rest of us with a fact or two.  I’m betting you can’t do it, because you get what you think you know from programs like Beck’s or from Limbaugh, the self-proclaimed experts and masters of any subject.  LOL  If they know so much, how did they read the electorate so badly in the election?  Now it’s all sour grapes and trying to save face, because they can’t choke down the crow they should be lunching upon.  
     

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K7GR2CCKEY7NQYTLFMJK3AQIX4 Nate

    Oh, so a pay cut for the execs wouldn’t save the company, therefore they should get all the workers to take one while they kept their salaries and benefits.  That makes tons of sense, Bradley.  Hmmmmm…….  You ever heard of shared sacrifice in the name of saving something worth saving?  I guess it wasn’t worth too much to those execs, who felt it was ok for others to make all of the sacrifices for them.  What hogwash!  Are you on their payroll or just an unpaid tool?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GDOU6BBHOP6O27FRAGUJATPLFM Laura

    I do not eat junk food, however people should not be ‘FORCED’ not to eat what they choose. Control freak. (it’s to eat, not too eat.)

    By the way I ate twinkies and ding dongs when I was a kid, they did not seem to keep me from becoming a nationally ranked bodybuilder in my adult years.I highly doubt you or any of your kind are at that level.

  • http://twitter.com/satmaster satmaster

    That’s not a bailout its a socialist takeover of businesses (nationalise) . No wonder they went into court and asked for bankruptcy before giving any press release. They wanted to get into court before Obama could nationalise the company.

  • XenaWP80

    Just making an apt description of your big govt. tyranny.

  • XenaWP80

    Progressives is for big govt. tyranny. If you like your freedoms and DONT like oppression, then please, regress back to the human race!! The only progress progressives want is to regress America back to a 3rd world. Progressives are traitors to America & our constitution. AND WE DONT WANT YOUR NANNY STATE!!

  • Anonymous

    Big Government- O I get it a government that wants to deny gay citizens equal marriage rights ? A Governments that once to control a woman’s family choices. A government that wants to do away with the constitution and replace it with The Bible That Gig Government 

  • XenaWP80

    Hi Bradley, these loony progressives are funny! They are still talking about mitt! How cute. They love to talk about greed, but forget about the greed of union boss thugs. I guess for progressives, money is alright in progressive hands, and evil in everyone eles hands.

  • XenaWP80

    Dont let the door hit you on the a$$ on your way out!

  • Anonymous

    Beck is not an idiot: he’s a liar, a propagandist for the 0.01%, a shill for the corporate elite and a anti-working/middle class snake-oil salesman. If he were an “idiot,” the people who support him would have figured this scam out by now.

    Progressives support the workers; Beck supports the corporate elite. The workers who support Beck are proof that a salesman like Beck can fool some of the people all of the time.

  • Guest

    What is it that cherry-picker Glenn Beck is NOT telling you?

    While the company was filing for bankruptcy, for the second time, earlier this year, it actually tripled its CEO’s pay, and increased other executives’ compensation by as much as 80 percent.

    Why are Beck’s supporters so quick to believe Beck’s deceitful view of every conflict? Lincoln was right; you can fool some of the people all of the time. Mr. Beck makes a handsome living out of that small percentage of Americans who are gullible and uninformed enough to actually believe the bull$hit that he spouts.

  • Anonymous

    Remember most of Beck’s followers are FOX News viewers that says it all FOX “We Make It Up and You Fools Believe it” News

  • Anonymous

    Well I don’t think its fair to totally blame the unions on this.  Do they share a role, yes.  But honestly Hostess haven’t changed there product line or adapted with the times, so to be far Management helped killed Hostess too.  I can’t even remember the last time I bought or ate or even saw one of their products.  Sad that so many folks had to lose their jobs.

  • BentGhazi

    He certainly is and he proved it right here.

  • BentGhazi

    I encourage every union worker to stand up for themselves and do what ever it takes to break the stranglehold the bosses have on them and on the states in which union labor bosses control what goes on in the state. I’ll never live in a union controlled state again.

    Unions are going to be the death of individual rights and freedom in this country, and their unholy alliance with liberal politicians goes back farther than Joseph Kennedy. After the safety issues in industry were resolved and the acceptance of benefits standards such as the 40 hour work week, vacation, (paid time off), were instituted, unions became obsolete. Unions are like a headless monster that keeps lumbering onward with no sense or reason other than to destroy. In this case, they destroyed the livelihoods of 18,000 families, and all the investors who hold Hostess stock.

    Way to go union! You’d rather commit suicide than have a life extending surgery. Smart, real smart.

  • BentGhazi

    They really did a bang up job of protecting the members jobs in this deal. Unions have in the past agreed to take pay cuts in order to preserve jobs for the rank and file, and it was abundantly clear that this was strike three for Hostess. Only a moron insists on taking that option instead of going back to work. It’s not the workers fault, it’s not the company’s fault, it’s the ignorant union leadership’s fault that so many people are out of a job and there is no company to go back to work at now.

    Maybe Jimmy junior will have this explained to him some day.

  • Anonymous

    Why is it that every time a company has closed under President Obama glenn blames the President or the Unions?
    When companies closed under the Bush family I never heard a word from bigot beck about it being President Bush or G.W.’s fault?
    Why is that?
    Oh yeah, that’s right…glenn is a racist bigot!!!

  • XenaWP80

    You have christians confused with muslims. Everything you listed is what muslims want with their sharia law. But you insist that its the christians that want to oppress you. And to say WE are the ones who want to replace the constitution? No, thats you, the progressives who want to do away with the constitution and replace individual freedom with total govt. control. Now, dont misunderstand me, I was not commenting on gay rights or woman rights in my above post. I was only commenting on progressive big govt. & to you saying you wished obama was further left, which means your a progressive, I believe. Remember, a “big” govt. can give you equal rights just as easily has it can take it away. Real equallity & freedom is less govt.

  • http://twitter.com/tsuilingchen Adele Chen

    I never buy any Hostess in the supermarket. That is MY choice!
    It is not about bad food/good food!
    It is about to have a job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This is a set up! This is a set up! This is a set up!
    Damn to those union! There are gang of thug! Period.

  • http://twitter.com/tsuilingchen Adele Chen

     Your children are eating GMO food which is bad to them. Do you aware of that?
    Have mediation in Obama care when you need it! That is wonderful!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Janet-McEwan/100002015483790 Janet McEwan

    will miss my snoballs anand orange cupcakes

  • SoThere

    Because the Unions caused this company to close you Idiot.

    The only racist bigot here is you cockroach.

    I hope you have a very short and painful life.I am comforted knowing that you will rot in hell.  Yes, I hope you die soon, but I will have nothing to do with it. You are a racist, bigoted and unstable bitch who will say enough to bring that upon yourself.

  • Nathan Marvin

     “Hostess came under fire this spring after it was revealed that nearly a dozen executives received pay hikes of up to 80 percent last year even as the company was struggling.”

    Oh, yeah, sure…..blame the union for the entire failure!  I gotta a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell, Sheeple.  Lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4HAW7OERGSC7VZM72V7IGDJ3B4 Sharmane

     Nate, evidently you do not recall prior to the election that Obama stated he wanted to nationalize more companies – a stated goal.  Check it out.  He is Hugo Chavez, jr. wannabe.

  • Anonymous

    Time for a punch in the face you simple vermon your country is going away now we hear it also has to is do to tariff’s,Come and get your new cupcake’s ,noball’s,donot’s,and of coarse your stwinky’s mexico is interested in poisoning you so eat up when it happen’s mexico is a very clean place so prepare for nothing but the best of quality .
    There are so many of these companies that are going to give up and take the money and run so you get more choices of crap,if you don’t think that union’s are not a problem look in your walet those dollar’s have some real spending power don’t they union’s help themselves and then tell you what a good life you have while you bleed from your butt’s ya maybe you get a good wage but is this the country you remember as free STEP BACK IN LINE YOU FOOL’S or else.
    fundaMENTAL transfor OH screw it read a book !

  • corey williams

    So what RomneyisourPresident is not hateful?

  • Sunshine Kid

    Right. Shift the blame. Don’t accept your own actions/words.

  • corey williams

    What are you talking about? Blame for what? What did i do? you said that she said hateful thing but so did RomneyisourPresident and what he said was personal she did not say anything personal.

  • Guest

    You’re a sick moronic fool.  Glenn Beck has criticized George Bush for all kinds of things but your sickness has gotten the better of you.  The only racist bigot here is you.

    You hate black people when they are Republicans and you hate women when they are republicans.  You’re a hypocritical fool and a sick little man.

    Does Glenn Beck make you all warm and fuzzy when you’re in the shower you pervert?

    Stop drinking the blue toilet water strtlk.

  • Guest

    That, and he cherry picks his outrage. Otherwise, people would find out how corrupt the Republicans are.

  • Anonymous
  • Lonnie White III

    Gawd forbid if you want to wash that government bailed out Twinkie (which will cost you $5 each) down with a soda larger than 32 oz. too…

  • Lonnie White III

    Don,

    Higher education is another area the government is trying to take over, manage and regulate by itself.  Watch this video interview of the director of the DETC.  The video is explaining accreditation of distance learning schools and then goes into the Obama Administrations plan for our country’s higher education direction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dphu2CdEEyQ&feature=youtu.be

    I understand the need for the USGOV to get a handle on student loans, but to effectively CONTROL education at any level by the USGOV spells disaster and is a very dangerous trend for education to fall into.

    Socialism, Take II.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.profit.794 Jim Profit

    The unions compromised time and time again. More then a union is supposed too… the C.E.O.s got greedy, too greedy. This was like their second bankruptcy in ten years, and six executives would rather make all the money, then “trickle down” that success.

    Losing their job was better. Who wants to work for scumbags who would make you work just as hard, for less pay? And no, I wouldn’t say “get another job” I’d say “help make that business implode”. Cause you, the workers, make that business. Your hard work, your cooperation, is why any business exists. Not the capital holders. They just sit there, hand out money, and hand it out in a Bugs Bunny like fashion. “One for you, one for me. Two for you. One, two for me…”

    Those unemployed will at least for a while, have unemployment benefits. It doesn’t last nearly long enough, but Hostess needed to go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.profit.794 Jim Profit

    It would certainly be ran more efficiently were it nationalized. I wouldn’t want it subsidized. Those greedy tard C.E.Os don’t need any more money. The business might be gone, but those C.E.Os have enough to live on for the rest of their lives, their kid’s lives, and their grandkids live… which when you look at it in that scope, makes it all the more disgusting they expected their workers to take a pay cut.

    Either let it rot, or have the state take it over. But I would not want to reward bad business owners with aid and Keynesian tactics.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah not because the company took on loads of debt and was looking for a way to dump pension obligations on the government

  • Anonymous

    so build your own network, research your own stories and develop your own news site…oh, I forgot that would take YOUR OWN money and your risk, probably not something a whiny little OWS troll would want to do because as we all know…you didn’t build that, in fact, you don’t build anything.

  • Anonymous

    BEST my guest?  Pot…meet Kettle. 

  • Anonymous

    Where’s the proof that Bain was even involved in this?  Why not blame Disney, or better yet…BUSH!  It was totally Bush’s fault that this company failed, I mean HE was the one that allowed the company to go into bankruptcy in the first place, he should have bailed them out!  Get a grip.  There were a myriad of reasons this company failed, the largest one was the Unions demanding blood from a turnip. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.musclow Stephen Musclow

    ….or parents could do their job and make sure their children are active. A snack is perfectly fine in moderation. 

  • Guest

    Oh no, corporate greed drove Hostess out of business. Of course, Beck didn’t describe the huge raise the CEO gave himself and the upper levels of corporate mgt.  Why not? Because Beck is a propagandist for the corporate elite in order to undermine YOUR interests (in higher pay, better benefits, fewer hours, etc).

    Glenn Beck: propagandist for the corporate elite.

  • Sandie

    Ha – Ha ! LET THEM EAT CAKE ! .. . . . LMAO!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZUPFKJAQQBMCHZI7PSHZ26JTWU Richard

    what about the ceos getting a 300% increase in pay durring the bank- rubsy procedures and the hostess comapny owing the pension fund 160 millon dollars. I would say twinkees organizers are nothing but a bunch of crooks

  • Anonymous

    It would be ran more efficiently were it nationalized?  That is a load of TOTAL BS.  NOTHING that is nationalized is run efficiently at all.  It would run more efficiently if you let the market actually DO ITS THING, lol.

    You may not like greed, but greed drives a SUCCESSFUL economy.  Without a bit of greed, our economy would falter and fail.

    I wouldn’t want to reward bad business owners with aid and Keynesian tactics either, especially the Keynesian tactics lol.  However, an 8% pay cut is NOT exactly a decision made by a BAD business owner who runs off the PROFIT motive like nearly every other business out there.  You think you’ve seen the last of it?  Not by a long shot.  When government regulations, especially Obamacare, fully kick in, you will be seeing more and more businesses requesting similar and even greater pay cuts to their employees as well.  The Unions will then step in again to put those companies out of business, as well. Sometimes, a pay cut is a SMART move by a company when we have bad regulations like Obamacare making EVERYTHING more expensive for them.  You see, this is Obama’s economy.  Man, do I miss Bush’s, lol.  Bush was a terrible spender, to be sure, but at least he didn’t put so much stress on the actual job creators.  Keynesian tactics will NOT work.  When you force businesses to pay more, which is what Obama’s Keynesian tactics will end up doing in the long run, those businesses will have to cut their employees wages, whether they fire employees outright or just cut the wages across the board, or they will have to raise prices for their goods and services to make up for the lost income.  Neither option is really what they want to do, but it’s what they’re forced to do because of Obama’s Obamaconomy.

  • SoThere

    You’re an ignorant fool.  Go watch the hate channel and all the bigots and racists at MSNBC.  The liars channel.

  • Randy

    Glen Beck is an ass 

  • Randy

    The Unions did not put them out of business the greed of the people higher up wanting more money who run the company get your facts right people

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.christy.71 David Christy

     the best snack cakes made,garbage???????? keep your tofu!!! tasteless people!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.christy.71 David Christy

    unemployment sucks,pay cuts and insurance rate increases hurt us. I had no control over what hostess and the unions did(caught in the middle)so here’s my middle finger to the idiots out there that don’t know the facts!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Winfield/1485632142 Steve Winfield

    What’s done is done – what matters is what’s next.
    For me, what’s next is evaluating the profit potential of starting up a small business in the packaged snack food industry. For the snack food industry, what’s next is Frito-Lay…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Winfield/1485632142 Steve Winfield

     I can’t “Like” your comment, because I sympathize with your situation. I was non-union engineering staff at FirstEnergy, and I was laid off with about 350 others back in 2009 as (I sincerely believe) part of a negotiating strategy with the Utilities Commission. FE wanted to underscore the point that they don’t “produce” energy – in order to generate electricity, they must buy and burn fuel – and with fuel prices rapidly increasing, they could not continue to sell electricity at rates defined in the last century without cutting their workforce. As disappointed as I was at being laid off, I recognize the basic truth of their point.

    Losing a job always sucks, and I wish you the best.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Winfield/1485632142 Steve Winfield

     Actually, no – their benefits will be paid by more money borrowed from China. And maybe THAT is the Union goal – to strengthen China, so they can point to a Communist country as a “success” and”model for our future” (while ignoring that China’s success depends on exploiting captive, virtual slave citizens in order to participate in OUR Capitalist economy.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gary-Hjelm/100002161764152 Gary Hjelm

    Glenn Beck knows nothing about bakeries, and even much less about unions that work with the businesses. Union bakeries are instrumental in providing bakery goods from centralized baking center’s across the US, and North America. Yes, they make a good wage, benefits and a retirement program, but the work isn’t easy either. It involves heavy lifting, very hot ovens, and it it is done in bakeries where every square foot is utilized. This can make it a difficult place to work in for a baker. The people who deliver these products are Teamsters Union member’s who place these products in the grocery stores that you and me shop at every week. Glen Beck knows absolutely nothing about the business, but continues to spout the Right to Work doctrine, which is nothing short of legalizing slavery in most states. Not many former union employee’s, who have been forced out of unions, ever enjoy decent working conditions, fair pay and benefits, and retirement in Right To Work conditions. Yes, you don’t pay union dues, in Right To Work states, but you don’t get any representation either. Glen Beck never speaks to the difficulty in feeding a family, buying clothes for the family, or owning a home. But he doesn’t mind being a shill for the Right To work people who are only interested in making themselves much richer than they already are. Stuff another Twinkie in your mouth Glenn, because we have always known that you were cream filled.