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2012-11-16 Economy
Unions kill the Twinkie - Hostess going out of business because of strike
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Posted by DarthVader 2012-11-16 09:11|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6526 views ]  Top

#1 The parasite killed the host
Posted by DarthVader 2012-11-16 09:13||   2012-11-16 09:13|| Front Page Top

#2 "now that the company's closed and we're all unemployed, we'll have a lot more time for the picket line!"
Posted by Frank G 2012-11-16 09:49||   2012-11-16 09:49|| Front Page Top

#3 Gone the way of the Schwinn Wasp, Oldsmobile, and lunch pale.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-11-16 09:59||   2012-11-16 09:59|| Front Page Top

#4 Who pays? We do, in part, as the newly unemployed bakers and drivers will get (of course) unemployment benefits.

Apparently the baking business has a lot of over-capacity, so it was no surprise that Hostess was in big trouble. Why the bakers' union thought they could play hardball here is beyond me.
Posted by Steve White 2012-11-16 10:31||   2012-11-16 10:31|| Front Page Top

#5 Cupcakes and lemon pies. My favorites from childhood.

Is there any reason not to expect more of this going "forward"?

BTW Besoeker, that's "paile" not "pale", unless you're into a light lunch.
Posted by AlanC 2012-11-16 10:50||   2012-11-16 10:50|| Front Page Top

#6 "Made in Mexico"

Wrecking ball unions tha infested Hostess, now based in Irving, Texas is on the front line of another Obama/Dhimmicrat favored wrecking ball group, the Mexicans. Grupo Bimbo is flooding the market in the Southern US with knockoffs of American bakery products made South of the border and then shipping them products by the truck load to be distributed in the US.

Cheap Labor, the silver bullet shot into the heart of US companies like Hostess. Mexican based bakeries then buy what is left of thier road kills such as Mrs Bairds or Hostess and then tear down the bakeries in the US to eliminate them for good.

An FYI that the fat ass/greedy union bosses don't tell their fat ass/greedy/ignorant union members.
Posted by Voldemort Grereth1352 2012-11-16 10:50||   2012-11-16 10:50|| Front Page Top

#7 them products = those products (cam't write when angry at liberal suicidal greed and stupidity)
Posted by Voldemort Grereth1352 2012-11-16 10:54||   2012-11-16 10:54|| Front Page Top

#8 While I feel sorry for the management and stockholders (if there are any; is Hostess a public or private company?) of Hostess, I feel absolutely NO sympathy for the unions, who struck themselves out of their jobs.

18,500 idiots, and their families. They will probably go on unemployment and then welfare, but that won't hold a candle to the overpaid union wages they based their lives, car payments, house payments, etc., on.

Enjoy, ya' jackasses.

(If I were hiring drivers or production line workers and saw an applicant's last place of employment was at Hostess, I'd tell them thanks but no thanks. We'll get back to you if a job opens up next millineum.)
Posted by Barbara 2012-11-16 11:08||   2012-11-16 11:08|| Front Page Top

#9 BTW Besoeker, that's "paile" not "pale", unless you're into a light lunch.
Posted by AlanC

Thanks AlanC. My E. Jones lady tells me I should skip lunch entirely.
Posted by Besoeker 2012-11-16 11:14||   2012-11-16 11:14|| Front Page Top

#10 can't help feeling the world is better off without Twinkie's. i'm not even sure that you could grind the old ones into pieces, mix them with glue, and use them as industrial flooring. it would probably still violate environmental rules.
Posted by Raider 2012-11-16 11:29||   2012-11-16 11:29|| Front Page Top

#11 BTW Besoeker, that's "paile" not "pale", unless you're into a light lunch.

I didn't realize that Ireland had one first. I only knew about the Russian Pale of Settlement, where the Jews were allowed to live. Wikipedia
Posted by trailing wife 2012-11-16 11:40||   2012-11-16 11:40|| Front Page Top

#12 Going by what happened with the railroads when they were demolished by their featherbedding unions, we can expect the govt to step in to save the unions.

AmBake, anyone?
Posted by Fred 2012-11-16 11:59||   2012-11-16 11:59|| Front Page Top

#13 No more Twinkies for Big Bird. I am less than devastated.

As some people have said, let the unions take over some of the businesses that they pillage, and let them try to turn a profit, under the work rules and union benefits that they promote.
Posted by Lone Ranger 2012-11-16 12:41||   2012-11-16 12:41|| Front Page Top

#14 One thing you'll never see is such unions going to other union pension funds to raise capital and making a case to 'buy out' the position of their existing management and run the company themselves.
Posted by Procopius2k 2012-11-16 12:43||   2012-11-16 12:43|| Front Page Top

#15 That's okay B.

You probably noticed that I typoed the damn word myself.

Memo to self: That's supposed to be PAIL not PAILE you doofus. (Brain works okay, fingers not so much sometimes)
Posted by AlanC 2012-11-16 12:52||   2012-11-16 12:52|| Front Page Top

#16 I knowticed :-)
Posted by Frank G 2012-11-16 13:14||   2012-11-16 13:14|| Front Page Top

#17 BIMBO is huge down here in Azatlanland (aka Tucson). Mebbe people would rather eat a "bimbo" than a "hostess"?
I still get a chuckle when a see a tractor-trailer with an enormous BIMBO sign on it. Must be the eighth grader in me trying to get out.
Posted by borgboy 2012-11-16 13:26||   2012-11-16 13:26|| Front Page Top

#18 Idiots. They deserve to be jobless.
Posted by eltoroverde 2012-11-16 13:55||   2012-11-16 13:55|| Front Page Top

#19 Republicans were going to kill Big Bird, but only after the election do we find out that Democrats were plotting to kill the Twinkie? I question the timing.

Posted by RandomJD 2012-11-16 14:20||   2012-11-16 14:20|| Front Page Top

#20 Wonder how DoL will spin these "new" jobless claims next week (18,500 of them)?

Ah, well, "let them eat cake," I say. The union got what it deserved. Finally, when's the last time anyone here ate a Twinkie? Maybe this will help keep others off the Obamacare teet and lose weight, lol....
Posted by BA 2012-11-16 14:23||   2012-11-16 14:23|| Front Page Top

#21 So now Twinkies are going to become collector's items?
It's not like they will ever go bad or anything...
Posted by CrazyFool 2012-11-16 14:24||   2012-11-16 14:24|| Front Page Top

#22 Zombieland is coming.
Posted by rjschwarz 2012-11-16 15:11||   2012-11-16 15:11|| Front Page Top

#23 Fear not. The Hostess brand names have substantial value which the bankruptcy trustee will realize by auctioning them to the highest bidder, perhaps with recipes. Look for Lil' Debbie to be pushing Ding Dongs. Ho Ho I say with a twinkie in my eye.
Posted by Nimble Spemble 2012-11-16 15:30||   2012-11-16 15:30|| Front Page Top

#24 "I guess he must have got caught
his innocence lost
I wonder where he is
I'll miss Twinkie the Kid."

Sergeant Powell heartbroken.
Posted by swksvolFF 2012-11-16 17:14||   2012-11-16 17:14|| Front Page Top

#25 Programs! Get your Programs!
Can't tell the players without a Program!

Its as delicious to read as a late night twinkie is to eat.
Posted by Capsu78 2012-11-16 17:46||   2012-11-16 17:46|| Front Page Top

#26 Little Debbie has been making the Cloud and cupcake items that you could say are knockoffs.
BIMBO was and is run by Mexicans that are very supportive of their workforce. Hard working like 24/7. They earned every bit of their growth to hard work. They own like 17 bakeries. They purchased George Weston's American and Canadian operations 4-5 years ago. He is the Sam Wall mart of Canada. Thomas muffins, Arnold bread, and Entenmann's. Weston had 95% of the Canadian market. Co pack is a big part of this industry. Now you want to talk about cheap that would be Flowers. Look at the product next to Little Debbie in your stores. Warehouse deliver cheap as cheap can get and still high profit margin for the store. Many put the product in freezers and pull it out when it sells down. Bail them out and Hostess will repeat its problems.
Posted by Dale 2012-11-16 18:21||   2012-11-16 18:21|| Front Page Top

#27 Newsflash: Richard Trumpka Blames "Bain" Policies For Hostess' Shuttering
Posted by Uncle Phester 2012-11-16 18:38||   2012-11-16 18:38|| Front Page Top

#28 No offense, Uncle Phester, but Trumpka blaming everyone and anyone but his own UNIONS isn't exactly a news flash. :-(
Posted by Barbara 2012-11-16 18:40||   2012-11-16 18:40|| Front Page Top

#29 Quote of the day:

The Bakers' Union ultimately accomplished what mere physics couldn't; they pushed the Twinkie past its sell-by date.
Posted by CrazyFool 2012-11-16 18:42||   2012-11-16 18:42|| Front Page Top

#30 Bush, Bain, Nixon, can't be our fault, right?
Oh, yeah. One of Trumpka's chins called and said to grab a coupla cases of Twinkies for him before they run out...
Posted by Da Union 2012-11-16 18:49||   2012-11-16 18:49|| Front Page Top

#31 Now Bloomberg will have to scratch "ban Twinkies" off of his to-do list.
Posted by rjschwarz 2012-11-16 20:05||   2012-11-16 20:05|| Front Page Top

#32 Of course you know this means [Civil] WAR!

Little Debbies???

And thus, Virgina, we learn once again why God invented shotguns, + people are hung from the nearest highest tree.
Posted by JosephMendiola 2012-11-16 20:22||   2012-11-16 20:22|| Front Page Top

#33 The boxes I bought are going for $60 each on eBay.
Posted by Choluter Jones9539 2012-11-16 20:27||   2012-11-16 20:27|| Front Page Top

#34 They got a store down the street. I should go down and buy out all their lemon pies.
Posted by tu3031 2012-11-16 21:13||   2012-11-16 21:13|| Front Page Top

#35 Trumpka, Obama have the same problem. They have been in the business of telling lies for so long they believe their own lies. In this sort of group you can the see a common result; the word is shuteyes. Like con artists that don't know when to move on.
Posted by Dale 2012-11-16 21:13||   2012-11-16 21:13|| Front Page Top

#36 The boxes I bought are going for $60 each on eBay.

I went to town today to get my driver's license. No can do: computers down. Instead I got a haircut, a box of Ding Dongs, and a box of Ho Hos. I told the clerk (who may also be the manager of the store; not sure) that I was going to sell 'em on eBay and MAKE A FORTUNE! But I lied. I'm just going to freeze 'em and eat 'em slowly.

But I see that CJ9539 is (sort of) correct: boxes of "RARE!" Hostess items are being offered for tens of dollars each. This is not the same as being bought for tens of dollars each.

Meanwhile, I carefully opened my Ding Dong box and ate one. Not that good; too sweet. That comes from getting old: the phrase "too sweet", unintelligible to kids, starts to make sense.

By the way, the clerk/possible manager said a fellow had come in for an entire cartload of Hostess products. There were only a few boxes left when I was there. He went on to say that that's what Hostess gets for "not unionizing". Not wanting to cause a fight in the store, I said nothing.
Posted by Angie Schultz 2012-11-16 21:40||   2012-11-16 21:40|| Front Page Top

#37 May the Twinkie rise again...

Patriots. Taking out tyrants, kings, and dictators since 1776.
Posted by wr 2012-11-16 22:45||   2012-11-16 22:45|| Front Page Top

#38 Re # 3: GM killed the Olds due to brand cannibalism ( Olds siphoning off Buick/Caddy up-sales to previous Chevy/Pontiac owners).
Then they did the Poncho in; strange; both Ransom's baby and the Wide Track constantly outsold Buick.....and had better muscle cars also.
wish i could blame the unions, but not this time.
Posted by USN,Ret. 2012-11-16 23:13||   2012-11-16 23:13|| Front Page Top

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