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Hostess closing three bakeries following strike

Posted November 12, 2012
Updated November 13, 2012

— Hostess Brands Inc. is permanently closing three bakeries following a nationwide strike by its bakers union.

The Texas-based maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs says the strike has prevented it from producing and delivering products.

Hostess warned earlier this month that the strike, by about 30 percent of its workforce, could lead to bakery closures. It said Monday that it will close bakeries in Seattle, St. Louis and Cincinnati that collectively employ 627 workers. The company has about 18,300 employees.

The future of a Hostess plant in Rocky Mount hasn't yet been affected by the strike.

Thousands of members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike earlier this month to protest wage and benefit cuts. Officials say the company stopped contributing to workers' pension last year. The union rejected the company's contract offer in September.

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  • JohnnyMcRonny Nov 15, 7:08 p.m.

    "I don't feel sorry for anyone that went on strike." - Grandpeople

    Anyone? Really? You obviously don't get how it works. You often have NO CHOICE.

  • tarheelpatriot Nov 15, 6:48 p.m.

    With all the people looking for jobs , why doesn't the company fire the strikers & hire people who would appreciate the job ??

    Sriking AirTraffic Controllers comes to mind...

  • dkelly76 Nov 15, 5:12 p.m.

    I look across the street and see these folks everyday. Just sitting out there on the lawn, dancing around, laughing it up, waving at the cars going by.. They act like they could care less. Sad. No better than the protesters at Wall St. Be happy you have a job. Rocky Mount has lost so many businesses over the last 7 yrs it's only a matter of time before the whole town self destructs.

  • DickHefner Nov 15, 4:21 p.m.

    I hope they do close the plants. People need to understand the employer, not the employee ultimately determines what they pay. If people don't want to accept the jobs they can start their own companies.

  • southpaw Nov 15, 4:19 p.m.

    The unions are your worse enemy at this point. If the plant closes its doors, it will be forever. That Welfare check or unemployment check will never replace a your paycheck. ....nor your dignity. you will just be another entitlement number. Don't give away your freedom. Work for a living. A person is only worth the fruits of his labor.

  • NCTravellinman Nov 15, 1:43 p.m.

    With Rocky Mount unemployment north of 20%, if the Hostess workers there have an ounce of brain, they are walking back to the production line right now.

  • dsalter Nov 15, 12:49 p.m.

    If they close...where is it they're going to find a job again?

  • vfgjones54 Nov 15, 12:35 p.m.

    I may be wrong, but it seems to me that an 8% cut is salary is somewhat better than a 100% cut!

  • donnied19522 Nov 14, 10:32 a.m.

    I totally agree with Grandpeople. Still don't understand why people can't see beyond their own nose. This is exactly what pbo and his admin. wants. The more people on the dole, the more people to make him their dictator, not president.

  • Grandpeople Nov 14, 9:38 a.m.

    When will people learn, the UNION is not your friend. I don't feel sorry for anyone that went on strike. BUT the Welfare State will take good care of you.