On the one hand, it’s too bad that Hostess went under, but on the other hand, it’s at least great to know that the greedy union members that killed the company will probably spend the holiday season jobless. It couldn’t happen to a more deserving group of people.
Hostess Brands — the maker of such iconic baked goods as Twinkies, Devil Dogs and Wonder Bread — announced Friday that it is asking a federal bankruptcy court for permission to close its operations, blaming a strike by bakers protesting a new contract imposed on them.
The closing will result in Hostess’ nearly 18,500 workers losing their jobs as the company shuts 33 bakeries and 565 distribution centers nationwide, as well as 570 outlet stores. The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union represents around 5,000 Hostess employees.
“We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike,” said CEO Gregory Rayburn in a statement.
Hostess will move to sell its assets to the highest bidder. That could mean new life for some of its most popular products, which could be scooped up at auction and attached to products from other companies.
It’s too bad that the non-union members that work at Hostess have to suffer right along with avaricious union workers that sank the company. If only those union members had been reasonable, 18,500 people would still have jobs when Christmas rolls around.