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Twinkies stave off extinction, judge orders mediation

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NY Post

Twinkies won’t die that easily after all.

Hostess Brands Inc. and its second largest union will go into mediation to try and resolve their differences, meaning the company won’t go out of business just yet. The news came Monday after Hostess moved to liquidate and sell off its assets in bankruptcy court citing a crippling strike last week.

The bankruptcy judge hearing the case said Monday that the parties haven’t gone through the critical step of mediation and asked the lawyer for the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, which has been on strike since Nov. 9, to ask his client, who wasn’t present, if the union would agree to participate. The judge noted that the bakery union, which represents about 30 percent of Hostess workers, went on strike after rejecting the company’s latest contract offer, even though it never filed an objection to it.

“Many people, myself included, have serious questions as to the logic behind this strike,” said Judge Robert Drain, who heard the case in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York in White Plains, N.Y. “Not to have gone through that step leaves a huge question mark in this case.”

Hostess and the union agreed to mediation talks, which are expected to begin the process on Tuesday.

 

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  1. Ruthlessma

    November 20th, 2012

    I hope the striking union members all lose their jobs and new-hires are brought on. Bring in someone that is greatful to have a job.

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  2. RickeyG

    November 20th, 2012

    Twinkies are loaded with preservatives…now we know why!

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  3. Anne

    November 20th, 2012

    I think that I outgrew Hostess Twinkies by the time that I was 12.

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  4. Aidan

    November 20th, 2012

    Twinkies will be around long after these unions are forgotten … and they will be forgotten. They’re now a collection of Euro-bunglers, hellbent on ignoring reality. I suspect they’re collecting rocks and whippin’ up a few molotovs for their next last stand.

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  5. Maudie N Mandeville

    November 20th, 2012

    I think all this negative publicity may hurt Hostess irreconcilably. Like buying a GM car or sending money to help a blue state after a hurricane, I’ll pass on Hostess if they survive.

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  6. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    November 20th, 2012

    That’s some impartial judge– he orders Hostess but he invites the union. Where’s his authority anyhow? Texas is an open-shop state.

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  7. thirdtwin

    November 20th, 2012

    Mediation is just another way for the unions to bring in government goons to strong-arm Hostess. And it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if the DOJ stepped in and told Hostess that they couldn’t file for bankrupcty and must stay open to address the discriminatory hiring practices and Voting Rights Act violations alleged by the unions.

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  8. persecutor

    November 20th, 2012

    He orders the judge because under bankruptcy, the court has supervision over the assets and power to order the bankrupt toseek alternatives to liquidation. Remember, they were asking the judge for permission to liquidate.

    That having been said, I have faith that the union will fook it up.

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  9. RWF

    November 20th, 2012

    They will make it impossible to fire employees…

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  10. Stirrin the B.S.

    November 20th, 2012

    Why do I sense a government takeover in the works? Instead of governmnent cheese, we’ll have government Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Ho’s….wait a minute, I just described Capitol Hill.

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  11. BILL

    November 20th, 2012

    twinkies can survive a nuclear holocost but not the unions and the obama economy!

    finally something more powerful than atomic weapons at destroying a countries economy all without destroying the wildlife.

    our national defense should consist of a special forces unit composed of obama and the union thugs which are deployed to every enemy country to destroy their economies.

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  12. Chieftain

    November 20th, 2012

    I saw a report on the news last week that attempted to explain the outrageously complex delivery system the union has forced on Hostess. If your truck carries bread, the union insists it cannot carry other snack products, and force the company to add other drivers and trucks for the same delivery route.

    This union has resisted every single attempted efficiency the company has proposed for years, and I think they have had their fill. Keep in mind, Hostess already declared bankruptcy and was attempting to restructure the business so it could come out of bankruptcy, and the union will have nothing to do with any plan that requires their participation in reforming Hostess’ labor problems.

    The judge can recommend mediation, but I doubt it will go anywhere.

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  13. Noodengr

    November 20th, 2012

    it is all a plot by the first wookie to limit twinkies to the masses while she hoards her stash in her private vault in the white house.

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  14. Tim

    November 20th, 2012

    Screw the unions.
    Screw the judge.

    Sell the brands and walk away.

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  15. Tim

    November 20th, 2012

    Sooner or later someone has to make it clear to the union maggotry that they need the companies far more than they need the grasping, greedy unions.

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  16. Gary

    November 20th, 2012

    As a direct result of the union bitches,I have had my last Hostess anything.I will not support a union if I have a better choice.

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  17. even steven

    November 20th, 2012

    For years, I’ve been trying not to patronize unionized businesses. I avoid them whenever I can.

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  18. scr_north

    November 20th, 2012

    As much as I respect the Twinkie I hope this mediation fails (ideally through union demands). This was a warning to union members everywhere that at some point an owner will just say fuck it to outrageous union demands and close the shop. Union unrest dropped to a trickle in the US for years after Reagan fired all the Air Traffic Controllers but has rebounded after his departure because no GOP president had the balls to keep them in line.

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  19. Dumbplumber

    November 20th, 2012

    Now let me get this straight, a federal judge will force mediation. Then a federal judge might, just might, force Hostess into accepting a deal that will further denigrate investor value until, when the roof caves in, there is nothing left to return to the investors in liquidation. Smooth move, Ex-Lax.

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  20. End all unions

    November 20th, 2012

    Unions destroy everything they touch.

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  21. msq

    November 20th, 2012

    we are in deep shit, owners dont own their companies, contracts can be ignored, bama can read our emails, … and all that and more is small potatoes compared to the spending problem we have.

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  22. Tim

    November 20th, 2012

    Hostess should open the talks with: “We wanted an 8% cut in pay, but now it’s 10% and each shop’s BA has to crawl through broken glass on hands and knees and lick the dogshit off of my boots. When that’s done, we’ll open negotiations.”

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