Parasites Always Kill The Host – Eventually….

(Via RedState) With the demise of 18,000 jobs weighing on their shoulders (though certainly not their consciousness’) and just in time for the Sunday morning talk shows union bosses are now trying desperately to point fingers at the victim (and Mitt Romney) for the union’s strike that ultimately destroyed Hostess and its 18,000 jobs. This blame game is going on despite the fact that the bakers’ union knew that its strike could, ultimately, lead to the company’s closure.

Ranging from the AFL-CIO’s Big Daddy Rich Trumka to the bakers’ union bosses who pulled the trigger by calling the strike that killed Twinkie the Kid, unions are now in full spin mode to make America believe that it was the company and Wall Street–not the union that called the strike that caused the company to go out of business.

With Hostess brands’ corporate corpse not even cold yet due to the nationwide union strike, the AFL-CIO’s Trumka issued a statement on Friday blaming Wall Street for the company’s crash:

What’s happening with Hostess Brands is a microcosm of what’s wrong with America, as Bain-style Wall Street vultures make themselves rich by making America poor. Crony capitalism and consistently poor management drove Hostess into the ground, but its workers are paying the price. These workers, who consistently make great products Americans love and have offered multiple concessions, want their company to succeed. They have bravely taken a stand against the corporate race-to-the-bottom. And now they and their communities are suffering the tragedy of a needless layoff. This is wrong. It has to stop. It’s wrecking America.

The problem with Trumka’s lie-filled logic is that Wall Street didn’t call the strike and Trumka fails to address the fact that without Wall Street investors investing in Hostess, the company, with its shrinking market and overly-burdensome union contracts would have likely died years ago.

In 2004, the makers of Twinkies first filed for bankruptcy, a five-year process that ranks among the longest such proceedings in U.S. history. The company continued to struggle financially, and now risks complete liquidation, as it cannot make payments on its $700 million line of credit, has $2 billion in unfunded pension obligations to retired employees, and owes $860 million in current debt.

Even more important, however, is the fact that, although they didn’t like it, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (with 6700 members’ jobs on the line) approved of the same concessionary contract that Hostess was seeking of the bakers’ union.

Though Teamster bosses are now trying to blame Hostess for its demise as well, late last week, the Teamsters had called on the bakery union to allow its members to vote, even going so far as to chastise the bakery union’s actions:

The BCTGM chose a different path, as is their prerogative, to not substantively look for a solution or engage in the process. BCTGM members were told there were better solutions than the final offer, although Judge Drain stated in his decision in bankruptcy court that no such solutions exist. Without complete information, BCTGM members voted by voice votes in union halls. The BCTGM reported that over 90 percent rejected the final offer and three of its units ratified the final offer.

However, as much as he and his fellow union bosses try to spin and finger point the results of the union’s actions that destroyed the Ding Dongs, in a Friday statement, bakery union boss Frank Hurt admits that his union members knew that their strike could kill Hostess:

Our members decided they were not going to take any more abuse from a company they have given so much to for so many years. They decided that they were not going to agree to another round of outrageous wage and benefit cuts and give up their pension only to see yet another management team fail and Wall Street vulture capitalists and ‘restructuring specialists’ walk away with untold millions of dollars.

Throughout this long and difficult process, BCTGM members showed tremendous courage, solidarity and devotion to principle. They were well aware of the potential consequences of their actions but stood strong for dignity, justice and respect.

And, now, no matter how union bosses try to spin it, 18,000 Hostess workers–with their dignity, justice and respect intact–are now destined to stand with their hands out in the unemployment line.  (article)

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27 Responses to Parasites Always Kill The Host – Eventually….

  1. Dawn Doe says:



  2. Auntie Lib says:

    Union members should not be eligible for unemployment or any other taxpayer-funded benefits when they find themselves out of a job due to their own choices.


  3. jordan2222 says:

    I receive this in email from a friend. It was in response to my inability to find a substitute for Hostess sugar coated, fried apple pies.

    Hey, will there be a Twinkie bailout? bo could bail out twinkie. Then they go bankrupt. Then the government owns twinkie. He gives all union members their jobs back with pay raises and free health insurance! Now we are all twinkie owners. The apple pies have to be made by separate union workers. One adds the flour, one adds sugar, another one gets the lard out. Then another ones stirs the mixture. Another one pours it into the pan, etc. 50 people have to have jobs to make one pie. Then separate people push the carts, load the trucks, drive the trucks and unload the pies.

    Any management that can obey all these union rules and still make an apple pie under $20 is genius.


    Of course, Obama could subsidize the price of pies.


  4. cajunkelly says:

    Nyet, don’t look for a Twinkie bailout….the mooch would ixnay that.


  5. akathesob says:

    haaa ha ha haaaa! And that’s my story and I am sticking to it. Perhaps when the whole system shuts down perhaps someone could explain this to “them”… Most excellent article.


  6. QuantumVerp says:

    Don’t you all remember that when the guy first made them they were just for looks? He worked at a dangerous chemicals recycling plant, incorporated. DCRPI. It was a pretty way to store dangerous chemicals. The guards didn’t want to feel ickie with all them drums around. It’s hard to tell if a drum has leaked unless you open it. Didn’t you ever read the label? Do you ever read labels? What is Monsanto worried about? EZ-Kill food enabler will sale.

    I ate the third Twinkie! Only because two other guards ate the first two and didn’t die. They didn’t come back to work the next day. I was on ice for the next eight weeks! No, literally. I lived though. I’m the guy who said, ‘See, you can eat a Twinkie!’ Of course the media left out the ‘and not die immediately’ part which of course was the salient info. The Twinkie project was thus a failure to begin with and the success was a tangential success at best.

    That being said ‘How many do you have left?’ I can take them off your hands if you live reasonably close to me. Given the price of gas I must limit pick up to the half of the northern and southern hemisphere which receives sunlight with the exception of Antarctica which doesn’t but where I once saw a picture of a scientist with a Twinkie frozen to his face. I don’t like to wait so I’ll be there before you call me. Later.


  7. dreamerspirit says:

    The best part…the demise of Twinkies is Mitt Romney’s fault. Guess that will be the new default of the liberal left. What they can’t blame on Bush they will now blame on Romney.


  8. ZurichMike says:

    You mean parasites eventually kill the “Hostess”, right? Bad joke . . . sorry.

    In elementary school, we always had a Hostess Cup Cake for dessert, which followed our tuna sandwich, or soup in a thermos, and some carrot or celery sticks.


  9. Ad rem says:

    If we rebuild it….they will come. “Twink-henge”


  10. Mikado Cat says:

    The depth of the tragedy is still sinking in, no Twinkies, no Ding Dongs, no chocolate donuts with that perfect amount of wax in the chocolate, no cup cakes, no wonder bread.

    The riots in the streets will get ugly as supplies dwindle.


  11. texan59 says:

    The Goose With the Golden Egg

    ONE day a countryman going to the nest of his Goose found there an egg all yellow and glittering. When he took it up it was as heavy as lead and he was going to throw it away, because he thought a trick had been played upon him. But he took it home on second thoughts, and soon found to his delight that it was an egg of pure gold. Every morning the same thing occurred, and he soon became rich by selling his eggs. As he grew rich he grew greedy; and thinking to get at once all the gold the Goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find,—nothing.



  12. czarowniczy says:

    Oh well, add Twinkies to entire US electronics industry, clothing industry, fabrics and textiles industry…………


  13. John VI says:

    Bailling out the employees unions at Gm has set a nice precident here. They KNEW that the strike would kill hostess. They were told, and warned multiple times. They had seen the financials. And they went on strike anyway because they didnt want a cut in benefits….Exactly how much of thier “benefits” do they think they are going to get now? In this economy, there are not a lot of jobs for know union thugs. Hope they have enough to retire on NOW.

    Further, given that hostess’ own financials show something of the order of 2 BILLION in retirement and union benefits owed, I should think that the money just isnt going to show up NOW. I wouldnt be the least bit suprise if there is NO retirement funds available for any of them after the investors get thier cut.

    Ugh. Bakers up in canada used to hold the donut chain “Tim Hortons” hostage for years on wages and benefits, then they found a way to flash freeze donuts and reheat them in store. One factory pumping out donuts automatically now, and front end staff presses a button to make more donuts in store. Every Baker tims ever employed instantly unemployed, with a job skill suddenly no one wants or needs.


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