Job cuts OK, not pay: Twinkies bakers
Aside from those so-called onerous labor contracts, Hostess has grappled for some time with rising ingredient costs and a growing health consciousness that has made its sugary cakes less popular. It filed for bankruptcy in January, only three years after emerging from a prior bankruptcy.Lance Ignon, speaking on behalf of Hostess, said the company recognized how difficult the past few years had been for workers and wished it did not have to ask them for more givebacks."But the reality was that the company could not survive without those concessions," Ignon said.
Workers had a laundry list of frustrations, from rising healthcare costs to decreased wages and delayed pension benefits. They even cited a $10-per-week per worker charge they said Hostess claimed was needed to boost company capital."They have taken and taken and taken from us," said Debi White, who has worked at Hostess for 26 years, most recently as a bun handler at its bread and roll plant in Lenexa, Kansas."They have been walking around stomping their foot saying either you give in ... or else we're going to close you now.
Well, go ahead, we're tired of their threats," she said. "That's how we feel."Hostess workers are now scrambling to figure out when their health insurance runs out
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