Confirmed: Hostess Twinkies do have an expiration date.

Hostess Brands intends to shut down and lay off its employees because not enough striking workers returned to work by the Thursday deadline.

Way to go, unions!

That’s right, more than 18,000 jobs lost.

But fear not, Twinkie lovers:

Hostess said it will seek bankruptcy court permission to close its business and sell its assets, “including its iconic brands and facilities. Bakery operations have been suspended at all plants.”

There may be a temporary shortage of Twinkies, but as Twitchy noted yesterday, some enterprising capitalist is likely to buy the Twinkie name and recipe.

Update:

Out: Hostess Twinkies. In: Bain Twinkies?

Even tastier: Koch Twinkies!

Not so tasty: shuttered plants and more than 18,000 workers without jobs.

Another union “victory.”

Update:

Sen. John McCain tweets his statement on the end of Hostess:

Update:

Hostess has updated its website to reflect the closing:

 

And they’ve posted a press release:

The Board of Directors authorized the wind down of Hostess Brands to preserve and maximize the value of the estate after one of the Company’s largest unions, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), initiated a nationwide strike that crippled the Company’s ability to produce and deliver products at multiple facilities.

Hostess Brands is unprofitable under its current cost structure, much of which is determined by union wages and pension costs. The offer to the BCTGM included wage, benefit and work rule concessions but also gave Hostess Brands’ 12 unions a 25 percent ownership stake in the company, representation on its Board of Directors and $100 million in reorganized Hostess Brands’ debt.

“We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike,” said Gregory F. Rayburn, chief executive officer. “Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders.”

Congratulations to the BCTGM. We hope you enjoy reaping what you’ve sown.

  • syvyn11

    There will be a crisis of potheads with the munchies everywhere. TIME TO BUY TWINKIES. In a few weeks, they’ll be more expensive than gold.

    • Just Another Guy

      Twinkies as trade goods…hmmmmm….

      Zombieland just lost a major plot point..

  • meindc

    Weren’t some of their employees non-union? Unbelievable.

    • diskinetic

      They probably were, until all the windows in their houses were smashed with bricks and their tires slashed.

    • Kevin Krom

      The baker’s union only covered 5,000 of the 18,000 employees losing their jobs (some of the other 13,000 are teamsters union members who did not support the baker’s union in this).

      So, I imagine there’s 13,000 REALLY pissed off employees, with a mix of union and non-union folks amongst them.

  • HARP2

    I thought most of the “Twinkies” were in Obama`s administration ?

    • http://twitter.com/Rabiddogg Rabiddogg

      Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Creepy Bastards (ok so that last one isn’t a hostess product, but its still in the White House)

      • sunnychicago

        What about Ho Ho’s!!?

        • TheOriginalDonald

          DING DING DING! Lena Dunham and sandra Fluke are there too

      • sunnychicago

        What about Ho Ho’s!!?

    • No Longer Amazed

      I thought O was a twinkie.

      • TocksNedlog

        He is. Unfortunately, his expiration date is Jan. 2017.

      • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

        Hey! As an Asian, I believe the Twinkie moniker, like ‘banana,’ is reserved for those more yellow-toned.

        The Hostess Cupcake with the swirl of white on top and white creme filling is more appropriate for the Prez.

        😉

      • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

        Hey! As an Asian, I believe the Twinkie moniker, like ‘banana,’ is reserved for those more yellow-toned.

        The Hostess Cupcake with the swirl of white on top and white creme filling is more appropriate for the Prez.

        😉

    • lainer51

      LOL ! Check out him throwing a baseball like a hand grenade!!

    • Terrence Daniels

      You are right… along with the “Ding Dongs” the “Ding Bats” and of course, lets not forget the “Muslim Sympathizers.”

    • Terrence Daniels

      You are right… along with the “Ding Dongs” the “Ding Bats” and of course, lets not forget the “Muslim Sympathizers.”

  • Cold War Grunt

    I for one applaud the executive management and board of directors of Hostess. Unions be on notice … there are still men and women of courage and integrity in this country that will stand up against your thuggery and childish entitlement mentality.

    • Stephen

      This is actually sad for the 800 workers in NC losing theirs jobs because they are non-union.

      • Cold War Grunt

        I absolutely agree, I would say even tragic. Good hardworking folks in NC. I also feel the pain of those union members that didn’t walk off the job.

        The others not so much. You pointing this out is a good thing, thanks for doing it — integrity matters, and you seem to understand that.

      • des111168

        That factory will be purchased and those workers almost certainly re-hired after the liquidation. They’re non-union, had an attractive wage scale, and whoever ends up with Hostess’ brands will make a lot of money running the place.

        • Terrence Daniels

          As long as they can keep the unions out of their shops they will rebound!

        • Terrence Daniels

          As long as they can keep the unions out of their shops they will rebound!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=715641688 Gord Higham

          “those workers almost certainly re-hired”

          You could not be more wrong, when applying for a job you must first present a CV. When a prospective employee is vetted and it shows that they were the same employees that destroyed the previous company due to their anti-business agenda good luck getting to the second level of the process.

          The only place these CV’s will end up is in the shredder the minute the hiring managers find out they were previous employees of Hostess.

          It may be unfortunate but elections and bankruptcy actions by striking employees have consequences.

        • bananafanafo

          MEXICAN Company 2 buy Twinkies Company. Mid stage of RE-DISTRIBUTION.16+DEBT payed back 2 FOREIGN countries NOW US Assets next 2 GO!

    • Armando

      Hostess is in bankruptcy for the second time in recent years. Workers took concessions just a few years ago and this year the company has stopped making its contractually obligated contributions to their pensions. Meanwhile, according to the union, the company’s CEO got a 300 percent raise, from $750,000 to $2,250,000, while other top executives got raises of hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece.

      • EastValleyConservative

        According to the union? Teamsters crossed the picket line and took a peek at the books and relented. No company I know would knowingly allow their company to go under for raises to CEOs. The cold hard facts are the unions broke their backs. Take a look at line workers wages under union contract and then get back to us.

      • Julie Gutierrez

        Have you seen the salaries of Union Bosses? WOW!!

      • Julie Gutierrez

        Have you seen the salaries of Union Bosses? WOW!!

      • Cold War Grunt

        N4TGP beat me to the answer here. Regardless, I note that this discussion has finally reached the point where some person, desperate to justify the actions of a small group of unionists, destroying a company, trotskies over to the “its the evil rich CEO”.

        I believe the number in question, increased salary was dependent on the CEO successfully reorganizing Hostess Brands, and consisted

        It was simple, come on back to the table, or we close the doors. We can’t afford what you are asking. And if the problem is actually the pay of the executives? I don’t know, but I have a good idea of someone I can call to find out, if so then they were doomed anyway.

        Why should a baker earn the salary of an engineer, or other professional? Do they deserve it, does the engineer deserve it? What is the quality of their work? Are they a worker? A leader? A button pusher? Nobody is entitled to anything other than what they can command in a free market.

      • Cold War Grunt

        N4TGP beat me to the answer here. Regardless, I note that this discussion has finally reached the point where some person, desperate to justify the actions of a small group of unionists, destroying a company, trotskies over to the “its the evil rich CEO”.

        I believe the number in question, increased salary was dependent on the CEO successfully reorganizing Hostess Brands, and consisted

        It was simple, come on back to the table, or we close the doors. We can’t afford what you are asking. And if the problem is actually the pay of the executives? I don’t know, but I have a good idea of someone I can call to find out, if so then they were doomed anyway.

        Why should a baker earn the salary of an engineer, or other professional? Do they deserve it, does the engineer deserve it? What is the quality of their work? Are they a worker? A leader? A button pusher? Nobody is entitled to anything other than what they can command in a free market.

      • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

        Well, why don;t you open up your own cupcake factory and hire all those union workers and show all us greedy meanypants just how it should be done. It should be easy for you, since you’re such an expert.

      • bananafanafo

        You go B Top Executive! THEN come back with your stupid comments.(we’ll be waiting) I AGREE on Unions telling companies HOW 2 RUN “THEIR” business. WORKERS WAKE UP

    • TundraThunder

      I saw an interview with a union member. That person, who was high up in the union said the company should look for other areas to cut rather than wages, benefits, and employees. Really? The company lost over $300 million last year and it’s supposed to find other ways to stay solvent?
      Hopefully this is the beginning of the end for some of the greedy unions.

      • Terry

        And if you read the news release, Hostess offered to give the union 25% stake in the company! Pretty soon the union workers are going to wake up and realize the union bosses are stealing their wages and giving them horrific advice. It will be fun to watch when the workers turn on the thugs.

  • Lord Foggybottom

    And the progressive thugs say “we’re” greedy?! Hopefully this is a harbinger of union demise.

  • Joel A. Edge

    Probably just the beginning. It’s going to be a rough four…six years.

  • $30423294

    Morbidly obese Big Bird sitting on his enormous ass in the green room demanding his Twinkies. Bring me my Twinkies, what is this the self-service line? What was I born yesterday? It’s in my contract dammit. I’m entitled to my Twinkies. What do you mean Twinkies is out of business due to a labor dispute? Look at me when I’m talking to you. Do you know who I am?! I’m Big Bird dammit.

    • brewerandpatriot

      You just brought to mind the old SNL Eddie Murphy skit “I’m Gumby dammit!”

      • $30423294

        Totally. That’s the atmosphere in America 2012. Hardball-playing parasites with over-inflated self importance, bossing us around, threatening us. The mind reels.

  • my preciousss!!

    that’s going to be 18,000 people trolling even more for the liberals. i don’t think they’ll ever see the light. (well, maybe a few).

    • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

      You do realize that about 13,000 of those people had already accepted the deal that the ~5K in the bakers’ union were refusing to accept.

      I think those 13K might consider the idea that fiscal conservatives could be correct.

    • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

      You do realize that about 13,000 of those people had already accepted the deal that the ~5K in the bakers’ union were refusing to accept.

      I think those 13K might consider the idea that fiscal conservatives could be correct.

  • $30423294

    Better hold off on that “legalize pot” campaign.

    Hostess demise is going to hit pot heads very hard.

    • orringtonmom (D)

      now perhaps hostess is “too big to fail”… bailout time? jk

  • $30423294

    Breaking: turns out Paula Broadwell is also the heiress to Hostess snack food empire, so, bad week for her.

    Just kidding.

    No wait, it really is true! Oh my goodness.

    Just kidding.

    Or am I?

  • irishgirl91

    The administration is trying to get americans to not eat stuff like Hostess. Business is nothing but evil capitalist. Unions are good. This is what ultimate victory looks like. Oh wait, you mean people need jobs? Not all Hostess jobs are in the factory, the jobs will be lost all over the U.S right down to the little Hostess stores that most of us never really see. Look for them, they are everywhere, selling a lot of “day old” product to customers that need the lower prices to stretch the check.

    • Kevin Krom

      And don’t forget the suppliers who provide goods and services to Hostess — they’ll have less business, meaning that they’ll have to cut employees and/or wages to keep afloat.

      • brewerandpatriot

        The suppliers and all other business owners are greedy bazillionaires who fire people just to be stupidheaded meaniepants. /sarc

  • marcellucci

    Dear Hiring Employers (if there are any left),
    If you see “Hostess” on the resume of any job seeker’s resume, don’t bother interviewing.
    They made their position very clear.
    They will take you down if you don’t meet their demands

    • Shawn Smith

      Be fair. Not all former Hostess employees are union members. Depending on the state, some of them may have been union members involuntarily. (That is, if they wanted to work there, they *had* to join the union, even if they disagreed with its actions.)

      It’s bad enough these people have to pay for their coworkers mistakes by losing their jobs, don’t smear them going forward.

      • marcellucci

        When you lay down with dogs, you’re gonna get fleas…

        • No Longer Amazed

          You got that right!

      • GTFOBigGovt

        You’re removing all accountability from those sheeple. They had the chance to be active within the company standing up to the unions even in a closed shop. No doubt they stood by doing nothing. NOW they learned where apathy takes you, just like our society and this year’s election.

        • No Longer Amazed

          Yep!

        • Liberal Hater

          This.

        • Shawn Smith

          There are still thousands of employees who weren’t part of the union who are unemployed as well. Did the unions act stupidly and selfishly? Yes. But now other employees (not to mention consumers, shareholders, etc.) are suffering the consequences.

    • GTFOBigGovt

      Exactly. Especially at Tastycake factories.#Tastcakeisbetteranway

  • marcellucci

    None of these 18,000 should be eligible for unemployment, food stamps, welfare or any other hand outs…..

    • Liberal Hater

      Great for Bain. Fire all the union scum and make the company profitable. Employing people who actually want and appreciate jobs.

    • Right Wired

      Exactly. Now we have to pay healthcare costs for an additional 18,500 ingrates.

      • Gallaxie

        There were 5,000 ingrates…not 18,000. Hostess Brands worked with the Teamsters and BCTGM. BCTGM are the ingrates that went on strike while the Teamsters actually crossed their picket line. You won’t have pay our healthcare costs as I will pick up that insurance where I work.

        • $36544368

          But unfortunately your premium will go up…not just because you’ll be adding your husband to your coverage, but also because of Obamacare. Got notice today that yearly premiums for the same insurance I have through my employer is going up by $4,219 starting January 1, 2013. Coverage is not as good, co-pays are higher, Rx is higher, etc. Effects monthly take-home pay by nearly $400 month.

    • TocksNedlog

      Two-thirds of those employees are NOT members of the Bakers’ Union. The Teamsters actually took the deal offered by Hostess, and urged the Bakers to do the same.

    • Gallaxie

      It was only the Bakers union that went on strike. My husband accepted the pay cut and worked his last day today. Please don’t lump all 18,000 together. That 18,000 includes route sales, truckers, office workers etc. Hostess released a letter today that stated that those that went on strike may not be eligible to collect unemployment. I hope they can’t. They basically quit after being warned 45 days ago what a strike would do.

      • Lawman561

        I’m sorry to hear that Marie. Perhaps management and all the Teamsters and non union could convince them to change to a Chapter VII and reorganize with workers as shareholders maybe a 49% option. Good luck and sorry the mouth breathers couldn’t accept a fair offer to the detriment of so many others.

      • marcellucci

        From the Teamsters – Hostess website – More than 4,400 Teamsters voted in a national mail ballot referendum, with 2,357 voting to approve and 2,043 voting to reject

        That’s not exactly a mandate to work with your employer….

        • Gallaxie

          Mandate or not…they knew the consequences of a strike and crossed the bakers picket line to keep their job. Now they no longer have an employer to try to work with at all. The bakers union decided for all.

          • marcellucci

            Maybe a more convicing 4360-40 vote in favor would have swayed the baker’s union…..

          • marcellucci

            Maybe a more convicing 4360-40 vote in favor would have swayed the baker’s union…..

        • John

          So 2400 people killed 18000 jobs? Wow! Unions really are more efficient!

      • EastValleyConservative

        We won’t lump you in together—most of us know that there are people like you that got the short end of the stick because of their greed and inability to comprehend basic economics. I hope they can’t collect U.E. either, but this government has made it very easy to collect and we know that Dear Leader sides with unions.

        • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

          agree agree

        • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

          agree agree

      • EastValleyConservative

        We won’t lump you in together—most of us know that there are people like you that got the short end of the stick because of their greed and inability to comprehend basic economics. I hope they can’t collect U.E. either, but this government has made it very easy to collect and we know that Dear Leader sides with unions.

    • Lawman561

      That’s very true. They actually quit in my opinion. The trigger for unemployment not paying out is if the employee quits in most states. Going on strike even after Hostess offered a counter offer with a 25% stake in the Company in Obama’s economy? That was a good deal. Stupid is as stupid does.

    • medicinewomantwo

      True but wait until they see the income difference right here before Christmas. Priceless.

  • Seewetoldu

    They will forget all about standing by their Unions when the reality of Obama unemployment punches them in the face.

  • http://twitter.com/voiceview MyOpinion

    I would love to see the unions actually work with a company to rebuild rather than just take and complain. Get real unions

    • No Longer Amazed

      Yeah, well that ain’t going to happen…

  • Teresa Davis McCormick

    It cracks me up that people are still talking about Romney and Bain Capitol. Do they not have the ability to get current news??

    • Liberal Hater

      They’re stuck on stupid – hence why they are liberals.

  • Peyton

    It really would be funny if a Republican bought Hostess, just to show the Dems how Capitalism works.

    • Todd Hill

      I’ve already hoped that Trump or someone like him bought the recipes and rights to the names, then built a big shiny new factory in South Carolina (perhaps near the Boeing site)

    • Lawman561

      Romney or Trump should go in, buy it and turn it into a profitable company within a year. Then take out ads in the mid term election when unemployment is still around 15% and hoist that flag.

    • lainer51

      or better yet, Bain! In a year it would be more profitable than ever… How funny would that be??

    • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

      lmao.

    • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

      lmao.

    • Bill Gryan

      Somebody will certainly buy the brand and all the equipment. It’s too iconic to go away, and there is money to be made. Let’s hope they don’t make the same hiring mistakes that Hostess did.

      • OHNESA

        Someone should buy them, move all their factories to “Right to work” states

    • Bill Gryan

      Somebody will certainly buy the brand and all the equipment. It’s too iconic to go away, and there is money to be made. Let’s hope they don’t make the same hiring mistakes that Hostess did.

    • bananafanafo

      Mexican Company 2 buy Twinkies Company. Middle stage of re-distribution.16+Debt payed 2 FOREIGN Companies Now U.S.A Assets go

  • Steve_J

    I doubt Hostess is going to sell the receipe for Twinkies to any other company unlike the belief of the union.

    • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

      Selling the brand name/product name/recipe has nothing to do with the workers. Most of the companies that *might* buy don’t even use unions anyway. LOL.

      • Steve_J

        You understand the union believes a buyer is going to come along and save them, don’t you? Not going to happen.

        • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

          Yes. They are not going to be saved.

          But they are probably going to sell the brand name/product name/recipe/whateverelseisinvolved to someone.

          The union will lose twice. Once because they were stupid enough to bluff themselves (and ~13K other people) out of jobs. Twice because any company that buys the brand name/product name/whatever and/or the factory and its physical parts will not hire union workers anyway.

    • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

      Selling the brand name/product name/recipe has nothing to do with the workers. Most of the companies that *might* buy don’t even use unions anyway. LOL.

  • Typewriterstreaming

    I have lost all respect for union workers. Plant life has more sense.

  • Liberal Hater

    Way to go union members! You showed them! Dumb fuckers.

  • tsluf273

    Michael Moore hardest hit.

    • HARP2

      Chris Christie orders flags to half staff.

      • brewerandpatriot

        Christie will also wear a black armband to commemorate the loss of Twinkie the Kid.

    • Shawn Smith

      No, Moore doesn’t understand the news just yet. He thinks Twinkies, like all good things, are produced by the government, not e-e-e-evil corporations. He’s expecting the president to step in any moment now to defend the people’s right to snack foods. The new program: ObamaTwink.

      • HARP2

        Must be time to have a press conference to save the Twinkie industry…….Ohhhhh the humanity.

        • Jon Rice

          The Twinkie industry is alive and well in Hollywood…

          • $36544368

            I’ve seen a few Ding Dongs and Ho Hos out there too!

        • Jon Rice

          The Twinkie industry is alive and well in Hollywood…

      • BoltUp

        Well, yes and no – it has to be repackaged somehow, as I’m sure Queen Michelle and her coming required menus do not include Twinkies…

        • EastValleyConservative

          The oh-so revered “20 calorie pack” now called a Twinkie Bite. Not quite a full bite, but packaging is everything. All at the low punitive price of the former package of Twinkies X2!

      • EastValleyConservative

        Michelle is happy with this. No more twinkies for you!

    • Bill Gryan

      Still waiting for Michael Moore to refer to the Benghazi attackers as “freedom fighters”. After all, that’s what he called Saddam Hussein’s terrorists after the Iraq war. Why wouldn’t the same rule apply to Libya, eh, gasbag?

    • Bill Gryan

      Still waiting for Michael Moore to refer to the Benghazi attackers as “freedom fighters”. After all, that’s what he called Saddam Hussein’s terrorists after the Iraq war. Why wouldn’t the same rule apply to Libya, eh, gasbag?

  • Richard Blaine

    The unions killed Eastern Airlines in ’91. 38,000 jobs lost. To this day, the union members insist that they won.

  • TTTCOTTH

    Look for 18K union maggots to declare that they are disabled.

  • Daria DiGiovanni

    I am sure the statists who want to control every aspect of the lives of American citizens don’t even care that 18,000 lost their jobs. At least the “menace” of unhealthy twinkies and other bakery items will be vanquished!

  • SansMercy

    *gets popcorn, waits for Obama to put foot in mouth. *

    • Todd Hill

      “Hostess acted stupidly”

      • Peyton

        I’m waiting for Biden’s response. Probably something like “Obama loves a good Ding Dong every now and then when Michelle is not around”

        • lainer51

          HA HA HA HA H A!! I heard he has a ding dong in all 57 states!

  • Foxxman

    There was a time when unions were a great idea. Unions gave workers a voice and with it, a chance to move up into the middle class. However, like many medications used to cure bodily ills, too much of a good thing is often fatal. Unions have largely lived far beyond their usefulness and have morphed into grotesque monsters that have long since forgotten that their purpose is to protect the workers. Business owners have consistently been blamed for moving jobs off our shores, but the real culprits are the labor bosses and the brainwashed morons who shout ‘solidarity’ whenever the union says to.

    These idiots keep slicing up the goose, looking for golden eggs and then wonder why they lost their jobs.

    • Hiraghm

      I don’t get this idea of “workers moving up to the middle class”. The “middle class” should be reserved for entrepreneurs and small businesses, IMO. A flatulent monkey pulling a lever in a factory has no business in the middle class.
      (And by “flatulent monkey” I mean “union worker”).

    • Peyton

      Is there really a place for unions in the information age? All it takes is a search to see if you are getting paid fairly, one facebook post can go viral in a matter of hours if your being treated wrongly. Huge boycotts can be orchestrated if needed. I really just don’t see any point for unions anymore except to try to protect their own survival.

      • EastValleyConservative

        The purpose is no longer to determine a fair wage–it’s to bully the employer into providing a wage 3x what the position warrants. And to keep it rising.

        • bananafanafo

          WORKER GREED

  • http://twitter.com/Stimulus4U Marty Luther

    Hostess to union thugs: “Let me introduce you to my little creme-filled friend”. #SPLAT-A TAT-TAT

  • GEORGE_W_TUSH

    NO MORE TWINKIES ! I just heard a shotgun go off in Rush Limpballs house.
    Sounds like a ripe opportunity for Bain capital?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      The same Bain capital that is now run by an Obama super bundler? By the way, who is fatter, Moore or Limbaugh?

      • GEORGE_W_TUSH

        Rush Limbaugh is proof that boogers are fattening….

        How long before Rush Limbaugh spins Hostess closing into some nefarious plan by the First Lady to make us healthier?

        • GTFOBigGovt

          It wasn’t remotely funny the first time you posted that comment let alone twice.

          • GEORGE_W_TUSH

            Thanks Bro…

        • TocksNedlog

          He said that she’s probably celebrating because now kids won’t be able to get their hands on that crappy food. Do you dispute that this is how she feels about it?

          • Grumpa Grumpus

            @TocksNedlog:

            I don’t dispute that The First Appetite feels that way— for other people… you know, the peons.

            She has a long, strong record of minding everyone’s business but her own.

            How many times has she pulled the stunt of telling people they need to eat mostly vegetables then immediately afterwards went out and sucked down 3/4 of an elephant? I’m thinking of the speech she gave at the Enlisted Mess, where she told them instead of being “meat & potato warriors you need to be vegetable warriors!”… ate almost the entire meatloaf then went to a BBQ to down a half a steer.

            So, the most I could give someone for the observation is a 1/2-point. Sorry!

      • Grumpa Grumpus

        @Jillane Kent:
        Last time I saw Limbaugh on television he’d lost almost all his excess weight, perhaps all of it since the common opinion is that the television camera adds 30#+.

        I’ve also recently seen M.M. on television. A conservative estimate is it would take approximately four&a-third Limbaughs to make More. (sorry, couldn’t resist…. Pun-ish me if you wish…).

        I’m curious, why’d you ask?

    • Liberal Hater

      You DO realize Limbaugh lost tons of weight YEARS ago right? Naaaaaaaa, why know that? You’re a fucking idiot.

  • Typewriterstreaming

    Wonder what the union that forced the closure down think about a massive protest in front of their doors: The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain MIllers International Union.

    • $36544368

      According to a little research, it seems the BCTGM is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, and has over 100,000 members.

  • tsmmar

    Hostess filed for bankruptcy years ago. This has less to do with the unions then how eating habits have changed over the decades. So are all these workers suppose to cut their wages in half to save a failing company? Years ago, I watched my spouse take paycut upon paycut to help the failing company he worked for, only to see the company eventually close its doors. Unions do not hurt well managed corporations. Case in point is UPS. The majority of UPS drivers and warehouse workers are Teamster members earning some of the top wages and benefits in the industry. Yet UPS still dominates the field in package delivery.

    • Mike Sanfilippo

      Because UPS runs its own pension/benefit system. It’s not union-operated. The Teamsters Unions do not have nearly the power in UPS as they do in most LTL/Trucking carriers- an industry seeing a mass demise.

    • Back 4 More

      The vast majority of UPS workers are part time. Only the drivers and execs are full time. The other 90 percent aren’t full time and aren’t making much money. The average pay runs about 2 dollars above minimum wage with a fair amount of that going to dues. You have decent benefits but you have to have another job to actually make a living, as you only average about 20 to 25 hours a week.

    • Mike Sanfilippo

      And, in regards to the workers cutting their wages to help save a failing company, the answer is an unequivocal yes. They are not entitled to the job, nor are they entitled to make anything other than what the employer offers. If you don’t like the conditions of the company you work for(you know, like, failing), you are under no obligation to stay there and they are under no obligation to pay anything other than what they see fit, so find work elsewhere. If you can’t find work elsewhere, thank your local Democrat.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      So the fact that the union refused to accept and abide by the bankruptcy contractual terms means nothing?

    • Lois

      My dad was a UPS driver, and a Teamster (reluctantly), and right before the point he was able to retire on full benefits, his bosses started making his life miserable. They wanted him to leave before he could cost the company so much. And the union reps let it happen. About the only thing they wouldn’t let them do was fire him. I can’t tell you how many times my dad would come home from work telling us why he was fired and un-fired that day. (One time it was for failure to use a clipboard…) They made it bad enough that he left before his pension kicked in. That’s how they keep dominating.

    • TexSizzle

      Apparently you have no memory of the 1997 strike if you think the union hasn’t hurt UPS. Look it up.

      • Grumpa Grumpus

        @TexSizzle:

        These kids have no memory of anything that happened last year, much less anything that’s happened over a decade or more ago.

        For them it is like the world is brand new each morning.

        No use telling the kiddies to “look it up”. They lack research skills.

        The proof of that is how many fell for the obvious lies Dingleberry™ farted out last election.

        “Romney’s going to take away your jammies!

        Run! Run! Run to momma Berack!”

        And so they did.

    • GTFOBigGovt

      You’re absolutely RIGHT! Going on the government dole as a freshman 50%er is infinitely more productive than contributing to the company’s health. Maybe you can confirm what I heard on TV that the members rejected the settlement part about co-mingling breads with the treats? Oh the horror!

      UPS is a part time worker company (with benefits). So you’re supporting the Twinkie folks reducing their pay by going part time after all. K, got it.

    • $30423294

      I didn’t see the word “pension” in your defense of the unions.

      Granted, it’s a term most of us are very unaccustomed to hearing when it comes to our own jobs.

      But as someone who seems familiar with unions, you would have some insight into the role of pension in the compensation package. You talked about “wages” but not the pension.

      Union pensions are destroying business and will destroy America.

    • Liberal Hater

      No work is better than work with less pay, certainly…. wow that’s fucking stupid.

    • DianaRae_FL

      “Unions do not hurt well managed corporations.” <- Take a look at the Illinois teacher's union that just had their strike, or the Fire Dept in CA, etc. Their cities are all going bankrupt due to wages/pensions. But hey, you DID say "well managed" companies. There isn't a government company that qualifies as that. You also mentioned UPS. Funny how the USPS is going bankrupt – another government run company.

      You are correct that eating habits have changed and this is part of the problem. However, fortunately for Hostess they are a private company and get to make the choice of staying open or closing. Now their workers will be on welfare. With 23,000,000+ without work I think just having a job today is a blessing. I am sure they will feel that way too when the foreclosure notices start and when Christmas gets here. But, you can bet those Union Bosses's Christmases will be just fine.

      • $36544368

        I might be wrong, but I know 3 postal employees, and all of them have told me at one time or another that with extreme exception, they do not receive tax dollars.

        • DianaRae_FL

          Yeah, you’re wrong. The USPS is created as a government agency under Title 39, Section 101.1. The United States Postal Service shall be operated as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States, authorized by the Constitution, created by Act of Congress, and supported by the people.

          • $36544368

            Yeah, I thought I was, but thought I’d throw it out there anyway since all the postal workers said the same thing. I knew that it was specifically in the constitution. I even knew that Ben Franklin was the first Postmaster General. That’s why I was a little surprised that they said it. I didn’t argue because I figured they knew what they were talking about since they worked there (silly me!). I think what they actually said was that they didn’t regularly receive tax dollars, except to help fund some of the costs associated with overseas mail expenses. Perhaps in their mind, since they have to get revenue from other sources and taxes aren’t their main source of income, they don’t consider themselves to be ‘supported’ by tax dollars or run by the government? I don’t really know. Although they do have a union, no?

          • DianaRae_FL

            You are correct. The USPS does not use tax dollars. They support themselves by the postage and products sold, but are still covered under all of the Federal Rules and regulations http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/consumerawareness/a/uspsabout.htm and yes they have a Union http://www.nalc.org/

          • $36544368

            Thanks…I’m a little new to some of this :) Thanks for being patient with me.

    • tsmmar

      People that take extreme positions on either side of the political spectrum have one thing in common.
      There is no “gray” only black and white. I simply commented that Hostess would no doubt have gone out of business regardless of the strike.

      As to all the hating to private unions…why? How does the private union’s pension fund affect the economy in anyway bad? In fact, a good pension plan only allows these workers to retire and then open up jobs. The employee and the company contribute to the plan. Tax dollars don’t. How do good medical insurance and a decent wage hurt the economy? If the workers
      are willing to fight for it, and the private company is willing to give it…how
      does it hurt you or the economy in general? I suppose you will argue, it increases the cost of goods. Provide evidence of that.

      Low wage earners do not help the economy either. With less expendable income goods and services don’t move as readily. That would be especially true of goods and services that are not a necessity. A good example would be
      grocery shopping. If you have a very limited income, you are only going to purchase the necessities. Things like Ho-Hos are Cupcakes are items
      that are going to get passed up on.
      What happens then? Companies that make Ho-Hos and Cupcakes see sales decline and eventually will go out of business

    • Hiraghm

      No, they are to cut their wages in half… so as not to have to find another job. They could have quit and found another job any time. But, if they want to work at Hostess…

    • TocksNedlog

      Hostess struck a deal with the Teamsters; it was the Bakers’ Union that wouldn’t compromise. This isn’t about sales, it’s about costs. By your logic, these workers should have seen the writing on the wall and gone out and found other jobs months ago.

    • $36544368

      Uh, I see an awful lot of FedEx trucks out there.

  • http://twitter.com/Stimulus4U Marty Luther

    FORMULA FOR DEFEATING UNION THUGS: Enriched wheat flour, sugar, corn syrup, niacin, water, high fructose corn syrup, vegetable and/or animal shortening – containing one or more of partially hydrogenated soybean, cottonseed and canola oil, and beef fat, dextrose, whole eggs, modified corn starch, cellulose gum, whey, leavenings (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), salt, cornstarch, corn flour, corn syrup, solids, mono and diglycerides, soy lecithin, polysorbate 60, dextrin, calcium caseinate, sodium stearoyl lactylate, wheat gluten, calcium sulphate, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, yellow #5, red #40. BAKE UNTIL GOLDEN YELLOW.

  • Right Wired

    What is Barry gonna munch on an all-nighter of blowing smoke with his Choomba buddies?

  • Back 4 More

    18,000 people are about to find out just how screwed up the job market is. I honestly don’t think people understand how lucky they are to have a job. This has gotten alot more serious than most people realize.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    RIP Twinkies: Now if unions could just do the same thing for public schools…. that’d be great!”

    • Kevin Krom

      Problem is governments don’t have bottom lines like businesses, and certainly not competitors. If they run out of money, they just confiscate more from the public.

      In the end, we’re all heading the way of Greece, just some more slowly than others.

    • GTFOBigGovt

      RIGHT! Chris Christie on Morning Joe today bragging that his new contract groundbreaking deal was to pay MORE!

  • rbtpowell

    No kidding, free enterprise suffering….. between the Mob unions, the food police, and our re-elected socialist Government…….what could possibly go wrong. It is truly a shame the country will have to bounce off the bottom to wake the stupid people. Hey, union cattle, how’d that strike work out for ya…………

  • http://twitter.com/Warren_Morris Warren M. Morris

    “Zombieland” has arrived..the twinkies are gone.

    • GTFOBigGovt

      But …but …they didn’t want to co-mingle bread with snacks on the trucks! It’s VERY important!

  • Joseph Phillips

    Union: I will cut off my nose to spite my face. This is pure stupidity – I’ll be out of a job, but I didn’t cave, dude…

    • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

      What’s even worse is that it is actually:

      I will cut off my nose to spite someone else’s face.

      I feel bad for those that were willing to take a little less to make sure they had jobs. They were royally screwed by a union they are not even a member of.

    • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

      What’s even worse is that it is actually:

      I will cut off my nose to spite someone else’s face.

      I feel bad for those that were willing to take a little less to make sure they had jobs. They were royally screwed by a union they are not even a member of.

  • GEORGE_W_TUSH

    How long before Rush Limbaugh spins Hostess closing into some nefarious plan by the First Lady to make us healthier?

    • GTFOBigGovt

      If you don’t get Limbaugh’s humor laced with a reality check you’re obviously not even listening to the show.

      • $30423294

        It’s a spam bot. There isn’t a human soul behind that commenter.

    • Hiraghm

      We don’t have a First Lady; Article 2, section 1, clause 5.
      And “First Lady” is not a gov’t post, has no authority and is granted no power, in spite of the left’s attempt to pretend otherwise.

      • Grumpa Grumpus

        We do have a:

        First Wookie,
        First Klingon (Disbarred),
        First Pestilence,
        First Flatus,
        First Appetite,
        First Maw,
        First Harridan,
        First Zombie,
        First Junkyard Dog,
        First Jaw,
        First Scowl,
        First Waste Of Space,
        First Dragon
        First Ill Wind
        First Feculent Egesta…

        All unofficial titles, yes… Or as offical as “First Lady”— so ill-fitting it begs her subjects to pick their own title for her.

    • Gallatin

      As long as it takes for you to spin it in to an evil Bain plot to enrich Mitt Romney.

  • GTFOBigGovt

    I couldn’t possibly have heard this right on TV. The union membership refused to co-mingle the breads with the Twinkies et al on the trucks? So THAT’S why they preferred unemployment? THIS needs to be a new GOP 47% …wait, no…50% commercial. In fact, the GOP should be running commercials full time all year every year as a workaround to the media blackout.

    • Hiraghm

      Wait.. you’re saying the union membership was supporting SEGREGATION??

  • walterc

    I need to rush out and stock up on hostess fruit pies. Best pie crust on the planet.

    • Gusta

      I secretly love those too!

      • $36544368

        They made great doorstops when they got too hard to eat (just kidding!). I loved them growing up as a kid. They did get smaller though, over the years.

    • shortstack5

      Is that Hostess or Dolly Madison? Which one used to have the Peanut characters on the wrappers? Those are/were the best apple pies I ever had!

      • Michelle

        Hostess and Dolly Madison are one and the same. Dolly Madison products are under Hostess and are part of the closing. But to answer your question, the pies are marketing under Hostess.

      • walterc

        Dolly Madison had the peanuts characters. And they have a pretty good fruit pie, but the crust on a Hostess pie is the best. Slight cardboard texture with a sweet varnish like glaze.

    • shortstack5

      Is that Hostess or Dolly Madison? Which one used to have the Peanut characters on the wrappers? Those are/were the best apple pies I ever had!

  • Gusta

    This is an example of the elitism that no one ever talks about — that workers are not smart enough to know that a job at 8% less salary is better than no job and the union is doing it for the little people. Obviously they need contract negotiators due to sheer numbers, but the idea that the union knows what’s best is ridiculous.

    • Hiraghm

      I saw yesterday that Buy-n-Large (cough) was on the list of companies with planned hiring freezes/layoffs.
      This morning a co-worker was griping because they were expected to do 15 hours work in 4 hours, and now that’s been cut by 2 hours. (In reality, there are three of them, and after the time cut they still have 6 hours to do it in. That’s 5 hours work apiece in 6 hours).

      A few months ago another worker was complaining about not getting a COLA raise. The person she was complaining to was studiously ignoring her, while I stood there goggled-eyed at the idea that a company should give her a cost of living raise because the cost of living had gone up… where’s the money supposed to come from??

      • Gusta

        There is an awful lot of ignorance regarding the financial end of business. Money doesn’t grow on trees, and it’s not as easy as taking it from the CEO and manager’s salaries (the most recommended way of giving the employees more money)

  • GEORGE_W_TUSH

    I wonder how the GOP is going to blame Obama for the Twinkie going out of business
    If only O-Mitt had promised to bail out the Twinkie…Sad sad sad

    • Liberal Hater

      Unions caused it… unions that support loser Democrats. If only a fucktard as yourself understood business and economics.

    • Maria Seeger

      That’s a no brainer. The Unions helped Obama get re-elected. He’s deep into their pockets. That’s why they think that they can blackmail anyone and get away with it. Good for Hostess for flipping the baker’s union the finger.
      So, since the Unions own Obama, tha’ts how the GOP can legitimately blame him and his policies for the country’s economic meltdown.

      • GEORGE_W_TUSH

        attaboy…I get it now, Pres Obama gets the credit for twinkies going under, but No credit for taking out Bin Laden…Ok, I get it now…Makes perfect sense…Wow, and you really wonder why your side lost?

        GOP must now tell the American ppl tht unions cause job losses to a company that has been here since 1930

        • Maria Seeger

          Bullshit. He didn’t take out bin Laden. Navy Seal Team 6 did. All Obama did was give the order. I guarantee you that if it had been GW Bush, not only would we *not* have known about it, but once it was discovered that Bush gave the order, you guys would have been all over him for his “cowboy diplomacy”. Now, Your Man has done given the order and you act like he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread and we should all be grateful. Well, guess what? Taking out bin Laden is not all that special, considering *he* didn’t do it…all *he* did was give the order and from what I understand, took his own sweet time about it. And really, I’m supposed to worship the ground he walks on because the man was only doing his job? Gimme a break.

          And he bragged that because of *him* alQuaida is on the run. Yeah, riiight….one word: Benghazi. Some Fearless Leader we got, eh?

        • Liberal Hater

          It must be nice to live in Fucking Clueless land like you do…. so ignorant of reality. Must be blissful…. shit for brains.

          • GEORGE_W_TUSH

            There’s my favorite stalker…I thought I lost you Bro…

          • GEORGE_W_TUSH

            There’s my favorite stalker…I thought I lost you Bro…

        • Liberal Hater

          It must be nice to live in Fucking Clueless land like you do…. so ignorant of reality. Must be blissful…. shit for brains.

    • GTFOBigGovt

      Haven’t you been paying attention. Or is Obamacare free?

      • $36544368

        Intelligent people know it’s not free, but unfortunately almost everyone I’ve talked to thinks it is…hard to find a conservative here on the West Coast.

    • Joe W.

      ‘Twinkie” is a PRODUCT, Shitforbrains. Not a COMPANY. Stupid is as stupid does, I suppose.

  • http://twitter.com/ramskates Rae Ann McCurry

    The unions should buy up some of the brands and bakeries and see how well they will do running them…. well, no, then they’d be demanding taxpayer bailouts.

  • The_Original

    I would do the same if I were in their shoes. If they can close their doors without total financial ruin, I would do it.

  • Hiraghm

    Better Hostess die than give 25% of the company to parasites.

  • Hiraghm

    Btw, Hostess brand has to die. I mean, it’s obsolete and sexist…

    • TocksNedlog

      Could be worse . . . could be “Hostette”.

      • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

        Well, aren’t they racist, too, with all their chocolate products filled with white creme?

        WAIT JUST A COTTON PICKIN’ MINUTE. I’m Asian. Should I be offended by the existence of Twinkies?

      • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

        Well, aren’t they racist, too, with all their chocolate products filled with white creme?

        WAIT JUST A COTTON PICKIN’ MINUTE. I’m Asian. Should I be offended by the existence of Twinkies?

  • GEORGE_W_TUSH

    GOP must now tell the American people that unions cause job losses to a company that has been here since 1930

    GOP has pissed off minorities, unions, women, LGBTs, poor, middle class, & even a number of ProLifers. And they wonder why they lost?

    • Maria Seeger

      They don’t have to. People already know.

    • Jim Denney

      Hostess survived Herbert Hoovers policies, but not Obamanomics.

      Fore-ward to card check, Comrades!

    • Joe W.

      So the GOP pissed off the union??? thus the strike?? Are you REALLY that fucking stupid, Shitforbrains?? That question was, of course, rhetorical, since after reading your posts these past few weeks, your stupidity has been fully on display. Seek help, sonny.

      • GEORGE_W_TUSH

        Thanks for taking the time to read them all, pops…

        • Liberal Hater

          We read them to be kind to the mentally retarded. We realize that typing on your own is a big deal.

        • Liberal Hater

          We read them to be kind to the mentally retarded. We realize that typing on your own is a big deal.

        • Joe W.

          No sweat, Zero. I needed a good laugh anyway.

    • TocksNedlog

      Are they closing their doors or not? Yes or No?

    • Liberal Hater

      What the fuck are you trying to say? Your comment is fucking stupid.

      • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

        Um. Pretty much anything that ‘person’ types here is complete veggiewash.

        (Sorry, I first typed ‘hogwash, but then couldn’t allow pork products to be associated with that ‘person’… especially not <3 bacon.)

    • Liberal Hater

      What the fuck are you trying to say? Your comment is fucking stupid.

    • RightThinking1

      A conservative’s job is not to avoid ‘pissing off’ people, it is to point out obvious truths, and discourage irrational action.

      There is nothing unusual about about people shooting the messenger.

      Young children often throw tantrums when responsible adults deny the children things that they ‘want’.

      You describe a tacit coalition of single-issue/identity politics folk and suggest that there is inherent legitimacy of philosophy simply based on the numbers. I quote, again ,Thomas Sowell:

      “One of the secrets of Barack Obama’s success is his ability to say
      things that will sound both plausible and inspiring to uninformed
      people, even when they sound ridiculous to people who know the facts.
      Apparently he believes the former outnumber the latter, and the election
      results suggest that he may be right.”

      It is quite natural that pro-Obama folk should be pleased with themselves, but that it quite a different thing than the well-being of The Republic being improved. The French reveled in the revolution. How did that work out? Not so well? Hmm.., maybe the Bolsheviks? Cuba?

    • RightThinking1

      A conservative’s job is not to avoid ‘pissing off’ people, it is to point out obvious truths, and discourage irrational action.

      There is nothing unusual about about people shooting the messenger.

      Young children often throw tantrums when responsible adults deny the children things that they ‘want’.

      You describe a tacit coalition of single-issue/identity politics folk and suggest that there is inherent legitimacy of philosophy simply based on the numbers. I quote, again ,Thomas Sowell:

      “One of the secrets of Barack Obama’s success is his ability to say
      things that will sound both plausible and inspiring to uninformed
      people, even when they sound ridiculous to people who know the facts.
      Apparently he believes the former outnumber the latter, and the election
      results suggest that he may be right.”

      It is quite natural that pro-Obama folk should be pleased with themselves, but that it quite a different thing than the well-being of The Republic being improved. The French reveled in the revolution. How did that work out? Not so well? Hmm.., maybe the Bolsheviks? Cuba?

  • Shruggd91

    I prefer a world without unions than a world without Snoballs. The new world order and the new reality is here and it isn’t pretty. No Snoballs….. =(

    • TocksNedlog

      There’s still a Snoball in the White House.

  • Bob Khan

    No more Raspberry Zingers, this sucks. WTG Union a-holes!

  • v1cious

    Hostess went bankrupt almost a year ago, but don’t let that get in the way of your outrage: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204257504577154402317896574.html

    • Joe W.

      Bankruptcy does not always mean going out of business, Needlenose. GM went bankrupt as well, and continues operating. Hostess is not in the same position to restructure because the union will not allow it. Therefore, their new bankruptcy is the terminal kind. The ignorance displayed by you lefties is mind boggling. No wonder y’all voted for Bronc Bamma.

      • v1cious

        “GM went bankrupt as well, and continues operating. Hostess is not in the same position to restructure because the union will not allow it”

        Do I even have to explain that one to you?Also, have you considered that the union dispute came out of them not having the money to pay the workers in the first place? Hostess has already said several times that their financial problems came from competition, and people switching to healthy alternatives. It’s a typical riches-to-rags story, nothing to see here. Someone will probably buy them, so you can keep stuffing your face with Twinkies and watching Blue Collar Comedy.

        • Joe W.

          I have little time and zero patience for those who fail to educate themselves, sonny. But I will share this with you in the hopes you will take a moment to pull your head out of your ass and try: http://hotair.com/archives/2012/11/16/twinkies-fall-victim-to-union-management-dispute/

          • v1cious

            Hilarious that you tell me to educate myself, and then post a biased blog like Hot Air, but even on your link they said Hostess has been through bankruptcy TWICE. They have no money! Even if there wasn’t a strike,they would’ve lasted another year tops. They’re not exactly too big to fail.

          • Liberal Hater

            And yet, the union still didn’t do what was in the best interest of the workers: working with the owners to make the business profitable for the benefit of ALL who are employed there. What a fuckin’ idiot you are.

          • v1cious

            Profitable how? You don’t even know how much money they have on hand. What do you expect people to just cut back on wages so the company can continue to die a slow death? Keep in mind this is a company with 18,000 workers.

          • Liberal Hater

            And yet, the union still didn’t do what was in the best interest of the workers: working with the owners to make the business profitable for the benefit of ALL who are employed there. What a fuckin’ idiot you are.

          • Joe W.

            They have no money because of UNION employees sucking them dry, Zero…..Look around you, you idiot. Businesses cannot survive when labor costs are as high as they are.

          • Guest

            http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Organizing-Bargaining/Hostess-Pattern-of-Mismanagement-and-Debt-Caused-its-Collapse#.UKbOUl4m6h0.twitter

            I know you guys desperately want to pin this on the unions, but that not the case. It was a poorly run company. Pure and simple.

          • Joe W.

            So you link to TRUMKA’S web site???????? Bwaahahahahahahaha…snort..snort…Bwahahahahahahahahahahah……Good night, loser.

        • Marc LoGrasso

          And when competition comes into play, you have to be able to cut costs to survive. Without looking at their financials (since they’re a private company), it’s a good bet they were like many similar companies, where the cost of labor was their largest single expense. So, when the cost-cutting became required but the Baker’s Union decided to take a hard line stance, the company was hamstrung.

          Competition and lower demand may have been the initial causes, but when your solutions are limited by stubborn union leadership, the union gets the blame.

          By the way, even though they helped increase the cost of business, kudos to the Teamsters for at least recognizing they had to concede somewhat in order for the company to survive.

        • TocksNedlog

          18,000 people losing their jobs because a union that represents about a third of them is unwilling to compromise, and you say “nothing to see here”?
          Then again, that’s probably what most people with their heads in the sand say.

      • Grumpa Grumpus

        @Joe W:
        Careful Joe— it has claimed in the past to be a lawyer…

        I guess it’s law degree was one of those quota things, since it’s constantly acting ignorant of even the simplest of Law… but at least Economics won’t feel lonely in the neglect!

        But really-now! To not know the difference between Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy should make any lawyer or claim-to-be-lawyer ashamed!

        • Joe W.

          Its a lawyer like Al Sharpton is a Reverend…..;-)

        • $36544368

          Hell, I’m not a lawyer and I know the difference!

    • medicinewomantwo

      Yes and many companies do that, and re-organize their operation. Stick to what you know.

      • Liberal Hater

        V1cious knows nothing. Fuckin’ waste of space.

      • Liberal Hater

        V1cious knows nothing. Fuckin’ waste of space.

    • Liberal Hater

      The union voted itself out of a job fuckface. Are you fuckin’ imbecile?

    • Liberal Hater

      The union voted itself out of a job fuckface. Are you fuckin’ imbecile?

  • DrSamHerman

    As Obatears said, “elections have consequences”. The union voters got what they wanted

  • Marc LoGrasso

    What I find interesting (and I haven’t read all the comments here to see if anyone else mentioned this) is that this comes after Hostess had reached an agreement with the largest union they deal with, the Teamsters. Before he retired earlier this decade, my dad was a Teamsters member as a route salesman (read: local delivery guy) for Hostess and Wonder, a job he got after the newspaper he worked for closed down in the early 80s, so this hits a little closer to me than simply the loss of a beloved artificial confectionery.

  • TocksNedlog

    Perhaps workers facing the imminent loss of their jobs can save some money by using the remaining stock of Twinkies as stuffing for their Thanksgiving turkeys.

    And then they can give thanks for the union that looks out for their best interests.

  • People Corporation

    REVENGE Against producers!!

  • lainer51

    Take Note: THIS is how unions and their leader (Barry) create “good paying jobs with a fair wage”…. LMAO…. the dominoes continue to fall since Nov. 6!

  • No Longer Amazed

    Just returned from my Hostess/Wonder store. Shelves were half-full or half-empty depending on whether you are a ‘former’ $50K/year union thug or an evil corporate dictaror, I suppose.

    The lady was a polite as could be. She said the doors would be locked for the final time when the shelves become full-empty.

    The Twinkies were all gone by the time I got there. I think they were all busy signing up for unemployment benefits. I can only hope those benefits run out very soon. But if not very soon, I am sure they will run out before any of these idiot union thugs land another job paying anywhere near as much. They wanted France – Let them and their families eat cake.

    Life’s lessons are strikingly hard at times!
    US out of the UN!
    UN out of the US!
    Zer0 out of Washington!

  • rant stocks

    Talk about burning your own house down,what the hell is wrong with these people,did they not get the memo.Jobs are very scares people,you better keep your damn job if you have one. By the way there products are not a meal they are snaks…to feel good every so offten….

  • mememe

    Hostess survived the great depression, but couldn’t survive the union.

  • edward cropper

    ck out my take on Twinkies demise !
    http://edwardcropper.blogspot.com/

  • Purple State

    This story forgot to include that Hostess has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy since January due to the last couple years’ worth of profits falling. The unions are a part of this current announcement, but not the sole reason. They were already underwater.

    • medicinewomantwo

      So they knew the company was on thin ice and they walked.okay Do we send them a Christmas Card Now? I can pick it up on the way to get My Papa Johns pizza.

      • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

        That’s kind of the point that some people seem to be missing.

        The company was already treading water. They were only cutting salaries to try to stay open. The bakers’ union was fighting, thinking they could squeeze more out of an empty piggy bank. It makes their stubbornness even worse, in my opinion.

        • OHNESA

          Well wait to BO walks when he doesn’t get his way in the fiscal cliff talks…..they all have the same mentality; give me, give me, give me but you better not dare to ask them to give a little

          • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

            Yup.
            Almost makes me want the House to say, “Fine, do what you want,” letting it all crash and burn when the Dem/Obama conglomerate implements their dumbassery.

            After all, who could they blame after they get their way and it still fails.

            *sigh*

          • OHNESA

            I agree 100% with you….give them what they want, watch everything collapse but it would probably be Bush’s fault…

          • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

            LOL. I think they’ll still find some roundabout way to blame Romney.

      • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

        That’s kind of the point that some people seem to be missing.

        The company was already treading water. They were only cutting salaries to try to stay open. The bakers’ union was fighting, thinking they could squeeze more out of an empty piggy bank. It makes their stubbornness even worse, in my opinion.

    • Michelle

      The announcement is that Hostess is shutting down because it cannot stay open after the Bakers Union refused the deal that would have…kept the doors open. So yeah, the unions are the sole reason. Hostess’ filing of Chapter 11 is not the reason the company has been forced to shut down. Chapter 11 is reorganization of a company’s assets and debt – through Chapter 11, financial plans are made to help a company survive, and in order for the plans to be successful, people gotta cooperate and in this case, the union did not. The employees were asked to take lower pay and benefits (because the company is cash strapped) and were offered 25% ownership in return – they refused. A perfect example of companies that emerge from bankruptcy (Chapter 11) would be…General Motors. Did you think the bailout is the only thing that saved their ass? So yes, Hostess shutting it doors today is due 100% to the union refusing to cooperate. But, nice try!

      • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

        And actually, the CEO told the striking bakers (by handing out printed announcements on strike lines) that if enough of them crossed the lines and they were able to keep production rolling, the company would not start the liquidation process today.

        So
        1. The usual union idiocy compounded by union threatening union members with fines if they crossed the lines.
        and
        2. People didn’t have the balls enough to cross the lines anyway because they thought the union would prevail in the end, i.e., they believed the union propaganda.

        So, yup. Union negotiation + union propaganda = no more Twinkies from Hostess + 18K+ without jobs today.

  • Dee M.

    Uh oh, doesn’t look like the tax on the wealthy is going to cover what the feds lose by virtue of additional unemployment. Unemployed = no income tax payable. Yeah, thanks unions and Obismal Care. As terrible as it is for those losing their jobs (especially non-union workers), more companies should grow a pair and stand up to the mafia!!!

  • Luis

    michelle o. should be happy, no more twinkies or ding dongs, they already have the union vote

  • Luis

    michelle o. should be happy, no more twinkies or ding dongs, they already have the union vote

  • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

    Anyone else find it sad that the lack of Twinkies and other Hostess products may be the first thing that forces the idiots to use their brains and realize that something might be wrong with all of this liberal propaganda?

  • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

    Anyone else find it sad that the lack of Twinkies and other Hostess products may be the first thing that forces the idiots to use their brains and realize that something might be wrong with all of this liberal propaganda?

  • SwTk

    So Obama has taken out the Twinkie. I bet this will make Michael Moore rethink his political decisions.

    • RightThinking1

      Lol…

  • SwTk

    So Obama has taken out the Twinkie. I bet this will make Michael Moore rethink his political decisions.

  • MarcoAurelius

    JayZ is buying up all the HoHos. Biden is buying all the DingDongs. Ricky Martin is grabbing all the SnoBalls. Chris Christie is going on an all-Twinkies diet.

    • TheOriginalDonald

      and Fruit Pie the Magician is taking his act to vegas

  • Guest

    Hey union members in a Ch. 7 liquidation, your claims are general, unsecured, last priority – pennies on the dollar or nothing is what you’ll be paid. Not too bright.

  • Steven Pope

    More jobs lost in twinkies than Obama created in four years.

  • DANEgerus

    Trumpka already blamed Romney…

  • Gristle McThornbody

    Solution: Re-open with non-union labor! That way some of those 400,000+ jobless claimants from last month will have work and the Hostess corporation won’t have to deal with union thugs and we have our Twinkies back – everybody wins!

    • OHNESA

      move everything to a Republican run “right to work” state!

  • Ralph_Gizzip

    Maybe the union will step up and buy the business? Nah … then they’d have to deal with those damned union workers and their outrageous demands.

  • ember

    Plant in Columbus, GA closed. 400 lost jobs. Thanks Union. You’ve done so much to further your cause at the expense of your fellow man.

  • lcky9

    Hostess is NOT the only company that is having this problem.. seems the liquor companies are NOT allowed to deliver their own products to stores and have to hire a distributor to do the job..distributorships are UNION.. right now Miller for one is making the lives of their workers a living heck.. first of all the drivers delivering cases of beer are on commission.. and barrel delivery is on hourly pay.. to get around the drivers making a good check on commission the distributors are combining the loads with barrels and cases..(the barrels on these trucks are NOT hourly pay.. they are NOT commission.. they are FREE delivery’s for the distributor) .. they started doing this because the UNION’S forced them to hire a guy to ride along with the drivers to STOCK the shelves..so to make their money back they basically made it impossible for those delivering on commission to make money..BTW ..all the workers that are suppose to be unloading and loading the trucks are ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS..who speak NO English which is WHO the UNIONS want them to hire.. so those who belong to UNIONS had better start protesting the UNIONS cause with AMNESTY coming down the road truck drivers will be replaced with ILLEGALS as states grant them Drivers licenses..

  • BeeKaaay

    Greedy corporations = evil.

    Greedy unions = good

    That is leftwingwackoism.

    Meanwhile workers get hurt. That’s what unions are good for, hurting workers.

  • bananafanafo

    DEMOCRAT VOTERS 2 explain 2 U. Middle stage of RE-DISTRIBUTION, 16+DEBT payed 2 FOREIGN countries NOW U.S. assets 2 foreignors. Mexican company 2 buy twinkies (no sugar EPA charge their). DEMO VOTERS Satan eye is apond U it’s not a game