As Twitchy reported, thanks to the greedy thugs in the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), Hostess will be shutting down operations and firing 18,500 employees, most of whom are not BCTGM members.

Reality-averse lefties are insisting that Hostess and Wall Street are at fault for the layoffs:

That guy must subscribe to the BCTGM newsletter. The BCTGM is blaming hedge funds:

And Bain:

Trumka labeled Hostess’s closing “a microcosm of what’s wrong with America, as Bain-style Wall Street vultures make themselves rich by making America poor.”

And Romney:


Even the Teamsters are criticizing the BCTGM. They issued a statement late yesterday:

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.

On Friday, Nov. 9, the BCTGM began to strike at some Hostess production facilities without notice to the Teamsters despite assurances they would not proceed with job actions without contacting the Teamsters Union. This unannounced action put Teamster members in the difficult position of facing picket lines without knowing their right to honor such a line without being disciplined.

As is our longstanding tradition, Teamster members by and large are honoring Bakery Worker picket lines when encountered and complying with their contractual obligations when not encountering picket lines. The BCTGM leaders are putting Teamster members in a horrible position – asking them to support a strike that will put them out of a job when they haven’t even asked all their members to go on strike.

When you’ve lost the Teamsters …

That’s exactly what it is.

The union embraced no wages instead of lower wages. Hostess shrugged, and conservatives know exactly where the blame lies.

Happily ever after.

BCTGM is probably not at the top of most people’s Christmas lists right now. We’re guessing it’s no coincidence that the BCTGM site is currently down:

The greedy BCTGM leadership may not learn any lessons from this debacle, but the rest of us certainly can:

  • sleazyrider

    Will this take the spotlight off BigBird?…(sarc)

  • Sue

    I feel so sad for the 18,500 who lost their jobs, many through no fault of their own, but the blame game is old talking points. The union wouldn’t negotiate in good faith. I report, you decide.

  • John Kerry’s Forehead

    Hedge funds just delayed the destruction those union goons were placing upon Hostess. Had they not had union thugs, betting Hostess would be alive…not 100%to healthy, but not closed either.

  • VIsforVictory

    someday workers will realize that the union leaders really do not care about them. it’s all about the mighty dollar. which isn’t so mighty anymore.

  • rivers

    18, 500 lose their jobs. Those who will still receive a big fat paycheck? The Union goons in charge of negotiations Big fat pigs straight out of Animal Farm, far, far worse than any of those they accuse. They’ll eat well tonight, mark my words.

    • TugboatPhil

      They’ll be buying new pinkie rings to celebrate.

  • scubaski00

    Sucks to have paid your union dues every year like good little minions it to have your investment blow up in your cream filled faces!!! Lmfao!! Massive fail for the lowly little unionites!! Hey I hear Walmart is hiring for less pay and apparently it’s akin to being an indentured servant enjoy!!! Zero sympathy!!

  • Terry

    There is one bright spot in this tragedy (I love twinkies). The Union is going to lose the dues of about 6,000 members (30% of hostess was in the union). Maybe the dumbass leaders of that union will also lose their job?

  • Cue

    This Bakers union is so stupid they brought a knife to a gun fight lol and even convinced their members.. don’t worry they wont do it… we promise. Meanwhile the teamsters even were saying take the deal! take the deal.

  • my preciousss!!

    this should be required reading for all union members and would-be union members

    • $30736095

      And whose name happens to be at the top of the list?

      Former Hostess union members’ best friend – Richard Trumka…Ironic.

      • my preciousss!!

        this is only base salary. does not include perks, like free 1st class travels & expenses, benefits pkg…and big of all…their retirement pkg. blatant robbery from union dues if you ask me.

  • GeoLurking


    In a symbiotic relationship, the host survives, and may even gain some benefit. In a parasitic relationship… the HOSTess dies.

  • Steven Davis

    Unions are modern day gangsters. They take your money, don’t listen to you, make you strike, and get you fired! I worked 2 years with a union, never got in trouble, and never got a pay increase that offset union costs and make life livable. When I had to move due to rent increase the union didn’t even try to help me get a transfer and when talking to a lawyer was told ” You have a case, but because you belong to a union they have to appoint a lawyer.” never happened. I got fired, was not helped in any way by the union, and to top it off they still tried to charge me a union due for 3 months after loosing my job like they were still representing me.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      In this day and age of instant communications, via twitter and others, is there really ANY NEED for unions to speak for an individual? Of course not. Companies are no longer faceless entities. In an age, where most publicists would, or should prefer to keep their “people” off Twitter for fear of their Hollyweird clients forever ending their careers, company CEO’s are more approachable than ever.

  • Frederick Preziosi

    $17 per hour for a non-skilled job! (how many years of college for a bakers degree?) and to protect their agreements with other companies (they may have asked for reduced wages as well) they cost 18,500 people their jobs! Now they do the Obama dance and blame anyone or anything they can to try to hide their failure!

  • TocksNedlog

    Generally speaking, it is not wise to demand a raise when your employer is in the midst of BANKRUPTCY proceedings.

  • RockfordMetsFan

    Thank you Frank Hurt, BCTGM president. You lived up to your name and put the hurt on those who trusted your judgment or lack of it. Talk about friendly fire.

  • V the K

    BCTGM: “How dare those greedy capitalists put $130M of their own money into a company and expect a return on their investment. How unamerican!”

    • Sandra A

      EXACTLY! Seriously!!! Just GIVE MONEY AWAY??? How STUPID is this? It’s not just unamerican, it’s too stupid for WORDS!

  • Sandra A

    Lets get this straight. ALL COMPANIES NEED CASH FLOW. No CASH FLOW No WORK! DUH! Halt operations, and NO CASH. NO CASH – NO BUSINESS. Are we getting it now? Who’s going to invest in a company where folks are on strike? DUH!!!! OH MY GOSH!!!! Get to a FINANCE CLASS QUICK!

  • Chip

    Does anyone know how many of the 18,500 jobs were actual BCTGM members?

  • The7Sticks

    Actually, the answer is much simpler than “the unions did it”; Twinkies SUCK. Hostess made products that sucked. Let me ask you a question: How many times this year did you actually buy a pack of Twinkies that you felt like eating? I can tell you exactly how many times this year I bought Twinkies: two packs of two Twinkies. And quite frankly, I don’t see what’s so remarkable about them. I can get better pastries over at Krispy Kreme donuts because they actually taste good. So for all the crybabies who want to suckle on their Hostess products, to paraphrase the quote that is usually attributed to Marie Antionette, “Let them eat Twinky”.

  • G.

    Hey union peeps; if you’re dumb enough to cause a 100% pay cut for 18,500 of your coworkers because of your greed and your union bosses, then you’re dumb enough to believe the other BS union bosses are shovelling about hedge funds, Bain, Romney, etc. How’s that union shizzle workin out for ya…Happy Holidays!!

  • Back 4 More

    Now we all get to pay for these idiots to get an unemployment check.

  • disqus_w17ZzyFTXj

    hmmmm,,maybe dems can tack this on Bush too, you know if the company doesn t make a buck…your out of a job, but some like that too, the big O will dole it out to ya for 20mos. ya you did it showed that company

  • Richard Blaine

    BCTGM & Teamsters are both claiming victory. They have to. Because if the moronic, Kool-aide drinking members ever figure out what really happened, the union rank & file would be dragging their leaders bodies through the streets.

  • im4truth4all

    The company is bankrupt and the unions won’t take pay cuts. The company closes down.
    I think the following quote by Hiliare Belloc applies:
    “It is a nice question whether ignorance or stupidity play the greater role in human affairs.”