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: