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    Twilight for Twinkies? Hostess Workers Strike as Company Struggles

    Bankrupt Hostess Brands Inc., makers of iconic snack treat Twinkies, has been paralyzed by workers' striking over diminished health benefits and longer work days.Striking workers formed a picket line at the company's Sacramento, Calif., plant Sunday, two days after the walkout began when the company imposed a contract that would cut wages by 8 percent. The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union said the contract would also cut benefits by 27 to 32 percent.
    The Twinkie has become such an iconic snack food that when she was first lady, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton included it in the millennium time capsule. But Irving, Texas-based Hostess might soon be history after workers launched the strike Friday.

    Hostess CEO Grey Rayburn said the faltering company cannot handle the industrial action.
    "We've been very straight forward that the business can't withstand the significant work stoppage," he said. "If this strike continues, there is certainly a risk that Hostess will go out of business."
    Since people have lost faith in their companies, most employees probably don't believe the company that they'll go out of business with a significant work stoppage -- and that they need to make these cuts to survive.

    Too bad.

    Twilight for Twinkies? Hostess Workers Strike as Company Struggles - ABC News
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    Re: Twilight for Twinkies? Hostess Workers Strike as Company Struggles

    OMG, that's so very sad. Twinkies are one of the simplest sweetest treats of my lifetime.
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    Re: Twilight for Twinkies? Hostess Workers Strike as Company Struggles

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Since people have lost faith in their companies, most employees probably don't believe the company that they'll go out of business with a significant work stoppage -- and that they need to make these cuts to survive.

    Too bad.

    Twilight for Twinkies? Hostess Workers Strike as Company Struggles - ABC News
    People have lost faith in companies because the companies engender bad feelings. I once worked for a company that started by giving every employee an ownership stake. Some people got a big "bonus" when the company was sold. New company didn't continue that way, even though it was a great contributor to the company's success that they wanted to buy!

    Why would we believe in companies that can cut us loose anytime? What I see is that workers are upset because they DID have faith in the company, and now the company wants to cut them out of the picture. It's probably not the first time either. Did the execs take a pay cut? They should do that so that when they ask for the same there's a shared sacrifice.

    Basically, what I'm saying is if there's shared success and shared sacrifice, that's where you engender faith from your employees. When you treat them like underlings, not so much.


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    Re: Twilight for Twinkies? Hostess Workers Strike as Company Struggles

    Twinkies have outpriced the market. Little Debbies are cheaper and comparable to the average consumer, and store brands have come along well too. Cheaper and good enough for a sugar fix.

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    Re: Twilight for Twinkies? Hostess Workers Strike as Company Struggles

    Isn't 92% of a job better than no job? Bring production back to Texas, and save the Twinkie! USA, USA, USA...
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    Re: Twilight for Twinkies? Hostess Workers Strike as Company Struggles

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    Twinkies have outpriced the market. Little Debbies are cheaper and comparable to the average consumer, and store brands have come along well too. Cheaper and good enough for a sugar fix.
    But Little Debbies are infinitely inferior products.
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    Re: Twilight for Twinkies? Hostess Workers Strike as Company Struggles

    "If this strike continues, there is certainly a risk that Hostess will go out of business."


    Prove it. Open the books.
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    Re: Twilight for Twinkies? Hostess Workers Strike as Company Struggles

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    But Little Debbies are infinitely inferior products.
    They are getting better. Unfortunately I can no longer find their jelly filled version of the twinkie they called angel rolls. I hate twinkies, but the hostess coffee cakier version products are good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    They are getting better. Unfortunately I can no longer find their jelly filled version of the twinkie they called angel rolls. I hate twinkies, but the hostess coffee cakier version products are good.
    My personal favorite is the Zingers, with the pink berry and coconut coating.
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    Re: Twilight for Twinkies? Hostess Workers Strike as Company Struggles

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    My personal favorite is the Zingers, with the pink berry and coconut coating.
    I cannot do coconut ever again. Used to love it but ate something with coconut hours before I suddenly fell to the worst flu ever in my life and for three months every single thing I put in my mouth tasted like coconut and not in a good way.

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