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Blog: Hostess Brands Bakery Workers In Atwater Village Take A Stand To Protect Their Jobs

The men and women of the Hostess Brands Bakery in Atwater Village have joined with thousands of other bakery workers across the nation to protect their jobs.

The men and women of the Hostess Brands Bakery in Atwater Village have joined with thousands of other bakery workers across the nation to take a stand to protect their jobs.  

In Atwater Village, the members of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Local 37 have been honoring a nationwide strike since this last Sunday.

They are figthing the coroprate leaders of Hostess Brands Inc., the makers of populars snacks, such as, Twinkies, Cup Cakes, and Wonder Bread to protect their wages, healthcare benefits and retirement security.

Hostess Brands Inc. has filed for bankruptcy and is threatening to lay off more that 18,500 workers if members of Local 37 do not submit to concessions they are demanding which will furhter reduce their hourly wages, increase the cost of their healthcare benefits and threaten their retirement benefits.

While workers have given concessions to the company over the years in regards to wages and healthcare benefits, the CEO have been given raises in excess of 300 percent.

It is unfair and just plain wrong for a national coropration like Hostess Brands to pull the rug out from their workers who have given 10, 15 and 20 years of service to the company.

Hostess Brands would rather layoff thousands of employees and jeopardize the livelihood of hundreds of families that work to find a solution.  Six weeks before Christmas is not the time to play with the job security of loyal workers.

Do you think this is fair?

To read more about the strike, please visit this link: http://bctgm.org/2012/11/hostess-in-current-condition-because-of-failed-management/

In Solidarity,

JOSE SIGALA

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nonoise November 17, 2012 at 04:42 PM
This place is not in Atwater Village!! It is in Elysian Valley. Isn't any one posting from around the neighborhood? Jose, don't you live around here? Pull the rug out? Didn't you hear the company went bankrupt. A paycut is better than no job at all.
Anthea Raymond November 17, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Here's my reporting from Elysian Valley: http://patch.com/A-z9cg It would be great if others added their photos, insights or comments--or perhaps posted a blog.
Robert D. Skeels November 17, 2012 at 09:04 PM
You might want to share your arch-reactionary drivel "A paycut is better than no job at all" with the bakery's avaricious executives. To wit "Hostess’ CEO got a 300 percent raise, from $750,000 to $2,250,000. Other top executives have also gotten raises worth hundreds of thousands of dollars." [1] Or is your condescending Ayn Rand nonsense only intended for the hard working employees of the company, you know, the people that actually create the value? [1] http://preaprez.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/behind-the-jokes-about-no-more-twinkies-is-a-story-about-18000-lost-jobs-a-bain-capital-like-buy-out-and-union-busting/
nonoise November 18, 2012 at 05:10 AM
It doesn't matter how much the bosses get. Now everyone is out of a job. That is not better. The employees lost. They did not win. I doubt they will get better paying jobs when what they would have received with a pay cut. All the employees blew it. The Unions didn't care either.

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