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Unions and mismanagement to blame for Hostess' shutdown

Published: November 26, 2012

Regarding “Hostess shutdown idles Tulsa workers” (Business, Nov. 17): It should be no surprise that Hostess is shutting down its facilities. Hostess has filed for bankruptcy twice within the past 10 years, an indication of the seriousness of its financial situation. The union mindset is alive and well. “We've been through these kinds of threats before every step of the way,” said Doyle Briggs, a 26-year employee at the factory. “When we rejected the contract, they threatened to shut the company down. This is just more of the same.” It may be true that some of the problems were due to mismanagement; however, the unions carry some of the blame by demanding unsustainable high wages and benefit compensation packages.

The unions were aware that Hostess was on shaky ground financially and needed their cooperation in order to keep the doors open. Many employees have lost their jobs due to the striking workers of the Bakers, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union. The choice was clear: Keep your job at a lower rate of pay or reject the offer and receive nothing. Some people would jump at the chance to find work in this time of high unemployment. The nation continues to struggle with a weak economy with no relief in sight. Jobs are hard to find as these striking workers will discover. Their decision should've been simple. Instead, it looks like they just cut off their nose to spite their face.

Becky Evans, Oklahoma City


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