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  • Twenty-Month Stoppage Yields Workers Hardship but Little Benefit

    Posted on Apr 16, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    In summer 2011, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union — the same union whose strike killed Hostess — representing workers at American Crystal Sugar rejected a final contract offer and were locked out of their jobs. The union demanded that competitiveness-harming policies like seniority promotion remain in the contract, so despite […]

  • Ex-Union Members Know Why Unions Are Declining

    Posted on Mar 27, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    According to the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the proportion of private-sector employees in unions has tumbled to a 70-year low. Only 6.6 percent of private-sector workers were union members in 2012. Unions’ failure to represent their members’ interests and overzealous defense of unsustainable benefits has hamstrung the airline, manufacturing, and automotive industries, and […]

  • Baker’s Union Burns Hostess, Teamsters, And Members

    Posted on Feb 07, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    The Hostess Baker’s Union is back and ready to be more destructive than ever. And as details emerge from what happened behind the scenes during the November strike that led to the company’s liquidation, it’s clear that the plans of union officials are never completely baked. As the first bidders on the bankrupt snack and bread company have begun to […]

  • Lockout Sours for Union Members at Sugar Plants

    Posted on Dec 03, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    For the fourth time, American Crystal Sugar union members rejected the contract proposed by the company. That means the 16-month lockout will continue. This was the closest vote yet, with 55 percent of members rejecting the vote, down from 63 percent in June and at least 90 percent in the two votes prior. The sticking points have remained the […]

  • The White Knight Comes for the Snacks, Not for the Union

    Posted on Nov 20, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    Twinkie the Kid was known for saving Twinkies from evil-doers in his classic commercials. Unfortunately, the Kid was no match for destructive union leadership. Will someone else come to the rescue? Fans of Hostess snacks are hoping that other bakers will run to the brand in the same way they had a run on the products this weekend. And […]

  • Trumka’s Ho-Hos Attack is Ho-Hum

    Posted on Nov 16, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    Unlike Twinkies, which have been rumored to last forever — and now might not last another week thanks to a union strike — labor’s arguments can get stale pretty quickly. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka seems to think that just because labor paid millions for its political messaging in 2012 that the campaign slogans can be reused for anything. In a statement on the Hostess liquidation, Trumka […]

  • Hostess to Liquidate Due to Baker’s Union Strike

    Posted on by Center for Union Facts

    Hostess Brands, Inc., the makers of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, announced this morning that after a one-week strike by the baker’s union, the company will move to liquidate all of its assets and shut down for good. The members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) walked out of many of Hostess’s 36 bakeries […]

  • Union’s Strike of Bankrupt Company Half-Baked

    Posted on Nov 13, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    Unions like to portray themselves as the ones who fight back and balance out the equation between employees and management. But realistically, they are the yin to the company’s yang: employees and employers are interdependent, and one cannot exist without the other. This lesson is most clear today at Hostess, where 627 employees lost their job […]