Union Members Shoot Selves in the Twinkies®

Twinkies® survived through more than eight decades, through good times and bad, but the junk food icon just couldn’t survive the reckless and destructive policies of Barack Obama and the mindset of the bakers union people who support him.  A news release from the Hostess Brands website tells the sad tale.

Hostess Brands is Closed.

We are sorry to announce that Hostess Brands, Inc. has been forced by a Bakers Union strike to shut down all operations and sell all company assets. For more information, go to hostessbrands.info. Thank you for all of your loyalty and support over the years.

HOSTESS BRANDS TO WIND DOWN COMPANY AFTER BCTGM UNION STRIKE CRIPPLES OPERATIONS

Friday, November 16, 2012 at 7:00AM

Irving, TX – November 16, 2012 – Hostess Brands Inc. today announced that it is winding down operations and has filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court seeking permission to close its business and sell its assets, including its iconic brands and facilities. Bakery operations have been suspended at all plants. Delivery of products will continue and Hostess Brands retail stores will remain open for several days in order to sell already-baked products.

The Board of Directors authorized the wind down of Hostess Brands to preserve and maximize the value of the estate after one of the Company’s largest unions, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), initiated a nationwide strike that crippled the Company’s ability to produce and deliver products at multiple facilities.

On Nov. 12, Hostess Brands permanently closed three plants as a result of the work stoppage. On Nov. 14, the Company announced it would be forced to liquidate if sufficient employees did not return to work to restore normal operations by 5 p.m., EST p.m., Nov. 15. The Company determined on the night of Nov. 15 that an insufficient number of employees had returned to work to enable the restoration of normal operations.

The BCTGM in September rejected a last, best and final offer from Hostess Brands designed to lower costs so that the Company could attract new financing and emerge from Chapter 11. Hostess Brands then received Court authority on Oct. 3 to unilaterally impose changes to the BCTGM’s collective bargaining agreements.

Hostess Brands is unprofitable under its current cost structure, much of which is determined by union wages and pension costs. The offer to the BCTGM included wage, benefit and work rule concessions but also gave Hostess Brands’ 12 unions a 25 percent ownership stake in the company, representation on its Board of Directors and $100 million in reorganized Hostess Brands’ debt.

“We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike,” said Gregory F. Rayburn, chief executive officer. “Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders.”

In addition to dozens of baking and distribution facilities around the country, Hostess Brands will sell its popular brands, including Hostess®, Drakes® and Dolly Madison®, which make iconic cake products such as Twinkies®, CupCakes, Ding Dongs®, Ho Ho’s®, Sno Balls® and Donettes®. Bread brands to be sold include Wonder®, Nature’s Pride ®, Merita®, Home Pride®, Butternut®, and Beefsteak®, among others.

The wind down means the closure of 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, approximately 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores throughout the United States.

The Company said its debtor-in-possession lenders have agreed to allow the Company to continue to have access to the $75 million financing facility put in place at the start of the bankruptcy cases to fund the sale and wind down process, subject to U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval.

The Company’s motion asks the Court for authority to continue to pay employees whose services are required during the wind-down period.

For employees whose jobs will be eliminated, additional information can be found at hostessbrands.info. The website also contains information for customers and vendors. Most employees who lose their jobs should be eligible for government-provided unemployment benefits.

Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” is set for release this fall.

Tapper Challenges White House on Hoffa Remarks (Update)

Jake Tapper seems to have had enough with Jay Carney.  Yesterday, the ABC News White House correspondent let the president’s spokesman know it during a discussion about the apparent double-standard that exists when it comes to the use of harsh language about political opponents.

Mentioned during the Tapper-Carney “debate” above was a February 2008 campaign event in Cincinnati for then-Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) during which radio talk show host Bill Cunningham referred to Obama by his full name, Barack Hussein Obama, prior to McCain taking the stage.  Afterward, then-Senator Obama demanded an apology from Senator McCain, and he got one, shown in the video below.

The double-standard-fueled showdown in the White House press room came one day after I reminded Americans of how, after hearing Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa call for a war on the Tea Party, President Obama seemed to forget what he had told an audience in Tucson eight months earlier:

“But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do – it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.” — Barack Obama, Jan. 12, 2011

Thanks, Jake, for getting the job done!

Hat tip:  Don Surber

UPDATE 9/7/11 at 11:26 a.m. Central:  During a WMAL radio broadcast this morning, White House Communications Director Dan Pfieffer offers a weak-kneed response to concerns about the president’s failure to distance himself from Hoffa’s anti-Tea Party remarks (see video below):

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After Jimmy Hoffa Calls for War on Tea Party, Barack Obama Forgets What He Said in Tucson (Update)

Can’t remember what Barack Obama said when he spoke in Tuscon, Ariz., at the Jan. 12 campaign rally disguised as a memorial service to honor the people killed in Tucson four days earlier?  You’re not alone.  After hearing AFL-CIO Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa call for war on the Tea Party Monday, the president seemed as if he had forgotten his words, too.  Those words, by the way, surface at the 1:01:19 mark of the video below:

His exact words:

“But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do – it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”

Now, fast forward to Monday when AFL-CIO President Jimmy Hoffa spoke to a mostly-union crowd at a Labor Day rally in Detroit before introducing President Obama.  The video below captures the first “lowlight” of the event:

Hoffa used the following inflammatory rhetoric:

“We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They’ve got a war, they got a war with us and there’s only going to be one winner. It’s going to be the workers of Michigan, and America. We’re going to win that war.

“President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong.”

Being his usual self, President Obama responded by introducing the usual labor union suspects — including Hoffa — and saying he was proud of them.  The video below captures the lack of leadership and class:

If this doesn’t seal the deal, what’s it gonna take?  Vote wisely in 2012, folks!

UPDATE 9/6/11 at 8:24 a.m. Central:  Cross-posted at Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com.

UPDATE 9/7/11 at 11:28 a.m. Central: During a WMAL radio broadcast this morning, White House Communications Director Dan Pfieffer offers a weak-kneed response to concerns about the president’s failure to distance himself from Hoffa’s anti-Tea Party remarks (see video below):

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NLRB News Release: ‘Card Check’ is Reality Today

A news release issued Tuesday by the National Labor Relations Board began with 40 daunting words:

In a pair of 3-to-1 decisions made public today, the National Labor Relations Board overruled decisions from 2007 and 2002 that address the protections provided by federal labor law for new collective-bargaining relationships between unions and employers.

Translation:  Members of this federal government body have ruled in favor of a measure that 74 percent of union members who opposed, according to a McLaughlin & Associates poll two years ago.

The folks at the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation produced the video below which explains in greater detail what’s wrong with Card Check.

In addition, NRTW responded to the NLRB’s decision with a news release, an excerpt of which appears below:

Today, Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overturned its Dana Corp. decision, in which National Right to Work Foundation attorneys secured for employees the right to challenge union card check organizing campaigns with a secret ballot vote.

Under the Foundation-won Dana decision, workers may collect signatures to request a secret ballot election during a 45-day window period following notice that their employer has recognized a union based on a card check organizing drive. The ruling is intended to counteract coercive practices frequently associated with card check, which allow organizers to bully or mislead employees into signing cards that count as “votes” toward unionization.

The NLRB overturned Dana just as President Obama-appointed NLRB Chairwoman Wilma Liebman’s term expired. Meanwhile, Obama-appointed Board Member Craig Becker, who co-authored a union brief in the original Dana case, refused to recuse himself from the case. Becker, a recess nominee, faces bi-partisan opposition to his confirmation in the U.S. Senate. One Board Member, Bryan Hayes, vigorously dissented and called the ruling a blatant roll back of employee freedom.

Any decertification votes that have been cast but not counted by the NLRB will now be discounted, thereby invalidating the voice of thousands of workers nationwide.

In an editorial published in the Aiken (S.C.) Standard, March 31, 2009, Rep. Joe “You Lie” Wilson (R-S.C.) was much more succinct in his criticism of the measure.  He noted several problems with Card Check which appear below:

  • Each individual would be required to publicly declare their candidate of choice to anyone within eyesight or earshot;
  • Card Check all but eliminates the secret ballot by requiring that a majority of employees merely sign a card to determine unionization – denying a worker’s right to an election;
  • Those who should normally be making the decisions regarding union contracts – the employers and employees – would have the terms ultimately dictated to them by the government;
  • Card Check does nothing for worker’s rights, and it would be a job-killer for our country;
  • Based on the 1.5 million jobs “Big Labor” claims will be unionized once the secret ballot has been undermined, our economy would be looking at a loss of 600,000 jobs; and
  • Card Check would directly and indirectly impede efforts to rein in the cost of health care and disrupt the work of doctors, nurses and health care facilities to promote quality care.

In short, Congressman Wilson said Card Check threatens jobs and democracyAnd he’s right!

Hat tip:  BigGovernment.com

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Will Labor Unions Try to Steal Media Spotlight on 10th Anniversary of September 11 Attacks?

Concrete laborers working at the World Trade Center site in New York City agreed to a new pact after walking off the job for three days, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report, but 22,000 carpenters union members voted to authorize a strike.  Makes one wonder whether or not the carpenters — or other unions — will try to steal the international media spotlight from Ground Zero-area events marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute‘s Vincent Vernuccio discussed that possibility with Stuart Varney on Fox Business Network earlier this week.  In addition, the men broached the subject of what, if anything, politicians might do to stave off any union shenanigans in the vicinity of Ground Zero during the next 40 days.  Interesting points raised, no doubt.

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Thuggery Exposed at Missouri Colleges (Update)

Thanks to Adam Sharp, the University of Missouri-St. Louis — better known as “UMSL” in the big city on the West bank of the Mississippi River — might need to change it’s name to “University of Missouri for Socialism and Liberalism.”

The school has been in the news a lot lately after Don Giljum, a lecturer in a “labor studies” class at the school, took offense to being asked questions by Sharp, a well-known St. Louis blogger who publishes his work at Sharp Elbows.

In a May 1 post about his encounter with Giljum, who was teaching the class in tandem with an instructor at UM-Kansas City, Sharp takes readers through the chain of events.  Here’s an excerpt:

I asked, ”Are You Don Giljum?” as he approached. ”Yes,” he responded, coming towards me. A press pass hanging around my neck was clearly visible. He walked up to me and stood in front of my camera with his back to the classroom door. I asked “When was the last time you committed industrial sabotage, or threatened the use of industrial sabotage to gain leverage in a Union negotiation?” “Never, said Giljum, “that was all taken out of context.”

He asked me my name and I told him. He then asked me who I was with. I told him SharpElbows.Net. “Are you the one who did the internet hatchet job on me?” he asked. “I didn’t see any hatchet job, just your words on video” I said. That’s when Giljum appeared to lose it!

He grabbed my camera, breaking it off from the mono-pod upon which it was mounted. The mono-pod fell to the ground behind me and the camera slammed to the floor, tumbling under a desk on the side of the hall. He then tried to punch me. Luckily, I was able to quickly mostly slip Giljum’s punch, stepping back away from him. Once I felt I was at a safe distance, I pulled my back-up video camera out of my pocket and was able to capture a small piece of video.

After watching the video below, it seems pretty clear to me that Don Giljum assaulted Sharp, but I’ll let you decide for yourself if that’s the case.

Sharp goes on to describe how he was taken to the campus police station in handcuffs with his hands behind his back and had his primary camera was confiscated.  He also points out how Gilljum was placed in handcuffs, too, but with his hands in front of him.

On May 10 (eight days later), Sharp published another short video (below) which captures an USML police officer telling him he has “another kid who corroborated what you just said here now.”

That same day, he published audio (below) of St. Louis radio talk show host Dana Loesch‘s interview of a witness to the incident, USML student Phil Christofanelli.

Oh, and did I mention that UMSL administrators cleared Giljum and said his remarks “were definitely taken out of context, with their meaning highly distorted through splicing and editing from different times within a class period and across multiple class periods.”

Helping the folks at UMSL, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch painted the “flap” as one with “academic freedom” at it’s core.

Ten days have passed since the incident took place, and the UMSL police have at least one witness willing to corroborate Sharp’s story, but his confiscated equipment remains in the custody of UMSL police.  Will Sharp get his equipment back?  Will his name be cleared?  Only time will tell.

Either way, I think the UMSL campus might be a good place to have a Tea Party — you know, to help with student recruiting for the fall semester and, perhaps, to issue a call for some thorough housecleaning in the halls of academia.

FYI: Would the graphic at the top of this story make a good logo for UMSL?  If you think it would, please share it with others upset about what’s happening on college campuses.

UPDATE 5/12/11 at 10:09 p.m. Central: Decided to add David Asman’s Fox News Channel interview of Andrew Breitbart and Christofanelli discussing the controversy.

UPDATE 5/23/11 at 12:20 p.m. Central: An unbelievable-but-true update from Phil Christofanelli via BigGovernment.com.

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Video Tells Story of Union Solidarity Protest Rally

Tonight, I simply had to share the Rebel Pundit video below that features conversations with and observations of attendees at a recent “We Are One” union solidarity protest rally held in Chicago.

Did you notice who attended the rally? Members of radical, anti-American labor unions and political parties.  Watch and share, people, before it’s too late!

Hat tip: The video appeared in a post today at Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com.

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