Well that union got what it deserved.. And no one is gonna buy up Hostess as a company, they will buy the assets.. what does that mean ? It means that even if another company re-opens the plants, they get the hire fresh, under a whole new contract.. they thought 8% cut was bad, I'll bet you the rates they will get if they even can get rehired will be more like 15-20% less, having to start over with a new pension, probably a lot fewer benefits, etc..
I believe that Unions that force a company to close down, being they are not reasonable enough to make a deal to keep their jobs, should be treated as though they quit, as in No Unemployment benefits, at all. ( the other union members can get theirs, after all they came to the table, and made deals, even if it huts now, 8% cut huts a lot less than a 100% cut.. ).
This wasn't a company turning in massive profits looking to cut costs to increase them. This was a company trying to survive, that could not continue to operate with it's current costs..
It's too bad that in cases like this the gov't couldn't let them fire all the striking employees, and start fresh, without a union..
Reminds me of a few companies here in Canada.. The day their employees vote to unionize, the company just shuts down and moves. I know Maple Leaf Foods has done that once or twice now.. It's just we aren't dealing with this ****, don't like our pay, go elsewhere, don't feel safe, contact the gov who enforce labour laws, there's no need for more drama that most ( not all!, but most ) unions like to bring.
A good example.. A a Old Age home there are several unions here, Nurses Union for the RN's, they never cause trouble, if their member is in the wrong, then the Union won't back them at all, they don't make outrageous demands, and always try to work with management.. can't remember the last time they threatened to strike.
But there are also Unions for the LPN,s and PCW's ( Basically Diet Nurses
).. Anyway, their unions will Always defend their member under almost any scenario ( for example, one was caught throwing patent medications out case she through the patient was too difficult to deal with.. yes throwing away meds the patent needs to live, cause it was easier.. union saw it, and was "Well she should have gotten training from Management so she would know that wasn't the right thing to do..".. Really ? REALLY ? Blame management for your member thinking it's okay to throw out medication ? ).. Those unions threaten strikes over almost anything, file grievances just to be difficult, and are never satisfied..
Anyway, far off on a tangent there lol. Anyway, I feel bad for Hostess, and their other employees, being screwed over by one union trying to play a game of chicken with everyones future.