November 16, 2012

Oh Noes!


This is as bad as when that herd of butterflies swooped in and threw up on my waffles.

Ummm...what she said.
I think.
In the meantime, it's time to stock up! They'll last forever and with the world ending next month we'll need stuff to barter.

Appalled young twinkiephile is Rin Tezuka from Katawa Shoujo.


It looks like the Bakers Union screwed everybody.
Over at Hot Air, Ed Morrisey has a lengthy post on the Twilight of the Twinkies and it looks like the Teamsters actually led the negotiations and agreed to major sacrifices to save the company, only to be stabbed in the back by the bakers union.

He excerpts this from the Teamsters website:

...In fact, when Hostess attempted to throw out its collective bargaining agreement with the Teamsters in court, the Teamsters fought back and won, ensuring that Hostess could not unilaterally make changes to working conditions during the several months’ long legal process that recently ended. Teamster Hostess members were allowed to decide their fate by voting on the final offer conducted by a secret mail ballot.  More than two-thirds of Hostess Teamsters members voted with 53 percent voting to approve the final offer.

The BCTGM chose a different path, as is their prerogative, to not substantively look for a solution or engage in the process. BCTGM members were told there were better solutions than the final offer, although Judge Drain stated in his decision in bankruptcy court that no such solutions exist. Without complete information, BCTGM members voted by voice votes in union halls. The BCTGM reported that over 90 percent rejected the final offer and three of its units ratified the final offer.

On Friday, Nov. 9, the BCTGM began to strike at some Hostess production facilities without notice to the Teamsters despite assurances they would not proceed with job actions without contacting the Teamsters Union. This unannounced action put Teamster members in the difficult position of facing picket lines without knowing their right to honor such a line without being disciplined.

As is our longstanding tradition, Teamster members by and large are honoring Bakery Worker picket lines when encountered and complying with their contractual obligations when not encountering picket lines. The BCTGM leaders are putting Teamster members in a horrible position – asking them to support a strike that will put them out of a job when they haven’t even asked all their members to go on strike.

That strike is now on the verge of forcing the company to liquidate – it is difficult for Teamster members to believe that is what the BCTGM Hostess members ultimately wanted to accomplish when they went out on strike. We may never know unless the BCTGM members, based on the facts they know today, get to determine their fate in a secret ballot vote. Teamster members would understand that the will of the BCTGM Hostess membership was truly heard if that was the case.

So it appears to be almost a wildcat strike. It certainly seems to have taken the Teamsters by surprise.

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1 Actually, I seem to recall that my local store had to pull unsold Twinkies off the shelves and replace them with fresh stock fairly often.

Posted by: Siergen at Fri Nov 16 18:05:46 2012 (Ao4Kw)

2 Yeah, they just seem like they've been on the shelf forever. Still, this will seriously impact my friend who makes twinkiemisu; he may have to switch to cheap Chinese knock-offs.


Posted by: J Greely at Fri Nov 16 18:37:36 2012 (fpXGN)

3 @Siergen: Oh come on. Next you'll be saying 200 year old Sailsbury Steak won't be an important food source after a nuclear war. It's possible that this "stock rotation" is a ruse as the government surreptitiously adds to the national Twinkie reserve.

On the other hand I don't ACTUALLY believe the world is going to end next month. 

@ JGreely: What the hell is Twinkiemisu?

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Fri Nov 16 19:10:28 2012 (e9h6K)

4 Tiramisu made with twinkies instead of ladyfingers.


Posted by: J Greely at Fri Nov 16 20:25:52 2012 (fpXGN)

5 There's a national Twinkie reserve?  I think I've heard of something like that once before...

Posted by: Siergen at Fri Nov 16 22:53:13 2012 (Ao4Kw)

Tiramisu made with twinkies instead of ladyfingers.

So the only thing standing between your friend and de-fingering ladies was the existence of Twinkies.  My god this is worse than I thought.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sat Nov 17 02:09:28 2012 (e9h6K)

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