Comments for: Hostess Bakeries workers on strike in Biddeford

Posted Nov. 14, 2012, at 5:09 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 14, 2012, at 6:57 p.m.

BIDDEFORD | Workers are on strike at Hostess Bakeries across the country, including the one in Biddeford. Members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union claim the company is withholding workers’ pension contributions, pocketing the money. Hostess officials are threatening to liquidate the company if the strike continues.

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  • PabMainer

    Hopefully you folks don’t strike yourselves out of a job……

  • Anonymous

    Listen to the union officials, when you are out of a job,where will they be? They will still have their jobs.Think long and hard. With the job market the way it is,it’s very hard to replace the jobs you have and you won’t be eligible for unemployment as long as you are out on strike. Good luck,I hope this works out for the best for you people.

    • Anonymous

      If they lose there job they go on welfare

      • Anonymous

        Where do you get this stuff? There is no welfare for laid off workers today! Unemployment perhaps, for awhile, but no welfare.

        • Anonymous

          I said IF THEY LOSE THERE JOBS they can get welfare . Were did i say if they were on strike that they would get welfare ?

        • trisailer

          People are eligible for assistance based on their income and family size. Millions of working poor receive food stamps and medical benefits. When their unemployment runs out they are eligible for welfare.

          Not exactly a model for a successful society.

          • Anonymous

            The vast majority of people who are laid off and have exhausted their unemployment insurance are not eligible for welfare. They might be eligible for food stamps as well as some medical assistance however technically neither of these assistance programs are “welfare” as we know it.

    • Anonymous

      So tell us all how much can you take away from them before they say enough is enough ?

    • Anonymous

      Most union officials are, in fact workers elected right off the line! But then again , how would you know that. You just assume.

      • Anonymous

        You ever hear of an International Union. These people belong to a union who has National officers. I’m not assuming anything. I belonged to a union for 30 years, I know how they work.

        • Anonymous

          I have not only heard of an international union, I also was a member of one! If you took the time to look, every one of the officers of that union came from the line. That is true of most unions.

          • Anonymous

            Yes the local does but they all belong to the same national (International).If you don’t know this you didn’t participate in any union activities. There are bosses at the top who don’t live in Maine.

          • Anonymous

            O.K. incase you missed it. EVERY one of the top union officials started on the line. If you truly learned anything about unions, you would know they have it in their bylaws. Yes, there are officials that don’t live in Maine. So what’s your point? It is not just Maine on strike. I am hearing the main issue is management stealing money from the pension fund.

  • jdtex

    Fire them all. It’s not as though you have to go through a stack of resumes to find someone who can drive a truck and stock a shelf. These robots are lucky to even be employed. Pull a Ronald Reagan, and cut em’ loose.

    • Anonymous

      That takes a class one or class two license an those people do not work for nothing

    • Anonymous

      Yes, steal their money and then fire them when they complain. The GOP plan for economic growth.

      • Anonymous

        Geez, they are just following the state guidelines, “Maine, Open for Business”…. Think JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!

    • Anonymous

      Yup! I can see it now! Chinese Twinkies! Maybe you don’t know who does the sweat work in a factory. I hope the workers close them down. Maybe the new owners will know how to keep their word instead of back-stabbing.

  • Anonymous

    I think the courts is the place to handle this kind of an issue, but walking off the job and going on strike in this day and time. This company has already filed for chapter 11 and have said if this strike goes on, they will just sell off the equipment and buildings and that would be that. I hope these people do not strike them selves out of a job, and I’m sure these are some good paying jobs.

    • Anonymous

      Oh no. Does this mean that my supply of hoho’s is in jeopardy. I had better stock up.

  • Anonymous

    More union crap on display here. These people will strike themselves right out of a job, just like the union did at the Jay paper mill strike. Good. The fewer unions the better, as they are the most corrupt entities in the country.

    • Anonymous

      No the people in Washington are the most corrupt people . they go in broke an come million airs

    • Anonymous

      How much would you allow your boss to take from you before you drew the line? Oh, maybe you are one of the new era bosses that really don’t know who does the work.

    • trisailer

      Hold that thought and remember it on the day you show up for work and find that your job has been sold to the lowest bidder.

  • Anonymous

    First time jobless numbers just out….only 439,000. Keep it going barry your utopianism is being realized.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like these workers want their cupcakes and eat them too.
    A wise woman once told me “A half a loaf is better than none”.
    There are other, more proactive and productive ways to operate a business than via a collective bargaining routine. I would suggest and highly recommend considering a employee owned type structure like CIANBRO for example.
    Take some pride in what you do and lose the “if you don’t play the game my way, I’ll just take my ball and go home” attitude because- guess what…the air in your ball IS the company you work for. Try bouncing that around awhile.

    • Anonymous

      They are not even getting half a loaf all they are getting are crumbs

  • Anonymous

    Another company taken down by unions. Great job! It makes me sick reading the signs hanging around their necks. They should be thankful to their employer they even have a job in this environment, and instead they demean and insult them.

  • trisailer

    It is sadly amazing that people have bought into this unrealistic, negative view of unions. A union is a contract between workers and a company. It spells out expectations. In my entire career I never worked without a contract and I don’t know many professionals who would.

    Would you buy a house, sell a car or rely on a verbal agreement for anything these days? Being in a union does not guarantee that you will make a higher wage. This company received concessions from the union, but failed anyway. It failed because of poor management.

    Most Mainer’s remember the strikes at Jay and Rumford. The people who were judging the strikers didn’t know the situation at all and think it was all about wages. It was not. I worked at Jay during the strike and I can tell you it was the worst group of good old boy managers I have ever seen. The company chose to bust the union and ended up paying far more in lost quality/business because of inexperienced workers.

    IP put itself out of business. They foolishly spent millions to fight tooth and nail against any management and capital improvements that could have made them a world class producer. Their business went to northern European mills, all union, more taxes, and more environmental controls. Maine lost a good industry because of these nit wits,

    I have worked in management my entire career and management always has the upper hand union or no union. The Maine paper industry died because the people running it were living in the dark ages.

    How low a wage are you willing to work for?

    • Anonymous

      Well said!

  • jdtex

    There are plenty of other people who would love to have those jobs. It doesn’t exactly require a master’s degree to do this stuff. Fire the crybabies and let them take their advanced set of skills elsewhere..

  • Anonymous

    let them eat cake. The only reason the company is pulling this type of scam of withholding benefits is because they can.

  • Anonymous

    These Hostess employees would be father ahead to go work at WalMart for minimum wage, part time. When you factor in all the government cheese you are eligible for when you are one of Sam”s “associates”, it just might put you ahead of where you are now. When you work for America’s largest under employer, you are eligible for food stamps, LLIHEAP, and free health care down at the emergency room. All you need to do is swallow your pride, put down your sign, and go sign up.

  • Anonymous

    Just fire the whole lot of them, plenty of people out there to take their place.Unions are the biggest cancer I have ever seen in the workplace. Never belonged to one and never will.

  • Anonymous

    Rule # 1 don’t go on strike during a depression.

  • Anonymous

    Rule # 2 If you do go on strike during a depression, prepare yourself for repossessions,& foreclosure. But by all means keep dancing to the drums of the union bosses that pilfer your union dues and fiddle while you burn.

  • 2020DC

    Looks like they are closing up shop. That didn’t go well.

  • Anonymous

    Let them eat cake. How is it that these scoundrels can bankrupt the twinkie company. This is mismangagement to it’s ultimate degree. It’s like the mismanagement of the Great North Woods. The only people who suffered were the workers.

  • Anonymous

    Ahhh, how’s it feel? The parasites just killed the host again. Just like GST Steel did. (It wasn’t Bain – it was 2 union strikes.) Buh-bye Ho-hos and Twinkies. Thanks for nothing unions. My kids loved Hostess snacks. (Not Lil’ Debbie…)

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