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Bakers' union releases statement on Hostess demise

This is a two part post...Put together all in one post.

part 1

After a day of silence, finally word from the union whose strikes last week prompted Hostess to announce it would liquidate the company.

The union wasn't just giving the media the cold shoulder. Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn told CNBC this morning that the union had stopped returning his calls a month ago.

But this afternoon, the union had a lot to say.

This from Frank Hurt, president of the 80,000-worker Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union:

“Hostess’ announcement that it is liquidating the company is a deep disappointment for all of our Hostess members. While Hostess management wants to blame our members for the demise of the company, the truth is that had it not been for the valiant efforts of our members over the last eight years, including accepting significant wage and benefit concessions after the first bankruptcy, this company would have gone out of business long ago.

“Hostess failed because its six management teams over the last eight years were unable to make it a profitable, successful business enterprise. Despite a commitment from the company after the first bankruptcy that the resources derived from the workers’ concessions would be plowed back into the company, this never materialized. Management refused to invest in modernizing its bakeries or devote necessary resources to advertising and marketing, product development and new technology. Business plan after business plan failed, leaving the company ever deeper in debt.

“When a highly respected financial consultant, hired by Hostess, determined earlier this year that the company’s business plan to exit bankruptcy was guaranteed to fail because it left the company with unsustainable debt levels, our members knew that the massive wage and benefit concessions the company was demanding would go straight to Wall Street investors and not back into the company.

“Our members were aware that while the company was descending into bankruptcy and demanding deep concessions, the top 10 executives of the company were rewarding themselves with lavish compensation increases, with the then CEO receiving a 300 percent increase.

“Our members decided they were not going to take any more abuse from a company they have given so much to for so many years. They decided that they were not going to agree to another round of outrageous wage and benefit cuts and give up their pension only to see yet another management team fail and Wall Street vulture capitalists and 'restructuring specialists' walk away with untold millions of dollars.

“Throughout this long and difficult process, BCTGM members showed tremendous courage, solidarity and devotion to principle. They were well aware of the potential consequences of their actions but stood strong for dignity, justice and respect.”

http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2012/11/16/bakers-union-releases-statement-on.html?page=all

Part 2

Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers
BCTGMI

Name.... ...............Title..... ......Gross Salary..... Benifits & Other Compensation..... Total Compensation

FRANK HURT- PRESIDENT $210,672.00....... $51,982.00.......................................... $262,654.00

DAVID DURKEE- SECRETARY-TREASURER $196,627.00....... $47,769.00........... $244,396.00

JOSEPH THIBODEAU- EXEC VICE PRESIDENT- $182,582.00.. $36,407.00.......... $218,989.00

STEVE BERTELLI- VICE PRESIDENT- $137,638.00... $60,424.00 ............................$198,062.00

MICHAEL KONESKO- VICE PRESIDENT- $137,638.00.. $46,659.00 ........................$184,297.00

ARTHUR MONTMINY- VICE PRESIDENT- $137,638.00..... $37,867.00..................... $175,505.00

ANTHONY JOHNSON- VICE PRESIDENT- $137,638.00..... $29,795.00.................... $167,433.00

ROBERT OAKLEY- VICE PRESIDENT- $142,638.00..... $24,627.00........................... $167,265.00

RANDY ROARK- VICE PRESIDENT- $137,638.00.......... $29,211.00....................... ...$166,849.00

SEAN KELLY- VICE PRESIDENT-..... $136,124.00.......... $25,665.00.......................... $161,789.00

JOHN PRICE- REPRESENTATIVE-.. $109,645.00.......... $49,379.00........................... $159,024.00

JAMES RIVERS- REPRESENTATIVE- $99,645.00,,,,,,,,,,, $51,922.00,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,. $151,567.00

HARRY KAISER- ASSISTANT TO PRESIDENT- $137,637.00.. $12,127.00................. $149,764.00

CESAR CALDERON- ORGANIZER-.... $99,645.00.... $49,206.00.................................. $148,851.00

BARBARA FIELDS- REPRESENTATIVE-. $99,645.00.. $47,239.00............................... $146,884.00

RAYMOND SCANNELL- RESEARCH DIRECTOR-... $137,637.00.. $8,292.00........... $145,929.00

RICHARD YEAGER- FINANCE DIRECTOR- $137,637.00.. $8,207.00.......................... $145,844.00

ANTHONY SHELTON- REPRESENTATIVE- $99,645.00.. $44,729.00............................ $144,374.00

JOHN PURVIS- REPRESENTATIVE- $99,645.00....... $40,860.00.................................. $140,505.00

MARCO MENDOZA- REPRESENTATIVE- $99,645.00.......... $38,107.00........................ $137,752.00

BLAINE WILLIAMS- REPRESENTATIVE- $99,645.00.... $36,331.00................................. $135,976.00

JETHRO HEAD- REPRESENTATIVE-....... $95,430.00......... $39,381.00......................... $134,811.00

KARL WALKER- ORGANIZER-................... $98,549.00......... $32,484.00......................... $131,033.00

JAMES CONDRAN- REPRESENTATIVE-.. $99,645.00..... $29,049.00............................. $128,694.00

ERIC ANDERSON- REPRESENTATIVE-.. $99,645.00.... $28,135.00.............................. $127,780.00

SYLVAIN GAGNE- ORGANIZER-................. $98,549.00.... $27,810.00............................... $126,359.00

DANIEL RONDOU- REPRESENTATIVE-... $98,549.00.... $27,329.00............................... $125,878.00

RANDY FULK- REPRESENTATIVE-........... $88,479.00..... $35,342.00............................... $123,821.00

CORRINA CHRISTENSEN- PUBLICATIONS DIRECTOR- $100,905.00.. $6,674.00...... $107,579.00

MATTHEW CLARK- RESEARCH ASSISTANT- $79,625.00.. $8,147.00.............................. $87,772.00

RONALD TETRICK- DATA COORDINATOR-... $84,308.00.... $100.00 ................................$84,408.00

MARY MALLOY- ACCOUNTANT-... $73,105.00..... $100.00.................................................... $73,205.00

MICHELLE HURT- NEW MEDIA DIRECTOR-... $66,209.00.... $4,932.00............................ $71,141.00

KAY HALL- SECRETARY-............... $66,281.00...... $1,073.00............................................... $67,354.00

DANIEL MCDERMITT- ACCOUNTANT- ..$65,562.00... $100.00........................................... $65,662.00

MARIE-FRAN GARDNER- SECRETARY-.. $63,806.00... $100.00......................................... $63,906.00

WILLIAM HILLIARD- ORGANIZER-.. $45,840.00.... $12,064.00.............................................. $57,904.00

MICHELE SHIRRON- SECRETARY-.. $49,572.00... $100.00.................................................. $49,672.00

COLIN DURKEE STOCKROOM CLERK- $48,685.00... $100.00............................................ $48,785.00

LINDA BRUNSON- RECEPTIONIST- $48,496.00...... $100.00................................................. $48,596.00

BONNY PALMER- PUBLICATION SPECIALIST-........ $47,801.00....... $0.00........................... $47,801.00

JACQUELINE MARQUES- DATA COORDINATOR-.. $46,261.00 ......$100.00....................... $46,361.00

DANNY MURPHY- BOARD MEMBER- $5,556.00---- $3,965.00.................................................$9,521.00

RON PIERCEY- BOARD MEMBER-..... $5,556.00........... $2,631.00.......................................... $8,187.00

There is more. Must be a good gig...being a Union Parasite..sucking the life out of their Host, till they go under.

http://www.unionfacts.com/employees/Bakery%2C_Confectionary%2C_Tobacco_Workers_%26_Grain_Millers


Added: Nov-18-2012 Occurred On: Nov-18-2012
By: star53
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  • Unions leave a trail of wrecked companies in their wake....

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    • @wharris

      Keep believe bullshit.

      while headlines have been quick to blame unions for the downfall of the company there’s actually more to the story: While the company was filing for bankruptcy, for the second time, earlier this year, it actually tripled its CEO’s pay, and increased other executives’ compensation by as much as 80 percent

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    • @dcmfox

      Have to agree with wharris, the company I work for shuttered 2 plants and moved south in the USA because of unions.

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    • @dcmfox The company was in ruins at the end. The last 3 weeks were simply the death throes of the company.

      the real question is this;

      Why, in the worlds fattest and best economy, could twinkies not survive?

      A CEO's salary is a pee-hole in the snow compared to devastation a union can bring to bear against a company...

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    • @dcmfox Why don't you say why they got the raises? It was to retain them when management teams had been quitting over and over. It was an investment to try too stabilize the company. Besides the entire expenditure for the management team after the raise was less than five million dollars. The union employees were costing the company over $748,800,00 a year. That's seven hundred and forty eight million dollars that the union had strong armed out of the company for years through threats and intimi More..

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    • @dw573 Its so easy to point and say unions fault

      Here's Fox news bullshit take on it.

      It wouldn't be a Saturday on Fox's so-called "business block" without several rounds of union bashing and this week was no exception with the panel on Neil Cavuto's show continuing to attack the labor union, rather than management and the hedge fund managers, for the demise of Hostess -- Fox Ignores Hostess' Array Of Troubles To Scapegoat Union For Liquidation:

      Fox News placed the blame for the pl More..

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  • sucker motherfuckers

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  • In the current times, any paycheck would have been better than no paycheck. The union failed.

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  • Looks like being a worthless piece of shit parasite union thug pays off.

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  • Why don't these unions just admit they are mob run shake down outfits? The actual workers who join are just useful idiots. They don't know they are just tools used by these thugs to get rich. I thought blackmail was illegal.
    If you ask for a job you have the right to walk out when ever you want but the company has the right to fire you. Companies don't kidnap people to work, people show up with their hat in their hand and ask for a job. Then the ungrateful bastards turn around and try to blackm More..

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    • @stalebiscuit I use to work for the company, from the getgo you have to join the union after 30 days no ifs and or buts! so anyone that wasn't a union member was a noob! the union that represents wonder/hostess sucks ass, they did nothing for my case with the company. I walked out of my hearing because it was a theater, the company has the union in there pockets. The also fucked my buddy too!.

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  • "There is more. Must be a good gig...being a Union Parasite..sucking the life out of their Host, till they go under."

    best job ya can get.

    Posted Nov-18-2012 By 

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  • Well everyone is hurt especially the workers who's going to be layoff. Very Sad..

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  • It's going to be a shit Christmas for many people

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  • Greedy BIOTCHES

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  • Lets see the salaries of the union president! Bet its millions.

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  • Great post and info!!

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  • You didn't have to stick around while you were "being abused by management."

    Now, no one is going to stick around.

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  • Unions should be illegal. They cost jobs and increase the deficit. They've now turned 80,000 workers into welfare recipients. Great job unions. Strike during a recession. Real smart you greedy SOB's.

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    • @Templeton If it weren't for Unions 40 hour weeks would not be the norm. Overtime pay would not exist and child labor laws in the United States would not have developed as early as they did.
      You can also thank Unions for Work safety regulations and NO! I don't work for a Union but I do know the positive influence that they have had in the United States of America.

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    • @givemeadamnname Didn't say they didn't have some positive points. The government has some positive points as well. However, through the years it's become a corrupt machine just like the unions have.

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    • @givemeadamnname At one time. But they are dragging the US down now! we needed them until the Gov caught up to the idea of protecting the working man Now they have safeguards for the workers. Unions as they are now are SCAMS!

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    • @One Punch Safeguards? really because I just finished working for a gas and oil pipeline manufacturer and we were getting royally fucked. I was regularly asked to do dangerous shit thats against the law (which I refused) thus never being made permanent. 60 hours a week doing 12 hours shifts with no breaks. Sure they said I could have 1 break a day provided I had someone cover me the trouble was no one was qualified to do my job and the company wouldn't train anyone else so I got fucked.

      So I c More..

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    • @oz_taipan Been doing dangerous jobs my whole life,(over 53 years). Working High steel And Well-Drilling If Didn't like it I left!

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  • "BCTGM members showed tremendous courage, solidarity and devotion to principle".....

    .....now they can show that same (Principle) in the unemployment line.

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  • Bet your strike seems like a good idea now huh ? now get to the back of the employment line you filthy bakers, try feeding your families with big words of better pay and fair treatment !!!

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    • @msgz You obviously missed the part about management running the company into the ground of the past 8+ years.

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    • @oz_taipan Nah I didn't miss that fact although it's irrelevant, so what if the managers did? the company was doomed anyway and the strike definitely didn't help,all the workers did was screw themselves out of a couple more paychecks all IN THE NAME OF FAIR TREATMENT AND JUSTICE !!!!.You cant always fix a sinking ship but you can keep it afloat long enough to save yourself which these morons didn't do.

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    • @msgz hmmm ok so management fucking the company is fine according to you is it?

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  • Now the workers head to the unemployment benefits LINE for 6 months then there out of work and out of a check, GOOD WORK UNION!. MAKES NO FUCKING SENSE!.

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  • Aaaaaayyy Fuggett about it ! Fucking shakedown artists .

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  • Paid for by union dues from the rank and file, the same 18,000 people that lost their jobs. I'm sure that their retirement pay and benefits are just as eye opening. Maybe they'll all chip in a few bucks to buy a holiday turkey for the unemployed members of the BCTGM.

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  • I have disagreed with you on just about everything! BUT UNIONS SUCK!!! THANKS.

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    • @One Punch
      you haven't disagreed with me on anything.you don't know what my thoughts and feeling are but you think you do and that's what you disagree with, but look on the dim side...every other Liberal thinks they have the same ability that you don't have. just because I contribute to LL doesn't mean I agree with what I post. you and your kind seem to think I am one of the people on the video, if not...you all sure the hell act like it. LL is about posting things that others haven't seen or m More..

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    • @star53 Excuse me! Thanks for taking the time to respond. Peace.

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  • This was Obamas fault. He made them take the raises. He forced them to file for bankruptcy so many times before he was presedent. This is corperate greed. Classic by the book greed. How many times did the union workers make concessions? The product sucked and the market proved it. They should of put the money back into the company. Anyone with any education in buisness knows this. Evolve or die. They died.

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    • @jimbo469 Bad management brought them down not the Union.
      If that were the case then file chapter 11 and restructure and dump the Union but no rather sell off the assets, because it's more profitable that way.
      The factories and equipment and stock are a pittance it's the trade mark Twinkies and zinger and Hohooes that will really rake in the cash for the highest bidder.

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    • @givemeadamnname I know. I see star53 and thebigniv voted me down but are pussys about leaving a comment.

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    • @jimbo469 I get that a lot to.

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  • Bakers Union thugs make Jimmy Hoffa look like a saint

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