Archive: November, 2012

Good Morning America (VIDEO): Judge Allows Hostess to Give Executives $1.8M in Bonuses

Posted by BCTGM - November 30, 2012 - Hostess Bankruptcy, Hostess Strike Good Morning America: Judge Allows Hostess to Give Executives $1.8M in Bonuses

A federal bankruptcy judge has approved bonuses for executives of Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, who stay on as the company is broken up and sold off. On Thursday, as part of a plan to liquidate the company and lay off 18,000 workers, a federal judge in White Plains, N.Y., approved paying 19 Hostess executives [...]

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Hostess Worker: “I’m Better Off Fighting to Keep Wonder Bread in a Union”

Posted by BCTGM - November 29, 2012 - Hostess Bankruptcy, Hostess Strike IBC Philadelphia 2010 001

“There is this narrative that the union talked us into voting for it, and we are portrayed as a bunch of emotional children that can’t make decisions. We knew what we were doing when we took concessions in 2005.” Read the full TRUTHOUT interview with BCTGM Hostess worker Mike Hummel by Yana Kunichoff.

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LA Times: Poor management, not union intransigence, killed Hostess

Posted by BCTGM - November 25, 2012 - Hostess Bankruptcy, Hostess Strike, Jobs

Below is an exerpt of the November 25th article written by Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times.  Click here to read the full article. …The true recent history of Hostess can be excavated from piles of public filings from its two bankruptcy cases. To start with, the company has had six CEOs in the last 10 years, [...]

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Through the Eyes of a Union Member: The Slow Demise of an American Baking Company

Posted by BCTGM - November 21, 2012 - BCTGM-Made, Hostess Bankruptcy, Hostess Strike A BCTGM member at the IBC-owned Parisian sourdough bread bakery in San Francisco. The bakery had been producing bread for 149 years before it was shuttered by the company in 2004, only a few months after IBC filed for bankruptcy the first time.

The following story was sent to us by a retired BCTGM Local 24 member. It is a true account of a dedicated bakery worker who grew up in and with Interstate Bakeries Corp. (IBC), in its various forms. Like his father before him, he spent his career working hard and supporting his family with good [...]

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BCTGM Joinder Submitted to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert D. Drain on Monday Morning

Posted by BCTGM - November 19, 2012 - Hostess Bankruptcy, Hostess Strike, Strikes JOINDER OF THE BAKERY, CONFECTIONERY, TOBACCO WORKERS AND

Today, 11/19/12, at 9:37 a.m. the BCTGM submitted the below document to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert D. Drain in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of New York, Hostess Brands Chapter 11 Case No. 12-22052 : JOINDER OF THE BAKERY, CONFECTIONERY, TOBACCO WORKERS AND GRAIN MILLERS INTERNATIONAL UNION IN OBJECTIONS TO DEBTORS’ EMERGENCY WINDDOWN MOTION [...]

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