BCTGM Hostess Strike Shuts Down Major Production Plants; Workers Honor Pickets

Posted by BCTGM - November 13, 2012 - Hostess Bankruptcy, Hostess Strike, Press - No Comments
Hostess Strike Line, Local 466, Billings Mont.
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On Friday, November 9 BCTGM members employed by Hostess Brands across the country began to strike. These workers, many of whom have worked at Hostess and its predecessor companies for decades, are on strike in response to the company’s unilateral imposition of a horrendous contract that was rejected by 92 percent of BCTGM Hostess workers in September.

NEW:November 16 Fact Sheet

NEW: November 16 press statement from BCTGM International President Frank Hurt

November 15 press statement from BCTGM International President Frank Hurt

November 13 press statement from BCTGM International President Frank Hurt

Stay tuned to this website for further news and developments in the Hostess Strike.  Also, see November 9 press release and fact sheet at the bottom of this page.

Honoring

UPDATE: November 13: 12:10 a.m – BCTGM Local 503 members employed at the Rocky Mount, N.C. Hostess production facility began honoring the picket lines established by the striking Local 103  members from Orlando and Jacksonville, Fla.

UPDATE: November 12: 12:10 a.m – BCTGM Local 57 members employed at the Hostess Butternut facility in Cincinnati, Ohio began honoring the picket line established by the striking Local 19  members from Northwood, Ohio.

Honoring

UPDATE: November 11: 3:45 p.m. - BCTGM Local 25 members employed at the Hostess production facility in Knoxville, Tenn. began honoring the picket line established by the striking Local 103  members from Jacksonville, Fla.

Honoring

UPDATE: November 11: 4 a.m – BCTGM Local 85 members employed at the Hostess production facility in Sacramento, Calif. began honoring the picket line established by the striking Local 9 members from Seattle and Local 466 Billings, Mont.

Honoring

UPDATE: November 11: 3:20 a.m – BCTGM Local 37 members employed at the Hostess Dolly Madison production facility in Los Angeles/Glendale, Calif. began honoring the picket line established by the striking Local 125 members from Oakland, Calif. and Local 466 members from Billings, Montana.

Honoring

UPDATE: November 11: 3:20 a.m – BCTGM Local 37 members employed at the Hostess production facility in Los Angeles began honoring the picket line established by the striking Local 125 members from Oakland, Calif. and Local 466 members from Billings, Montana.

On Strike

UPDATE: November 11: 3:10 a.m. - BCTGM Local 125 members employed at the Hostess production plant in Oakland, Calif. went on strike.

UPDATE: November 11: 3:05 a.m. - BCTGM Local 9 members employed at the Hostess production plant in Seattle went on strike.

Honoring

UPDATE: November 11: 3 a.m – BCTGM Local 1 members, employed at the Hostess production facility in Schiller Park, Ill. began honoring the picket line established by the striking Local 1 members from Peoria, Ill.

On Strike

UPDATE: November 10: 8:12 p.m. - BCTGM Local 466 members employed at the Hostess production plant in Billings, Montana went on strike.

Honoring Strike

UPDATE: November 10/2:20 p.m. – BCTGM Local 149 members, employed at the Hostess production facility in Memphis, Tenn. began honoring the picket line established by the striking Local 149 members from the River Gate transport facility in Memphis.

On Strike

UPDATE: November 10/1:15 p.m. - BCTGM Local 149 members employed at the Hostess River Gate facility in Memphis, Tenn. went on strike. This facility includes sales, transport, and mechanics.

UPDATE: November 10/8 a.m. - BCTGM Local 103 members employed at the Hostess facility in Jacksonville,Florida went on strike.

UPDATE: November 10/4 a.m. – BCTGM Local 103 members employed at the Hostess facility in Orlando, Florida went on strike.

UPDATE: November 10/2 a.m. -Members of BCTGM Local 65, employed at the Hostess production facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma went on strike.

Honoring Strike

UPDATE: November 10/1:20 a.m. – BCTGM Local 4 members, employed at the Hostess production facility in St. Louis, MO began honoring the the picket line established by the striking members from Columbus, Ind.

UPDATE: November 10/12:45 a.m. – BCTGM Local 218 members employed at the Hostess production facility in Emporia, KS began honoring the picket line set up by striking Local 218 members from Lenexa, KS.

UPDATE: November 10/12 a.m. – BCTGM Local 6 members, employed at the Hostess production facility in Philadelphia began honoring the picket line established by the striking members of  Hostess Local 334 from Biddeford, Maine.

UPDATE: November 9/10 p.m. – BCTGM Local 1 members, employed at the Hostess production facility in Hodgkins, Ill.,  began honoring the picket line set up by striking members of Local 1 from Peoria, Ill.

On Strike

Local 1, Hostess Peoria, Ill. on strike.

UPDATE: November 9/9:00 p.m. (EST) – Members of BCTGM Local 1, employed at the Hostess production facility in Peoria, Illinois went on strike.

Honoring Strike

UPDATE: November 9/8:20 pm (EST), members of BCTGM Local 372B, employed at the Hostess production facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, honored the picket line established by the striking members of BCTGM Local 132 from the Columbus, Indiana Hostess plant.

On Strike

UPDATE: November 9/8 p.m. (EST)  BCTGM Local 19 members employed at the Hostess facility in Northwood, Ohio went on strike.

UPDATE: November 9 /7 p.m. (EST) BCTGM Local 132 members employed at the Hostess facility in Columbus, Indiana went on strike.

UPDATE: November 9 /5 p.m. (EST)  BCTGM Local 334 members employed at the Hostess facility in Biddeford,
Maine
went on strike.

UPDATE: November 9/12:00 p.m. (EST) BCTGM Local 218 members employed at the Hostess production facility in Lenexa, Kansas went out on strike. More plants may strike or honor the strike in other Hostess locations within the next several days.

Read the November 9 PRESS RELEASE HERE

Read the November 13 PRESS RELEASE HERE

Click here or on the image below to download the fact sheet on this fight.

What is the difference between striking and honoring a strike?

Some Hostess workers are free to strike because either the bankruptcy court so ruled, the local union terminated the existing collective bargaining agreement and is therefore free to strike under the National Labor Relations Act, or Hostess has implemented its final offer, freeing the workers to reject it via strike action. Those workers from locals that are striking may establish picket lines at other Hostess plants and, under BCTGM contract language that remains in effect, workers at those plants honor the strike picket lines and can stay off the job.