Archive: February, 2013

Working in These Times: New Aid for Hostess Workers As Bakeries Auction Approaches

Posted by BCTGM - February 26, 2013 - Hostess Bankruptcy, Jobs

By Bruce Vail, Working in These Times Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced an expanded package of benefits for more than 18,000 workers fired from their jobs at Hostess Brands, the company famous for producing Wonder Bread and Twinkies. The workers—formerly employed in 864 separate Hostess locations in 48 states—were summarily fired last […]

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U.S. Department of Labor: Hostess Workers Eligible to Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance

Posted by BCTGM - February 20, 2013 - Hostess Bankruptcy, Jobs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that approximately 18,000 workers laid off in 48 states from 864 Hostess company locations are eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance.  “As President Obama said in his State of the Union address, ‘to grow our middle class, our citizens must have access to the education […]

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Huffington Post: Panera Bakers Battle For A Union In A Union-Free World

Posted by BCTGM - February 19, 2013 - Jobs, Labor News, Organizing, Panera Union YES

By Dave Jamieson, Huffington Post Kathleen VonEitzen heads into work at 10 p.m. with a long night ahead of her. A trained baker, VonEitzen spends the evening and early morning hours cutting and shaping trays full of dough, shuffling between multiple ovens, and constantly checking her crusts until they’re browned just right. She pulls hundreds […]

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CNBC (VIDEO): Battle For Bankrupt Hostess

Posted by BCTGM - February 7, 2013 - Hostess Bankruptcy, Jobs, Labor News Peter Kaufman on CNBC, Feb. 5, 2013

The Gordian Group’s Peter Kaufman, who is assisting the BCTGM and the B&C Pension Fund during the sale of Hostess, appeared on CNBC on Tuesday to offer the latest on the sale of the brands and the BCTGM’s position for potential buyers.   Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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The New York Times: Corporate Forces Endangered the Twinkie, but May Save It

Posted by BCTGM - February 6, 2013 - Hostess Bankruptcy, Labor News, Local Union News

“When the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union drew a line in the sand in November and said it would rather risk liquidation, it was over. It was a principled position that the brands would do better with a fresh start and new management.” Read this New York Times piece from STEVEN […]

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