In January, BCTGM President David B. Durkee sat down for a 2-part interview with Joshua Sosland of Milling & Baking News to speak from the Union’s perspective on the ongoing situation at Hostess.
In part one of this interview, Sosland focuses on Durkee’s background and the philosophy of the Union.
“The philosophy always was and remains, ‘It’s all about the members.’ That was drilled through us every single day.
“And retired BCTGM President Frank Hurt, to the very last day he was here in December, said, ‘This union’s done more for me than I could ever do for it.’ That sums up how we’re supposed to conduct ourselves,” Durkee said.
In part two, Durkee discusses the tangled history that resulted in a complete impasse between the BCTGM and Hostess Brands management in the period leading to the liquidation of Hostess.
“We can hold our heads high because we had a very honorable dispute with Hostess.” Durkee said. “What our members wanted is what happened. I was taught many years ago in this business that when you go to bed at night you’ve got to be able to put your head down and go to sleep comfortably. And we’re able to do that here.”