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Jerry Holbert

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 4 years ago

    Just another company O has run into the ground.

  2. hanmari

    hanmari said, almost 4 years ago

    Nah, it’s not Obama’s fault. It’s the employer’s fault for giving into union demands until they cannot afford to pay for all the benefits they’ve already agreed to. The only way out is to declare bankruptcy, have a judge break the union contract, and rebuilt the company employment workforce with either no unions or a union contract that doesn’t bankrupt the company. This is happening all over the country as companies are realizing that they gave away too many generous benefits that they couldn’t pay for. And usually it’s only government that makes this stupid mistake…

  3. ARodney

    ARodney said, almost 4 years ago

    What weird conservative interpretations. There’s only so much you can cut wages and benefits until your workers are no longer making a living. Do you really want them on the taxpayers dime for Medicaid and food stamps? The problem with Hostess was its unwillingness to change with the times. Very few people want that many artificial ingredients or preservatives in their food these days. Cereal companies like General Mills and Kelloggs have been good about updating their product line to things people want to buy — they’re not trying to push Sugar Smacks in 2012. Being unwilling to change to adapt to markets is a problem with management, not labor.

  4. Kylie2112

    Kylie2112 said, almost 4 years ago

    @ConserveGov

    Yup, Obama and the unions told the executive brass to give themselves 75-200% raises a few months ago.

  5. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, almost 4 years ago

    Nope, try again. The current leadership of Hostess gave themselves massive (like 100%) raises WHILE cutting benefits for their employees, then declaring bankruptcy. Don’t blame the unions for all of this.

  6. ODon

    ODon said, almost 4 years ago

    Let’s not forget the cost of sugar as determined by the “free market.” The price of sugar a prime ingredient is kept artificially (yes) high by tariffs. Mexico will soon be making Twinkies and avoid the mandated tax. Which played a bigger role in the demise, unions or Congressional Act, think about it.

  7. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @motivemagus

    Nope, try again. The current leadership of Hostess gave themselves massive (like 100%) raises WHILE cutting benefits for their employees, then declaring bankruptcy. Don’t blame the unions for all of this.

    Northwest Airlines did that a few times before begging to be bought out.

    1)They’d go into bankruptcy
    2) Get the unions to agree to pay and benefit cuts
    3) Beg for and receive money from the state of MN in exchange agreements of bringing jobs to MN or keeping more here
    4) Emerge from bankruptcy
    5) Renege on it’s deal with the state and/or decide it can’t replay the money
    6) Management votes itself pay raises for navigating the company out of bankruptcy
    7) Repeat in a few years.

    But like most of the “conservative” posters say, it’s all the fault of those damn greedy unions!

  8. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 4 years ago

    @ARodney

    Very few people ate the 500 million Twinkies sold by Hostess last year. I’ll bet those few are really, really fat.

  9. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 4 years ago

    Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Millers International Union just lost 25% of its membership. I wonder if the Union leadership will vote to cut their $200,000+ salaries.

  10. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 4 years ago

    @mikefive

    I’m high on that 25%. My apologies. I have learned that that is not a good number. I haven’t been able to find a good number, yet, but it appears that the reality is probably around half of that .

  11. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, almost 4 years ago

    A big Mexican bakery company will probably buy the Hostess they said on the news this morning. With their lower costs overall, and lower sugar costs they can make a go of it.

  12. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 4 years ago

    @comicsssfan

    Perhaps they can then hire som eof the illegals that they keep sending over the border?

    They can then sell their more unhealthy sugar ridden cakes to third world countries to help control population growth there by slowly killing off millions of people!

    Hooray for conservative capitalism and the millionaires and billionaires that own it!!

  13. Joe boyle

    Joe boyle said, almost 4 years ago

    We don’t envy wealth. We just want it fairly attained, and fairly taxed.

  14. Newshound41

    Newshound41 said, almost 4 years ago

    For a bankrupt company, Hostess had no problem more than tripling the CEO’s salary from $750,000 to $2,550,000:

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/11/16/1203151/why-unions-dont-shoulder-the-blame-for-hostesss-downfall/?mobile=wp

  15. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    So the “you didn’t build that” comment applies only if a business is successful?

    No, the “you didn’t build that” comment applies to the infrastructure a successful business relies on to be successful. Businesses rely sanitation treatment facilities, municipal water treatment, power plants, roads and/or railroads, power plants, telephone and/or internet service….. They didn’t build that; they rely on others who do. Not that you actually care about any thing as trivial as fact.

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