Timothy R. Clark: Hostess is 'Lost in the Fifties Tonight'

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  • jpjazz Sandy, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 3:28 p.m.

    Apparently the Hostess 18,000 employees and the communities which will be hurt by their employment termination are not as important to the administration as the autoworkers were some 4 years ago.

    What about their pensions, associated small businesses and the lost manufacuring infrastructure in this economic sector?

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 11:33 a.m.

    Clark is right. Where was the leadership at Hostess? Blaming the union is just childish. The reality is that people have been becoming much more health conscious for decades. Other "junk food" producers responded with low-calorie, low-carb, increased fiber, gluten-free, sugar-free, and other more healthy products.

    Not Hostess.

    Their Twinkies are infamous for being so full of calories, carbs, sugar, and undisclosed preservatives, it is laughable that they are even on store shelves in this more health-conscious age!

    Hostess leadership failed to innovate, failed to lead, and failed to take responsibility as leaders by trying to lie to the public and to themselves and blame the union.

    Hostess leadership has no one to blame but themselves.

  • Scott12345 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 11:00 a.m.

    I liked the Wall Street Journal article on the Hostess bankruptcy - google it. That article explained that the Baker's Union was tired of making concessions, when the Teamsters Union had not made very many concessions. So the Baker's Union decided enough was enough. The author of this article referred to the union rules and silly practices written into the labor contract (top paragraph of second webpage). Well, guess what the Teamsters Union wasn't willing to change? Yep, the silly labor practices, that assured that Hostess' distribution costs were way too high. When Hostess is spending over $100 million (see WSJ article) on distribution costs that shouldn't be there, I'll bet that it's hard to spend much on R&D or marketing. Just saying... The benefit of bankruptcy is that someone will buy the brand, and the bakers will likely have job opportunities from whoever buys Hostess out of bankruptcy. And the labor contracts will be reset. Unfortunately, the non-labor union distribution companies / employees are really hurt in the interim.

  • oldschool Farmington, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 10:25 a.m.

    How about some evidence that management was at fault. If all of a company's resources are being used to pay its employees and other expenses, there is nothing left for R&D, marketing or other company-saving efforts.