livinglakecountry.com Community Blogs The parasites killed the Host(ess) http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:39:00 GMT parasite: 1. an organism that obtains nourishment and shelter on another organism parasites can cause harm and/or disease to their hosts host: 1. an organism that harbors or nourishes another organism (the parasite). --------------------------------------------------------- As of Friday, an American icon, a company whose products have been enjoyed and consumed for decades by millions of children and grown-ups announced it was going out of business. Shutting down for good. No longer will we be able to enjoy Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and Ho Ho's. Not to mention my personal favorite - Hostess cupcakes. Yes, Hostess bakery is going out of business. Why, you may ask? Were its products no longer selling? Was it exploiting its employees and forcing them to work in horrid conditions with little pay and no benefits? Did the food police, led by the likes of Michelle "I know whats best for the peons" Obama, destroy the company in favor of promoting "healthy" foods? NO to all of the above. Instead, guess what did Hostess in? The Unions. Union demands. A union strike. According to several news articles, what brought Hostess to its knees was a "nationwide strike...that crippled its ability to make and deliver its products. The company had warned employees that it would file a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to unwind its business and sell assets if plant operations didn't return to normal levels by Thursday (11/15) evening." Thousands of members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike after rejecting in September a contract offer that cut wages and benefits. Hostess said Friday the company is unprofitable "under its current cost structure, much of which is determined by union wages and pension costs." Hostess has said that the production at about a dozen of the company's 33 plants had been seriously affected by the strike. Three plants closed earlier this week." According to Hostess employees, Hostess was a good company to work for. From "Laid Off Hostess Workers Face Tough Job Market": "Many production workers earned up to $20 an hour, plus had access to medical benefits, according to Michael O'Brien, a former Hostess employee who had worked at the company for 45 years, in various sales functions, before he was offered a buyout last year. "People inside the plants really made a good living..." In addition, truck drivers nationwide for the company had the ability to make $50,000.00 to $100,000.00 per year. So the unions, unwilling to take a supposed 8% reduction in workers wages and 17% reduction in pensions (although some sites report a 2% decrease in pensions that the union rejected), instead ended up running Hostess out of business. The company that provided 18,500 people with jobs for decades - and very good ones at that - had to shut its doors. Let's also not overlook the fact that in these trying economic times, many businesses have had to make concessions just to stay afloat. Many private businesses routinely ask workers to take a pay freeze or pay reduction. Also, many private businesses don't even offer pensions anymore - employees are expected to save their own money to fund their own eventual retirements. All of these actions are necessary just to stay in business. (As the saying goes: drastic times call for drastic measures.) Yet, in the case of Hostess, the unions felt it was better to let the company go under then to agree to some minor concessions. The unions wanted employees to keep getting paid the same and keep their benefit packages intact. To hell with allowing Hostess the ability to "make a profit" just to keep operating. And talk about absurd - in Maine at a Hostess plant, striking workers were actually chanting "shut it down, shut it down!" One can just picture the union bosses in some office, patting each other on the backs and saying "we showed them!" Yes, you sure did. Striking workers who lose their jobs do not qualify for unemployment compensation. And those workers who did not strike lost their jobs because of those who were striking. In the words of liberals everywhere: Is that FAIR??? The parasites just killed the Host(ess). en-us It's Hemmer Time http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/its_hemmer_time.html http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/communityblogs/its_hemmer_time.html Wed, 12 Jan 2011 13:39:14 PST