Monday, August 25, 2014

Bye Bye Twinkies

And these are union factory jobs - the kind that Quinn like to accept lots of contributions from:
  • Hostess Brands said Wednesday it will close its Schiller Park bakery, where Twinkies and other iconic sweets have been produced for 84 years, affecting about 400 employees.

    Union officials said they were notified of the closure on the same day they were set to start negotiating a new labor contract. About 280 of the workers had voted to unionize in May.

    The plant, among only four remaining Hostess bakeries in the country and the last left in Illinois, is expected to close Oct. 19. Twinkies were invented in the Chicago area in 1930.
So we'll be importing Twinkies from Indianapolis of all places - somewhere that Hostess isn't closing a factory for some reason. Chief Illiniwreck continues to fail at even maintaining the simple factory jobs that some of Rahm's illegals might called upon to do one day.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the Hostess crap seems kind of stale these days. I miss my Suzy-Q's anyway. Wont be buying Hostess anymore.

8/25/2014 12:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chief Illinoiswreck....that's great. Maybe we can ban his image like they did to Chief Illiniwek.

8/25/2014 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Them union jobs is getting scarce. What is it, 90% of union jobs are now government jobs. Leave it to union bosses to kill the goose that lays golden eggs.

8/25/2014 12:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indiana is a right to work state and illinois is not, end of story. No one is buying twinkles like it's 1980 again. If you're a high school dropout that $15hr job was a god send. Unfortunately in this tough economic environment the union Fucked up.

8/25/2014 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a second. .. how can democrats be the cause AND solution to all of our problems?

Democrats hate unions, don't ever let them fool you.

8/25/2014 12:57:00 AM  
Blogger I Fart In Your General Direction said...

The Keesing Bandit momentarily got the vapors when he read this thread's headline.

8/25/2014 01:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Illinois based John Deere is cutting another 1,000 employees.

Oh and check out the bashing Obama is getting..

"Cornel West Blasts Obama Is A "Brown-Faced Clinton", A "Post-Traumatic Depression" Will Follow"

...No, the thing is he posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free. And yet, you know, he acted as if he was both a progressive and as if he was concerned about the issues of serious injustice and inequality and it turned out that he’s just another neoliberal centrist with a smile and with a nice rhetorical flair. And that’s a very sad moment in the history of the nation because we are—we’re an empire in decline. Our culture is in increasing decay. Our school systems are in deep trouble. Our political system is dysfunctional. Our leaders are more and more bought off with legalized bribery and normalized corruption in Congress and too much of our civil life. You would think that we needed somebody—a Lincoln-like figure who could revive some democratic spirit and democratic possibility.


..And we ended up with a brown-faced Clinton. Another opportunist. Another neoliberal opportunist. It’s like, “Oh, no, don’t tell me that!” I tell you this, because I got hit hard years ago, but everywhere I go now, it’s “Brother West, I see what you were saying. Brother West, you were right. Your language was harsh and it was difficult to take, but you turned out to be absolutely right.” And, of course with Ferguson, you get it reconfirmed even among the people within his own circle now, you see. It’s a sad thing. It’s like you’re looking for John Coltrane and you get Kenny G in brown skin.



...And so what did he do? Every time you’re headed toward middle ground what do you do? You go straight to the establishment and reassure them that you’re not too radical, and try to convince them that you are very much one of them so you end up with a John Brennan, architect of torture [as CIA Director]. Torturers go free but they’re real patriots so we can let them go free. The rule of law doesn’t mean anything.

The rule of law, oh my God. There’s one law for us and another law if you work on Wall Street.

That’s exactly right. Even with [Attorney General] Eric Holder. Eric Holder won’t touch the Wall Street executives; they’re his friends. He might charge them some money. They want to celebrate. This money is just a tax write-off for these people. There’s no accountability. No answerability. No responsibility that these people have to take at all. The same is true with the Robert Rubin crowd. Obama comes in, he’s got all this populist rhetoric which is wonderful, progressive populist rhetoric which we needed badly. What does he do, goes straight to the Robert Rubin crowd and here comes Larry Summers, here comes Tim Geithner, we can go on and on and on, and he allows them to run things. You see it in the Suskind book, The Confidence Men. These guys are running things, and these are neoliberal, deregulating free marketeers—and poverty is not even an afterthought for them....


Read the whole thing

8/25/2014 01:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Rhamulus and Potato head can learn from this. Hostess closed because the wage they were paying was putting them in a disadvantage. The wage was only in the mid to low teens, and this was a large company. The dynamic duo want to force mom and pop shops to offer this type of minimum wage.

8/25/2014 02:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The previous company, Continental Bakers, that owned Hostess Brands went bankrupt several times. They blamed it on the Union work rules (Bakers and Teamsters both).

The last bankruptcy was long enough to allow others like Sara Lee to market their products without competition from Hostess. The unions called a strike, and Continental Bakers called their bluff and shut it all down and declared bankruptcy. (OOPS)

The new company bought the brands, but not most of the bakeries. They started non-union and made some changes. They baked and then FROZE their Hostess products. I gave up my cupcake habit during the last bankruptcy, and do not like the new ones or the look-alikes. Good luck to the workers, out of a job after less than a year (After voting for a union AGAIN?). Maybe they shouldn't have struck that last time in 2012?

8/25/2014 06:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The unions need to understand the tiping point of business. If your union labor costs too much than you can charge for your product, then you close the plant or go out of business.

8/25/2014 06:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trumka and Hoffa now have 280 Proud Union Home signs for sale.....Cheap... Vote Democrat Boys.

8/25/2014 07:59:00 AM  
Blogger The Keesing Bandit said...

Yes, I did have a case of the vapors when I read the headline.

I thought it read "Bye Bye Twinkles" instead of "Bye Bye Twinkies"

Those of us in the know would miss Twinkles very much.

Now, kees me you fool!!!!

8/25/2014 08:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Mt Greenwood Hillbilly said...

My family was very active in union politics from Post WWII through the late 1970's. They always pushed for a safer work environment and a fair days wage. Now the union message is all about screwing over 'the man' and corporate profits. Business owners can't negotiate with that kind of reasoning.

This is the result.

8/25/2014 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Twinkies moving their operations to a low or no tax state!

I would move my business to, if I were getting beat up by taxes!

Go Figure!

8/25/2014 08:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bye fuctrose corn syrup

8/25/2014 09:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cornel West is a radical nutjob. I don't give a damn what this hater says.

My enemy of my enemy isn't always your friend.

Anonymous said...
Illinois based John Deere is cutting another 1,000 employees.

Oh and check out the bashing Obama is getting..

"Cornel West Blasts Obama Is A "Brown-Faced Clinton", A "Post-Traumatic Depression" Will Follow"

8/25/2014 09:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are leaving because UNIONS are dead.

8/25/2014 09:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We just lost another candy producer here too...and now Burger King wants to move HQ to Canada to avoid high US taxes.

See a pattern?

8/25/2014 10:14:00 AM  
Anonymous 011 2nd Watch DOG said...

Kudos to them! Unions are nothing more than a money grab for the bosses. Right to work states are flourishing while these pro union states are at the bottom. I for one am happy to see them leave, more union busting the better. Please don't call FOP a union, they are nothing but whores for this demo trait run city.

8/25/2014 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So we'll be importing Twinkies from Indianapolis..."

Didn't Jay's move to Indiana or Ohio when they closed their south side plant?

I remember when Jay's used to tape the white-and-blue free pencils to the bags around back-to-school time -- still have a few somewhere.

Don't know where my Oscar Mayer Wiener Whistle is -- that plant is gone too, boy was it something to tear down. Last thing sticking up was the HUGE hydraulic press they used to make the hot dogs, it took burning bars and dynamite to get that thing out.

I still miss the Cheese Smokies. Ultimate toaster-oven snack...

...and gimme a quart of Canfield's soda with that, the heavy glass bottle...

Chicago used to be fun, you know?

8/25/2014 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This city and state will not begin to recover until the very last Twinkie leaves office.
• Fire Rahm Emanuel and Don't hire Brucie Rauner •
Unfortunately, I'll trust Quinn give away every last cent to another generation of freeloaders.
A real republican will come eventually.

8/25/2014 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger Cuthbert J. Twillie said...

>>>> 'Another obstacle to Twinkie’s re-birth is consumers' growing appetite for healthier food with more natural ingredients.' <<<<

Bullsh-t. I just won't buy that. The real obstacles are: ....
--- 1) The **Obama** Economy.
--- 2) Illinois politicians and Gov Potato-Head.
--- 3) Unions. They're stuck in a 1960's mindset that the Golden Goose has plenty of eggs left. They can, and will, fuck up the proverbial One Car Funeral.

Anywho . . . . I LUV all the Hostess goodies, especially the mini-donuts -- and apparently I'm not alone, the chocolate covered are always sold out when my wife goes to Jewel, so she gets the powder-sugar ones. That's fine by me as chocolate in summer can get a tad messy. :-)

And the Hostess donuts are actually cheaper than competitors like Little Debbie, which are okay donuts too. The Hostess have more per bag, are bigger in size, and there's more donuts in the bag. So per ounce Hostess donuts cost less.

8/25/2014 10:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ssc now hear this illinois is bleeding jobs, the great state of ill, is no more, if you want build a factory you go to indiana, tenn, or ga.

8/25/2014 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bunch of morons at that plant - should read "About 280 clueless nitwits living in the past voted to unionize."

What were they thinking? Oh wait....

Hostess went BANKRUPT and totally out of business for months because of the carnage that the Unions had wrought upon that company over the years (different trucks to deliver snack cakes or bread - even though they go to the same location).

So ummm, the Company is going to get back into that mess AGAIN? Nope.

Sorry, but they're in business to MAKE MONEY. If they can get the same service elsewhere for less money, why would they want to pay more?

Just as we all look for the least expensive gasoline, want to save money on food, and other goods and services - so do companies. This isn't a bad thing, it's perfectly natural and normal.

But it seems that the mental giants in that place forgot that, and didn't learn their history about what just happened, so they brought this upon themselves.

High taxes, high fees, high regulations, high corruption, high wages = time to go elsewhere.

If Unions want to survive, they need to ADD VALUE - not just demand higher wages/benefits under threat of strike or other terrorist tactics.

Q: What do the Union workers do that's better, faster, and less expensive than the non-union workers? A: Nothing. Not a damn thing. So why would someone trying to run a business want to pay more for a Union worker when they can get the same work done by a non-union worker for less, in the same amount of time, same quality, same materials?

What happened to the time when Unions used to teach their workers to be better and more efficient?

8/25/2014 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

face it. private sector employers do not want to deal with unions.
members pay dues but health and welfare funds are controlled by the union and paid by the co. like paulie cicero, you had a bad month? pay me!

hostess must have had a defined benefit plan and I bet the mortgage that the weasels with their pledge cards knew the score.

the only unions with leverage are in the public sector where the bottom line dosent exist.

remember the weasels that led you on the path to unemployment.

8/25/2014 12:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These current Twinkies are dry and
chewy, not like the angel-food cake
Twinkies of old. But it's sad to see
them move across the border to
Indiana to avoid the unionization.
Interesting, Indiana residents come here to
illinois to work, but no one from
Illinois goes to Indiana to work.
When the steel mills closed there
were no jobs left in Indiana.
Now all they have is a gambling
boat the the Whiting oil refinery.

8/25/2014 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Chief Illiniwreck continues to fail at even maintaining the simple factory jobs that some of Rahm's illegals might called upon to do one day."

What do you mean "might"?

8/25/2014 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is because Twinkies and other Hostess products were always help up as examples of "edible food like substances" masquerading as food. Now that everyone is eating healthier, these companies are going out of business.

8/25/2014 01:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a fan of Rahm or Quinn. But it seems like this plants closing sis due to the union vote. Why not go to a neighboring state that is a right-to-work state.

8/25/2014 01:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a alumnus of the esteemed University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, I as offended by SCC linking our esteemed Govna' with such a great institution. Can't we keep with Quinnochio instead?

8/25/2014 03:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Twinkies cost on average about $3.79 a box at most stores. Expensive. And the Twinkies are also smaller. Lots of brands are raising their prices and downsizing the size of the product. Guess they thought nobody noticed.

8/25/2014 03:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think "union" now is not what "union" was when I began in the work force 40+ years ago.

Reagan, I believe, killed unions.

They have never been the same after 1986. They have been demonized since.

The Ford, GM, Chrysler nor Hostess worker is making what they might have years ago, or what one thinks.

There are "Tier 2" workers, etc.

It's kinda sad.

I wish them luck.

8/25/2014 04:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New non-union made Twinkies taste better.

Think I'll go buy me a box.

8/25/2014 07:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next up non union police. Mark my word it will happen, and many of us will be part if it. Non union or non job. I for one think the union is passé

8/25/2014 07:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also cried when Folo's beef relocated to Robbins.

8/25/2014 09:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Twinkies, a snack with no expiration date.

8/25/2014 10:55:00 PM  

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