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Hostess Bankruptcy: What Role Did Policy Play?

Nevirim Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 9:27 AM
The article written by Chris Edwards is nothing of real significance, unions and collective bargaining have been around now for generations. The problem has always been the "power base." It really doesn't matter about the issues and products, the manufacturing and even the people, its the ability of those in Power to dictate what they want and get it over the "de-d bodies" of either Union employees or the product manufacturer. Union employees are dictated by the Unions to do what they need or want regardless if it morally right or otherwise. If you are a "Good Union Employee" your fidelity, if one has any, is not to the "employer" the one paying their wages or their benefits, but to the Unions. And the Unions in return manipulate
Nevirim Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 9:35 AM
cont... their "forces" with the desire for more! Why should we think that the "strong arm tactics of the Unions and the Chicago Politics machine are so different? they're not! Consider Detroit! A city built on Unions and power! And what is the city today? A slum, the glory of what it was going to be, is nowhere to be seen! This can not be blamed on the "car Industry" or at least not all of it! The jobs and the companies when south they could not Keep up with the demands from these unions and the cost involved, so you had bail outs and government assistance to keep something alive which was already dead. but no one wanted to take responsibility for their actions in causing this. So now we have another example of Policy and Union business,
Nevirim Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 9:42 AM
Hostess is out, regardless of "Sugar" and 18000 employees are unemployed. Now the Government has to pay more in unemployment benefits. Is this going to come out of the Unions? Are they going to find new jobs and new business for those who are out? Do these people continue to pay Union while they seek for other jobs? And what happens if they find another job and its "Non Union?" Are they "Black-balled" as Traitors to the Unions? There are a lot of question that "should be answered" but probably will not be answered. I am sorry that Hostess lost the fight but this is only an indication of the times that face us all.

The demise of Hostess and Twinkies is not a national emergency, but it is certainly sad when a major business goes under and thousands of people lose their jobs.

If federal and state policymakers want to play a useful role here, they should study why Hostess couldn’t make a go of it. Were there tax or regulatory factors that stood in the way of the company earning a decent rate of return?

Unions were an important factor that pushed up the firm’s costs and reduced its operational efficiency. The policy reform here is obvious for people who appreciate market economics: repeal America’s coercive union laws. If policymakers don’t...