>Having to pay union workers roughly $100 per hour
I call bullfeces. PROVE that a union worker at hostess in an unskilled and non-hazardous position earned that amount.
Hostess didn't fail because if unions, it was its own fecal mismanagement. The company was doing poorly since the 2000s and while the union workers agreed to take pay cuts to keep the company afloat the CEOs each gave themselves raises, one CEO raised his own pay three times while the company was failing. Even if the labour costs are high a smart company would have invested in better automation to make up for it, the management was too busy figuring out how to fatten their own wallets to figure out how to keep the company's wallet from becoming anorexic.