Union calls for vote on ending Hostess strike

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Posted: November 16, 2012

Fearing the imminent liquidation of Hostess Brands Inc. and the loss of an estimated 7,500 jobs, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters on Thursday urged the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union to hold a secret ballot vote on whether to end a nationwide strike that started last Friday over pay and benefits cuts approved by a bankruptcy judge last month.

Hostess Brands, which has been in bankruptcy since January, said Wednesday that it would file a motion for liquidation Friday morning if it could not restart operations by 5 p.m. Thursday.

In response to the liquidation threat, Bakery union president Frank Hurt said in a statement that the company's woes resulted from "nearly a decade of financial and operational mismanagement."

About 330 of the Bakery union's 6,600 Hostess members work at Hostess's Northeast Philadelphia plant. The pay cuts also applied to 125 nonunion workers at the plant, the company said.

   - Harold Brubaker

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