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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:23 PM

National Consumer League: statement on Hostess liquidation


http://www.nclnet.org/newsroom/press-releases/717-ncl-statement-on-liquidation-of-hostess-brands-inc-

November 16, 2012
Contact: Carol McKay, NCL Communications, carolm@nclnet.org , (412) 945-3242

Washington, DC—Upon today’s announcement that Hostess Brands, Inc. has shut down operations and will liquidate assets, the National Consumers League continues to stand with the striking members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM).

The following statement may be attributed to National Consumers League Executive Director Sally Greenberg:

"Today is a sad day in America, and not just because of the demise of a brand that has produced iconic, well-loved treats and goods for generations, but because of the scapegoating taking place by corporate executives who are blaming brave union workers for the company’s collapse rather than taking responsibility themselves. It is years of poor management – not the reasonable demands to improve working conditions of the BCTGM – that led to the company’s demise. What a terrible time of year to take away the livelihood of 18,500 workers and the dozens of communities with factories that will be shuttered. Today’s announcement is a sad commentary on corporate America. The Hostess Brand’s executives put profits before people, paying large bonuses to executives while forcing the workers to give up benefits and pensions, once again putting Wall Street investors and themselves before the interests of the workers who build the brand."

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About the National Consumers League

The National Consumers League, founded in 1899, is America's pioneer consumer organization. Our mission is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit www.nclnet.org.

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Omaha Steve Nov 2012 OP
LiberalElite Nov 2012 #1
Cha Nov 2012 #2
femrap Nov 2012 #3
druidity33 Nov 2012 #6
femrap Nov 2012 #7
druidity33 Nov 2012 #8
allan01 Nov 2012 #4
Egalitarian Thug Nov 2012 #5

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:27 PM

1. Thanks for this -

I never heard of the National Consumers League. Now looking them up.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:43 PM

2. Thank you, Sally Greenberg! Thanks Steve~

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:53 AM

3. I had never heard

 

of the League, either. It's truly heartbreaking to see so many out of a job. So many communities.

But now Pabst will buy the Hostess brand for pennies on the dollar and Wall Street will continue to destroy this country. It's too bad that Sandy didn't destroy Wall Street.

The only building that was aglow when Sandy hit Manhattan was the Goldman-Sachs building.

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Response to femrap (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 07:19 PM

6. Isn't Pabst a Union Made beer? nt.

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Response to druidity33 (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:38 PM

7. I'm not sure

 

but I doubt it. All beers made in this country are now foreign owned except for Samuel Adams in MA.

And from what the owners of Pabst said, '...the union problems would be gone.'

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Response to femrap (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:59 AM

8. That's not true...

Maybe all "commercial" beers are foreign owned, but most microbrews are still small companies owned by the brewers. What's funny is that it's the beer Giants that are Union Made (mostly the crappy lagers)

And Pabst IS a Union Made beer. This list is surprising...

http://www.unionplus.org/union-made/beers

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 12:59 AM

4. re:National Consumer League: statement on Hostess liquidation

thank you. thank you .) i am so tired of hearing one sided talking points .

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 03:08 AM

5. K&R. Thanks for posting. It is so depressing that these people exist. n/t

 

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