Twinkies strike back: Unions are weakening
After the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Gran Millers International Union attempted to extort Hostess out of unfair and expensive concessions, union workers will be left out of jobs as twinkies return to production.
NBCNEWS.COM reports that “Twinkies are coming back—but under a new management that vows to use nonunion workers.”
A third of Hostess’ production was union labor, but after union members struck, the manufacturer had no choice but to close and reorganize.
Business experts like Alan James of Pace University say, “Unions have been very good in the past making sure we have benefits like maternity leave, but their leadership continues to think only of themselves and not their members.”
Doubting the value of unions, James continued saying “Why should I pay dues when I don’t see any positive results?’
History professor Daniel Opler feels that the Hostess showdown showed the weakness of unions.
“There’s no question the bakers union that rejected a settlement made a tactical error here,” he said.
Unions have pushed several showdowns in recent years. Often asking for concessions that would leave companies unable to compete.
States are empowering workers to ditch expensive union dues by enacting right-to-work laws and workers are supporting them in ever increasing numbers.
Business analyst James Alan said feels that low membership rates could indicate that unions are weakening.