ThinkProgress is rather gloomy about a wonderful bit of news: Twinkies are back on the shelves!
Hostess used to employ about 2,500 workers to produce snacks, but the new iteration will use just 1,800, according to a spokeswoman for its new private equity owners. The reduction in jobs is thanks to an increasing use of machinery instead of workers, dropping some of the former Hostess brands, a new model for delivering products, and closing nearly 600 outlet stores in which it used to sell products directly to consumers.
Those who do get their job back won’t see the same pay, however. Employees are now making far less than they were before the liquidation.
…and they didn’t take the right lesson from this. To wit: to blazes with the stupid baker’s union that didn’t understand that the plants were going to close; and to blazes with the Teamsters, who refused to negotiate on Hostess’s downright insane distribution model. I assure you: Hostess outlet stores were a bad idea.
Ach, well: ThinkProgress. Now, if you’ll excuse me…