Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.
- William Henley, English Writer, Poet, and Critic (1849-1903)
The story of the death of Twinkies may represent for many, yet another sign that America’s best days are behind her, but for all the people mourning the loss of a true American icon, there’s more to this story than first meets the eye.
Hostess Brands — the maker of such iconic baked goods as Twinkies, Devil Dogs and Wonder Bread — announced Friday that it is asking a federal bankruptcy court for permission to close its operations, blaming a strike by bakers protesting a new contract imposed on them. The closing will result in Hostess’ nearly 18,500 workers losing their jobs as the company shuts 33 bakeries and 565 distribution centers nationwide. The bakers’ union represents around 5,000.
source: WGHP News
Ah, the power of the mighty unions, where 5,000 union workers banded together can destroy the jobs of 18,500 workers.
But here’s the money quote:
“We’re going to bring in more money on unemployment than what they’re going to pay us now.” – Carol Mitchell, former Hostess employee
source: KSHB Action News
So hey America, quit your crying about the death of the Twinkie and be happy for all the 18,500 formerly employed who can now look forward to getting paid more for sitting at home watching TV, er – I mean, looking for work than the $16-$18 per hour they were paid as unskilled laborers.
And when you reach the end of those 99 weeks (or however long it may be extended) and the unemployment checks are about to stop coming, you can then begin looking for a job in earnest knowing that you’ll never have to face the prospect of a 40-hour work week, because post-Obamacare, all the jobs will be part-time jobs.
God bless the new America.