I didn't have a lot of time to write much on the Hostess closing this morning, but a lot of my Twitter crew had really good things to say, so I'm storifying.
- — Anne Elizabeth Moore (@superanne)Fri, Nov 16 2012 05:28:26Lots of people falling for Hostess' framing on plant closures w/o reading. Almost as if there were wholesomeness at stake, anywhere.
- — Sarah Jaffe (@sarahljaffe)Fri, Nov 16 2012 05:48:16The story of Hostess is a company closing because it can't get its workers to work for peanuts. Not sad. http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/11/16/business/16reuters-hostess-bankruptcy.html?smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0 …om/reuters/2012/11/16/business/16reuters-hostess-bankruptcy.html?smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0
- — Sarah Jaffe (@sarahljaffe)Fri, Nov 16 2012 05:48:49Well, it's a sad story that an iconic brand can't pay workers decently, but I'm not feeling for the bosses' claims of "necessity."
- — Anne Elizabeth Moore (@superanne)Fri, Nov 16 2012 05:47:41I say this as the biggest Twinkies fan alive: if you can't pay/treat folks right, Hostess, your product is totally worthless.
- — Chuck Lohrstorfer (@Clohrillini)Fri, Nov 16 2012 05:49:52@sarahljaffe They will sell the assets and in a few months the brand will be back with low cost labor :( So long America)
- — Legal Eagle (Jenni) (@legaleagle)Fri, Nov 16 2012 05:50:19@sarahljaffe Sad that 18k people are going to be out of work because management couldn’t manage an iconic brand, though.
- — Sarah Jaffe (@sarahljaffe)Fri, Nov 16 2012 05:58:29My quick thoughts on Hostess closing. http://adifferentclass.com/post/35839856607/we-deeply-regret-the-necessity-of-todays …ss.com/post/35839856607/we-deeply-regret-the-necessity-of-todays
- — Uncle Jimmy (@jimmywhiz)Fri, Nov 16 2012 06:00:30@sarahljaffe the back story is the leverage the powers used to drive the company in the ground. Blame the unions they say, no one will know.
- — Sarah Jaffe (@sarahljaffe)Fri, Nov 16 2012 06:02:35
- — Travis Waldron (@Travis_Waldron)Fri, Nov 16 2012 06:02:52It isn't the union's fault that Hostess came up with a business model that couldn't sustain paying workers an honest wage.
- — Sarah Jaffe (@sarahljaffe)Fri, Nov 16 2012 06:19:01Me. RT @price_laborecon: So who else thinks Drum and Yglesias will run with Hostess as an example of what is wrong with unions.
- — Sarah Jaffe (@sarahljaffe)Fri, Nov 16 2012 06:28:39If you can possibly read my words as saying that the workers are "better off unemployed," you don't know the first thing about labor.
- — TA Wexler (@TAWexler)Fri, Nov 16 2012 06:28:20@sarahljaffe I woke up, saw the ap article, and wondered what your reaction would be. Generally, I'm anti-union, but I agree with you here.
- — Peter Kohan (@peterkohan)Fri, Nov 16 2012 06:31:00
- — Mark Price (@price_laborecon)Fri, Nov 16 2012 06:34:57The Hostess thing reminds me of Jeremy Brecher's argument in Strike. Post-Wagner action is restrained, limiting power http://bit.ly/RHaf7U
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