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As private equity ownership continues to trash Hostess, demanding that workers take the full brunt of the company's second bankruptcy in eight years and of the usual big bonuses for top executives, workers at more than 20 Hostess plants have gone on strike:
The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Internationial Union (BCTGM) began the unannounced strikes on Friday at four Hostess plants, and the actions quickly spread to other cities. As of today, about 25 Hostess facilities have been closed by the strike, BCTGM President Frank Hurt tells Working In These Times.

Hostess spokesperson Lance Ignon confirmed that at least ten plants were closed, but claimed operations were continuing at a number of other sites despite picket lines by striking BTCGM members. Local press reports indicated that strikes had closed some of the company’s largest bakeries, in Philadelphia, Seattle, St. Louis, Jacksonville, Fla. and other cities.

The company is saying that because of the strike, it may permanently close three plants. Which is totally in line with the company consistently blaming the workers for all its troubles throughout this process.

A fair day's wage

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    “There are people who have not lost anything (from the storm), but they haven’t worked in two weeks,” he said.

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