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The bakers union has a friend on the federal bench. A judge who is apparently way smarter than the guys actually running the company has decided that Hostess Brands can't go out of business. Nope. They're forced to "mediate" with the bakers union.
The news came today after Hostess moved to liquidate and sell off its assets in bankruptcy court citing a crippling strike last week.
The bankruptcy judge hearing the case says that the parties haven't gone through the critical step of mediation and asked the lawyer for the bakery's union to ask his client, who wasn't present, if he would agree to participate.
The union was all over that like white on rice. Forced mediation! Hostess has to stay in business, come hell or high water. How is unclear though. They don't actually have any money. And they don't have any bakers in the factories making Twinkies and Wonder Bread which they then might sell to get some money.
Maybe it's the magic unicorn factor. Or pixie dust. Or both.
Because the union is living in Fantasy Land.
The Wall Street Journal reports that while Hostess has said the shutdown would result in the loss of more than 18,000 jobs and place the fate of more than 30 American brands in jeopardy, union President Frank Hurt said he believed there was "more than a good chance" that a buyer quickly would swoop in to buy the profitable parts of the company and give his union's members their jobs back.
Frank Hurt also "believes" in the Tooth Fairy.
"Nobody wants to have anything to do with these old plants or these unions or these contracts," [Hostess CEO Gregory] Rayburn said in an interview. The company had hunted for buyers for the last several years as it tried to avoid a second trip into bankruptcy, but no buyer came forward.
But now? Now there's a militant union hoping Santa puts a paycheck instead of coal into their Christmas stockings. So of course a white knight is gonna swoop in at the last minute and save their featherbedded asses. Because every savvy investor wants to hire unionized hooligans during a recession while the most pro-union, anti-business president in history sits in the White House.
And if no such investor comes forward? Racism. For sure.
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