Mike Hummell says the men and women who made the iconic baked goods at Hostess Brands’ Lenexa, Kan., plant turned out quality products and “it was something everyone who worked there had a lot of pride in.”
That was until years of mismanagement coupled with unprecedented corporate greed bankrupted the company, stole the workers’ pensions and closed dozens of bakery plants’ doors in November. In this video, Hummell, a 14-year veteran of Hostess, and other members of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 218, say they want to set the record straight.
Too many news stories, they say, simply painted Hostess’ demise as the result of soaring labor costs that drove the company into bankruptcy. But what gets lost, Hummell says, are the huge sacrifices the workers made to keep Hostess afloat for years and that:
The owners will pocket hundreds of millions of dollars by the time they sell this company…Despite the media narrative that they have lost everything...The only people who have lost everything are the employees who the company put out on the street.
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