Hostess mishandled closing
Monday, December 02, 2013 10:00 AM
To the editor:
On Nov. 14, 2012, Hostess announced that it was going out of business. There were to be no more "Twinkies."
For me, the wife of a Hostess routeman, and, I am sure, for families of the other 18,000 employees of Hostess, it meant much more than the loss of a snack cake. We had experienced six years of pay cuts, benefit and retirement reductions. We witnessed the battle between the union and corporate officials which ultimately could not be resolved.
My husband and other conscientious people worked hard every day, but had no idea of what was to happen to their jobs and when.
They saw first-hand the corporate greed and mismanagement from the top down.
There have been millions of people who have lost jobs, benefits and retirement due to similar corporate injustices, but I doubt that the majority of those people had to endure the barrage the media created covering the end of "Twinkies." And then had to deal with the added insult to injury of the "sweet comeback" of "Twinkies" and "Hostess."
The average person would not realize that the new "Hostess" is but a name. I tried to find out how many of the original "Hostess" employees were offered a job with the new company, but could not. My husband was not offered a job.
On that day, everyone who worked for Hostess had to start over after years with a company most expected to retire from. There was no notice, there were no termination benefits. I finally was able to talk to someone who could tell me that our health insurance coverage would be in effect until midnight the following day.
I grew up eating "Twinkies and Hostess cakes and loved them. But for me and my family they ceased to exist on Nov. 14, 2012.