Bakers Union Costs 300 St. Louisans Their Jobs **UPDATE**

**UPDATE** Union Declares Victory As Hostess Goes Out of Business.  No more Ho Hos. **

Unions destroy themselves like pathetic drunks, dragging down everyone around them.

Out Of Work

In a fine example of anti-strategic thinking and un-game theory, the Bakers Union put 637 of its members out of work yesterday.

Hostess—makers of Twinkies—is bankrupt. Part of the bankruptcy involved rewriting union contracts to allow the company to stay in business.

Instead of taking one for the team and helping their company crawl out of its fiscal hole, the Bakers went on strike. Here’s one of the geniuses in his own words:

We’re fighting for our pensions, we’re fighting for health care, we’re fighting for our wages, we’re fighting for our way of life, (Source:

So sayeth Barry Fields, president and business manager of Local 6.

So your “way of life” is unemployment? 

The strike forced Hostess to shut down bakeries in St. Louis, Seattle, and Cincinnati, adding 365 St. Louis bakers to the burgeoning unemployment rosters.

I’ll bet Barry the union business manger isn’t losing his job, is he? He gets to go into work tomorrow and collect his paycheck like every other day—a paycheck funded by the very men and women the union bosses just dumped in the street.

Teamsters accepted Hostess’s renegotiated contract. The Teamsters apparently want their jobs. I guess the Bakers would rather live off the fat of their neighbors.

The corrupt union bosses now are screaming foul, of course. They say it’s not their fault that 637 of their rank and file are unemployed.


Look at union membership in the the United States in the past 30 years.  It’s fallen in half!  From 23% in 1980 to 12.4% today. The union is disappearing, union wages are falling.  Workers are leaving unions for the same reason that families leave drunks.

You know, these union bosses just re-elected Barack Obama. Maybe they figured Uncle Barry (the President, not the union business manager) will support their cast-offs now. Give them some of that cradle-to-grave government love Obama voters want.

The Hostess layoffs are just one of 14 US layoffs announced today—one week after Obama’s election to a second term. Here’s the whole list, complements of

That’s 3,901 people (at least) tossed out today alone.

Last week, Energizer of St. Louis announced 1,500 people are losing their jobs. It never ends.

Congratulation, unions. You’ve made America the place where unemployment is better than a good union job.


4 thoughts on “Bakers Union Costs 300 St. Louisans Their Jobs **UPDATE**”

  1. It has only just began and I am betting the unemployment rate will be at least 10% by the end of 2013. Thanks to Obama Mania.

  2. The rank and file have to trust and follow union leadership – or so the leadership tells us. The Teamsters were always pretty good to me and my colleagues but when I “graduated” to the NEA I had a hard time seeing any benefits to my membership. Most of the time it’s impossible to see that union leadership might not have our best interests in mind. At other times its possible to look the insanity in the face. For example, the insanity of the Mineworkers union leadership while they endorsed the current president – who essentially promised to shut down the mines. Current motto: keep your eye on all of them – and pray a lot.

    1. Great comment. Thanks.

      William F. Buckley told a story about John Dos Passos–the Marxist writer who converted to conservatism and edited National Review for a time.

      Dos Passos traced his ideological migration. First opposed Big Business.Then he opposed Big Government. Then Big Unions.

      He concluded that he never really changed his thinking. He just applied his ideology to more dangers as life and experience allowed him to see the world from a higher plane.

      What was his ideology: he was anti-Big Anything.

      I’ve always thought Dos Passos’s progress is a great lesson. It teaches us that letting any entity grow too large and too powerful leads to tyranny.

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