Balls and lets not leave out Wonder bread that I have been eating my entire life. My aunt Dianne always said, “The whiter the bread the quicker your dead.” And ironically today we lay Wonder Bread down to rest.
I’m not a fan of unions. I’ve worked in them and out of them and
I’ve always felt that not being in a union was better for me. Unions at one time were beneficial but I believe there are enough rules and regulations in place today to protect employees. I come from a long line of union members and many back their unions 100%. My uncle Randy and I agree to disagree on this subject. I think they are a waste of time and money and it seems they are always thinking of their members and not so much about the company as a whole.
Hostess gave fair warning and the union workers failed to comply.
Sure they were upset about a decrease in pay and benefits – who wouldn’t be, but now they have a 100% decrease in pay and no benefits and right before Christmas nonetheless. I’m not saying Hostess was a good company to work for, I’m saying the union didn’t do them any good. This closing affects 18,500 employees and will close 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers and 570 bakery outlets. This is huge!
Aren’t we supposed to learn from the mistakes of others? If so then why are Wal-Mart workers planning a walkout on Black Friday that will affect stores and online sales?! Employees are upset because they have to work on Thanksgiving night and some on Black Friday. Do these people live such secluded lives that they didn’t know that working in retail would mean they would have to work shitty schedules once in a while? How could they not know this? Do they not realize that if they gave everyone off that the company would lose a huge amount of $? Do they not care? Do they not realize that if the company doesn’t make money then they probably will have no job at all?
Once upon a time I worked in retail and sometimes the hours and
days of the week sucked. I can remember when Mac had Chicken Pocks exchanging her in the parking lot of a dimly lit distribution center parking lot because if we weren’t at our jobs – we would lose our jobs. We even chose to work different shifts so we could make it through with the least amount of stress on the kids. We didn’t have a union, we didn’t need a union and we didn’t want a union. We knew what we were getting into when we signed up.
These Wal-Mart people need to find different jobs. That’s what the upset
Hostess employees should have done. They should have crossed the picket line and made a vow to themselves that they would find a different job. But what’s that you say, there aren’t many jobs out there? Oh that’s right then maybe they should have thought about that and just kept their jobs.
Unions don’t have the pull or the authority they once had. Today companies would rather shut down then to deal with them. And I
honestly don’t think Wal-Mart will deal with a walkout either which will just add to more people in the unemployment line. Wal-Mart won’t close down but they will get rid of the people that lose them money. And
realistically, what employer would want to hire a worker who walked off the job during the busiest day of the year? No one, Hostess and Wal-Mart employees might as well just throw their applications right in the trash.
I’m sick to death of people not fighting their own battles and not taking matters into their own hands. They are in charge of their own destinies yet they stay in a job they hate and complain about things that aren’t fair. They get unions to fight their battles for them. Why not move on?
I don’t get it. But now Hostess employees are going to be forced to move on. I wish the best for them and their families and I hope this holiday season isn’t too rough on them.
And for the rest of us, we now have to live without the iconic snack foods that we love so dearly.
RIP Ding Dongs, you will be greatly missed.