Hostess, Union Head Back to Table to Try and Save Company
LENEXA, Kan. — Twinkie the Kid may yet ride again.
Hostess Brands, Inc. and representatives from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union will go into mediation on Tuesday with the goal of ending a strike and keeping the maker of Twinkies, Ding-Dongs and other famous treats in business.
Last week, Hostess announced that they would be going out of business after not being able to reach an agreement with its second-largest union, who are angry with contract changes imposed by a bankruptcy court – including an eight percent pay cut, an increase in employee health coverage costs and a change in how overtime is calculated.
The company currently employs over 18,000 people. The union has been on strike since November 9.
If the two sides cannot come to an agreement on Tuesday, the company will continue with their liquidation plan on Wednesday.