Deadline Passes, Hostess Workers Refuse To End Strike

Hostess said it would take steps to liquidate the company if strikers did not return to work Thursday by 5 p.m.

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    A Hostess employee stands in from of the Dolly Madison bakery in Columbus.

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    Workers at the Dolly Madison bakery stand outside the facility on strike after Hostess' 5 p.m. deadline Thursday.

Updated 5:10 p.m.

Hostess Brands workers and their families are still picketing in front of the Dolly Madison bakery in Columbus on Thursday.

Hostess had said would take court action Friday to “liquidate the entire company” if striking union workers throughout the nation did not return to work by 5 p.m. Thursday.

Columbus employees say they have no plans to return to work at the pay the company is offering them.

Union officials say they are hopeful they will be able to retain their jobs if another company buys the bakery after Hostess liquidates, which could be as early as next week.

Hostess operates nearly 30 facilities and employs more than 800 in Indiana.

Network Indiana contributed to this report.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.eckert.50 Bob Eckert

    Unfortunately, I fear that any company that buys out Hostess will be similar to Bain Capital and as has happened so many times with these “vulture capitalists”, these workers will lose their union jobs and be replaced by “right to work” non-union workers who will work for less money producing a lower quality potentially dangerous product. The Republican super-majorities in Indiana threaten to destroy all of Indiana’s remaining union jobs and as a result Indiana’s standard of living will go down once again. Indiana’s new Republican dictatorship will do everything they can to stop implementation of the Healthcare Reform Act and the health of Hoosiers will suffer further. We are on the way to becoming the “Mississippi of the Midwest”.

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