Business publications have reported that Hostess products suffered from both financial mismanagement and a decline in sales. The company had several CEOs in a five-year period, and the union stated the last CEO had given himself a raise.
The Nov. 28 letter by Tom Devries from is typical of the intellectual dishonesty of many people in Indiana when it comes to censoring the failures of private enterprise and capitalism.
Union members do not simply strike because the leadership tells them to. The members must be presented with an employer's offer, and then the employees vote on whether to accept or reject it. It is no one else's business but a majority of the unionized workers if they want to work for the wages and benefits being offered.
Because of its financial problems, Hostess was proposing further cuts on top of previous cuts in wages, and a major reduction in employee pensions.
- Daniel Cohn, Valparaiso