Big Labor spinning Twinkies' demise?
Reaction from FBN's Lou Dobbs
- Duration 6:03
- Date Nov 19, 2012
Reaction from FBN's Lou Dobbs
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Another Fox News alert we -- less than an hour away now from a critical hearing for the post just bakery company.
The brand now looking to shut down some 36 plants and sell off its business after union protest over health care wages and scheduling.
And while that union is still hoping someone will buy the company up.
It's president admits striking workers know this was a possibility when they walked out saying quote.
They were well aware of the potential consequences of their actions but stood strong for dignity justice and respect.
Joining me now Lou Dobbs host of Lou Dobbs tonight on the Fox Business Network and -- Lou Dobbs dot com Lou thanks for being here -- -- so they say look.
The union -- is gonna happen but they stood firm and now there is a claim by the union that it was -- style tactics.
Corporate raiders coming in and and pulling out profits and leaving only a shell that really led to this bankruptcy and not union demands.
-- the union demands are what are relevant here because their sense of history here is not entirely wrong.
The the company has been sold over the course of the last thirty years three times.
But this is an issue for the union to save 5000 jobs the bakers and compact yours union.
Simply saying you know they're going to take no responsibility whatsoever for their own economic -- They're going to take no responsibility for the Teamsters union which have already agreed to the to the roll backs and wages over the course of three years.
They're wiping out the jobs single handedly by their act.
Jobs has nothing to do with -- has nothing to do with history this is what they faced -- what they chose to do hype -- your responsibility.
Do you think they believe that their company when the company said.
We're telling you we're going to file for bankruptcy if you don't back off these demands you few thousand at a cost the jobs of eighteen plus thousand if you don't back off this demand.
The head of the bakers union it is you've heard and report.
They knew that the end of the company was at hand.
They knew what the consequences would be this is not one of those in situations where they can say you know we just didn't realize the implications they know full well they've analyzed it.
They're looking at the same numbers as management and the other unions out of agreed to the cut backs and and they have chosen oblivion.
This is -- for unions because.
You know in U -- Norma Rae Sally Field union and it was very sort of -- in that movie you know like that the worker who's getting.
Stepped all over by management and mis representation and that was a time.
Where unions really served to roll and then there's been an ongoing debate in the country about whether that role is still being served what does this -- to that debate.
I I don't think it helps the unions have all organized labor in this country right now.
Is at its -- despite the the bluster of Richard Trumka.
The head of the AFL CIO despite the if you will the the organizing and that the boosting by President Obama and his administration.
This is a time which -- less than 12% of the entire country is organized.
It's about 7% in the private sector 35%.
In the public sector.
If we were not allowing Europeans to organize already -- service type jobs.
Unions right now would be -- -- you 7% sliver of the entire.
-- -- with the unions maintain and Richard Trumka came out he's the AFL CIO president he said look it's not this don't be so quick to.
Blame at the union even though is only the one union having union folks -- on onboard.
He's seems to be defending even the bakers union.
Well they used -- -- style Wall Street vultures who made themselves rich by making America -- he says.
It was consistently poor management that drove hostess into the ground but the workers who are gonna pay the price.
It's true and every company.
The people who work for an organization of the beneficiaries have great leadership they are the victims of bad leadership.
That has never been there's no way in which are created disconnect between the two.
This is a company that has been horribly managed letters no doubt about -- -- bankruptcy three times and they try to reorganized twice before this.
Doesn't bode well but trumka is sitting here blowing -- about things that are absolutely irrelevant to the future these folks they've just destroyed the livelihoods.
And the economic freedom.
Off fellow union members not in the same union they're Teamsters workers.
And the about 20% of the company that's nonunion but over 181000 jobs wiped out by any of these bill.
People around that this union.
By the weather.
They're perfectly match with those who have managed this company over the years they're absolutely out of their mind and can't seem to have to focus on what is the real entry.
-- -- anything that the Teamsters have a reputation for being so tough to and they and they won't -- and in the end it was it was the did don't that don't guys today that don't always.
It's -- repeat I mean who -- -- would've been so tough well I.
The bakers union has a pretty good reputation as -- has organized labor army and they can be pretty tough -- -- northeast and it's purely.
Did anything like that out of the baker I don't know teams the teams I don't -- -- sleeves rolled up at Roland down there with the eighteen wheelers.
In and they've got to agree tradition of being rough -- -- but they're also sensible and Smart people.
Are -- -- trying their very best.
In most instances to at least rivers -- what they think -- the interest of the workers the bakers union is out of its mind.
And an -- of this debate today -- dressed for the segment as a black and white -- that's -- you can see how my arms are all.
Flak from you know -- down that it is elegant -- -- from the elbow up we haven't quite worked -- -- an -- it's very hard to our studio apple are gonna say it's -- you like.
Elegant lighting you know how like the ball -- -- as close go out today and their weight but -- doing it in reverse with shadow shadow dancing here in America live today welcome to it.
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