To the chagrin of Michael Bloomberg and Michelle Obama, America's favorite cream-filled snack cakes are rolling off the assembly line. After a union standoff drove Hostess Brands out of business, new owners purchased the company. They hired a non-union staff and are now sending Twinkies to retailers from coast to coast.
The Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) is unhappy with this right-to-work resurrection since it’s the union that nearly drove Twinkies to extinction. BCTGM has announced that the new Hostess Brands must immediately let them back in the bakery doors, if they know what's good for them.
“Despite the fanfare, the long-term viability of this effort is highly uncertain,” the BCTGM said in a statement Friday. “Rather than hire professional, experienced bakers who have produced quality snack cakes in the company’s bakeries for decades, Hostess management has chosen instead to hire primarily workers with little or no experience in the demanding wholesale snack cake baking industry.”
Far be it from me to impugn the demanding wholesale snack cake baking industry, but it appears Twinkies, Ho Hos and Chocodiles will get along just fine without the folks that put them on life support. But BCTGM isn't the only labor union unhappy these days.
Three powerful unions sent a scathing letter to Democratic leaders in Congress to complain about Obamacare. When President Obama arbitrarily gave companies an extra year to comply with his signature achievement, unions seem to have been blindsided. Leaders of the Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE-HERE warned Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi that unless changes are made, Obamacare will “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”
The rest of the letter isn’t much better for Reid, Pelosi or Obama. I would simply excerpt it, but the whole thing deserves a close read by Americans on both sides of the aisle:
When you and the President sought our support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you pledged that if we liked the health plans we have now, we could keep them. Sadly, that promise is under threat. Right now, unless you and the Obama Administration enact an equitable fix, the ACA will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.
Pelosi insisted that we pass Obamacare to find out what was in it. It hasn’t even been enacted and we’re finding out it’s a disaster for everyone involved.
Those of us on the right side of the aisle were mentally prepared for the nightmare to come, but the ACA’s biggest fans are belatedly experiencing a rude awakening. Hopefully voters across America are learning that unintended consequences consistently foil the grandest plans of government technocrats and bakery-floor activists.
Twinkies aren’t great for your health, but Obamacare is much, much worse.