Hostess workers hope Biddeford plant will reopen

BIDDEFORD (AP) — Workers at a Hostess plant in Biddeford say they hope it will be reopened under new ownership following the company's decision to cease operations.

The Texas-based company told striking workers that the company would go out of business if they didn't return to their jobs Thursday evening. Pickets remained outside the Biddeford plant on Friday.

Thousands of members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike last week after rejecting a contract offer that cut wages and benefits.

Fifty-two-year-old Rich Reardon says he and fellow workers are confident that the Biddeford plant will be bought and reopened because the 13-year-old plant is modern and efficient.

The closing would mean the loss of about 18,500 jobs. The Biddeford plant employs about 330 people.

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FRANK EARLEY's picture

The pay wasn't bad...

Many years ago, while working for a company that supplied drivers for one large bakery in Maine, I got a call to fill in at the Biddeford plant for one night due to a flu outbreak. It was snowing and I really didn't feel like driving from Lewiston to Biddeford. Then they told me what the hourly pay was, I couldn't have driven any faster to get there. I can't understand how they lost all that......

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Hostess plant closings

If the vast majority of these plants that have union workers that weren't so greedy, they'd have their jobs and none of these places would be closing. They blame the president for their woes, but it's not the presidents fault, that the workers are so greedy they want more.

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The vulture capitalists strike again. They're owned by a private equity firm that has no interest in running a food company, and stacked upper management with people who have no food production experience. They'll try to blame it on the unions, and hope you don't hear about the ceo's salary being tripled just a few months ago.


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