Unions Kill the Twinkie

by Mike on November 16, 2012

in Economy,Labor Unions,Politics

There are a lot of stories out there that, when taken together, suggest that the world is on fire right now.  But the one thing that seems to be pissing everyone off more than any other is the fact that the Twinkie will soon be no more because Hostess, the company that makes them, is going out of business..  I haven’t actually had a Twinkie in a really long time, it might even be 10 years now.  But the fact that I soon won’t be able to have a Twinkie is depressing.

It’s wonderful that people are outraged over Hostess going out of business, but will people actually learn why this is happening and channel their outrage toward the rightful target?  According to Hostess’ CEO, the reason why Hostess is going under is that they were forced to fold under pressure brought upon them by greedy labor unions.  Apparently, the company was struggling and had to offer reduced salaries and benefits in their latest negotiations (HT: Ace of Spades) so they could afford to stay in business, but instead of doing their jobs, the bakers union continued with a strike despite warnings that the struggling company would shut down if the strike continued.  It did, and now 18,000 more people are out of work and the Twinkie could be no more.

The corrupt media will undoubtedly frame this as an issue of corporate greed, but it is a teaching opportunity for the Republican Party.  With Hostess going under, we can lay out a case that the well-being of employees and employers are dependent on each other.  If one group (employers) is harmed by unrealistic labor demands, burdensome regulation, or unnecessarily high taxes, both employers and employees suffer.  By not choosing winners and losers and respecting the role everyone plays by keeping government out of the way (both the rich and the working class), employers will be in a position to earn more money, which gives them the ability to keep employees employed and offer wages that are closer to employees’ expectations.  As a result, our country would be in a good position to make a comeback.  The case must be made though.

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Ryan November 16, 2012 at 6:21 pm

It’s the same principle that almost occurred in Wisconsin with their public employees. If not for Scott Brown, tens of thousands of those same teachers and public workers who were vehemently protesting Brown would be out of a job.

The death of the Twinkie is the latest example of what happens when unions fail to try to be reasonable.

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