Apparently there will not be any Twinkies after the Zombie Apocalypse.
Hostess Brands, makers of the ubiquitous -- and world famous -- Twinkies, has announced that they're shutting down.
Why, do you ask? Why would the company that makes a product that is popularly thought of being able to survive anything, up to and including various apocalypses, holocausts, Biblical catastrophes and the occasional zombie, be shutting down?
Glad you asked.
Apparently the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union decided to get their noses out of joint and initiated a nation-wide strike that pretty much destroyed the iconic Hostess Brands.
18,000+ people (only about ~6,500 of them Union members, though) have been laid off, or will be laid off pretty damned soon -- and just before the Holiday Season, too. And because the company is up to its eyeteeth in bankruptcy court the amount of help that Hostess is going to be able to offer its (former) employees pretty much equals jack divided by squat.
Unused vacation time? Not in the budget approved by the bankruptcy court and the lenders. Go ask the Union, maybe they'll help.
Severance benefits? Sorry, try asking the union for help.
Expense claims waiting for reimbursement? Whoops. Hey, maybe the BGTWGMI Union will help with that.
Pension? Medical benefits? Other stuff? B-A-N-K-R-U-P-T-C-Y. Go ask the Union that got your job killed for help.
We here at the LawDog Files would like to congratulate the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union for demonstrating that not only do folks not learn from history, but they are obviously completely unable to learn from SIMPLE BLOODY NURSERY TALES.
In a civilised country, the BCTWGMI Union Officers would be apologising on national TeeVee before retreating to a back room with a pen, a sheet of paper and one round; and leaving their successors to make things right.
Unfortunately, I foresee a whole bunch of sniveling done by people who should be angry, much posturing by people who should be legally destroying the BCTMGMI Union, and pompous denials by Union Officers.
Pfagh, on the lot of them.