I couldn’t help but think of something this morning, as I heard the news of yet another casualty of B. Obama’s “brilliant” economic policies.
What would Doc Peretzian have thought? And, maybe more importantly, what would he have done for his annual field trip had Hostess Brands gone belly up back in the late 1970s?
You see, the Doc was not only a larger than life (many would say inspirational) character, he took his Peabody High chemistry class students on the coolest of all field trips. It was a change of pace to break up the monotony of learning the periodic table, I guess, but we all looked forward to getting on the bus and visiting the Continental Baking Company. Hard by the old Natick Mall, Continental made delicious Hostess Twinkies, cupcakes, and Wonder Bread.
The highlight of our tour was a free Twinkie to be consumed on the bus ride home.
Now comes the news that the 82-year-old Hostess Brands, Inc. is shuttering all of its plants and going out of business. More than 18,000 workers are going to lose their jobs.
Why? Well, it has to do not only with the economic malaise we still find ourselves in, but also some selfish greediness by the goons who run the unions that represent these now poor, displaced workers.
That’s right, because of economic difficulty, the company was asking for some concessions from the union, so they could stay in business and preserve these jobs. But, as has been the case a lot lately in BO’s Amerika, the union bosses would have none of it.
They would actually rather have more than 18,000 people lose their steady jobs, then give a little and compromise in what would have been a win-win for everyone involved.
I feel very badly for these workers today, and while I continue to feel that unions can be a very good thing when it comes to protecting the rights of workers, it’s become clear that the high-ranking leadership of these collective bargaining units are no better than mobbed-up thugs.
These union leaders, after all, with their $3,000 suits, could walk back to their luxury cars once these negotiations broke down, and return to their elite lifestyles. But what’s the Twinkie baker to do now?
And what would have poor Doc Peretzian have done for his field trip, had union greed been this bad 30 years ago.
To read more, and judge for yourself, here’s the full story from the Wall Street Journal.