Some good information
: Like I said, I havenít paid much attention to this fight, so I donít have a lot of insight into whether labor or management has been more unreasonable. However, the Teamstersí web site seems to lay the blame
on the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) for refusing to go along with the Teamsters to accept the last offer from Hostess:Thatís a pretty remarkable statement from the Teamsters.
Just a little background. Thereís a lot going on, here, though the bakers union strike was certainly the last straw for Hostess. The company has been in bankruptcy twice in the last decade, and as Allahpundit notes
, the culture of organics and calorie-counting was working against them.
But the bakers union deserved to get thrown under the bus by the Teamsters because it looks like they threw the Teamsters under the bus, first. The Teamsters and the bakers worked together to come to a deal with Hostess in September. The bakers were quiet during negotiations, and apparently pulled a surprise move when they rejected the deal.
This is what the deal looked like. It sounds like the Teamsters really did make sacrifices, and many of them were crossing the bakersí picket line to keep the company functioning: