The End of Twinkies' Union Label

A couple of months ago, during the Chicago teachers' strike, I mildly suggested that the trouble with unions is that they are all on a journey that can end only in tears.  If employees declare war on their employer, then the war can end only in the death of one or the other. And who wants that?  The union bakers -- the union former bakers -- at Hostess Brands, Inc., that's who. Really, as the Greek philosopher George Maroutsos used to say, I should pay for the opportunity to write about this. The union leaders up in Maine are spinning the end of Twinkies as a glorious victory: "I think we're the first ones who have stood up and said, 'We're not going to let you get away with it,'" said Sue Tapley, the strike captain on hand Friday morning at the Biddeford plant, which employed nearly 600 people. "You can fight them. You can shut them down." This is the union equivalent of the patriotic cult of the Fallen.  Yes, your son got killed in the Battle of the Bulge, but his...(Read Full Article)