Nov 16, 2012 4:03 PM by Andy Koen

Hostess employee: pay cut was temporary

COLORADO SPRINGS - An employee at a local Hostess outlet store blames the bakers union for putting her and her friends out of work. The 82 year old company that made Twinkies, Wonder Bread and a number of other baked goods said they were forced to close their doors Thursday when they couldn't reach an agreement with striking bakers at their manufacturing plants.

The company had filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in September and wanted to cut the bakers pay as part of the reorganization. But employee Teresa Farmer says the pay cut was temporary.

"There was an 8 percent decrease in the pay but it was going to come back into their paychecks over the next five years," Farmer said. "So, it wasn't going to completely go away."

She said the outlet store workers were not members of the union.

A statement posted on Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Workers Union website was unavailable after the site crashed due to the high volume of traffic on the server.

A union boss in California told a Los Angeles radio station host the strike was more about mismanagement than pay cuts.

Some 18,500 employees will lose their jobs because of the closure including 233 in Colorado.


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