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Bakers union strikes outside local plant

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About a dozen workers began picketing at a Hostess Brands plant in Queensgate to honor a bakers union strike at plants across the country.

The picket line formed on Sunday, two days after the walkout began, when the maker of Twinkies, Wonder Bread and Ding Dongs imposed a contract that would cut wages by 8 percent. 

The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union said the contract would also cut benefits by 27 to 32 percent.

The Texas-based company has struggled in recent years with two bankruptcy filings. It warned last week that a widespread strike could lead to layoffs of most of its 18,300-member workforce.

Workers who showed up at the Butternut Bread factory in Queensgate on Monday morning found themselves locked out of the facility.

Hostess Brands, Inc. issued the following statement:

"A widespread strike will cause Hostess Brands to liquidate if we are unable to produce or deliver products.  If that's the case, the company will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,300-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders. 

"We urge our employees to remain on the job to rebuild the company.  Sixty-four percent of our workforce is composed of non-union employees and employees represented by unions that ratified our proposals for modified collective bargaining agreements.  We believe they have earned the right to rebuild Hostess.

"We know the concessions are tough, but it would make more sense for unhappy employees to simply leave the company voluntarily than to strike and cause the company to close down, forcing everyone to lose their jobs."

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