Hostess Brand workers hit the picket lines

LENEXA, Kan. - Hostess Brands employees all over the nation are on strike, including those here in the Kansas City area who say will not accept more pay reductions.

Employees at the Hostess Brands company in Lenexa said they will continue striking around the clock until the company meets them in the middle with better pay wages or it closes.

The contract proposed by Hostess was rejected by 92 percent of union members. The Bakery, Confectionery and Tobacco Workers International union represents 6600 Hostess employees. According to union workers, the current contract calls for 27 to 32 percent wage and benefit cuts overall; with an 8 percent wage reduction imposed immediately.

Union member Ester Rocha stood holding a sign in front of the Hostess factory in Lenexa. She vows to stay on the picket lines until something changes.

"They've already took away our pension and not brought that back; and they're not negotiating with us on anything we'd like to see negotiated," Rocha said.

It's a negotiation that may not take place, according to the statement released by Hostess Brands which read in part:

"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."

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