This weekend, a number of employees at Sweetheart Bakeries across the country began a ten-month strike, in protest of wage cuts and lack of participation in the company's new pension plans. Chris Foy has the story.
Management at Sheridan's Sweetheart Bakery Outlet store refused to comment on whether the strike has had any effect locally.I was deferred to the company's communications department - and this was the response.
Company executives with Hostess Brands, Inc. have said that if 30 percent of their workforce strikes, it could result in numerous plant closures - and could even lead to liquidation of the company's assets.
The number of bakers on strike is unknown but production lines are still pumping out some of the company's more popular items. Some of the employees at the Sweetheart Bakery Outlet in Billings have joined the strike.
Hostess Brands is currently involved in bankruptcy proceedings and, in September, reached an agreement to modify the collective bargaining rights of its bakers. Per order of the bankruptcy judge, Hostess Brands has permission to force the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Miller's International Union to accept the terms of the new contract.