BIDDEFORD, Maine â€” Labor leaders in Maine say the resilience of the Hostess workers on the picket line at the companyâ€™s Biddeford plant, which is in the process of being shut down after the company on Friday said it would liquidate the business, gives them inspiration in the face of what they believe have been ongoing efforts â€” by politicians, including Gov. Paul LePage, and corporate investors â€” to reduce union influence.
Bakersâ€™ union officials and their supporters say also that the demise of Hostess Brands Inc., which failed to convince striking workers to return to their jobs, is a warning sign for corporate investors seeking to squeeze more profits out of the working class.
â€œUnions have been losing power for years,â€ said Ken Rumney, a striking worker outside of the Hostess plant in Biddeford on Friday. â€œThis is an exceptional case. If Hostess had been allowed to get away with what theyâ€™d been trying to do, other corporations would have lined up to try the same tactics. Hopefully, this will be an example to other companies not to [try to] break their unions.â€
Yeah, sure. Enjoy life on the dole, you now-jobless moron. From the taxpayers who will have to carry your worthless Marxist asses in perpetuity: you’re welcome.
Yeah, this is a country worth saving, all right. Sheesh.