Friday, December 7, 2012

The New Needy- laid off Teamsters

In Denver, the local Teamsters union is making a pitch for charitable donations.  Not for homeless children, or disabled veterans or for out-of-work headhunters.  This is for the poor, helpless union workers who lost their jobs when Hostess shut down last month.

I don't feel sorry for them.  Their union and its unsustainable contract with the bakery forced the maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs to file for bankruptcy.  They brought this on themselves.  I suppose you could argue that the rank and file union members were too naive to know what the union bosses were doing to them.  But the cake delivery driver, with his half-full truck,  should've realized he was screwing somebody when he ran into the bread delivery driver, with his half-full truck, making a stop at the same grocery store.  That's right, union work rules prohibited cake and bread being delivered in the same truck by the same person.  It makes sense.  I just hate the idea of my packaged bread and cake co-mingling in the back of some delivery truck.

They enjoyed the ease of their employment for a long time before the company just couldn't continue anymore.  I hope they saved up a good portion of their overpaid wages for a rainy day.  I wonder how much they would have saved up if they invested their union dues in stock over the past 20 years?  As long as it wasn't stock in Hostess.

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