Without the secret ballot, bad things happen:
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In September, one of its major unions, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, voted narrowly to accept a new contract with reduced wages and benefits. The Bakers’ union rejected the deal, however, prompting Hostess management to secure permission from a bankruptcy court to force a new concession contract on workers.
The Teamsters union, which represents 7,500 Hostess workers, has been sharply critical of the smaller Bakers’ decision to strike, saying it was forcing the company to the cusp of liquidation. The Teamsters said Thursday that the Bakers’ union should hold a secret ballot on the company’s offer, rather than the voice votes that were held in union halls around the country that authorized the decision to strike.
“It is difficult for Teamster members to believe that is what the [Bakers’ union] Hostess members ultimately wanted to accomplish when they went out on strike,” said the Teamsters’ statement.
I’m gonna miss my Ding Dongs.
Crossposted from A Tow Dog
- Hostess Closing for Good (money.cnn.com)