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Hostess to Enter Mediation With Union

By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 19, 2012 Last Updated: November 19, 2012
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Trucks sit idle at the Hostess baking facility on November 16, 2012, in Oakland, Calif. Hostess Brands announced Monday it would follow a request handed down by U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York to take part in mediation with a major union. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Trucks sit idle at the Hostess baking facility on November 16, 2012, in Oakland, Calif. Hostess Brands announced Monday it would follow a request handed down by U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York to take part in mediation with a major union. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Hostess Brands announced Monday it would follow a request handed down by U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York to take part in mediation with a major union to try and come up with a solution to keep the maker of Twinkies and Ho Hos afloat.

Hostess, said that “production remains shut down,” but said its “motion to wind down the company and sell all of its assets has been adjourned until” Wednesday, according to a statement.

The bankruptcy court ordered the company to mediate with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, or BCTGM.

Last Friday, the company announced that it would close its doors and suspend production after the BCTGM began a nationwide strike that “crippled” its ability to produce its goods. The company has approximately 18,500 employees.

“Many people, myself included, have serious questions as to the logic behind this strike,” said Judge Robert Drain, who heard the case, reported The Associated Press. “Not to have gone through that step leaves a huge question mark in this case.”

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