Association for Union Democracy

No Union for Reopened Hostess Plants

The new owners of four former Hostess Brands LLC factories, Metropoulos and Apollo Global Management, are not using union labor in their reopened Hostess Plants. The four plants, which reopened in July, hired 1500 “skilled, nonunion workers” to do the work that was once done by approximately 7000 union workers. Metropoulos and Apollo claim that the old plants were working at less than 50% capacity; their new plants will work at 85-90% capacity in order to be “as efficient as possible.” They also plan to hire third-party drivers instead of using Teamster-represented in-house drivers as the previous owners did. Two other factories were bought by Flower Foods and have not reopened.

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