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Biddeford Hostess Workers Continue Strike, Despite Threats of Closure
11/15/2012 02:01 PM ET  

The company says it could begin closing plants across the country on Tuesday if workers continue striking past 5 p.m. today.

Hostess Brands says it could begin closing plants across the country on Tuesday if a sufficient number of employees do not return to work by the company-imposed deadline of 5 p.m. today.

Union employees at the Hostess Brands plant in Biddeford have been on strike since last Friday, joining workers at many other Hostess plants across the U.S. The strikers are protesting a new contract imposed by the company which includes significant cuts in wages and benefits.

One of those working the picket line in Biddeford today is molder operator Ernest Curtain, who says the workers are fighting for a good cause. "Everyone here hopes that someone that knows what they're doing comes in here and buys it," he says. "I mean, hopefully, we'll see what happens."

Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn says the company simply does not have the financial resources to survive an ongoing national strike.

This story was reported by Samantha Fields and written by Ed Morin.


 

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