The day could soon come when there won't be any more Twinkies or Hostess Cupcakes. After the maker of the delicious, demonized snack cakes filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January, conditions have allegedly become so much worse for workers at Hostess plants across the U.S. that more than 6,500 members of the bakers union, including around 70 in Oakland, have gone on strike. Company spokesperson Lance Ignon told KTVU that if the strike continues, Hostess could be "facing the liquidation of the entire company in a matter of days, not weeks."
Workers claim that since the baking giant filed for bankruptcy, they've faced pay cuts, no overtime and holiday pay, a stop in the pension, and diminishing contributions to medical benefits -- and they're just looking for some of their job security and benefits back. Some speculate that the company's changing fortunes may have to do with a more health-conscious America, who aren't buying as many sugary treats filled with high-fructose corn syrup.
Meanwhile, if the strike continues, we fully expect a run on Twinkies, Cupcakes, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs, Sno Balls, Suzy Q's, Donettes, Zingers, Chocodiles, and Fruit Pies in the coming weeks as the supplies dwindle in local stores. Unfortunately, you should probably set aside any long-term hoarding plans: Despite the rumors that they're indestructible, Twinkies only have a month-long shelf life.
Oh, and if the company recovers from Chapter 11? Spokesman Ignon told KTVU that Hostess plans to expand into "organic bread products." So your beloved, corn syrup-filled Twinkies might not be safe either way.