It has long been rumored that Twinkies (and cockroaches) are the only things that will survive the apocalypse. With the Four Horsemen drawing nearer, it's easy to envision Twinkies going on their merry way without a care in the world.
Despite the Twinkie's admirable resilience, there is still an entity that the company's new CEO, C. Dean Metropoulos, feels he needs to protect Twinkies from: unreasonable labor unions.
The Wall Street Journal recently announced that Metroplous "aims to hire 1,500 workers by September," but he will not let union representation get in the door. Instead, workers on their own accord will go back to work in facilities in Georgia, Kansas, Illinois, and Indiana- all parts of the country that need an economic jolt.
Representation for employees, per se, is not a bad thing. However, employees, consumers, and communities don't need nor want a union that causes businesses and organizations to shut their doors.
As The Wall Street Journal reported, one union caused the shutdown of Hostess, putting 19,000 people out of work.
"The company's largest union, the Teamsters, had agreed to a new labor contract following a contentious bankruptcy trial. But the second-largest union, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International Union, launched a work stoppage after the company imposed new labor terms on the union's members. Hostess said the strike crippled its operations, forcing it to shut down."
Because a union that represented under a third of the company's employees can bring it to its knees, it's encouraging to see states take it into their own hands and fight for right-to-work laws. Even states that have been heavily populated by unions in the past, like Indiana and Michigan, have recognized that economic growth does not come through unions squelching business or school activity.
With such laws in place, workers are no longer forced to contribute their hard-earned dollars toward labor union dues in order to be considered hirable, nor can they be fired for refusing to join the union.
Such measures are helpful economic tools because more workers will be attracted to jobs without having to worry about being under constant surveillance from their local union. Furthermore, with more money staying in a worker's pocket instead of it going toward political donations that the worker may not even agree with, the worker can better take care of his or her family.
Empty factories are not tools for future growth. They are signs of economic stagnation. It doesn't have to be this way. Addressing union overreach should be a top concern of policymakers.
Union or not, open those factory doors, Hostess. Keep those Twinkies coming!