Hostess strike continues despite deadline for closure

Hostess Strike Continues Despite Deadline For Closure

(WMC-TV) - Iconic Memphis music provided the soundtrack Thursday as striking Hostess employees picketed outside the iconic downtown bakery.

It's something that's gone on both day and night since last Saturday.  Striking workers have also been outside the Hostess distribution center near President's Island.

"If we don't make a stand now we're going to give up everything we got anyway," said worker Valentine Lee.

Lee is a 15-year employee who spoke with us during his 8-hour shift on the picket line.

"We have made concession after concession after concession," said Lee.  "And all they do is keep squandering the money and don't hold to their promises," he added.

Members of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Millers International Union, or BCTGM, are battling Hostess over pay and pension cuts.

"The union needs to decide if they want to call off the strike and save this Company, or cause massive financial harm to thousands of employees and their families," Hostess wrote Wednesday in its last public statement.

Hostess set a 4:00CST deadline Thursday for the strike to end, or else.  Striking workers ignored it and hoped the company, famous for baking snack cakes like Twinkies and Wonder Bread, rises to another round of negotiations.

"And see if we can work out something that will be good for both sides," said Lee.

The Teamsters Union is not participating in the strike and has encouraged other union members to concede.  Hostess plans to announce its next move Friday morning.

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