(muttpacker @ Dec. 01 2012, 9:21 am)
I think it's fascinating that the current CEO of Hostess was more than willing to admit that it wasn't the labor sector that sank the company, rather the piss poor management of the company before he got there. A veritable breath of fresh air to hear someone actually admit that management, not the unions, kill companies. Management negotiates the contracts with the unions. Management signs the contracts with the unions. And management tends to blame the unions when all hell breaks loose as a result of bad management.
Unions do not do themselves any favors by focusing on job preservation (ie membership preservation) over rules that might enable company productivity-enhancing work flexibility, but ultimately the responsibility for any deal that management agrees to that harms the company falls squarely on management's lap.