When Republicans in Wisconsin and Ohio took on Big Labor, unions fought back ferociously. But Michigan's GOP lawmakers, calculating the political risks of pushing a 'right to work' law, may have looked to Indiana as a better precedent.
A judge asks Twinkies maker Hostess and union lawyers to participate in mediation Tuesday to resolve their differences. If they fail, bankruptcy motions will resume Wednesday and 18,000 jobs will be lost.
Twinkies may survive the Hostess Brands bankruptcy, the company says. Twinkies, the cream-filled golden spongecakes, already have piqued the interest of a few companies. Twinkies alone brought in $68 million for Hostess so far this year.
Hostess Brands announced Friday that the company would liquidate, laying off 18,500 workers and putting its iconic brands, including Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and Ho Ho's, up for sale. Hostess Brands said production at its factories was crippled by a nationwide workers strike.