• Approximately 5,000 Bakery Confectionery Tobacco and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) members across the country struck Hostess Brands, Inc., to protest the company’s imposition of its last, best, and final contract. That contract, which provided for an 8% wage cut and a 17% reduction in health and welfare benefits, was rejected by BCTGM members in September, but ratified by some 7,500 Hostess employees represented by the Teamsters. In October, Hostess received federal bankruptcy court approval to impose the contract. Hostess responded by closing three facilities and stated it would liquidate the company if striking employees did not return to work by November 15th, citing a lack of resources to withstand an extended nationwide strike. After workers continued to strike and emergency negotiations aided by a federal mediator failed to produce an agreement, Hostess ended the negotiations and sought and received court approval, from a New York federal bankruptcy judge, to proceed with liquidating assets and winding down the company. Approximately 15,000 jobs will be terminated.