The National Labor Relations Board (the Board) has found that Hostess Brands Corporation committed several unfair labor practices during negotiations with its bakers union before the company notoriously shut down its operation in November 2012. Hostess Brands Corporation, 01-CA-080461; +359 NLRB No. 26 (December 3, 2012). In response to unfair labor practices charges filed earlier this year by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (the Union), the Board ruled that Hostess violated the National Labor Relations Act by failing to furnish the Union with certain requested information, by unreasonably delaying in providing other information and by failing to bargain collectively and in good faith. As a result, the Board ordered Hostess to provide information the Union requested back in February 2012.
After lengthy negotiations, Hostess closed its plants upon the Union's rejection of the contract and subsequent strike. More than 18,000 workers were left unemployed. Since Hostess was a party to over 100 collective bargaining agreements with its employees, it is unlikely this decision will have an impact on the future of the company. This decision will, therefore, be seen by many as an empty verdict. The Board also ordered that Hostess post signs admitting it engaged in bad-faith bargaining. However, with every plant shut down and every employee let go, who will ever see the signs?
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