By The Tribune-Review
Published: Monday, March 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
If there were any doubt about the tendencies of the Trib's editorials (“Sure, we lean to the right,” Trib commercials say), consider the editorial “Another union shakedown: Rewarding thugs” (March 5 and TribLIVE.com), which cites Heritage Foundation information concerning government assistance to the now unemployed Hostess bakery workers. The editorial's headline just about says it all, and the diatribe ends with a charge of union “extortionist thuggery,” no less.
The Heritage Foundation has no comment at all, of course, on the $436 million payoff to top execs of H.J. Heinz Co. who are soon to join the ranks of the Hostess workers — which is to say, those without a job.
I am not going to comment on the culpability of the bakery workers in the Hostess demise, whether their unemployment is self-inflicted or not, whether they are much to blame or partially to blame.
I will say only that it seems to me they had conceded wages and benefits twice before, and that in cases of this kind — where the survivability of a company falls to worker give-backs — you can pretty much figure that as the last stop on the avenue of poor management.
In the Heinz matter, hearty congratulations for a job well done. And I certainly do not think $436 million is an obscene amount when you factor in day care and the price of gasoline.
Robert J. Bush
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