Twinkies No More? Hostess to Shut Down, Tulsa Reacts
As Hostess files in bankruptcy court to shut down, workers for the company in Tulsa continued to picket.
"It's corporate greed. It's take, take, take, and you're just supposed to give, give, give, and we can't give anymore," said Audra Jones, who has worked for Hostess for 14 years. "I have to support my family just like everyone else has to support their family, and I can't under these conditions they want us to consent to."
Tulsa workers told Channel 8 early Friday afternoon they are uncertain of where they currently stand. However, many of the workers said they are ready to move on.
Hostess said in a statement Friday that the worker's nation-wide strike has crippled the company. Workers were asked to return to work by 4 p.m. Thursday.
A local union official told Channel 8 only five of the 80 bakery workers in Tulsa reported to work this week.
This shut-down signals an end to iconic snacks like Twinkies and Ding Dongs for now. QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh said QuikTrip is sad to no longer be able to carry the Hostess products in the future but anticipates another business will likely buy the popular snacks.
Channel 8 spoke with a woman stocking up on Hostess treats.
"I got everything. Twinkies, cupcakes, donuts, bread," she said.