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July 9, 2001
Five thousand demonstrators rallied at the state capitol in Columbia, South Carolina in support of the “Charleston Five,” labor activists. The Five were longshoremen and union members of Local 1422 of the International Longshoremen’s Association. The were peacefully protesting a Danish freight company’s use of non-union workers on the Charleston docks when a fight broke out between picketing workers and the police force. The Charleston Five were arrested along with four others and were held on felony charges which could have carried a prison sentence of up to 10 years. They were finally freed of all charges in November 2001 after a one-year trial, throughout which they were kept under house arrest.
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Hostess Files for Bankruptcy
Updated On: Feb 13, 2012

Company Will Continue to Operate


JAN. 12, 2012 |  A Local 570 employer, Hostess Brands, Inc., announced yesterday it had filed for bankruptcy protection to confront the enormous debt and labor obligations that it claims restricts its ability to compete. It plans to continue operating while it restructures the company. Hostess employs more than 7,500 Teamster-represented delivery drivers and merchandizers; 29 are Local 570 members. The Teamsters National Bargaining Committee has been working with Hostess management for months to identify mutual solutions that would address the company's problems. "Our members have already given at the well, and this time it will take sacrifices among all parties - management, lenders, equity holders and employees – to restructure Hostess into a viable enterprise that is well-positioned for growth," said Denis Raymond, Director of the Teamsters Bakery and Laundry Conference, in an IBT press release. "We were hoping that could have been done prior to a bankruptcy filing, but unfortunately that did not occur. We remain committed to finding a solution, if possible, over the next few months during the bankruptcy process." You can find additional IBT information and news stories here, download a Hostess Member Update here, and take a look at what a retired Hostess Teamster had to say about this latest company development. Update: Teamsters set the record straight on Hostess (1/16)









 
 
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