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Conn. jobs lost as Hostess ends its business


STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Teamsters union official says as many as 200 jobs in Connecticut have been eliminated as Hostess Brands Inc. goes out of business.

Kevin O'Toole, secretary-treasurer of Local 145 in Stratford, said Friday was the last day for mechanics, drivers and others.

Hostess has plants in Bridgeport, Cheshire, East Windsor, Norwich and Uncasville.

Hostess, based in Irving, Texas, says it will lay off its 18,500 employees. It said a nationwide strike by a bakers union crippled its ability to make and deliver products, including Twinkies, Wonder Bread, Ding Dongs and Ho Ho's.

The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike Nov. 9 to protest proposed wage and benefits cuts.

O'Toole said Teamsters are angry that they are losing their jobs because of the bakers' strike.


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