Durkee: Flowers success will depend on B.C.T.G.M.

by Josh Sosland
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KENSINGTON, MD. — In an official statement issued by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers International Union, David B. Durkee, president of the B.C.T.G.M., said Flowers Foods, Inc. will be successful in its acquisition of most of the Hostess Brands, Inc. bread business “if the company includes highly-trained and experienced B.C.T.G.M. members in its workforce.”

Mr. Durkee’s statement followed news that Flowers bid for the majority of the bread business had prevailed.

Mr. Durkee said the successful auction creates the possibility that “iconic brands” such as Wonder, Home Pride and Merita are “firmly on the path of getting back to business” so long as the B.C.T.G.M. remains part of the business. In his statement, Mr. Durkee obliquely acknowledges that the union historically has had a modest presence in the Flowers constellation of baking plants.

“The B.C.T.G.M. is integral to Flowers’ objective to restore these brands, as our members have the experience, expertise, and capability to provide ‘turn-key’ operations going forward,” he said. “Our goal is to preserve our members’ jobs and the legacy of these timeless bread brands. We’ve worked with Flowers on occasion in the past, and would hope to continue a positive working relationship with them.

“The B.C.T.G.M. has a well-trained, sizable work force with decades of experience and irreplaceable knowledge, and our members provide Flowers the best chance of success in a seamless revival of operations. Our organization will extend all of our efforts toward the promotion and success of these brands if we are enlisted as a part of that future. The B.C.T.G.M. looks forward to an active and engaged process in this regard with Flowers Foods and other brand buyers to return these brands to shelves quickly.”
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READER COMMENTS (8)

By Todd Schwartz 7/12/2013 1:29:23 PM
In his comments, Mr. Durkee suggests that Flowers can only survive with the help of the BCTGM and its workers. Let me remind him that it was HIS union that took us all out and closed our company doors. I was a driver for this company for 29 yrs and a Teamster( who, by the way,passed the contract and still suffered because of Mr.Durkee and his union's idiotic actions! How about bringing some of us back?

By dick 3/8/2013 12:13:15 PM
I would hope Flowers stays in the position it is in now // they are winning and I am sure, union or no union these well-trained workers will be very happy to return // like all others when they find out how it works with no need for a union they will leave Mr. Durkee keep dealing with those bakeries wishing they could be like Flowers.

By Mike 3/6/2013 4:32:51 AM
Sounds as Mr.Durkee is saying no union you cant survive.. sounds like a threat again from them to run another company to the ground (if the company includes highly-trained and experienced B.C.T.G.M. members in its workforce.”)bctgm what a joke....

By Mike 3/6/2013 4:32:45 AM
Sounds as Mr.Durkee is saying no union you cant survive.. sounds like a threat again from them to run another company to the ground (if the company includes highly-trained and experienced B.C.T.G.M. members in its workforce.”)bctgm what a joke....

By Mike 3/6/2013 4:32:40 AM
Sounds as Mr.Durkee is saying no union you cant survive.. sounds like a threat again from them to run another company to the ground (if the company includes highly-trained and experienced B.C.T.G.M. members in its workforce.”)bctgm what a joke....

By Dave 3/3/2013 2:30:04 AM
I like that: "Our goal is to preserve our members’ jobs" That philosophy must be new to BCTGM since they assisted in running Hostess out of business.

By Mr. Ed 3/1/2013 3:37:59 PM
I agree with D completely.

By D 3/1/2013 1:24:06 PM
B.C.T.G.M. is a joke. How can you issue a statement about playing a role in Flowers success when it assisted in running another baking corporation into the ground? I hope Flowers avoids dealing with unions. They are innovative and modern. B.C.T.G.M. is an antique.