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Philly Workers Honor Picket Line At Hostess Plant

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A sign is posted outside of the Hostess plant in northeast Philadelphia Sunday. A sign is posted outside of the Hostess plant in northeast Philadelphia Sunday.
PHILADELPHIA -

Several hundred workers at a Hostess plant in northeast Philadelphia are off the job honoring picket lines by the bakers' union at the bankrupt company's plants.

The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union says Friday's walkout began after Hostess Brands Inc. imposed a contract that cuts wages and benefits by 27 to 32 percent, with an immediate 8 percent wage reduction.

Hostess, which makes Twinkies, Wonder Bread and Ding Dongs, filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

Hostess Brands Inc. acknowledged "tough" concessions but urged workers to remain on the job "to rebuild the company." Hostess also warned that a prolonged strike would mean mass layoffs.

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