Unionized Dolly Madison employees braved icy winds and rain today during their third full day of strikes at the Columbus production plant on U.S. 31.
Employees at striking sites nationwide, upset especially over cuts to their pensions, said they hoped their actions would bring the company back to the negotiating table — or would force the current owners to sell the company to someone who would honor the previous pension agreement.
However, a spokesman for Twinkies maker Hostess Brands, which owns the local Dolly Madison plant, said this morning that a continued strike in all likelihood would close the bakeries for good and eliminate about 18,500 jobs nationwide, including more than 200 in Columbus.
The company announced this afternoon that as a result of the strike, it will permanently close bakeries in Seattle, St. Louis and Cincinnati, employing a combined 627 people.
Read more in tomorrow's edition of The Republic.