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Hostess plant on strike

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Unionized Dolly Madison employees in Columbus Friday joined a nationwide strike of their union against lower pay and higher benefit costs that their employer, Twinkies maker Hostess Brands, imposed upon them through bankruptcy court.

A company spokesman said a strike could force the company leadership to close all plants for good and put 18,500 employees out of work, including more than 200 in Columbus.

Larry Duncan, business agent for Local 132 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, said Friday that all of the 160 union members at the Columbus plant have joined in the strike, which began at about 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Duncan, a shipping department worker, said all of the bakery unions' 37 plants within the Hostess company were striking together.

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