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Hostess closure leaves striking workers jobless

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Union workers have been on the picket lines, striking against the company's proposed contract offer that would cut pay, add major costs to benefits, and would not guarantee 40-hour weeks.

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Now Hostess, maker of Wonder Bread, and other snacks is closing shop.

The company had warned employees that it would file bankruptcy and sell assets if plant operations did not return to normal by Thursday evening.

Union workers we spoke to say they believe plans to shut down have been in the works for quite some time.

"When we went on strike, they knew we would. They wanted to blame it on us," says McGee.

"It was all set in motion," says union worker Jeff Hall. "They just wanted to place the blame on someone."

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 "I got maybe two weeks in savings," says union worker Rob Rehard. "Then I'm begging for a job."

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