how zen is that...
<I just puked a little in my mouth>
The union that brought the 85-year-old baker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread to its knees is holding out hope that a buyer will salvage chunks of the company and send the union's members back to work, even as Hostess Brands Inc. gears up for a fire sale.
Hostess, the company behind treats snacked on for generations, is poised on Monday to present to a federal bankruptcy judge a plan to shut down 36 plants and sell off the company's business. The liquidation was sparked by a nationwide strike orchestrated by the snack maker's second-largest union, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers.
While Hostess has said the shutdown would result in the loss of more than 18,000 jobs and place the fate of more than 30 American brands in jeopardy, union President Frank Hurt said he believed there was "more than a good chance" that a buyer quickly would swoop in to buy the profitable parts of the company and give his union's members their jobs back.
"I'm not in a position to promise anybody anything, but I'm in a position to be hopeful," he said Sunday.
"I try to stay connected to what is going on in the world," she said. "You have to adapt to the changing situations all the time, but I would say my core values and principles have never changed. Our mission is people helping people be successful. That's been my mantra since 1985."
She calls her leadership style "very participative" - letting other people make decisions while she makes recommendations. She believes in getting people together in teams to talk about and think through problems.
It's about caring and respecting employees, having conversations and asking for input - and not just sitting and staring at computer screens all day.
"When you focus on just numbers and people cease to be important in the equation, you get disaster," Marshall said. "Our country is full of people that are disengaged in their work and don't really care. So we have a big problem. We've got to re-engage people ... and not be afraid to step into the workplace and be vulnerable as managers."
Unions are not usually partners in the business, except some like GM and Chrysler.
Unions really need to start negotiating into their contracts that raising the CEO's compensation automatically triggers a raise for the rest of the employees.