NCL statement on Hostess executive bonuses – National Consumers League

November 30, 2012

Contact: NCL Communications, Carol McKay, (412) 945-3242,

Washington, DC–Sally Greenberg, Executive Director of the National Consumers League, issued the following statement today regarding the announcement that Hostess management would be taking bonuses after laying off 18,000+ workers:

“The National Consumers League is stunned to learn that Hostess executives are awarding themselves bonuses totaling $1.8 million in the wake of management’s decision to close down the beloved and iconic Hostess brand of products and lay off 18,000+ workers.

This company has been notoriously mismanaged for years, yet management has scapegoated Hostess employees instead of taking responsibility for their own incompetence. Their behavior boggles the mind.

We at NCL are not alone in our outrage. We call upon the judge who authorized the bonuses to reconsider this disgraceful decision.”


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