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Hostess Says Job Cuts Possible Due To Nationwide Strike By Bakers

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Part of a Hostess Twinkie golden sponge cake with its creamy filling exposed.  (credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Part of a Hostess Twinkie golden sponge cake with its creamy filling exposed. (credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hostess Brands Inc. has notified Connecticut that layoffs are possible by mid-December as the snack food company faces a nationwide strike by bakers.

The maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread filed notice with the state Department of Labor on Tuesday that an unspecified number of workers could lose their jobs.

The Connecticut Post reports nearly 200 jobs are at stake, including drivers, mechanics, thrift store employees and others in Bridgeport, Cheshire, East Windsor, Norwich and Uncasville.

Hostess, based in Irving, Texas, operates 36 bakeries nationwide and has about 18,300 employees. It has warned that the strike by about 30 percent of its workforce could lead to bakery closures.

The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike Nov. 9 to protest cuts to wages and benefits in a contract offer.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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