Daily Kos: Hostess took workers’ pension money to fund itself
Of all the outrages Hostess has committed against its workers, this may take the cake. In August, 2011, the company just stopped contributing to its workers’ pensions, and is now acknowledging that it instead used the money for operational expenses. The money that didn’t go into pension funds was money that the workers had bargained for and chosen to take as pension instead of wages. But that doesn’t mean there’s anything they can do about it:
The maneuver probably doesn’t violate federal law because the money Hostess failed to put into the pension didn’t come directly from employees, experts said.
“It’s what lawyers call betrayal without remedy,” said James P. Baker, a partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP who specializes in employee benefits and isn’t involved in the Hostess case. “It’s sad, but that stuff does happen, unfortunately.”