By Al Novack

PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) – Several hundred workers at a Hostess plant in northeast Philadelphia are off the job honoring picket lines by the bakers’ union at the bankrupt company’s plants.

330 workers at the Hostess bakery at Blue Grass Road and Grant Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia have entered the second day of their strike that began at 12:01am Saturday.

The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union is protesting the company decision to cut wages by an average of eight percent and benefits by an estimated 32 percent. The union says workers walked out Friday after the contract was imposed.

The Hostess Company which bakes Wonder Bread, Twinkies, and Ding Dongs, ispresently in its second bankruptcy.

Hostess Brands Inc. acknowledged “tough” concessions but urged workers to remain on the job “to rebuild the company.”

The New York Post reports that company sources say it may decide to lay-off its entire 18,000 employees at its bakeries nationwide and then liquidate.

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