Judge Orders Hostess to Mediate with Union

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LOVES PARK (WIFR) -- The mad-dash to buy up every ding-dong, may have been unnecessary. Hostess and one of its unions have agreed to go into mediation and if they succeed, the bankrupt company may not liquidate after all. That means the Loves Park Hostess store wouldn't close. They have been busy since word broke Friday that our childhood favorites might be history.

"When I first heard it on the news, I was like man... after all these years it's like losing an old friend going away and I really hope something works out where they could stay in business because I would really miss them, I really would,” said Janice Mathis.

Mathis says she regularly visits the hostess store to buy in bulk, so she could feed the homeless.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Twinkies won't die that easily after all.

Hostess Brands Inc. and its second largest union will go into mediation to try and resolve their differences, meaning the Irving, Texas-based company won't go out of business just yet. The news came Monday after Hostess moved to liquidate and sell off its assets in bankruptcy court citing a crippling strike last week.

The bankruptcy judge hearing the case says that the parties haven't gone through the critical step of mediation and asked the lawyer for the bakery's union to ask his client, who wasn't present, if he would agree to participate.

The case is being heard by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York in White Plains, N.Y.

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