REP. SETH BERRY, D-Bowdoinham, talks to Hostess workers on the picket line last Friday in Biddeford. As many as 370 jobs could be lost in Biddeford if the company closes its doors. In the latest developments, Hostess Brands Inc. and its second largest union agreed on Monday to try to resolve their differences after a bankruptcy court judge noted that the parties hadn’t gone through the critical step of private mediation. That means the maker of Twinkies won’t go out of business yet. The news comes after Hostess last week moved to liquidate and sell off its assets in bankruptcy court. Hostess cited a crippling strike started on Nov. 9 by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, which represents about 30 percent of Hostess workers. The mediation talks are slated to take place today, with the liquidation hearing set to resume on Wednesday if an agreement isn’t reached. Nationwide, about 18,000 workers were sent home Friday after the company shuttered its 33 plants.

REP. SETH BERRY, D-Bowdoinham, talks to Hostess workers on the picket line last Friday in Biddeford. As many as 370 jobs could be lost in Biddeford if the company closes its doors. In the latest developments, Hostess Brands Inc. and its second largest union agreed on Monday to try to resolve their differences after a bankruptcy court judge noted that the parties hadn’t gone through the critical step of private mediation. That means the maker of Twinkies won’t go out of business yet. The news comes after Hostess last week moved to liquidate and sell off its assets in bankruptcy court. Hostess cited a crippling strike started on Nov. 9 by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, which represents about 30 percent of Hostess workers. The mediation talks are slated to take place today, with the liquidation hearing set to resume on Wednesday if an agreement isn’t reached. Nationwide, about 18,000 workers were sent home Friday after the company shuttered its 33 plants.

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