Robinson worked an early-morning shift as a Cotton's Holsum Breads route salesman in New Iberia.
Robinson, 50, joined other former Holsum/Hostess employees in reviewing their options last week during benefits orientation sessions hosted by the Louisiana Workforce Commission in nine Louisiana cities.
The Advertiser reports three displaced employees attended the Lafayette session, a fraction of the 400 people statewide who lost their jobs.
Robinson and other former employees like John Mac Melancon, 62, learned at the sessions how to keep up with unemployment insurance and improve job-seeking skills.
They hope to put that knowledge to use, but are concerned about their futures.
Robinson heard about the Hostess liquidation on the radio Nov. 16.
The biggest impact in Louisiana was felt in Alexandria, where 200 people lost their jobs at Cotton Brothers/Holsum Bakery. Hostess' liquidation caused the layoffs of more than 18,000 workers nationwide, leaving employees like Robinson without severance pay or pay for accrued vacation days.
"They threw us to the wolves," Robinson said. "That's so discouraging that the people that are still working there are still going to be paid and getting bonuses."
About 3,200 Hostess employees nationwide are being retained to help in winding down operations, including 237 employees at the corporate level, and $1.8 million will be paid out to 19 executives.
Holsum had more than two dozen retail locations in Louisiana, including those in Lafayette, Opelousas and New Iberia. Three days after Hostess announced its liquidation, the Holsum Outlet store on Bertrand Drive was packed with Wonder Bread and snack food lovers looking to stock up on their favorite items. At the time, it was unclear whether the brands would continue.
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