Hostess workers eligible for added benefits

As many as 18,000 Hostess Brands workers nationally, including those who lost jobs when the Dolly Madison plant on National Road closed in Columbus last year, are now eligible for extra unemployment benefits and special federal retraining programs, officials said Friday.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development said a federal labor ruling this week means the ex-Hostess workers now are eligible for extra benefits under a foreign trade adjustment program designed to help people who lose jobs to overseas competitors.

During the past decade, low sugar prices have helped fuel foreign imports of cake products into the U.S., which the government says contributed to Hostess’ demise.

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