But how much bakers lost is unclear, because retirees at Hostess are paid by a "multiemployer pension plan" that's funded by several companies in the business. Jeffrey Freund, a lawyer for the union, said Hostess missed $22.1 million in payments during the five months preceding the company's bankruptcy filing in January, and another $3 million to $4 million per month until Hostess and the union failed to reach an agreement. "The company's cessation of making pension contributions was a critical component of the bakers' decision" to go on strike, said Freund.
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