GM Strike Continues, Impacts Businesses

By: Max Seigle
By: Max Seigle

With these workers on strike...A daily lunch call from the Janesville GM plant to this Pizza Hut kitchen is on hold for now. "Right around noon every day, everybody goes on break down at the plant and we usually show up with pizza at the entrance and then hand them out to everybody," said General Manager Ryan Bennett. His restaurant usually boxes up about a dozen pizzas every day to the plant....taking in about $200. But now that consistent cash flow is at a standstill. "It's a pretty fair amount of sales down there so it's kind of sad to see that go for the time being," Bennett said. Over at True Value hardware in Janesville, the sadness hasn't kicked in yet. That's because....surprisingly....the strike is generating more business from GM workers....cathing up on home projects while they're not picketing. "Several guys came in yesterday, came in doing plumbing projects. We had some guys renting rental equipment to do lawn things," said True Value Owner Rob Larson. But Larsen isn't taking the business for granted...Because he knows it could easily get worse if the strike goes beyond a month. "Anything long-term could be detrimental," Larson said. Keeping the cash coming Is important...but some businesses say...even more so...Is getting the workers back at the plant...so they can support their families. "Both my 2 waitresses that work the lunch buffet buffet , both their husbands work at GM," Bennett said. So there's alot on these business owners minds right now....as they picketers continue fighting for their piece of the pie.


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