Wentzville businesses feeling effects of GM employee strike

"In my company alone, we are looking at 100 to 150 guys who are affected with it."

Maria Keena
October 11, 2019 - 1:53 pm
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(KMOX) — Despite high-level talks between General Motors and the United Auto Workers this week, the strike is taking a toll on people's wallets. 

And as KMOX's Maria Keena learned, people who don't work for GM in Wentzville are also feeling the pinch — people like Brian McCoy, a truck driver who works for another business that provides for the Wentzville plant. 

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"In my company alone, we are looking at 100 to 150 guys who are affected with it," McCoy said. "There are three or four companies right around GM that supply them with things like the sheets, the fenders, and just a bunch of different stuff. That's like another 200 people right there." 

Brian was laid off immediately following the strike — this Sunday will mark five weeks. He's collecting unemployment, but with two small children, that check is nowhere near his normal income. 

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So far, there's no end in sight for the strike. McCoy said he heard it could last another 12 weeks. 

And he's not the only person looking forward to the end of the strike, everything from restaurants to doctor's offices are feeling the strain in Wentzville as auto workers stand on the picket line instead of the assembly line.

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