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SHREVEPORT - September 25

Day 2 Of UAW Strike: How It Affects Local Businesses

Johnny's Catfish and Seafood sits on Bert Kouns just a few miles from the GM plant.
The family owned restaurant relies on business from GM workers.
"About a quarter of our business comes from General Motors," says general manager Rory Covington. 
On day one of the strike, the restaurant owners took a 25% hit with sales.
Normally customers place 30 take-out orders at lunch time.
On day two of the strike, no one placed an order.
GM workers normally keep the restaurant busy all week.
"They dine in a lot too.  We deliver to them on the weekends when they work the weekends," says Covington.
And it's not just the owners, waitresses worry about losing tips.
"I would imagine if they're income stopped or they would have to adjust to smaller checks, I'm sure that dining out would be one of the first things to go," says waitress Joleen Olson.
A few other gas stations and restaurants are also close to the GM plant.
Their employees are eager to see the strike end.
They already notice less traffic to the cash register.
Rory Covington tries to keep a positive outlook on the situation.
"It'll hurt us. We'll see it, but hopefully they'll come see us whenever they're not working--hopefully," he says.
Story By Ben Wolf

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