Machinists Cope As Strike Enters Fourth Week

By: Abby Barnett Email
By: Abby Barnett Email

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Hawker Beechcraft machinists have been on strike for three weeks. No work and no pay often results in low morale and a struggling team spirit, but not for these workers.

Many workers, like Michelle Thornton, say the roads been tough.

"We paid some bills on time and we're struggling through others," said Thornton. "I'm doing the best I can."

And believe it or not, Thornton says, compared to others, her struggles are
minor.

Workers like Bryan Graham have a wife and two young children at home to
support. "We're struggling pretty bad," he said.

Walking the line makes supporting those at home difficult, but he says he's not giving up and believes the hardships will be worth it in the end.

This "worth it in the end mentality" is something many of the strikers say
is what is keeping their morale so high.

Holding out for the higher wage and the better insurance is taking major
sacrifices on their end. But, in the end, they say they are all sacrificing
together, and they're there for each other.

Many say they've been through this before and planned ahead to cope financially. Others say they had no idea this was coming. They're struggling to survive and are so grateful for the help from the community and fellow union members.

"We're all union brothers and sisters. We're hanging in there and leaning on
each other," said Thornton. "Our morale and mission is strong," she said.


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