Trickle down strike-onomics

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As Boeing machinists make their way up the picket line, the effect of what they're doing is trickling down. And its landing right inside Cox Machine's operations. "As a result, our sales volume decreased and we ended up with more work force than we needed to support our sales volume," explains Jason Cox, Chief Technical Officer.

And what he says means fewer people are going to be reporting to work. An all, the company is laying off 23 people, 16 in Wichita and seven in the small community of Harper. There, even people outside the business are already starting to feel the pinch.

Mary Ann Ricke's daycare playroom is usually bustling with kids, but because of Thursday's layoffs she has two fewer kids to look after and 200 fewer dollars going into her pocket each week. "There was no warning. The dad came and told me that his kids won't be coming tomorrow so it was a real shocker."

Their mom was one of the seven people who used to draw their paychecks from the Harper plant. But since it provides much of it's sheet metal to Spirit and Boeing, they're having to make cutbacks as well.

And in a town as small as Harper, those cutback can mean tough times for more than just employees. "You wouldn't think something like that would come back this far to small town USA but it definitely is hurting all of us."

And with negotiations still stalled, there's no telling how deep the strike will strike.


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