GM worker in Spring Hill relieved over auto bailout - WKRN News 2

GM worker in Spring Hill relieved over auto bailout

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Workers at the GM plant in Spring Hill expressed relief Friday at the White House's auto bailout.

Those, however, who depend on the GM plant for their livelihood aren't calling a Christmas package from the White House a bailout, they are calling it a loan.

Union leaders at the plant that makes the Chevy Traverse say an estimated 30,000 people with jobs are feeling a sense of relief.

"You can start in Franklin and go to Columbia every other business would go out of business, the snowball effect would be astronomical to this area," said local UAW president Mike O'Rourke.

The Spring Hill GM Plant employs 3,400 workers.

The UAW estimates nearby supporting suppliers and distributors employ almost 10 times that much.

At a Pancho's, a Spring Hill café popular with GM workers, Jimmy Jones seemed relieved as he took a lunch break.

"My wife probably knew about it before I did, we have been talking about it every night, hopefully it will be a little more lighter mood tonight," he said.

Pancho's owner David Ortiz shared the concerns of his auto worker patrons, and their sense of relief

"Well I feel better I definitely feel better," he said as he handled a roomful of customers.

Union leaders say much needs to happen in the next few months, or their rank and file will go right back into a more uncertain future, but for now there's thankfulness.

"We feel certainly that our prayers have been answered with this loan," says local UAW chair Mike Herron.

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