FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Passersby don’t just stumble across The Point on Lake Worth Food & Spirits. Nestled between Lockheed Martin and Lake Worth it is difficult to find. And even when you do know where it is, the looming fences of the Lockheed Martin plant make the uninitiated feel as if they might be driving where they shouldn’t.
But Lockheed workers know where The Point is.
Its lake front scenery and views overlooking airplanes roaring off the end of Lockheed’s runway make it a favorite haunt of many of the airplane maker’s employees. Which is why The Point felt the economic impact of the strike even before picket lines had formed.
“Since last night, once the verdict was in, the vote, I had 3 or 4 customers pocketing their money, saving it, saying they weren’t going to be working for a while,” said Janet Clark, The Point’s manager.
Clark’s restaurant was practically vacant during the lunch hour on the first day of the strike. And even the customers she had weren’t spending as they usually do.
Other nearby restaurants and businesses depend on Lockheed employees for their survival, too.
“Yeah, this is going to be an economic impact not only for ourselves but for the area also,” said Larry LeBruce, a union member who was walking a picket line Monday.
Striking workers can collect $150 a week from a union fund after they’ve been on strike for three weeks.
They’ll have no checks until then and tight budgets after.
Union members learned from earlier strikes to save all the money they can.
“A lot of time you have to cut back on the extras, you know, like going to the movies or going to the basketball games, football games,” LeBruce said. “You cut back. You cut back on your gas use.”
And its not just striking workers affecting businesses like Clark’s.
There are about 10-thousand employees still on the job but very few want to cross the picket lines.
“So all your salary workers are still there working but they don’t want to leave for lunch,” Clark said. “I think I had two tables for Lockheed’s lunch.”
Clark said normally she would have 15 tables during Lockheed’s lunch break.