It was a tradition for years. During lunch, Pemcos union workers would come in to Larry’s Restaurant and Grocery, and order homemade dishes of chicken, dressing, or green beans. But lately, business has been a little slow for owner Larry Hammack.
With 200 Pemco union workers out of work, their only options have been to either wait until a new contract is ratified or to find another job. Some Pemco workers have gone as far as north Alabama or Georgia to find work.
Napier Field Mayor Greg Ballard says one of the reasons they were able to get a grant for street repaving is because of the traffic that neighboring Pemco gave them.
News 4 couldn't get a comment from Pemco representatives, but got a call from union spokesman Bob Wood; he says that the renegotiated contract is a 180 degree turn from the last offer and it seems that a majority of the workers will return to work. He says the union is just looking out for the best interest of the workers and the City of Dothan.
Union members will vote on the new contract Sunday at Dale County High School. We'll have the results of the vote on News 4 at ten.