WICHITA — Last year, PumpHouse owner Jim Ross was a tad unprepared for what to expect when Machinists union members rallied in front of the Courtyard by Marriott in Old Town, which happens to be across from his bar and restaurant.
“It was a very busy, loud day,” Ross says. “Most of our beer was gone at the end of the day.”
So this year, he’s ready.
There’s a Machinists rally at 4 p.m. Friday in the same spot since contract negotiations have been ongoing at the Marriott and the Hotel at Old Town.
“This year, we’ve kind of geared up a little better.”
Ross prefers not to talk shop about unions or anything related to the rally.
“I’m just selling beer. That’s all I do.”