GM dealers fight back: George McGuire, owner of Shakopee Chevrolet, in Shakopee, Minn., is one of the few dealers that prevailed through arbitration.
, who'd managed the dealership since 1996, bought it in 2000.
Last year he
was told that GM
wanted to cut his
"It was panic -- this is my entire life," said McGuire
, a father of three.
"I don't have another dealership, I don't have another business."
has 35 employees, many of whom are long time union technicians.
"They can't just unplug and go get a job somewhere else," said McGuire
"I had paid all their pensions up to that time.
What would happen to their retirement?
It was a really frightening situation.
arbitrated, but it was a lot of work and it was "massively expensive."
Two weeks following arbitration McGuire got a letter giving him the good news.
ordeal was overwhelming, none of his
employees ditched him during the tough times.
noticed they were working even harder.
"I am still in awe of that today.
It is a very humbling thing as an owner," said McGuire