Chicago-area Union, Dealerships Reach Agreement, End Strike
Sept. 18, 2017—A strike by Chicago-area auto mechanics has ended, as reported by the Chicago Tribune.
According to the Automobile Mechanics Local 701 website, the union reached a tentative agreement on Friday with the New Car Dealers Committee. The offer subsequently voted on over the weekend was the fourth since the strike began, according to the union. The new contract addresses multiple requests from the union that became a major sticking point during negotiations. Mechanics will see their base pay increase two hours under the new contract and enjoy wage increases. By Monday, hundreds of mechanics were back at work.
Roughly 1,700 auto mechanics had walked out on Aug. 1 at nearly 140 new-car dealerships across the Chicago suburbs after rejecting a three-year contract.
As that walkout lingered, some dealerships broke with the committee and settled with Local 701, although that sparked a complaint to the National Labor Relations Board. An estimated one-third of the dealerships affected by the strike hired temporary replacement workers, according to the suburban Daily Herald. But some dealers had to turn service customers away.