Mechanics Continue to Strike
A new deal was offered Monday, but nearly 2,000 mechanics in the Chicagoland area continue to strike. Employees have been on strike since Aug. 1, for what they say is a strike for better benefits and compensation. The offer made to the members of the Automobile Mechanics’ Local 701 union Saturday was rejected by a majority of members.
According to the Tribune, there are nearly 420 new-car dealerships in the Chicago area and of these dealerships nearly 180 shops are unionized. With nearly 2,000 mechanics participating in the strike, union dealerships are suffering when it comes to service. Some dealerships have had to turn customers away or cancel appointments made due to the lack of mechanics available.
Both parties are hoping for a smooth and peaceful resolution. With union mechanics striking for a better deal, as well as dealers looking to get back to business and servicing customers, negotiations continue.
That being said, no future meeting or further arrangements have been made as of Monday.