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Ontario Auto Mechanics Strike

August 11, 2017

By Tara Jessup

August 12, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Thunder Bay, Ontario, – Mechanics and technicians at the Lakehead Motors car dealership went on strike Aug. 3, after it failed to respond to a contract proposal by International Association of Machinists Lodge 1120. “We were left with no other option and that is why we are here,” Lodge 1120 President Peter Topetto told TBNewsWatch. The union represents more than 150 mechanics at five dealerships in this city of 110,000 on the north shore of Lake Superior but has ratified agreements with the other four that will give the mechanics an 8% raise over three years. Its contract with Lakehead Motors expired March 1. “They are all fair agreements that the members have accepted, and all we want is to get the same type of offer so we can make a fair agreement with this owner, and it doesn’t seem to be forthcoming,” Topetto said. Danny Ariganello, a Lakehead service technician for 17 years, said mechanics need to be reimbursed for the extra time they spend in training. “We are doing 16- or 17-hour days for training and we would like to be reimbursed and paid our travel time,” he said. Read more

August 11, 2017

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