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Auto mechanics set to vote on offer that could end nearly 2-week …

Hundreds of Chicago-area auto mechanics are set to vote Saturday on an offer from a group of unionized new-car dealerships that could end a nearly two-week strike, but a union representative said it is unlikely members will approve the contract.

Nearly 2,000 mechanics went on strike Aug. 1 after their union bargained for weeks, demanding the New Car Dealer Committee, which negotiates on behalf of the dealerships, present a contract that fixes sticking points such as uncompensated work time.

The parties have since returned to the bargaining table twice, and the Automobile Mechanics’ Union Local 701 remains unsatisfied. Meanwhile, dealerships face a growing amount of lost business as customers with car troubles seek repairs elsewhere.

The dealers presented an offer to the mechanics Thursday after the latest bargaining session.

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