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Lakehead Motors strike ends after 16 days

Mechanics and technicians of Lakehead Motors have ended their 16-day strike after reaching a five-year agreement.

THUNDER BAY - A 16-day strike at Lakehead Motors has come to an end after mechanics and technicians at the dealership accepted a new collective agreement.

The 37 mechanics and technicians, who are represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1120, voted in favour of a five-year deal.

"We settled a number of issues that the company had. It was an 84 per cent ratification, so we're relatively pleased with the offer the company gave us," said Peter Topetto, president and directing business representative with Local Lodge 1120.

Members took job action in early August when they claimed Lakehead Motors did not respond to an outstanding offer made by the union.

The issues of wages, pension, travel allowance, and tool allowance we're among the major issues addressed in the agreement.

"I think we're all glad to be back," Topetto said of the workers. "They want to get back at working for the customers."

Lakehead Motors is now the fifth and final dealership in the city to reach an agreement with members of Local 1120.

Members will head back to the shop for work on Monday.

Michael Charlebois

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Michael Charlebois was born and raised in Thunder Bay, where he attended St. Patrick High School and graduated in 2015. He attends Carleton University in Ottawa where he studies journalism.
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