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Published July 25, 2012, 09:48 AM

Duluth auto mechanics strike over repair time

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Auto mechanics striking five car dealerships in Duluth say an impasse with owners isn't about money, it's about the time they need to complete their work.

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Auto mechanics striking five car dealerships in Duluth say an impasse with owners isn't about money, it's about the time they need to complete their work.

Dealers have offered raises of 2.8 percent and 2.3 percent during the four-year contract and will contribute more to the employees' pension fund.

United Auto Workers Local 241 president Del Soiney says an increase in health care premiums is one sticking point. But an even bigger one is contract language on the amount of time technicians have to do repairs. Mechanics say the proposal decreases time for repairs and raises safety concerns.

Duluth Automobile Dealers Association attorney Steve Burton tells the Duluth News Tribune the contract language allows owners to be more competitive. The strike began June 15.

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