|IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Phil Gruber joins the IAM Local 837 New Machinists and Local 701 at the Al Piemonte Chevrolet strike line in East Dundee, IL.|
The IAM District 837 “New Machinists,” a grassroots group of the younger and newly-initiated members, drove nearly five hours after their night shifts in St. Louis to show solidarity to striking IAM Local 701 members in East Dundee, IL.
Al Piemonte Chevrolet in suburban Chicago has now locked out members of Mechanics Local 701 for eight months.
A full crew showed on the 12-degree day, but the sun was out and all enjoyed the warm company of fellow Machinists. A little coffee and some great pizza went a long way.
IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip Gruber joined the picket line.
“Our members at Al Piemonte in East Dundee, IL are still rock solid after eight months on the line,” said Gruber. “We sincerely appreciate the commitment to solidarity shown by the members from IAM District 837.”
While things are moving at the bargaining table, the parties are still not close to reaching an agreement, according to Local 701.
Local 701 has been representing Chicago-area auto mechanics since 1931. It is one of the largest mechanics’ locals in the United States, representing auto and truck mechanics, heavy equipment, excavating and paving, road building, forklifts, high-rise equipment, tank washers, fuelers, trailer body and marine industries.