Wednesday, 18 August 2021 16:40

Illinois Governor Signs Legislation to Boost Pay for Dealership Auto Mechanics


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Building on efforts to protect hardworking families, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed House Bill 3940 into law, ensuring automobile mechanics at dealerships are paid fairly for their skilled labor.

"When we prioritize middle-class families by making sure they're paid fairly, we build a stronger state," said Pritzker. "All work deserves fair compensation, and I'm proud that the bill I'm signing today ensures automobile mechanics are compensated fairly for the critical skilled labor they provide."


Currently, auto mechanics who work for car dealerships that provide warranty repairs are not compensated fairly for their skilled labor. This legislation ensures auto mechanics are paid for the actual time and labor it takes to repair vehicles under warranty.


"Technicians are receiving unjust pay for their hard work and expertise from manufacturers who are taking full advantage of them," said State Sen. Christopher Belt (D-Swansea). "This is really a David and Goliath story. Technicians, especially in smaller shops, have little recourse if a major auto manufacturer decides to pay them poorly."


"Protecting middle class jobs for hard working men and women remains our top priority," said State Rep. Lawrence Walsh Jr. (D-Joliet). "I am proud that this legislation gives highly skilled auto-mechanics the stability and the compensation that they deserve. I thank Gov. Pritzker for his continued commitment to standing up for middle class families across the state."


"House Bill 3940 ensures highly skilled auto mechanics are compensated at the same rate regardless of whether the vehicle is under warranty," said Tim Drea, president of the IL AFL-CIO. "This bipartisan legislation is a win for workers, consumers and local business owners."  
"HB 3940 ensures auto mechanics are fairly compensated for their work, providing much-needed protections for the workers who serve as the backbone of our economy," said Bob Reiter, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor. "The Chicago Federation of Labor stands with the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers, IAM Mechanics' Union Local 701 and the thousands of hard-working auto mechanics in the Chicagoland area who perform this essential work. We thank Gov. Pritzker for...

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