Auto workers’ contract agreement reached

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 2, 2004

Tribune staff reports

Following a day of discussions, a contract agreement was reached between Syverson Ford Lincoln Mercury in Albert Lea and the United Auto Workers Union No. 867, according to Syverson Ford President Bob Syverson.

&uot;It’s been settled,&uot; said Syverson. &uot;They won’t be striking.&uot;

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He declined to comment further on the negotiations. Union representative Joe Mueller was unavailable for comment.

The strike was authorized by the union on Tuesday night and would have affected more than 30 employees, including body shop workers and mechanics, at the auto dealership.

In a statement issued Wednesday morning, Syverson said the company’s original offer would generate almost 29-percent increases over three years.

The union had agreed to wait 30 days before striking, pending an agreement.