Saguenay mechanics set to return to work after 3-year lockout

Mechanics voted 94 per cent in favour of an agreement-in-principle that affects 450 mechanics and 26 car dealerships in the region.

Employees voted 94 per cent in favour of a tentative deal

The agreement-in-principle affects 450 mechanics and 26 car dealers in the region. (Radio-Canada)

A three-year lockout has come to an end for mechanics in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

Mechanics voted 94 per cent in favour of a collective agreement set to last until 2022.

As of Monday, 150 employees will return to work.

The remaining workers — approximately 150 as well — face a more uncertain future. They'll return to work only if consumer demand for their services is demonstrated. 

Mechanics knew they would have to work next week regardless of the outcome of the vote after a special law was adopted last month by the Quebec government.

Mechanics face $24,000 debt

During the course of the three-year strike, the union borrowed money to distribute among its members.

Mechanics now face major debts that will have to be repaid in monthly installments when they go back to work. 

Some individuals are facing debts as high as $24,000 altogether.

For six weeks, the employees who are not going back to work will receive $225 a week. In addition, the union says they won't be obligated to pay off their debt if they aren't working.

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