Welcome to 2017 NCDC

The 2017 NCDC is a group of more than 100 Chicago-area new-car dealerships who negotiate as a group for a new collective bargaining agreement with Mechanics' Local 701. The purpose of this website is to keep NCDC members up-to-date on the status of negotiations with Local 701.  Thanks for visiting and be sure to check back frequently for updates.

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If you're visiting this website, you likely have an interest in the outcome of the negotiations between Chicago-area new car dealers and Mechanics Union Local 701 for a new collective bargaining agreement covering approximately 2000 service employees at 129 dealerships. The collective bargaining agreement, known as the Standard Automotive Agreement, or the "blue book," expires on July 31, 2017. The parties have been bargaining since mid-June.

The car dealers bargain as a group, called the New Car Dealer Committee (NCDC). The NCDC created this website as an important communication tool to keep its stakeholders - represented employees, non-represented employees, and customers - up to date on important issues associated with the negotiations. Please check back regularly for the latest information. 

The parties entered negotiations during a critical time. NCDC dealers in the ultra-competitive Chicago market face intense pressure to compete from non-union franchised dealers as well as national chain stores such as Jiffy Lube, Pep Boys, Midas, and similar shops with lower fixed costs. In addition, automakers continue to pressure dealers by reducing the amount they will reimburse the dealers for warranty work. 

To compete, NCDC dealers can't be put at a disadvantage. They need the flexibility and a competitive cost structure to meet the market challenges they face. So it will come as no surprise that the Dealers expect topics like quality, flexible operations, and competitive costs to dominate our discussions with the Union. We approach these negotiations in the spirit of collaboration as we address the differences between our service operations and those of our competitors.

Through good faith bargaining, the NCDC will make every effort to achieve a competitive and fair agreement for the Local 701-represented service employees at NCDC dealerships. Our intent is to reach a mutually beneficial agreement through good faith bargaining and a commitment to:

  • Transparency, honesty, and fairness in negotiations;
  • Fostering a climate of mutual respect and trust;
  • Consideration of the needs and interests of our valued service employees while working constructively and collaboratively to find common ground; and
  • Consideration of all fiscally responsible proposals that are competitive with industry and market realities.

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