Nearly 2,000 Chicago area mechanics on strike

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CHICAGO --  Nearly 2,000 auto mechanics around the Chicago area are on strike.

The mechanics hit the picket lines at 7 a.m. today after voting overwhelmingly to walk off the job.

The strike affects about 130 new car dealerships.

Both sides say they don't want to inconvenience people looking for a tune-up, but these issues are important.

For the union, it's a guaranteed 40-hour week and for the dealers -- it's about staying competitive with franchise shops such as Jiffy Lube.