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Car haulers climb back into trucks

Teamsters car haulers climbed back into their trucks yesterday after a three-week strike. The car haulers were told to return to work yesterday. ``It'll take a day or two to clear the back log,'' said Richard Hammond, president of the Houston local.

Bargainers for the Teamsters and National Automobile Dealers Association reached a tentative agreement on a three-year pact last Wednesday. The 20,000- member car haulers union went on strike after talks broke down July 25, halting delivery of new cars to dealers. Voting on the pact will be conducted by mail.

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Pete Karagozian, president of car-haulers Local 299 in Detroit, the largest in the country with 2,000 members, cautioned that ``This agreement may not pass. That's the word coming back to us on the grapevine.''

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