30 funeral home workers locked out for second week by US owned Dignity Memorial Canada (Service Corporation International)

30 funeral home workers locked out for second week by US owned Dignity 
Memorial Canada (Service Corporation International) 
RICHMOND HILL, ON, July 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Today marks the beginning of the 
second week of a lock-out of Toronto funeral home employees by Dignity 
Memorial, part of the giant Texas based multi-national Service Corporation 
International (SCI) which has facilities in 43 states and eight Canadian 
provinces. 
Bargaining broke down on Wednesday, June 26 and Dignity Memorial locked-out 
their employees at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday morning. Issues still to be resolved 
include wages, working conditions such as compulsory work on statutory 
holidays, and sick days. 
"Our members work with families living through tragedy every day and try to 
provide some comfort during the most difficult of times," said Doug Power, a 
union representative with SEIU Healthcare which represents the locked-out 
workers. "Our workers deserve a living wage that allows them to raise their 
families. That shouldn't be a problem as SCI made nearly half a billion 
dollars in 2012 so paying their workers a decent wage should not be an issue." 
"This is a deeply personal struggle for the workers," Power notes. "They 
really care about the families they service." 
"Tom Ryan, SCI's President and CEO likes to attribute the success of SCI to 
'each and every one of our 21,000 associates'", concluded Power. "Well it's 
time SCI lived up to their rhetoric, got back to the bargaining table and 
negotiated a fair deal for our workers - their workers." 
For more information or to arrange an interview contact: 
Kyle Ferguson Media Relations Specialist, SEIU Healthcare Tel: 905-695-1767 
x 3123 Cell: 416-809-0699 Email:k.ferguson@seiuhealthcare.ca 
SOURCE: SEIU Healthcare 
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CO: SEIU Healthcare
ST: Ontario
NI: LABOR LABOR LBR  
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