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
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE: SEIU Healthcare
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