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
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
SOURCE: SEIU Healthcare
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