Activities will recommence as of September 10 - The Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame de Montréal announces the end of the lock-out

    MONTREAL, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame
de Montréal announces that it is ending the lock-out affecting some
130 operations employees at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery. The Fabrique made
this decision after analyzing the union's proposal to partially suspend its
strike beginning September 10. As such, the Fabrique accepts that employees
return to work four days per week until a definitive contract is signed with
the union.
    The Fabrique would also like to inform families that
Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery can now proceed with the burial of loved ones
whose remains have been held in the refrigerated chamber. Management at the
Cemetery will contact each of the families as quickly as possible. Contrary to
what was recently stated, the Cemetery's management does not foresee any
difficulties regarding ground frost. As of September 4, there were 498 bodies.
Of these, 151 are destined for the Mausoleum, including the Esther-Blondin
Mausoleum. There remain 347 bodies awaiting burial. The Fabrique specifies
that it is able to proceed with burials 12 months per year, except in certain
sections of the Cemetery. Management will give priority to the 59 families
where burials are to take place in these sections. Families will be able to
complete their mourning and the Fabrique would like to once again offer its
regrets for the pain this labour conflict has caused them.
    Moreover, the Fabrique is continuing with the conciliation efforts
currently underway with the union in order to rapidly come to an agreement for
renewing the collective agreement.

    About Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery

    Founded in 1854, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery is the largest in Canada
and the third largest in North America, covering an area of 1.3 million square
metres. It welcomes more than 175,000 visitors annually and is administered by
the Fabrique Notre-Dame-de-Montréal.

For further information:

For further information: Me Guy Dufort, (514) 846-2279

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