Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame de Montréal pleased with positive vote by its employees - "OUR CLIENTS WILL NOW BE ABLE TO FIND CLOSURE" - Yoland Tremblay, general director

    MONTREAL, Nov. 11 /CNW Telbec/ -The Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame de
Montréal is pleased with the favourable vote by its 129 operations employees,
who accepted the conditions of an agreement in principle reached Friday. This
agreement, which will allow for extensive reforms to the way work is
organized, will significantly improve working conditions for employees, ensure
labour peace for at least 10 years and preserve the institution's financial
    "We are not only satisfied with results of the vote but we're also
pleased to be able to tell our clients that they can now find the closure to
which they are entitled. This conflict was long and difficult for everyone,
and we are truly sorry for the distress it caused, but today we can turn the
page and look serenely to the future," said Yoland Tremblay, general director
of the Fabrique de la paroisse Notre-Dame de Montréal and
Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery.

    Advantageous agreement with reforms to the organization of work

    The agreement includes major changes that meet the main demands made by
our employees, including:

    - a four-day work week
    - guarantee of 31 weeks of work for the second group of season employees
    - departure allowance to three weeks of paid work per year of service to
      a maximum of one and a half years (78 weeks) for employees aged 57 or
      over, with at least 10 years of seniority;
    - a defined-benefit pension fund with possibility of buying a certain
      number of earlier years;
    - full retroactive salary for the years 2004 to 2007 and increases
      ranging from 1% to  2% for subsequent years.

    Management is also satisfied with the new agreement since it will ensure
long-term labour peace and in-depth reforms to the organization of work. This
will allow for greater flexibility among employees and more stability in their
duties, as well as improving training.

    Return to normal operations on Monday

    The management of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery explained that normal
Monday-to-Friday operations will resume tomorrow since the two parties expect
to sign a back-to-work agreement in the next few hours. Operations to take
care of the backlog caused by the conflict will therefore be stepped up. To
date, there are 329 bodies in the storage facility, of which 81 will be laid
to rest in the mausoleums. This leaves 248 bodies to be interred. Although
burials are carried out 12 months of the year, some sections are not
accessible in winter. Management therefore will give priority to the 46 bodies
to be interred in these sections.

    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 1.3 million square metres. It
receives more than 175,000 visitors every year. It is administered by the
Fabrique Notre-Dame-de-Montréal.

For further information:

For further information: Yoland Tremblay, General director, (514)

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