Replacement workers brought in to ease funeral home strike 

By Mugambi Mutegi
Published in Chicago Tribune in July 2, 2013


 Operations at Dignity Memorial Home were thrown into confusion Tuesday after funeral directors and drivers went on strike over a wage and pension dispute even as management brought in external replacements to keep the business running.

At the heart of the disagreement is an attempt by the workers’ union, Teamsters Local 727, to secure contracts promising annual 3 percent wage increases for five years.

 The union also wants $1,100 a month pension maintained for the 59 union members working in Dignity Memorial’s 16 funeral homes in Chicagoland. 

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