This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

SCI Funeral Directors Vote To Strike

CHICAGO, July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Funeral directors and drivers represented by Teamsters Local 727 overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike against Houston-based funeral giant Service Corporation International (NYSE: SCI) this evening.  The strike is set to begin the morning of Tuesday, July 2, 2013.


SCI, which uses the Dignity Memorial brand name, operates 16 funeral homes with 59 employees in the Chicagoland area.  The employees voted in a secret ballot election to reject SCI's June 30 "last, best and final offer".  In a vote immediately following the rejection of the offer, employees voted to strike.

"In 40 years as a funeral director I've helped thousands of people through some of the most difficult times in their lives.  Striking is not something I ever thought I would have to do," said John Liberatore, a director at Piser Funeral Services in Skokie.  "We will not picket any funeral we arranged prior to this vote.  For any future arrangements, we have created a website and a hotline to help our families connect with a community-friendly company while the strike is ongoing."

In preparation for a strike, Teamster-represented funeral directors established a website ( and hotline (312-206-4123) to direct families to community-friendly funeral homes not affected by the labor action.  A complete list of affected homes is available at the site.

SCI has already brought in out-of-state funeral directors.  They are expected to direct funerals while working under local managers' Illinois licenses.

Since negotiations began on June 14, Local 727 spent nearly 50 hours in a fruitless attempt to reach an agreement.  On June 27, the union filed unfair labor practice charges against the company for engaging in bad faith bargaining by making unlawful omissions and misrepresentations in memos issued to its employees and negotiators.  Additionally, SCI issued memos that contained implied threats to interfere with employees' current benefits in violation of section 8(a)(1) of the NLRA.  By end-of-day June 30, SCI had made virtually no movement on its proposals to eliminate the employee pension plan and gut workplace rights.

"In 100 years of representing workers in Chicago's funeral industry, the Teamsters have always been able to reach amicable agreements.  Unfortunately it is obvious that SCI intended from the beginning to destroy that achievement and force its employees to strike," said John T. Coli, Teamsters Local 727 Secretary-Treasurer.  "SCI's initial demand sheet from June 14 is nearly identical to the final offer they presented June 30.  The company admits it can easily afford to maintain these workers' benefits.  They just simply won't because their business model calls for them to siphon more money out of the Chicago community and send it back to Houston."

Teamsters Local 727 has represented Chicago's funeral directors and embalmers since 1946, and it represents more than 6,800 hardworking men and women in the greater Chicagoland area.

SOURCE Teamsters Local 727

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 16,472.37 +200.36 1.23%
S&P 500 1,951.36 +27.54 1.43%
NASDAQ 4,707.7750 +80.6910 1.74%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs