“Funeral industry giant Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) has accepted Teamsters Local 727’s offer to enter federal mediation as the union attempts to reach an agreement on a new contract for Chicago-area funeral workers.” says author Maggie Jenkins from the local Teamsters in Chicago. The article here provides the details.
The strike/lockout has been going on for months. In the beginning SCI, corporate owners of the Chicago funeral homes, said they would not negotiate with the Teamsters at all. Evidently things have changed. Accepting an offer to mediate was not something I thought SCI would ever have thought agreeable. In the beginning, SCI was waving the corporate flag. I expect history to repeat itself; SCI will do nothing until some time passes and they are no longer in the public eye. Below is a list of what SCI is demanding from its employees.
In its most recent contract proposal, the company (SCI) is demanding to:
- · Eradicate job security
- · Significantly limit authority of the arbitrator in any disciplinary decision
- · Dismantle seniority rights
- · Eliminate guaranteed employment for full-time drivers
- · Retain unilateral ability to slash health care benefits at the company’s discretion
SCI once again proves to be the corporate bully. SCI has to be realizing that the damage done may never be repaired. Customers will not be coming back. If there is a reasonable option, families will chose another provider. The good employees will leave. Potential new employees will not be interested. The bad employees will stay. The cost of a funeral will increase to try to make up what SCI has lost in number of calls.