On this day in 1992, the gravediggers’ union – Local 106 of the Service Employees International Union – ended their 43-day strike in Chicago, after reaching a contractual agreement with the Cemeteries Association of Greater Chicago. They had been striking over starting pay and health care after the old contract between workers and the association expired on Dec. 1 1991.
Subsequently, nearly 1,100 burials were delayed after negotiations between the two groups broke down and workers were locked out of the association’s 26 cemeteries.
The association’s labor committee and the union officials eventually worked out a three-year contract with the help of a federal mediator.
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