John T. Coli, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 727 in Chicago, pledged the union's continued and unwavering commitment to the SCI funeral directors and drivers who have been walking the picket line for three months during the local union's general membership meeting on Sept. 29, according to a news release from the union.
"We will stand by these members and keep fighting for them for as long as it takes," Coli said.
The members began to strike on July 2. Several SCI funeral directors and drivers attended the general membership meeting and received a standing ovation from more than 100 of their union brothers and sisters. Rather than holding the usual raffle, the union also gave all SCI members in attendance Jewel-Osco gift cards.
Coli encouraged all Local 727 members to support the locked out workers by joining them on the picket line and by refusing to patronize the 16 affected Chicago-area Dignity Memorial funeral homes.
"Tell your family, friends and co-workers that we need their help in our fight against this corporate bully," Coli said. "I cannot say enough about the strength and commitment these workers have shown. They will always have the full support of this union."
Teamsters Local 727 represents more than 6,800 hardworking men and women throughout the Chicago area.
Posted Oct. 2, 2013