The Baltimore Sun
On July 10, three Chicago-area Alderwoods funeral homes were viciously vandalized. All were Dignity Memorial network facilities that had also been targeted for a strike by local Teamsters.
Teamsters Local 727, which represents 16 Alderwoods embalmers, drivers and funeral directors, had been negotiating with the company that owns the homes after their labor contract expired June 30. The union complained that the other side had bargained in bad faith and had “…proposed a three-year wage freeze and a company health care package that is more expensive and less comprehensive than the union’s health and welfare benefits,” reports the Chicago Sun-Times. And so the Teamsters targeted four funeral homes for strike.