Workers vote to end lengthy labour dispute at historic Montreal cemetery
Unionized workers at Montreal's historic Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery voted Sunday to put an end to their labour dispute.
The workers voted 95 per cent in favour of a contract settlement struck betweentheir union and cemetery management.
The deal includes a four-day workweek for the 129 unionized workers and wage increases of two per cent or less through 2018.
"It's a lovely victory for all the workers of Quebec," said union president Daniel Maillet.
Hundreds of bodies were kept in cold storage during the six-month labour dispute, which included a lengthy lockout followed by a rotating strike.
Some 248 bodies remain to be buried.
Cemetery director Yoland Tremblay admitted the labour dispute has been long and difficult, particularly for families who have had to wait for burials.
He said the new deal should "guarantee labour peace for at least a 10 years."
Founded in 1854, Notre-Dame-des-Neiges is one of North America's largest and oldest cemeteries.
The graves of many famous Canadians were obscured by weeds during the dispute, including hockey legend Maurice Richard, former Quebec premier Robert Bourassa and assassinated Father of Confederation Thomas d'Arcy McGee.