Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Chicago Teamsters

In Chicago, where the Teamsters’ Coli family rules a politically dynasty, a judge just slapped a preliminary injunction on the Teamsters’ egregious behavior in a labor dispute involving funeral homes.
According to a press release, the judge enjoined the Teamsters from:

  • Conveying any actual or veiled threats against any person
  • Obstructing, hindering, impeding or blocking any person’s entry to or exit from any funeral site or any facility containing a funeral site
  • Employing bullhorns or other noise amplification devices during funeral or memorial services irrespective of the distance from the site of the services
  • Permitting the presence of dogs for any purpose whatsoever during labor dispute activities

Last week’s ruling comes after a complaint filed by SCI Illinois Services, Inc. “asked for preliminary and permanent injunctions due to repeated incidents of gross insensitivity and harassment directed at grieving families by Teamsters’ picketers outside of funeral homes affected by the union’s labor dispute with the company.”
In July, a temporary injunction was granted based on the Teamsters’ picket line conduct, which included:

  • During the service of a young child who had passed away from cancer, picketers laughed, smiled and joked as they created a disturbance within the immediate vicinity of the only public entrance to the funeral home. They were asked to move by a police officer who had been called – then moved back immediately in front of the building and its entrance after the officer left.
  • While escorting a woman and her father who were attempting to plan her recently deceased mother’s funeral, an employee escorting them was taunted and called names, the three of them were taunted with a bullhorn and siren sound, and intimidated by an unleashed German Shepherd.
  • Picketers used a bullhorn to shout profane and sexually explicit taunts while a woman and her four- and five-year-old sons attempted to make arrangements for her grandmother’s funeral causing the family to become visibly upset.
  • A group of picketers temporarily blocked a grieving widow’s vehicle as she tried to exit the parking lot.
  • Picketers repeatedly used the siren function on a bull horn, compressed air horns, car horns and car alarms to create loud disturbances during arrangements and services.
  • Picketers threatened to blow up the house of a retired sheriff’s officer hired to work private security at the funeral home.

“We are grateful that the court recognized the legitimacy of our complaint and has acted to protect grieving families from continued cruel and callous harassment by union representatives,” said Larry Michael, managing director for SCI Illinois Services, Inc. “Despite the fact that these families were experiencing the most difficult times of their lives, picketers repeatedly chose to make the bereaved the target of their cowardly attacks. While we recognize and respect the Teamsters’ right to picket, we have been shocked at the insensitivities and obscenities directed at grieving mourners by the picketers.”

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