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Tentative Settlement Reached in Cemetery Strike

May 28, 1985

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Striking East Bay cemetery workers have voted to accept management’s latest offer in the 2-month-old walkout but only if all strikers are allowed to return to their jobs, according to a union official.

Joan Twomey of Cemetery Workers and Green Attendants Local 265 said union members voted Monday to accept the offer ″if amnesty is granted to striking employees.″

The local represents 69 workers who struck eight cemeteries March 28.

No details of the agreement will be released until management ″acts on the amnesty issue,″ Ms. Twomey said.

″The union’s new position will be conveyed to cemetery management via federal mediator Reggie Bravo,″ she said.

A simultaneous Local 265 strike against 11 cemeteries on the San Francisco Peninsula was settled earlier this month after a six-week walkout. The two sides in the East Bay dispute disagreed mainly over future increases in the workers’ health plan.

The strike forced some family members to bring rakes and shears along with flowers when they visited neglected graves Memorial Day.

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