Settlement reached in 2007 cemetery dispute

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Hundreds of families are breathing a sigh of relief now that they have finally reached a settlement with the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery.

In 2007 the cemetery had locked out its workers in a labour dispute, delaying burials and grounds maintenance.

Bodies were piling up - up to 50 a week - and at one point the cemetery was considering using refrigerated food trucks to store them.

Paul Caghassi, who had to wait four months to bury his mother due to the lockout, helped lead the fight for a settlement. He told CTV he's satisfied with the $1.2-million settlement

"The objective of our class action was to pass the message to the cemetery and the employees that we, the families, are not a merchandise," he said. "Today, I think, my mother can rest in peace. I can also continue my life in peace."

The agreement still has to be approved by a judge. The hearing will be in July

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