Murders, escapes, drug-dealing, overcrowding, underfunding and suicide behind unauthorized strike by thousands of correctional officers in France.
'This clearly shows a lack of respect for the members who provide police services.' - Joan Jessome
Province-wide SGEU campaign features firefighters, highways workers, social workers and corrections workers.
NUPGE urges federal justice minister to use stimulus money to begin "massive investment" in new and upgraded correctional facilities across Canada.
'We can train sheriffs much quicker than police officers and there are substantial cost savings for taxpayers in this model.' - Dean Purdy
'We have been asking for these changes for decades.... We hope the government carries through.' - SGEU president Bob Bymoen.
Province demanding long list of unacceptable concessions, including the issue of sick leave which nearly led to a province-wide strike by Ontario correctional workers.
Now is the time to fix long-standing problems within the system - Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
'The bargaining team asked the members for support and that’s exactly what we got.' - team chair David Kerr.
'Selling off prisons to big business is abhorrent.... assaults on officers increase, the welfare of inmates plummets and community security is compromised.'
NUPGE president James Clancy says Canadian correctional workers coping with similar issues
The proposed 'tough on crime' legislation would exacerbate an already critical situation in our provincial correctional facilities.