"We will be looking to the provincial budget in a few weeks to see if the provincial government will address the problem and adequately fund the administration of justice.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"Lockdowns are routine and not the exception. Regrettably, there have been incidents of violence. I wanted her to join me to see first-hand the pitiful state of affairs inside that facility.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
The incident once again raises serious concerns about chronic overcrowding and increasing violence at B.C.’s provincial prisons.
"We celebrate Rhonda when we honour her name in this way, but we also honour the lake where we can now celebrate her spirit.” — Les Saskowski, Local 9 President, The Pas Correctional Centre
Only one Ontario Liberal MPP has toured a correctional facility to witness the ongoing crisis. OPSEU President says, "I always say, if you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear.”
"We want to be part of a constructive dialogue with the government on ways to ease this crisis and ensure the safety of the public, correctional staff, and inmates.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“Why should hard working Saskatchewan people be forced to pay this private company in the UK when the return is inedible food that’s putting inmates and staff at risk?” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
All of that money would be better used to reduce overcrowding, reduce understaffing, and help the thousands of offenders who have serious mental health and addictions issues.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Toronto (07 Jan. 2016) — The President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE), Warren (Smokey) Thomas, sent the letter below to Ontario Deputy Premier Deb Matthews on January 6.
Our members are determined to be treated fairly, and will take whatever action is called for, up to and including going on strike. It’s certainly safer than going in to work.” — Tom O'Neill, OPSEU corrections bargaining team chair
"As far as I can see, these dramatic pay hikes for managers mean that their 'fiscal framework' just went out the window." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“This is a wake-up call for Kathleen Wynne. Her callous disregard for the correctional system and correctional workers means every new work day is more dangerous than the last." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"We are not going to let this drop. We are going to use every avenue available to shed light on Throness’s original report and his recommendations.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"It’s high time Kathleen Wynne and Yasir Naqvi left their cocktail parties and got down to fixing the province’s broken correctional services system.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
A tentative agreement has been reached by the Corrections bargaining team of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. Three-year deal establishes new bargaining framework for the future.