“From the beginning, the Ministry resisted making changes. Now, lives have been lost and the very people who raised the concerns are being fired. This is heart-breaking on all levels.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Vote scheduled for NSGEU/NUPGE members employed by the Elizabeth Fry Society on renewed collective agreement.
“However the closure of the centre and the loss of the important services it provides are a real blow to the community. This is a short-sighted decision that will expose vulnerable youth to even greater risks." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President.
Instead of acknowledging the flaws in the privatization schemes, Social Impact Bond supporters are proposing governments provide incentives or guarantees to encourage people to invest in them. In other words, subsidize privatization schemes.
“Government decision-makers need to act now to reduce the potential for violence. Until significant changes are made, the safety of the public, inmates and corrections staff is at risk." — Bob Bymoen SGEU Presdient.
"The employer has an obligation to take measures to minimize the risk of violence in the workplace. Staffing shortages can put the Correctional Officers and the inmates at increased risk.” — Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
“This is a shortsighted decision that will expose vulnerable youth to even greater risks,” says Stephanie Smith, President Elect of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE).
“The cost of the managers’ strike accommodations is estimated to be over $500,000. If they took that money and invested it in their front-line staff and facilities, it would go a long way in ensuring there weren’t any future labour disputes.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“When we met recently with Minister Cadieux, we discussed other uses for the centre. Closing it was never mentioned as an option. Closing it is bad for these young people, bad for our justice system, and bad for the people of B.C.” — Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
“We always knew Hudak’s positions on a score of issues were extremist, but a job-killing plan on this scale will help destroy the economic health of communities across Ontario." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
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Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) reports that many correctional facilities are constructing housing accommodations for the sole purpose of providing temporary living quarters for managers who would be required to stay at the facilities in the event of a labour dispute.
Help us stop the privatization of food services in corrections and young offender facilities in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. Join the Lobby Day Blitz on March 14. Speak out for the jobs of 64 corrections food services staff, and the future of our public services.
Negotiations bring improvements to NAPE/NUPGE members.
"Experience with prison privatization in other jurisdictions shows that contracting out food services costs more, not less," according to SGEU President Bob Bymoen.