Operation Maple produces video explaining Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre dispute

Short documentary explains the health and safety concerns that forced Corrections Officers at Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre to refuse unsafe work.

Ottawa (12 Sept. 2012) - Toronto video production company, Operation Maple, has produced a hard hitting short documentary on the dispute at the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre (HWDC) involving members of the Ontario Public Service Employees' Union (OPSEU/NUPGE). 

The video, entitled Government Takes Stab At Correctional Officers, is under 3 minutes long and clearly explains the dispute.  

OPSEU/NUPGE Local 248 represents more than 200 correctional officers and support staff at HWDC. Eighty correctional officers are on duty at any given time.

The union and management continue a standoff with regard to a health & safety and disciplinary dispute. Officers are demanding that they be allowed to wear their protective vests while searching for missing metal objects in the facility. Management has inexplicably denied this request, and are refusing to allow officers in the facility until the officers back down on their demands.


The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE

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