Crowded conditions lead to increased tensions and more violence. This is a safety issue for workers and inmates.” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
Corrections and Criminal Justice
Among the public sector members of the National Union are thousands of women and men who work in Canada’s justice system. These include Youth Corrections Professionals, Correctional Officers, Probation Officers, Sheriffs, as well as those who work in community-based social services, child protection, youth counsellors and other related social services.
These members of the National Union have a wealth of experience and knowledge that we believe can make an invaluable contribution to the development of public policy and legislation on criminal justice issues.
News on Corrections and Criminal Justice
“When people pay taxes, they want the money to go to public services, not to push up corporate profits or executive bonuses." — James Clancy, National President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).
“This is definitely a historic moment for working people and the labour movement in Canada. Not only has the Supreme Court affirmed the fundamental labour rights of working people, it has reinforced the positive roles that unions and collective bargaining play in Canadian society.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
“The government should act immediately on the Auditor’s recommendations and provide the direction and resources to address the problems she has highlighted.” — Dean Purdy, BCGEU Vice-President, Corrections and Sheriff Services.
Report from B.C. government intended to look at escalating violence in province's prisons and community corrections falls short of goals.
Tentative agreement closes gap between Native Courtworkers and comparable jobs in Aboriginal services sector.
"I believe that your demand for fairness – equal pay for equal work – has been heard loud and clear.”— BCGEU President Stephanie Smith.
“I’m so proud to be here today to help usher in this legislation that our COs have long advocated for,” said Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union President Michelle Gawronsky
“It is apparent that these acts of violence are not simply isolated incidents, but are part of a troubling and growing trend in workplaces across the province" — Carol Furlong, President of Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE).
A new courthouse is an opportunity to address all the problems with the old building.