“This kind of silly game playing is just counterproductive. I hope they’re taking a more serious approach to negotiations with our correctional bargaining team, which is trying hard to fix the crisis in corrections.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU 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
"The details of this attack are very troubling. How does a patient in a forensic psychiatric ward get their hands on a pair of surgical scissors?" — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“We work in volatile and violent workplaces. We find that giving back to the community is an effective means to cope with the daily stress we face. This outreach keeps us focused on the reason we do what we do every day.” — Chris Jackel, OPSEU's correctional bargaining chair
Youth Correctional Professionals juggle the roles of social worker, counselor, educator, advocate, jailer and supervisor. It is a tough job that is being made more difficult by federal and provincial governments. Change is needed not just for the workers in the sector but also for the young offenders, their families and for protecting our communities.
Correctional Officers of this country walk into an environment comprised of people who have been convicted of breaking the law with not much more than their courage, convictions and intelligence. It is time we all recognize that jails that support both the workers and inmates are essential for a society to deal effectively with crime.
Probation and Parole Officers are mandated with protecting the public, rehabilitating the offender and ensuring that justice is served. They are integral parts of the entire process an offender passes through — from pre-trail to post-sentencing. All of this would be a tall order under the best circumstances. Unfortunately, the system in Canada is not operating as well as it should.
Crime and punishment are never easy to deal with. Youth crime may be the most difficult of all. This publication provides a critical review of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). It also sets out a multi-pronged approach to preventing and tackling youth crime and creating safer communities in Canada.
Mike Parker, NUPGE NEB member and HSAA President, addressed the PSI World Congress detailing how the labour movement can push legislators to ensure presumptive coverage for mental injuries is available to all workers.
"My heart and thoughts are with Kellie's friends, family, and his colleagues at VIRCC, and the broader B.C. corrections and sheriffs community during this difficult time." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
The chilling testimony we’ve already heard is all that’s needed to justify extended protection. This is a win-win scenario for the government and for workers. It’s the right thing to do.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President