"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
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 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.
Ontario government will use replacement workers if correctional staff strike
The letter outlines concerns OPSEU/NUPGE has with the use of replacement workers if a contract is not reached prior to the strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. on January 10.
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