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
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
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
“This is a wake-up call for Kathleen Wynne. Her callous disregard for the correctional system and correctional workers means every new work day is more dangerous than the last." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"We are not going to let this drop. We are going to use every avenue available to shed light on Throness’s original report and his recommendations.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"It’s high time Kathleen Wynne and Yasir Naqvi left their cocktail parties and got down to fixing the province’s broken correctional services system.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
A tentative agreement has been reached by the Corrections bargaining team of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. Three-year deal establishes new bargaining framework for the future.
“Things have reached a boiling point and the workers felt that there was no other alternative than to have a public demonstration.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“The hiring of new staff proves this facility and the services our members provide are crucial and that it should not be closed.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President