“We spent hours carefully preparing documentation that would support mediation. The employer had a month to do their homework, but they arrived empty-handed: no documentation, no brief, no new offer." — Chris Jackel, Chair, OPSEU Corrections bargaining team
Corrections and Criminal Justice
“Once again, we see this government talking the talk, but failing to take action on addressing the crisis in corrections." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“It’s shameful that while the centre’s CEO climbs higher and higher up the Sunshine List, these members are being asked to take home less and less.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
It is a measure of just how big a disaster privatization of prison food services turned out to be that the same state governor who originally proposed privatization is now proposing bring the services back under public control.
In BC, first responders, sheriffs,and correctional officers will no longer have to prove that their mental injury is work-related.
In the last few months, a correctional officer had his finger severed, another had his head stomped on and yet another was assaulted with feces thrown in her face by inmates.
“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
"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.