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August 16, 2017

“We’ve been told that the jails in North Bay and Sudbury will be replaced, but we have no idea when that might be. I’m calling on the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services to act now — for the safety of staff and the security of inmates.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

July 10, 2017

"We await PHSA's response and hope they take the opportunity to work with the union to turn things around at this facility, and quickly." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

June 14, 2017

At an emergency meeting of OPS local Presidents on June 10, Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President, called the rollover offer “without precedent in OPSEU’s history.”

May 17, 2017

“There are some 45,000 offenders serving their sentences in the community and only 865 probation and parole officers to supervise them. Now we know that 10 per cent of these offenders have fallen off the government’s radar."— Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

April 13, 2017

“Suspending scores of officers for indeterminate periods of time is not solving the crisis in corrections, it’s making it worse.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

March 30, 2017

"We’ve been raising these concerns for years, and despite numerous WCB orders and fines, the violence continues.” —  Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

March 29, 2017

“If government has any respect for northerners’ right to make choices about northern education, this is the time to show it. Imposing decisions that run contrary to the needs of local people is not a responsible way forward." — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President

March 16, 2017

"This sentencing is a reminder for Public Safety Minister Mike Morris and B.C.’s court system to take notice of the extremely dangerous and violent conditions our officers are faced with every day.” — Dean Purdy, BCGEU Vice-President, Corrections and Sheriff Services

February 24, 2017

“This report echoes what the BCGEU has been saying for a long time, and that is, there needs to be more funding and staffing for both legal aid and court services in B.C.” – Stephanie Smith, President BCGEU

February 21, 2017

"These new statistics prove that now, more than ever, the B.C. government and WCB must address the issue of prison violence. The safety and security of our members — and our communities — is at stake.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

Vancouver (21 Feb. 2017) — New statistics released by BC Corrections show that prison violence in B.C. continues to rise. Assaults on correctional officers rose by 39 per cent between 2014 and 2015, and the new stats indicate that —based on the halfway point of 2016 — this figure is projected to rise by another 21.5 per cent for 2016.