OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas said the board’s decision represented a huge win for the rights of working people to be represented by a union and to be protected against employer intimidation.
Corrections and Criminal Justice
The BCGEU/NUPGE is encouraged that the government has responded proactively with a province-wide briefing of all community corrections employees in response to this incident.
“This should be a wake-up call to the government. How many more of these incidents do we need to see before the Liberals take notice?" — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Early statistics for 2016 suggest levels of violence are increasing and the number of assaults will be even higher this year.
“I think you’re a good guy, Minister, but we’re going to keep your feet to the fire until this crisis has been fixed.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"The issues we raised don’t just affect the working conditions of our members, they also have a serious impact on our justice system." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“Violence is not a condition of employment that anyone agrees to accept when taking a job,” he said. We will continue to support Local 329, and all workers in dangerous workplaces, in every way we can.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
We will wait for the report from BC Corrections to see what they have done to ensure that FRCC has addressed these violations." — Dean Purdy, BCGEU Vice-President Corrections and Sheriff Services
“At a time when government is investing in safety measures at the legislature, why are they content with our courthouses being unsafe?" — Jason MacLean, NSGEU acting President
"The Ministers knew lives were in danger, and they did nothing. What are they going to do now? That’s my question." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President