Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

May 27, 2009 15:58 ET

OPSEU to McGuinty: Stop Destroying Corrections

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 27, 2009) - Corrections members from across Ontario will converge in Ottawa tomorrow at a Liberal fundraiser to protest recent actions and inactions by the McGuinty government that are destroying labour relations in Correctional Services.

DATE: May 28, 2009

TIME: 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Ontario Liberal Fundraiser
Crown Plaza
101 Lyon Street, Ottawa

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas wants the Premier to immediately intercede to come up with a joint plan to deal with overcrowding, safety and issues affecting the health of the staff on the front lines. "Representatives in the Corrections Ministry appear to have little interest in addressing the concerns of the people who actually run Corrections on a day-to-day basis. We want to work co-operatively and come up with solutions to the current problems."

OPSEU Corrections Division Chair Eddy Almeida says that the situation in Ontario corrections is reaching a breaking point with respect to conditions.

"For years, the Ministry has been packing more and more inmates into too little space, and expecting the staff to cope with the extra work it takes to deal with this," Almeida said. "Further, they have been enacting policies aimed at making it harder for staff to get time away from this stressful environment. This has to stop, and the Premier must take the lead."

Contact Information

  • OPSEU Communications
    Don Ford