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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Jail Guards Could Strike Sunday

Toronto | by Ian MacLennan  

Talks are set to avoid a strike by correctional and probation officers.

A last ditch attempt to avoid a strike by the union for correctional and probation officers has been scheduled.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union and the province will meet Friday to try and hammer out a deal.

The workers -- who rejected an earlier tentative agreement -- will be in a legal strike position as of 12:01 AM on Sunday.

The government has been making contingency plans in the event of a strike to have managers from other parts of the public sector to help keep jails and probation offices running.

Jail guards and probation workers have been without a contract since December 2014.

One OPSEU representative says there are 14 community corrections staff in Grey Bruce who are supervising adult and youth offenders and preparing court and parole eligibility reports.

She adds there are also a number of local correctional officers commuting to work at correctional centres, since the closing of Owen Sound and Walkerton jails.

The last strike was in 2002 and lasted eight weeks -- and disturbances broke out ranging from outright riots to inmates breaking windows and setting fires.


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