Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Workers at Ontario Correctional Centres Reject Tentative Agreement

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Workers at Ontario Correctional Centres Reject Tentative Agreement

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Corrections staff reject new agreement

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TORONTO - Workers at correctional institutions across Ontario have rejected a tentative contract agreement with the province.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union says the three-year deal reached Nov. 23 was rejected by a 67 per cent margin.

Details of the tentative deal covering 5,500 employees in provincial jails, correctional facilities, youth centres and probation and parole offices have not been released.

In a statement, OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas said he is not surprised by the results of the vote because the government "didn't even come close" to addressing what he calls a "crisis in correctional services in this province."

Thomas said probation and parole officers struggle with the highest caseloads in the country, while spending per offender is the second-lowest. …

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