Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Union Wants Non-Guard Jail Workers' Safety Guaranteed in the Event of a Strike

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Union Wants Non-Guard Jail Workers' Safety Guaranteed in the Event of a Strike

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Union wants jail workers' safety guaranteed

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TORONTO - Ontario's public service union is asking the deputy premier to guarantee the safety of nurses and other Ontario jail employees in the event of a strike.

Jail guards and probation officers will be in a legal strike position at 12:01 a.m. Sunday and the government plans to bring in managers from different civil service departments to run the jails if a strike occurs.

Other jail staff such as nurses, maintenance workers and kitchen staff are covered under a different bargaining unit, which has reached a contract, and therefore they will be expected to show up for work.

But Smokey Thomas, the president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, is worried that the public service managers won't be able to control the institutions as well as correctional workers, which would jeopardize the safety of the other jail staff. …

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