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Strike Date Set For Ontario Corrections Workers

Saturday December 26th, 2015, 7:05pm

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Ontario Correctional workers, inducing those in Windsor, will be in a legal strike or lockout position on January 10th, 2016 at 12:01am.

The Ontario Ministry of Labour issued a “no board” report on December 24th, with respect to negotiations between the provincial government and OPSEU members in the Correctional Bargaining Unit of the Ontario Public Service. Under provincial law, the strike or lockout deadline comes on the 17th day after the report is issued.

No negotiations are scheduled between OPSEU and the government, but the union bargaining team says that they hold out hope that the employer will bargain seriously before the deadline, OPSEU bargaining team chair Tom O’Neill said.

“The crisis in Corrections is real,” O’Neill said. “It cannot even begin to be solved unless and until this employer shows that it respects the frontline workers who put their own health and safety on the line every day.”

The strike deadline comes after 67% of bargaining unit members rejected an earlier tentative agreement signed in late November.

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