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Union representing Corrections Officers slams tentative agreement reached “behind our back”

KAWARTHA LAKES-Corrections officers and other staff at the Central East Correctional Centre gathered outside the jail this afternoon for a BBQ lunch and info session from the local union, slamming their own corporate officials.

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 368 President Chris Butsch told the crowd the union officials met with the Ministry of Community Safety and Corrections without any input from the local reps. ” OPSEU took it upon themselves to negotiate this contract without our elected teams in place and without taking our demands into consideration.”

A new bargaining team was just elected on June 10th at the Central Conference. Chair, Chris Jackel traveled from his home facility, the Central North Correctional Centre, to take part in the info session today. ” I’m here to help send a message to all the other jails that the newly elected bargaining team is advocating for a unanimous rejection of the government’s offer. OPSEU officials went behind our back and didn’t follow process.”

One of the issues that concerns Butsch and Jackel is Administrative Compensating Leave. He says members currently get 36 hours a year to use for any time-off they need and that has been lost in the new, tentative agreement. “That’s a takeaway. They are trying to sell it as there’s no takeaway, well that’s a big takeaway, that almost equals the raise they are offering us.”Butsch says.

The Province has offered a raise of 7.5% over four years. Butsch says that doesn’t even cover the cost of inflation. They are also concerned about the language around COMP time.  Union officials say it’s unclear if this remains, as is, or the ability to use banked time is lost. The deal includes the inclusion of out of country medical coverage and a half hour cap for the services of a psychologist.

Local union reps think the newly elected team should be able to work out a deal with the government on their own. “We want the ability to negotiate our own collective agreement from bargaining beginning to end and we will take whatever we get,” said Chris Jackel.

Employees will vote on the tentative agreement on June 20th from 7 am to 9 pm at the Legion in Lindsay.

OPSEU represents 35,000 members in its corrections and unified bargaining units.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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