Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
April 22, 2014 In a memo to all Institutional
Local Presidents, MERC Chair Dan Sidsworth asks for a province-wide response to
Ministry preparations for a potential lock out during bargaining.
April 16, 2014 Correctional peace officers
from across Ontario will gather at Queen’s Park on the first day of the OPSEU
Convention, Thursday, May 8, to pay tribute to those who have fallen in the line
of duty. more...
April 4, 2014 OPSEU says that it appears the
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) is gearing up for
a strike in "significant fashion" despite the fact they are months away from
contract negotiations. more...
March 5, 2014 The union representing
Ontario’s front-line correctional officers says that criminal charges laid
against officers at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre are “gravely troubling”
considering the recent history of violence in this maximum-security facility.
November 15, 2013 OPSEU says that news stories
showing videos of inmates being assaulted by staff is sensationalistic and
depicts events that have already been dealt with by the Ministry.
18, 2013 The ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
decision to not charge the inmates involved in the Sept. 8 riot at the Toronto
Jail was a short-term fix that will have long term negative effects on every
institution in the province. more...
August 27, 2013 OPSEU and local community activists claim victory after the ministry yesterday cancelled its plan to close Sarnia Jail
June 21, 2013 Union officials representing Ontario’s front-line
correctional officers held a press conference Thursday to respond to the Ontario
Ombudsman’s report on use of force in the province’s correctional facilities.
June 19, 2013
Union officials who represent Ontario’s front-line correctional officers will
hold a press conference Thursday, June 20 to respond to the Ontario Ombudsman’s
report on use of force in the province’s correctional facilities.
June 12, 2013
The union representing Ontario’s front-line correctional officers says that
Ombudsman André Marin’s report into excessive use of force is “a missed
opportunity” to solve the underlying problem with violence in the province’s
May 28, 2013 In a letter to OPSEU President Smokey Thomas, Community Safety and Correctional Services minister Madeleine Meilleur apologizes for comments she made in the Ontario Legislature.
May 28, 2013 NEWS RELEASE: The President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union is
demanding that Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Madeleine
Meilleur immediately apologize for statements made in the Ontario Legislature
that correctional staff at London’s Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC)
aren’t properly doing their jobs.
May 2, 2013 Correctional peace officers from across Ontario will gather at
Queen’s Park on Monday, May 13 to pay tribute to those who have fallen in the
line of duty.
September 12, 2012 OPSEU has reached an
agreement with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services with
respect to the nearly month-long health and safety dispute at Hamilton-Wentworth
Detention Centre (HWDC).
September 11, 2012 In a new video by Operation Maple,
Hamilton correctional Officers explain the perils of weapons inside a
September 6, 2012 Correctional Officers at
Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre have been off the job since August 14th as
they continue to fight to be allowed to wear their personal safety equipment..more...
August 17, 2012 Several dozen correctional officers and supporters rallied outside Toronto West Detention Centre yesterday to draw attention to recent job
dismissals and rotten conditions inside the facility. more...
August 16, 2012 In the name of deficit-busting, the Ontario government has eliminated an office responsible for fighting crime through highly-skilled analysis of
electronic information technology. more...
August 14, 2012 Correctional officers will be rallying Aug. 16 outside the TWDC in support of Local 517 president Dan Marshall
and two others who have been unjustly dismissed. Plan to attend the information picket and BBQ. more...
August 3, 2012 Inmate tensions remain high at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre despite an agreement between Local 108 and
management on gradual general release following the violence after last week’s lockdown. more...
July 31, 2012 MERC Chair Dan Sidsworth warns that the health and safety of correctional officers at Elgin-Middlesex Detention
Centre is at risk because of rising inmate tensions inside the facility. more...
July 11, 2012 Staff in
Ontario’s provincial correctional facilities are bracing for even more jail
overcrowding under new federal crime legislation. more...
June 12, 2012 In a letter to the Executive Director of the Ontario
Association of Chiefs of Police, MERC chair Dan Sidsworth asks for support in
pursuing charges against offenders who threaten or assault correctional staff. more..
May 17 2012 On Thursday, May 10, 2012, OPSEU’s Corrections Division held first
annual Correctional Peace Officers memorial on the steps of Queen’s Park. more...
May 1, 2012 Correctional officers from across Ontario
will gather at Queen’s Park on Thursday, May 10 to pay tribute to those who have
fallen in the line of duty. more...
April 18, 2012 OPSEU is asking for a review of legal
representation for correctional officers being investigated by the Correctional
Investigation and Security Unit (CISU). more…
March 29, 2012 Lock Talk - A publication of the OPSEU
Corrections Division: Your MERC Teams have now reached agreements with the
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Ministry of
Children and Youth Services with respect to opportunities between MCSCS
institutions and MCYS youth centres. more…
March 12, 2012 Lock Talk – A publication of the OPSEU
Corrections Division: Your MERC Teams have been advised that the attendance
targets set out under the Joint Attendance Strategy and Implementation Committee
(JASIC) have been met for 2011. more..
February 13, 2012 Corrections MERC Chair Dan Sidsworth
warns Deputy Minister Jay Hope that Correctional Officers’ health and safety is
at risk due to lack of proper use of force procedures. more..
February 2, 2012 Correctional officers working at the new Toronto Intermittent Centre
on Horner Avenue are warning that the lack of standard operating procedures at
the jail will lead to serious injuries or deaths. more...
January 19, 2012 Lock Talk - A publication of the
OPSEU Corrections Division: The MERC has negotiated a memorandum of
settlement specific to Institutional Services which will allow suspensions with
pay to also apply to Fixed Term members. more...
December 22, 2011 Lock Talk - A publication of
the OPSEU Corrections Division: The MCYS and MCSCS MERC teams are pleased to announce they have reached
an agreement in relation to the latest PO3 decision.
September 27, 2011 MERC members recently met with
investigators from the Ombudsman’s office and said a study of the complaints
procedure inside jails must be widened to address the concerns of correctional
May 25, 2011 Local 229 Vice-President Rob Bujeya responds to the May
24 Globe and Mail article on Corrections wage raises in the OPS collective
April 18, 2011 A letter to the Honourable
James Bradley Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services on the
behalf of all OPSEU members in the Corrections Division.
April 15, 2011 A joint letter from OPSEU President Smokey
Thomas and Corrections MERC Chair Dan Sidsworth on the campaign to stop the
closures of the Owen Sound Jail, the Sarnia Jail, the Walkerton Jail, and the
closure of one-third of the Toronto West Detention Centre.
April 15, 2011 The Owen Sound Sun Times questions the
wisdom of closing jails in Owen Sound and Walkerton when figures show they are
closest to operating on budget.
April 12, 2011 The Ontario Government has announced
the closures of the Owen Sound Jail, the Sarnia Jail, the Walkerton Jail, and
the closure of one-third of the Toronto West Detention Centre. The closures
undermine the fundamentals of public safety and security and will force families
to travel two hours to attend visitation and programming.
Download and sign the
petition to stop these closures.
September 23, 2010 Lock Talk - A publication of
the OPSEU Corrections Division: As a result of the numerous concerns regarding member representation during ASMPP meetings, the OPSEU Executive Board has approved training for two representatives from each Youth and Adult facility more...
September 15, 2010 Lock Talk - A publication of
the OPSEU Corrections Division: A number of concerns regarding the
application and administration of the ASMPP were identified over the last
year, and a series of meetings have taken place to resolve a number of
Aug 5, 2010 Lock Talk - A publication of the OPSEU Corrections Division:
An agreement has been reached between MCYS Youth Justice and OPSEU regarding Fixed Term (Unclassified) Rollovers.
June 10, 2010 TEDC has opened its new Staff Engagement Centre after months of planning and hard work. more..
Some questions and answers on ASMPP
February 12, 2010 Lock Talk - A publication of the OPSEU Corrections Division: Information in the February
10 edition of Lock Talk has raised some concerns regarding the Attendance Support and Management Pilot Program. Here are some answers to the questions you
have been asking.
ASMPP causing concerns
February 10, 2010 Lock Talk -
A publication of the OPSEU Corrections Division:
ASMPP causing concerns; ASMPP and
Absenteeism Target Incentives clarified; OPT introduces a new member
JASIC targets met!
January 29, 2010 Lock Talk - A publication of the
OPSEU Corrections Division: Attendance targets set out under the Joint
Attendance Strategy and Implementation Committee (JASIC) have been met.
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