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OPSEU/SEFPO’s President celebrates another Corrections win: paid training for recruits

Toronto – OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is commending the Ford government for taking the union’s advice and instituting paid training for all new Corrections recruits. “For years, we’ve been asking government after government to pay new Correctional Officer recruits for their Correctional Officer basic training,” said Thomas. “We’re very pleased that we now have……

OPSEU/SEFPO calls the Kenora Jail a ‘powder keg’

Kenora – OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says some special attention is urgently needed to bolster staffing at the overcrowded Kenora jail.  Thomas says the government’s recent announcement to hire 500 new full-time correctional staff is a step in the right direction but staffing levels in Kenora aren’t keeping up with rising inmate population numbers. ……

Province to build 2 new jails, upgrade 3 others in eastern Ontario

Ontario will build two new jails and upgrade three others as part of a major investment plan to modernize the corrections system in eastern Ontario, Premier Doug Ford said Thursday. Smokey Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), which represents around 9,000 correctional workers, said upgrades to the province’s ageing facilities and……

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