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Angry correctional officers rail at province, union head at Queen’s Park

Correctional workers picketed outside Queen’s Park Thursday morning, telling the province that it needs to do better after they overwhelmingly rejected a tentative contract offer Wednesday night.

“This is a wake-up call for Kathleen Wynne,” said OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas earlier in the day. “I call on this government to come back to the bargaining table with proposals that recognize the extraordinary skills, commitment and courage required of correctional staff.”

Workers who stormed the Ontario legislature didn’t hesitate to criticize Thomas’s part in the negotiations, too.

“You haven’t wanted to hear s*** of what we’ve had to say for the last year,” one worker charged. “So why you’re standing here pretending to give a s*** is beyond me.”

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