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Ontario correctional centres workers strongly reject new contract

Workers at correctional institutions across Ontario have rejected a tentative contract agreement with the province.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union says the three-year deal reached Nov. 23 was rejected by a 67-per-cent margin.

Details of the tentative deal covering 5,500 employees in provincial jails, correctional facilities, youth centres and probation and parole offices have not been released.

In a statement, OPSEU president Warren “Smokey” Thomas said he is not surprised by the results of the vote because the government “didn’t even come close” to addressing what he calls a “crisis in correctional services in this province.”

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