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Ontario correctional workers and ministry move closer to contract showdown

A “no board” report has been issued in the negotiations between the province and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Correctional Bargaining Unit, moving the two sides one step closer to a strike or lockout.

A “no board” report is issued by a conciliator in negotiations when he or she decides that the two parties are not ready to come to an agreement. Once the report has been issued, there is a 17-day deadline before the parties enter into a legal strike or lockout position.

That gives OPSEU and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services until 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 10 to come to an agreement. They’ll still be able to negotiate during that time.

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