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Ontario’s jail guards prepare for a January strike

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union, representing 6,000 jail, probation and parole officers, filed for a “no board report” Friday, which essentially means that working with a conciliator to try to reach a deal has failed.

The union is preparing to strike Jan. 7. Probation and parole officers wouldn’t monitor released offenders and jails would be staffed by managers (except in a crisis like a hostage-taking, when specially trained guards would be called in).

Making things worse, jail managers aren’t happy either. All of the “sergeants” scheduled to work at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre last Sunday called in sick.

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