Ian Turpin is preparing for what he calls “the inevitable,” a strike by 6,000 Ontario correctional officers beginning Sunday.
The president of OPSEU Local 678, representing about 100 guards at Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre, saw a trailer for his members go up near the northwestern corner of the remand centre on Wednesday morning. He expects wood and barrels to arrive in the next day. Supplies, such as desks and chairs, for the mobile trailer are also coming.
“I’m not really hopeful,” there will be progress when union and provincial government officials return to contract negotiations on Friday. “We’ve tried to explain to successive provincial governments just how badly they’ve allowed the ministry to deteriorate since 2002, but it’s been falling on deaf ears. A lot of the demands have to do with the fact that this ministry has been totally ignored by successive governments. There’s been no upgrading, no infrastructure, no training, no staffing increases, no nothing.”