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Sudbury’s jail guards a step closer to strike

The union representing 6,000 provincial correctional workers, about 120 of them in Sudbury, has called for a no-board report to set a legal strike or lockout deadline in stalled contract talks with the Liberal government of Premier Kathleen Wynne.

“There is a crisis in corrections,” OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas said Friday.

“Our jails are overcrowded, understaffed and increasingly violent. Our probation and parole officers have the highest caseloads in the country,” he said. “But instead of moving quickly to hire more staff, reduce over-crowding and improve mental health care for offenders, this government is cutting $6,000 cheques to managers.”

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