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Talks planned for Friday in hopes of avoiding correctional worker strike

The union for jail guards and probation officers will meet with the Ontario government Friday in a last-ditch attempt at reaching a contract deal ahead of a looming strike date.

Smokey Thomas, the president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, said the two sides have agreed to meet with a mediator ahead of Sunday at 12:01 a.m., when the workers are in legal strike position.

The government, meanwhile, has been making contingency plans in the event of a strike to have managers from other areas of the public service help keep the jails and probation offices running.

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