No visitation, less oversight: What an Ontario corrections strike would mean for inmates and the public

With no deal in sight, no bargaining dates set and huge divides at the negotiating table, Ontario’s nearly 6,000 jail guards and parole officers could walk out in less than two weeks.

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James Park/Postmedia NewsOttawa Carleton Detention Centre on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015.

If the corrections branch of the Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union (OPSEU) does strike January 10, it would mark the first major labour disruption in the province’s corrections systems in over a decade. On Dec. 24, the union was granted a “no board report” — the procedure that puts its members members in a legal strike position as of January 10, 2016.

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