Ontario’s 6,000 Correctional, Parole and Probation Officers are ready to walk off the job and go on strike Sunday if negotiations don’t go their way.
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union is demanding the province hire more correctional officers to replace those that are retiring.
OPSEU President Smokey Thomas wants staffing levels restored to ensure that prisoners suffering mental-health and addiction issues get the help they need.
Jail guards are also fighting for higher wages. They want to close the gap to other first responders like police, firefighters and paramedics. Their pay is currently two-thirds that of a cop.
However, Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario government is not budging on their austerity stance. They’ve promised to reduce spending to keep costs down.
Do you support the government’s dedication to said cost reduction plan, or do these correctional officers deserve a pay increase?