Information by Ministry:
18, 2013 The ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
decision to not charge the inmates involved in the Sept. 8 riot at the Toronto
Jail was a short-term fix that will have long term negative effects on every
institution in the province. more...
August 8, 2012 Lock Talk - A publication of the
OPSEU Corrections Division: After 10 years of discussions, labour and management have agreed on a Workload Analysis Tool that will
analysis workload issues for probation and parole officers.
January 19, 2012 Lock Talk - A publication of the
OPSEU Corrections Division: The MERC has negotiated a memorandum of
settlement specific to Institutional Services which will allow suspensions with
pay to also apply to Fixed Term members. more...
December 22, 2011 Lock Talk - A publication of
the OPSEU Corrections Division: The MCYS and MCSCS MERC teams are pleased to announce they have reached
an agreement in relation to the latest PO3 decision. more...
September 23, 2010 Lock Talk - A publication of
the OPSEU Corrections Division: As a result of the numerous concerns regarding member representation during ASMPP meetings, the OPSEU Executive Board has approved
training for two representatives from each Youth and Adult facility. more...
September 15, 2010 Lock Talk - A publication of
the OPSEU Corrections Division: A number of concerns regarding the
application and administration of the ASMPP were identified over the last
year, and a series of meetings have taken place to resolve a number of
Aug 5, 2010 Lock Talk - A publication of the OPSEU Corrections Division:
An agreement has been reached between MCYS Youth Justice and OPSEU regarding Fixed Term (Unclassified) Rollovers. more...
June 10, 2010 TEDC has opened its new Staff Engagement Centre after months of planning and hard work. more..
Some questions and answers on ASMPP
February 12, 2010 Lock Talk - A publication of the OPSEU Corrections Division: Information in the February
10 edition of Lock Talk has raised some concerns regarding the Attendance Support and Management Pilot Program. Here are some answers to the questions you
have been asking.
ASMPP causing concerns
February 10, 2010 Lock Talk -
A publication of the OPSEU Corrections Division:
ASMPP causing concerns; ASMPP and
Absenteeism Target Incentives clarified; OPT introduces a new member
JASIC targets met!
January 29, 2010 Lock Talk - A publication of the
OPSEU Corrections Division: Attendance targets set out under the Joint
Attendance Strategy and Implementation Committee (JASIC) have been met.
Terms of reference for JASIC now signed off
December 24, 2009 Lock Talk: A publication of the OPSEU Corrections Division The parties met December 23 and signed off on the Terms of Reference for the Joint Attendance Strategy and Implementation Committee (JASIC).
Corrections SAROC Steering Committee seeking to fill position
November 30, 2009 The OPSEU members of the Systemic
and Anti-Racism Organizational Change (SAROC) Steering Committee will be
accepting Expressions of Interest from OPSEU Community Corrections members ONLY
to fill a vacant union position on the SAROC Steering Committee. Deadline is
December 11, 2009.
Lock Talk: A publication of the OPSEU Corrections Division
August 5, 2009 Starting Aug. 10, 2009, the employer will implement their new Attendance Support Management Pilot Project (ASMPP) to replace the Attendance Support Program (ASP). more…
July 9, 2009 On April 20, 2009 the parties
came to a final resolution for the Continuous Service Date (CSD)
calculations for unclassified employees who are/have been in receipt
of Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) benefits.
June 3, 2009 Corrections pays a visit to Liberal Leader Dalton
McGuinty’s fundraiser in Ottawa on May 28, 2009.
May 14, 2009 Local presidents will come to Ottawa on May 21 to
discuss the ongoing labour relations problems in the Corrections
March 27, 2009 Corrections fights back
March 24, 2009 Ministry axes compensating leave
December 9, 2008 Auditor’s report an insult to corrections
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April 20, 2009 Information and Initiatives
"It is time to crank up the volume"
April 16, 2009 Lock Talk - A publication of the OPSEU
Corrections Division: An open letter from the MCSCS MERC Chair.
LockTalk Previous Issues
Court delays due to Ministry inaction: OPSEU
April 16, 2009 Delays in getting inmates from
Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre to local courts can be blamed directly on
government inaction on overcrowded facilities.
Systemic Anti-Racism Organizational Change
Toronto Jail SAROC marks Black
February 13, 2009 The Systemic Anti-Racism Organizational
Change committee at the Toronto Jail held a celebration of Black History Month
on Tuesday, Feb. 10. Canadian Idol celebrity Farley Flex was well-received as
the motivational speaker for the event. more...
Youth Unit Disentanglement Update
November 26, 2008 A joint communication to all staff at the Ministry of Community Safety and
Correctional Services and Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
Memo: staff information sessions
June 3, 2008 Staff information sessions
will be held on the agreements relating to MCYS stand-alone Youth
Rock Solid: Information from the MERC Team
Issue 7, July 2006
Beware of asbestos in the workplace. Newsletter wins
two national awards. Letters to the editor. Brother
Fraser bids farewell to MERC & the membership.
Traumatic Mental Stress. GSB says NO to attendance
credits used for overtime. Alberta guards want
nicotine patches banned due to inmates smoking them.
CECC raises money for Autism Society. Communication
empowers locals. Firm, Ontario dispute jail savings.
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Provincial Parole System
Why does Dalton McGuinty want to give away the keys to
Ontario's provincial parole system?
October 17, 2005
2005 News release
13, 2005 Queen's Park rally photos
April 2006 Jail is private no more. Resource
Position Management Update. P&P – Community
Corrections Report. Health and Safety. Communication.
What are Pensionable Earnings? Mediation. Rights
under the Health and Safety legislation. Private
prison operators waiting to cash in on Harper
policies. Ontario Court fines public servants who
crossed picket lines.
Issue 5, January 2005 Ministry violates the Ontario Human Rights Code. Organizing clergy Security Threat Groups (Gangs). Re-announced funding does little to keep mental health patients out of jail. Correction Canada team investigating Pargeter slaying. Excellent turnout at Queens Park Rally. Some Newfoundland inmates glad smoking was
banned. Jury recommends round-the-clock suicide watches. Officers receive award for acts of Bravery.
Issue 4, November 2004 Huge victory
for Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre members at the OLRB. National support for protest at McGuinty's office. National Union mourns death of Yellowknife parole officer. Bluewater Youth Centre local signs riot shield agreement. Ontario Health Premium a tax on employees, government says. Unclassified rep. on bargaining team is from
Corrections. Make Phase 2 of St. Lawrence Valley a reality NOW! Guardian Angels with Caring Stitches: Scarves back cancer battle
Issue 3, September 2004 Operational Managers and a Superintendent complain about
treatment. Dozens rally in support of city jail completion. Conflict Resolution Training. Good advice from your 'Health & Safety / Wellness' Rep. Police and Peace Officers Memorial Day. EAP- FGI on Line Services. and more...
Issue 2, July 2003 Maplehurst Pod safety issues at the OLRB. “All quiet” is the order of the day. It's all about Public Services. Bullying in the workplace. Shift work takes a toll: report. How bad is Correctional Officer
stress. and more... .pdf
Issue 1, January 2003 Interim Employee Relations Committee formed at Central East Correctional Centre. Probation and Parole Perspectives. Duty to Accommodate. Bailiffs Stripped of Batons. Plantar Fasciitis. Guarding the Guards. .pdf
June 3, 2008 The union has reached an agreement with the employer on
job trades and lateral transfers between the ministries of Community Safety
and Correctional Services (MCSCS) and Children and Youth (MCYS).
December 20, 2007 Merry Christmas…and don’t get sick:
Ministry’s “sinister” letter puts members on notice.
December 5, 2007 Corrections MERC Team gives notice of
withdrawal from the Provincial Overtime agreement.
November 21, 2007 An interim order issued Nov. 6, 2007 by the
Ontario Human Tribunal of Ontario gives specific
timelines for training on anti-racism and anti-sexism in
10, 2007 You spoke - they listened!
July 10, 2007 Corrections roars in Hamilton. Are you on the list?
June 29, 2007 Agreement reached for Mimico laterals, Demo in Hamilton
goes July 6 .more...
2007 Corrections demonstrators rock North
Bay. Changes ahead for youth facilities.
Congratulations to Mimico athletes.
2006 Corrections welcomes new faces on the MERC
2006 Transition deal reached at CNCC
2006 Lock Talk: Thank you, Barry, Changes to the MERC, A
big date in looming.
2005 Lock Talk - Resource position management strategy
July 20, 2004 New escort agreement reached. Settlement sets out procedures for escorting inmates outside the institution
June 30, 2004 Agreements reached for Probation & Parole Access given to lateral transfers and job trades
June 16, 2004 "Summer of Chaos" kicks off in Hamilton. Correctional officers protest "abuse" of unclassified employees.
March 31, 2004 MERC Agreements help preserve Job Security and Job Mobility. Corrections to meet at Convention.
February 16, 2004 Youth justice: negotiations ongoing. MERC urges support for Local 369.
November 26, 2003 Move to Ministry of Children's Services raises many questions and concerns. A K"winter" chill.
August 7, 2003 Next step to fill classified positions begins. Grievance decision clarifies leave of absences, strike and resignation issues with respect to Unclassified Seniority for June 16, 2003 Agreements. Unclassified protest at EMDC.
July 7, 2003 Process to fill classified positions begins. Time to update the contact list. Support Workers at Rotherglen.
June 18, 2003 Agreement reached to fill CO positions at some institutions. Future talks scheduled to deal with non-COs and CO positions at other institutions.
March 27, 2003 It's time to invest in the future. Guelph picketer found innocent on St. Patrick's Day. Ed wants your issues.
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