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
OPSEU members working at Kenora Jail,
Thunder Bay Correctional Centre, Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre,
Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre, Sprucedale Youth Centre and Brookside
Youth Centre will be eligible for lateral transfer and job trade
opportunities in the two ministries.
Members can apply until Dec. 31, 2008
under the current collective agreement, Article 6.6.1 (lateral transfer)
and Article 10.3 (job trade). Applications submitted before Dec. 31,
2007 will be honoured until the request expires.
The ministry has agreed to provide the
mandatory training for correctional officers and youth officers
transferred under this agreement.
All employees at the sites identified in
the agreement are eligible to apply.
The memorandum of agreement and the Q
and A document can be found on the OPSEU web site, www.opseu.org, or as
Don Jail mediation begins
Starting May 26, 2008, OPSEU and MCSCS
are entering a mediation process for the many grievances at the Toronto
Jail. The parties have selected well-known mediator Christopher Albertyn
to conduct an interest-based mediation-arbitration of the various
personal and systemic issues arising from the receipt of anonymous hate
mail by our members, and the employer’s inadequate response to the
The process will require numerous
hearing days over several months. It will involve the individual
grievors, and representatives from Local 530, the Corrections MERC, and
OPSEU. In addition to ensuring that the individual members affected by
this situation are fairly dealt with, the process will attempt to
develop systemic remedies at the workplace so members can work in an
environment that is respectful and fair.
Dan Sidsworth, MCSCS, MERC Chair
Jack Hopkins, MCYS, MERC Chair 519-525-3319