Statement on OPSEU Corrections Request for No Board Report
The following statement was issued today by Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and President of the Treasury Board, and Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services regarding the request for a 'no board' report by the Corrections Division of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union in its ongoing collective agreement negotiations with the province:
"It is disappointing that the Correctional Bargaining Unit has decided to ask the Ministry of Labour for a "no board" report. Once the "no board" report is issued by the Ministry of Labour, there is a 17-day period after which the parties are in a legal strike or lockout position.
We acknowledge that this round of negotiations has been challenging. However, we remain committed to the collective bargaining process, and to working with OPSEU's Correctional Bargaining Unit to reach an agreement that is fair and reasonable to both our employees and the public and is consistent with the government's fiscal plan.
Our government respects and values the hard work of our Correctional Services employees. Correctional Services staff in our communities work hard every day to keep us safe and we acknowledge the difficult challenges they face.
We will continue to work with all our corrections staff as we move forward with our mandate to transform our correctional system to develop effective, timely, and lasting improvements that get real results to improve the safety and security of both correctional staff, inmates and the public.
We remain available around the clock to continue discussions with OPSEU and believe that together we can reach a negotiated settlement that is fair to employees and Ontario taxpayers."