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:
“It is disappointing that employees with the Correctional Bargaining Unit have rejected the tentative agreement that was reached between the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and the Government of Ontario.
Both sides showed a strong commitment to work together to negotiate this settlement and the tentative agreement was both fair and reasonable to our employees.
An agreement with similar financial terms was ratified by OPSEU’s 30,000-member Unified bargaining unit on October 30.
The agreement also provided for a stand-alone Correctional Bargaining Unit collective agreement with a commitment to making the necessary legislative changes that would introduce binding interest arbitration.
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.
The government is considering next steps and remains committed to the collective bargaining process.