The Factual Report on Corrections Negotiations Issue #17 January 3, 2002 “If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.” – Chinese proverb Employer refuses to recognize Corrections as autonomous On Dec. 20, 2001, OPSEU I would appreciate a reply Yours very truly, Chief Negotiator Andrew to this letter at your earliest Douglas K. Gray Todd sent a letter to Mr. convenience. Doug Gray, contracted On Dec. 21, 2001, Gray Here’s what your Corrections Chief Spokesperson for responded. The letter was sent Team has to say: Kevin Wilson. Wilson is on letterhead from Hicks chief negotiator for the Morley, Barristers & “We have put forth the employer. Solicitors. position of our members and The gist of the letter is as the employer has refused to follows: Dear Mr. Todd: acknowledge it. This is a “… the Central team classic example of the agrees that any issue the I have your letter dated employer’s contempt and lack Corrections team wishes to December 20, 2001, which I of respect for the Corrections raise in bargaining at its table received today. I will repeat category and it is totally has the full approval of the the position expressed unacceptable. The Central team. Moreover, we verbally at our meeting on the membership must respond.” – urge you to accept the morning of December 20, Jack Hopkins, Corrections Corrections’ team bargaining 2001. It is the Employer’s Bargaining Team, Region 1. agenda whether or not it was position that the matters formerly seen to be a central pursued by the Union at the “The employer simply doesn’t or bargaining unit issue. Corrections Bargaining table want to talk to us about health … Accordingly, we would that have heretofore been and safety, early retirement or ask you to agree that the list bargained centrally must unclassified issues. We all of items proposed by the continue to be bargained at now must work together to get Corrections team be accepted the Central table. their attention and make them for determination at that table I trust that this is talk to us.” – Barry Scanlon, regardless of subject matter. responsive to your inquiry. (Continued on page 2) Employer refuses to recognize Corrections as autonomous (Continued from page 1) time for the corrections “This letter is nothing but a Chair, Corrections division to show its contempt provocation designed to Bargaining Team, Region 2. for this government.” – Dave demoralize our members and Graves, Vice-Chair, test our resolve. I am certain “Of all people, shame on Mr. Corrections Bargaining that Gray and company will Wilson to underestimate this Team, Region 5. be intimidated by the measure group.” – Larry Cripps, of our resolve.” – Mark Corrections Bargaining “The government’s position is Kotanen, Vice-Chair, Team, Region 3. B.S. They are forcing the Central Bargaining Team, members of the Corrections Corrections Representative. “The days of the government Category to take action.” – dictating to correctional Rick Dagenais, Corrections “They are sending out a feeler workers what they can and Bargaining Team, Region 6. to our membership to cannot negotiate are over. The determine how bad we want government can kiss my hairy “This response shows the our Corrections Team to a**.” – Jim Bothwell, arrogance of the employer. negotiate our contract. I have Corrections Bargaining This is a strike issue if I’ve no doubt that you will send Team, Region 4. ever seen one. If it’s a fight that message back to this they want, it’s a fight they’ll government, loud and clear.” “This government has shown get.”– Len Mason, – Darwin Lacelle, Central its contempt for the Corrections Bargaining Team Member, Unclassified corrections division. Now it’s Team, Region 7. Representative Waste Watchers Where else can one managers. The manager responsible create a job…from Senior managers at for creating this position must Brookside have made an have received their training at nothing? application for a full time the Harry Potter School of scheduling officer. This is an Tricks and Chicanery (also At the Brookside Youth attempt to keep the manager know as Hogwarts). What are Centre, staff positions have overage. The fictitious job you going to do about this one decreased by 9 per cent. At consists of managing a living Mr. Sampson? the same time, a fictitious unit, which is currently under Our thanks go to the management position has been construction. The manager member who provided this added to look after the holding this position at example of wasteful spending. interests of a long time acting present has no responsibility A tee shirt will find its way to manager. The end result is a for staff or offenders. Nice you. 10 per cent increase in work if you can get it. Please turn to page 3 Spotlight on your team Your Mark Kotanen, Central Mark was elected as the corrections team Region 1: Team Corrections Corrections representative for Jack Hopkins, L. 122 Region 1 and was then elected Region 2: Representative Barry Scanlon, L. 230 (chair) as the Corrections Region 3: representative on the Central Mark Kotanen is a well- Larry Cripps, L. 309 Team. He was then elected as Region 4: known personality in Ontario Vice-Chair of the Jim Bothwell, L. 467 Corrections circles. Central Team at the Region 5: A longtime Central Bargaining Dave Graves, L. 521 president at Local (vice-chair) Conference in April Region 6: 128 (Sarnia Jail), 2001. Rick Dagenais, L. 642 Mark has served “This round of Region 7: corrections bargaining addresses Len Mason, L. 737 provincially as the the viability of You can reach the bargaining team elected public services like at (416) 815-0284, by fax at (416) representative on Ontario 815-1412 and by e-mail at the original email@example.com. Corrections,” says Mark. “We Bargaining Unit Overhaul have to achieve a quality Team and is a three-time collective agreement and a elected member on the decent living wage. That is the Corrections Ministry The Correct View is your only only way to retain our accurate source of Corrections Employee Relations professional correctional Team information during this Committee. officers and keep our round of bargaining. If you don’t At Demand Setting 2001, recruitment process viable.” read it here, you can't be sure it's true. Don’t rely on gossip and rumours. We will provide the facts. 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