Seven months at the Bargaining Center, four months at the bargaining table thousands of hours of meetings and discussions, hundreds of tiny job actions,information pickets,management reprisals, two tentative offers,dozens of information sessions, and it all comes down to this.
The Corrections Division members in Local 302 showed that they were eager to have their voice heard. I don’t recall ever having a vote with such a spectacular turn out.
The issues were not as complex for Community Corrections than they were for the institutions .
I had the privilege to travel around the region and talk with members from almost all categories in the OPSEU Corrections Bargaining Unit( I didn’t speak to the hair dressing instructor or a PO3)
We should be proud of our ability to do a tough job, despite the efforts of management to make it harder. There is frustration in the way we are treated and anger in the risks that have become a regular part of our lives.
Community or Institution, Adult or Youth it’s always the same.
We keep your community safe.