The Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN) has many questions that remain unanswered, as the vaccination operation is due to start on this coming Friday across the federal penitentiaries.
“The response to COVID-19 has been more reactive than proactive by the Correctional Service of Canada.” This is the message that the national president of UCCO-SACC-CSN, Jeff Wilkins, delivered yesterday during his appearance before the Standing Committee on Health as part of the briefing on the Canadian response to the Coronavirus outbreak.
UCCO-SACC-CSN is asking that the results of the tests being made on correctional officers are treated as a priority as correctional officers are front-line workers and their health and safety is essential.
“We don’t understand why CSC has chosen to ignore the OPS alternative. Moreover, Warkworth Institution has the exact same infrastructure as Drumheller. If an OPS can be put in place at Drumheller, there is no reasonable argument not to do the same at Warkworth,” noted Finucan.
The Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN) denounces Correctional Service Canada’s decision to implement the Prison Needle Exchange Program (PNEP) at Bowden Institution, as of March 1st. Thus, federal inmates will be allowed to possess their own needle to shoot intravenous drugs, in their cells.
Gathered for their 7th National General Assembly in Calgary, delegates from the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN) voted in favor of an agreement in principle with Treasury Board, aimed at compensating public service workers, including correctional officers, for problems caused by the Phoenix pay system.
Correctional Officers from Grand Valley Institution for Women rallied today in front of MP Marwan Tabbara’s office, in Kitchener, against the PNEP. They delivered hundreds of letters signed by constituents of the riding worried about the impact of the program on the health and safety of correctional officers.
Nearly 300 federal correctional officers demonstrated at noon in front of the offices of Correctional Service Canada to demand that the federal government process various issues associated with Phoenix in a comprehensive and simultaneous manner, rather than in isolation.
Today, the National President of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN), Jason Godin, went before the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, which has been tasked with studying Bill C-83, to demand that the federal government show real commitment in order to ensure the success of the Bill.
Over one hundred correctional officers demonstrated in front of the offices of Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor (Moncton) and Minister Ralph Goodale (Regina) to demand that the implementation of the Prison Needle Exchange Program (PNEP) be suspended
The Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN) is cautiously acknowledging Bill C-83 which involves changes to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act which will replace administrative segregation.
The Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN) strongly welcomes the decision handed down by Quebec Superior Court Justice Thomas M. Davis in a case between the union and the Attorney General of Canada. The decision favoured UCCO-SACC-CSN with regard to the unconstitutionality of a paragraph of section 113 of the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act (FPSLRA), which prohibited federal public service bargaining agents from negotiating in due form about the pension plan and staffing.
Following the release of the auditor general’s second report on the Phoenix pay system, a scathing report that cites “fundamental failures of project management and project oversight” by top bureaucrats at Public Services and Procurement Canada, the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN) demands a federal public inquiry be launched as soon as possible. However, the union states the resolution of current pay problems must continue to be the main focus.