SPRINGHILL, NS, March 20, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Federal correctional
officers from across New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are today protesting
abusive management practices outside Springhill Institution, a
medium-security penitentiary at Springhill, NS.
Members of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN)
set up an information picket outside the institution early this
morning. They say overzealous managers are poisoning the workplace with
frivolous disciplinary procedures. The union also says public safety is
being put at risk.
UCCO-SACC-CSN regional president Doug White points to an incident last
January, in which two Springhill officers were disciplined and fined
for using a secure vehicle to escort an inmate to Halifax. A
correctional manager who objected to the use of the vehicle launched an
investigation, found the two officers guilty, and imposed fines of $160
on each of them.
"This is a kangaroo court system that serves no purpose but to
intimidate our members," said Mr. White. "The safety of the public or
of our officers at Springhill is apparently not a priority for
Correctional Service of Canada administrators in the region."
Mr. White identifies the case of two former CSC wardens who now work as
staff investigators as major source of irritation for the 225
correctional officers at Springhill Institution. In recent years, he
adds, there have been more disciplinary investigations at Springhill
than at all the other penitentiaries in the Atlantic region put
"CSC managers in the Atlantic region act as judge, jury and
executioner," said Mr. White. "We are demanding an investigation and
discipline system that is independent, neutral and fair."
Despite promises to work with the local union to resolve these issues,
CSC has not followed through. UCCO-SACC-CSN Atlantic says a process to
improve labour relations at the troubled institution must be
SOURCE: UNION OF CANADIAN CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS (UCCO-SACC-CSN)
For further information:
Lyle Stewart, CSN communications service, 514 796-2066