TORONTO, May 30, 2011 /CNW/ - More than 75 correctional officers and
their supporters are expected to descend on Queen's Park May 31 in a
bid to convince MPPs to rally behind their campaign to keep jails open
in Owen Sound and Walkerton.
Owen Sound Mayor Deb Haswell and Brocton Town Councilor Chris Peabody
will join dozens of correctional officers in the Legislative building
during Question Period when Opposition MPPs are expected to ask why the
McGuinty government is moving ahead with its plans to shut the two
jails without holding public consultations on the proposed closures.
"We're taking our message directly to the Premier and the Minister of
Community Safety and Correctional Services inside the Legislature,"
said OPSEU Local 224 President Paul Johnstone, who represents
correctional officers at Owen Sound jail. "We want them to see the
human face of their reckless decision to go ahead with something that
will disrupt the lives of hundreds of families and damage our local
criminal justice system.
"It will be a forceful reminder that they're destroying good jobs in our
Haswell and Peabody will join OPSEU Vice President-Treasurer Eduardo
(Eddy) Almeida and New Democrat MPP Peter Kormos (Welland-Thorold) and
Conservative MPP Bill Murdoch (Grey-Bruce-Owen Sound) at a 12 noon
press conference at the Legislature.
Afterwards, they will join the demonstrators from Walkerton and Owen
Sound on an information picket line outside the offices of Community
Safety and Correctional Services Minister Jim Bradley at 25 Grosvenor
Street, in Toronto.
SOURCE Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
For further information:
OPSEU Local 224
OPSEU Local 225