Managers paid overtime as Ont. jails wound down from strike that didn't happen

TORONTO - The Ontario government has paid correctional managers thousands of dollars in overtime gearing up for and winding down from a strike that never happened.

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In the event of a threatened strike by jail guards, the government said correctional managers and other managers from across the public service would run the jails.

But even though a deal was reached hours before the workers were in a legal strike position, managers spent 24 hours a day in several jails earning overtime in the days beyond that deadline.

The correctional officers had to conduct searches before jail operations could return to normal and managers could leave, but in at least one jail, the union is suggesting managers stayed longer than they needed to.

Denis Collin, the president of the local Ontario Public Service Employees Union at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, says he will be asking the ministry for an investigation of the return-to-work protocol, alleging there was "unjustified overtime."

Managers were also supervising inmates -- the work of correctional officers -- in the days leading up to the strike deadline, which the government says was due to "staffing shortages."



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