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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Jail Guards In Province Now Talking About Possible Strike Action

After going 31 months without a contract agreement, jail guards in the province are talking about strike action in a few months. The Canadian Union of Public Employees has applied for binding arbitration.

 Ryan Murnaghan has been a guard at the jail on Old Black River Road for 12 years and is president of the union local. He tells CHSJ News if there is a strike, there will be fewer guards working and the provincial jails will be locked down. This can cause tensions to rise on the inside and violence to erupt which happened during the last strike by jail guards.
Murnaghan says the guards in New Brunswick are the lowest paid in the country, earning 25 per cent less than their counterparts in Nova Scotia and they're looking for wage parity with them.

Corrections officers staged an information picket earlier this week outside the office of Saint John Lancaster M-L-A Dorothy Shepherd.