Dan Sidsworth, a union representative for the corrections and parole officers in Ontario, spoke about overcrowding and understaffing at jails in the province.
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For the last 13 days, more than 200 officers at the centre have found themselves in a dispute with management over proposed safety and disciplinary measures.
The battle began after a piece of metal went missing on one of the centre's floors. Corrections officers searched the floor and nothing turned up but they say they were not allowed to don safety vests to search the entire facility.
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) says the aim of the rally "is to secure a meeting with minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Madelaine Meilleur in order to reach a resolution to the impasse at the centre."
Meetings on Aug. 27 have already been scheduled with opposition critics with from the Conservatives and NDP, the union said in a statement.
"All we have encountered with our local administration is roadblocks and incompetence," Dan Sidsworth said in the statement. "Only the minister can break the logjam and that's why we anticipate she will agree to meet with us."