3rd jail guard fired over wildcat strike, AUPE says
A third correctional officer at the Fort Saskatchewan Institution has been fired for being involved in last April’s wildcat strike, according to the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees.
Like the two officers who were terminated on Friday, the officer was a supervisor at the provincial facility.
In a written statement, Solicitor General spokesman Dan Laville said all three officers were let go for abandoning their posts which put inmates, other guards and the public in danger.
The guards were also found to have disobeyed an order to admit new inmates, he said.
In a news release, AUPE president Guy Smith said the provincial government reneged on its promise made in the deal that ended the strike not to punish workers who walked off the job.
Laville said the province committed to looking at each case individually.
He quoted the letter sent to Smith by the public service commissioner that said provincial officials would "act thoughfully and in a measured and appropriate fashion" when considering each case.
AUPE is filing grievances on the three dismissals and plans to take legal action against the province.
The five-day strike started on April 26 after guards from the Edmonton Remand Centre refused to report for duty over safety concerns at the new facility.
Guards at other correctional facilities followed suit.