The Union of Canadian Correctional Officers is sending a strong message to our MP Tony Clement. Tuesday afternoon, over 100 members and their families marched to his home in Port Sydney. National President Kevin Grabowsky says they wanted to protest against Clement’s and federal government’s decision to eliminate 200 sick leave hours for correctional officers.

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Grabowsky says yesterday’s protest was just the beginning of more to come. Meantime, the Parry Sound-Muskoka MP says he is presenting fair and reasonable proposals to the bargaining table on behalf of the government of Canada and by extension the tax payers.

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Protesters included members from Beaver Creek and Fenbrook Institutions. Beaver Creek President Charlie Robinson says this would put workers at a horrible disadvantage.

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Robinson says the protest was necessary. Clement, on the other hand, says these union workers have every right to protest and get their point across, which is fine in the free society that we live in.

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Clement says these discussions will be ongoing over the next few months.

(Photo By: Melissa Candelaria) Hundreds UCCO members protest against cuts to sick leave benefits.