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canadian border service agency (cbsa) workers could go on strike this summer leading to border delays 
Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) Workers Could Go on Strike This Summer Leading to Border Delays 
canadian border service agency (cbsa) workers could go on strike this summer leading to border delays 

Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) Workers Could Go on Strike This Summer Leading to Border Delays 

Recently, workers from the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) announced they have voted towards a strike mandate, which could lead to major challenges with the movement of goods, services, and individuals at Canadian ports, this summer.

Over 9,000 members voted from the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), employed by the CBSA, and their result was 96% in favour of job action, during strike votes obtained from April 10-May 23rd, 2024. 

As these individuals have been without a contract for over two years (following the 2021 strike), the workers are fighting for an agreement that will protect them, and provide them with various concessions. In 2021, there was a border worker strike that led to major airport and land border delays, and a 36-hour negotiating meeting before an agreement could be made. 

Who Will Be Affected? 

Workers who will be affected by this are PSAC-Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) members such as border service officers employed at airports, marine ports, commercial and land ports of entry. Other enforcement officers will be affected too, including intelligence officers, investigators, trade officers, and more. 

If an agreement cannot be made, a strike could lead to major delays for travelers, and goods this summer. 

What is the CBSA Negotiating For? 

The CBSA is negotiating for fair wages (when compared to other law enforcement agencies), remote work/telework options, retirement benefits, and stronger protection for working hours. 

The next update will be released from the Commission’s report prior to negotiation, which begins on June 3rd. Once this report is released PSAC-CIU can choose to legally strike. Check the PSAC-CIU website for the most updated information. 

Source: CBSA Potential Strike Action

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