The unions said "the flow of border traffic will return to normal."
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) strike that saw officials start work-to-rule action has officially ended, just in time for the border reopening.
After a final negotiation that lasted over 36 hours, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and Customs and Immigration Union (CIU), which represent the workers, reached a tentative agreement with CBSA late at night on Friday, August 6, and their work-to-rule action ended immediately.
📢 BREAKING: After an intense final round of negotiations that lasted more than 36 hours, we have reached a tentativ… https://t.co/E0HvM7k9mx— PSAC-AFPC (@PSAC-AFPC) 1628300816.0
The FB bargaining team unanimously recommends ratification of the tentative agreement.— PSAC-AFPC (@PSAC-AFPC) 1628302413.0
Canadians were told to expect "long lineups and lengthy delays" at border crossings and airports because of the strike action and Toronto Pearson International Airport asked travellers to give themselves extra time because of the action on Friday.
PSAC and CIU said that the tentative agreement "ensures the flow of border traffic will return to normal" now and when the Canada-U.S. border reopens on August 9 to allow fully vaccinated Americans to enter the country for non-essential reasons.
The agreement between the union and the federal government includes better protection against excessive discipline in the workplace, the creation of a committee to tackle workplace culture problems at CBSA, paid meal allowance for uniformed members, domestic violence leave and more.