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Canadian Border Workers Have Stopped Striking Just In Time For The Border Reopening

The unions said "the flow of border traffic will return to normal."

Trending Senior Staff Writer

Canadian Border Workers Have Stopped Striking Just In Time For The Border ...

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.

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.

There were multiple reports of long lineups of trucks that were crossing over from the U.S. to Canada at the land border as well.

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.

    Lisa Belmonte
    Trending Senior Staff Writer
    Lisa Belmonte is a Senior Staff Writer for Narcity Canada’s Trending Desk focused on government of Canada jobs and is based in Ontario.
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