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Canada's Border Officials Have Voted To Go On Strike & It Could Impact Reopening Plans

Thousands of employees could strike as fully vaccinated Americans begin to travel to Canada.👇

Canada's plan to reopen its border to fully vaccinated American travellers on August 9 could be impacted by strike action, which may begin just days before.

On Tuesday, July 27, a union representing over 8,500 Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) employees told Narcity that its members had voted in favour of strike action.

CBSA staff members could potentially begin striking as early as August 6, three days before the Canadian border is set to reopen to eligible American travellers for non-essential reasons.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and its Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) says that this "[throws] into question the federal government's plans for a smooth reopening of the Canada-U.S. border this summer as a federal election looms."

It warns that the ongoing labour dispute could cause significant disruption to the "flow of goods, services and people entering Canada," impacting the Canadian economy.

The strike vote was held between June 16 and July 23, after members had been without a contract for over three years. The union says they are "seeking better protections against a toxic workplace culture at CBSA, and greater parity with other law enforcement agencies across Canada."

"The toxic workplace culture at CBSA is taking a heavy toll on the mental health and well-being of our members," said Mark Weber, CIU's national president.

The union represents border service officials from airports, land entry points, marine ports and commercial ports of entry, as well as inland enforcement officers, intelligence officers, investigators, trade officers and non-uniformed members.

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The US Land Border Will Reportedly Stay Closed To Canadians Until At Least October 21

The U.S. has announced plans to lift travel bans on other countries worldwide, though.🇨🇦🇺🇸

The Canada-U.S. land border won't reopen for non-essential travel for at least another month, according to a new report from Global News.

On Monday, September 20, the Biden administration reportedly announced that its borders with both Canada and Mexico would remain closed until October 21 at the earliest, despite pressure from officials.

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The US Just Updated Its Travel Rules & Most Fully Vaxxed Visitors Will Be Welcomed Back

The updated rules won't apply to Canadians crossing the land border, though.👇

The U.S. has announced preliminary plans to ease travel restrictions for international visitors who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to reports on Monday.

On September 20, the Biden administration is expected to officially announce an end to travel bans with multiple countries, including countries within the EU, as well as the U.K., China and India.

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Canada’s Travel Restrictions Will Officially Stay In Place Until At Least November 21

Existing border measures and entry requirements will be sticking around.👇

Canada's existing travel restrictions and entry requirements will remain in effect for another nine weeks, Health Canada has confirmed.

In a notice shared on Sunday, September 19, the government agency revealed that the country's current border measures will stay the same until November 21 at the earliest.

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US Senators Are Begging Biden To Open The Canada-US Border & Let In Fully Vaxxed Canadians

Some American politicians want fully vaccinated Canadians to be allowed in before October.

American politicians are calling for the Canada-U.S. border to open for fully vaccinated Canadians and they want it to happen soon.

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen, Maggie Hassan, Jon Tester, Angus King, Debbie Stabenow, Gary Peters, Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar sent a letter to President Joe Biden on September 17 urging his government to allow fully vaccinated Canadians to travel to the U.S. by land.

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