Tentative agreement made to prevent border strike

Pending a ratification vote, there won’t be any need to radically alter travel plans.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) have reached a tentative agreement for more than 9,000 workers at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), avoiding potential job action at Canada’s borders.

“Our bargaining team has been working around the clock to secure the best contract for our members, and this tentative agreement is a testament to their incredible hard work and dedication,” said PSAC National President Sharon DeSousa.

“This is a well-deserved victory for our members at CBSA who safeguard our nation’s borders and ensure the safety and security of all Canadians.”

CBSA workers were originally scheduled to begin action last Friday but a new deadline was set for today.

A vote will be scheduled to ratify the contract in the coming days.

Following that, it’s expected the details of the agreement will be revealed.

“I’m proud of the solidarity our members have shown over that past two years of negotiations,” said CIU National President Mark Weber.

The agreement comes after two years without a contract for the CBSA workers, who have been in mediation since last week.

“This tentative agreement demonstrates that the best agreements are always reached at the bargaining table,” said Treasury Board of Canada President Anita Anand in a statement.

“Border services employees are critical to the safety and security of our borders, and this tentative agreement recognizes the importance of that work while remaining reasonable for taxpayers.”

A similar strike three years ago nearly brought commercial border traffic to a standstill and caused major delays across the country.

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