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Update: Canada Border Services Agency employees still set to strike later today if no agreement is reached

Jun 07, 2024 10:40AM ● By Content Editor
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By Laura Durenberger-Grunow - Boreal Community Media - Updated June 7, 2024. Originally posted on June 5, 2024.

June 7, 2024, 10:30 am update: An update from the PSAC was released at 10:30 am central time on June 7 that says: "We are still working hard to get to a deal, but in the event of a strike, all border crossings and ports of entry, which include international airports with domestic flights and train stations with cross-border connection will be considered active strike locations, and PSAC expects members to respect our FB picket lines. Alternate travel arrangements should be considered until a tentative agreement is reached."

If a deal is not made by 4 pm E.T. today, the PSAC members will go on strike. 

Original post below. 
June 5, 2024 - Mediated negotiations continue this week between the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) members who work for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Canadian Government. If no agreement is reached by Friday, June 7, over 9,000 PSAC members will go on strike at 4 pm ET that day. 

The strike would impact workers including "Border services officers at airports, land entry points, marine ports, and commercial ports of entry, inland enforcement officers, intelligence officers, investigators, trade officers, and non-uniformed headquarters staff."

PSAC members are asking for wages, retirement perks, and other benefits Canadian Law Enforcement members currently receive. 

The last strike, which took place in 2021, caused backups at the Canadian/US border that lasted over 10 hours in some cases. Canada is also a large recipient of US exports. In 2023, $7 billion worth of goods were exported to Canada, the state's largest export destination, according to the US Federal Government. Additionally, almost 300,000 personal passenger vehicles crossed the US/Canadian border in Grand Portage in 2023. 

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