CBSA workers to hold strike votes next week, which could jeopardize border reopening
A union representing 9,000 staff at the Canada Border Services Agency says plans to reopen the Canada-US border are under threat as their workers prepare for strike votes starting next week.
The Public Service Alliance of Canada said that 5,500 border services officers, 2,000 headquarters employees and other workers at Canada Post facilities and law enforcement positions inside of lands will begin strike votes on June 16 and continue them throughout the month.
PSAC said its members had been without contracts for almost three years. Discussions with the CBSA and Treasury Board ended in December.
PSAC said the two parties were unable to agree on better protections for staff that would combat a “toxic” work culture and align them with other staff in charge. law enforcement across Canada.
The two sides also appeared before a public interest commission in May to make arguments over compensation, but are still awaiting its recommendations.
PSAC strike speech comes as New York Congressman Brian Higgins says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden will discuss plans to reopen the Canada-U.S. Border at the summit from the G7 this week.