CBSA Issues Update on Possible Strike

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has issued additional information to industry stakeholders regarding a possible strike, and what may transpire at the border should a strike occur in the days or weeks to come: 

“On September 28, 2023, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) declared an impasse in its negotiations with the Employer on behalf of the FB group. Public Interest Commission (PIC) hearings were held in April 2024 and a non-binding PIC report is expected to be released in late May/early June. Depending on the timing of the report, PSAC would be in a legal strike position as soon as early June. 

The border will remain open and safe as 90% of frontline Border Services Officers are essential workers, which means that they will continue to offer essential services in the event of a strike. Our officers will fulfill their duties with the highest level of integrity and professionalism. However, travellers and businesses could experience an increase in border wait times, picketing outside CBSA premises, and wearing of union-related accessories. The CBSA has been actively working to plan for these situations and has developed mitigation strategies to ensure operations will continue. 

The CBSA will respond quickly to any job action or work disruption in order to maintain the safety and security of our border, ensure compliance with our laws, and keep the border open to facilitate the flow of legitimate goods and travel.”

CTA will continue to monitor this situation and provide additional updates from the CBSA as they become available

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