Border strike averted after union reaches tentative deal with Ottawa

Workers at Canada’s borders no longer plan to strike this week after their union reached a tentative agreement with the federal government.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada said Tuesday it has reached a deal with the government for Canada Border Services Agency employees after working “around the clock.”

A truck approaches the US-Canada border.
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If such an agreement could not be reached, the union had made plans for a strike of more than 9,000 members starting at 12:01 a.m. on Friday.

Sharon DeSousa, the union’s national president, said in a statement that Tuesday’s news is a “well-deserved victory.”

The union said details of the tentative agreement will be released after being shared with members on Thursday.

In its own press release, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat said “long hours at the negotiating table” resulted in a deal that is “fair to workers and fair to Canadians.”

The Treasury Board said the deal includes pay increases and other benefits, but will not share further details until later.

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

Members of the union will still have to vote to ratify and finalize the deal.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 11, 2024.