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Update on potential CBSA strike

Update on potential CBSA strike - Universal Logistics Trade Alerts - May 31, 2024

Toronto, May 31, 2024

CBSA personnel, represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Customs and Immigration Union (PSAC-CIU), voted 96% in favour of taking strike action.  With the release of the Public Interest Commission (PIC) report on May 30th, the CBSA will now be in a legal strike position beginning Thursday, June 6th.

The border will remain open, as over 90% of CBSA frontline workers are deemed an “essential service” and cannot strike, however, increased wait times and service disruptions are expected due to picketing.

As per the PSAC, “Job action by CBSA personnel in 2021 nearly brought commercial cross-border traffic to a standstill, causing major delays at airports and borders across the country and a marathon 36-hour bargaining session to reach an agreement.”

Negotiations with the Treasury Board and the CBSA are set to begin Monday, June 3rd, just days before an impending strike.

The PSAC have issued a warning to the transportation industry of the impending delays.

For more information, please call Brian Rowe, Director – Customs Compliance & Regulatory Affairs at (905) 882-4880, ext. 1213.

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