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        Canadian Border Workers Avoid Strike with Tentative Contract Agreement

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        Critical Agreement Reached Just in Time

        The Canadian government and the union representing over 9,000 Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) workers have reached a tentative agreement, averting a potential strike set to commence on Friday. The deal was announced on Tuesday, relieving many who rely on the smooth operation of border services.
        Anita Anand, President of Canada’s Treasury Board, emphasized the importance of the agreement. “Border Services employees are critical to the safety and security of our borders, and this tentative agreement recognizes the importance of that work while remaining reasonable for taxpayers,” she stated in a news release. The government remains negotiating with other bargaining units and is committed to achieving similarly positive outcomes.

        Details of the Agreement and Next Steps

        The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), representing CBSA workers, had warned that a strike would begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday if an agreement were not reached. The Customs and Immigration Union also represents these workers. The new Border Services Group collective agreement includes wage enhancements and other benefits, though specifics are currently withheld to respect the ratification process.
        The Treasury Board mentioned that if the agreement is ratified, it will apply to approximately 11,000 employees, covering more than 84% of the public service. Full details will be disclosed on Thursday, with a ratification vote to follow shortly after that.
        Sharon DeSousa, PSAC’s national president, celebrated the agreement as a significant win. “This is a well-deserved victory for our members at CBSA who safeguard our nation’s borders and ensure the safety and security of all Canadians,” she said.

        The Importance of CBSA Workers

        CBSA employees, including customs and immigration officers, intelligence officers, investigators, and nonuniformed staff, play a crucial role in monitoring over 100 land border crossings across Canada, airports, and marine ports. The workers have been without contracts for over two years, making this agreement particularly significant.

        The uninterrupted operation of border services is vital, as the U.S. is Canada’s largest trading partner. In 2023, the trade in goods between the two countries amounted to $774 billion. The tentative agreement ensures the continued safety and security of Canadian borders while recognizing the essential contributions of CBSA workers.

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