Tentative deal reached for Canada’s border workers, averting possible job action

A tentative agreement has been reached for over 9,000 workers at Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), averting potential job action later this week.

The workers are represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU).

“Our bargaining team has been working around the clock to secure the best contract for our members, and this tentative agreement is a testament to their incredible hard work and dedication,” said PSAC national president Sharon DeSousa. 

A ratification vote will be scheduled in the coming days.

Following that, it’s expected full details of the tentative pact will be revealed.

“I’m proud of the solidarity our members have shown over that past two years of negotiations,” said CIU national president Mark Weber. 

Tuesday’s deal comes on the heels of a second job action extension announced on Monday that could have seen it proceed on Friday at all ports of entry.

The two sides have been in mediation since last week.

Workers have been without a contract for two years. 

“This tentative agreement demonstrates that the best agreements are always reached at the bargaining table,” Treasury Board president Anita Anand said in a statement.

“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.”

Among other asks, the union was seeking pay parity with other law enforcement agencies.

Concerns mounted with business groups and commuters as job action deadlines approached.