Tentative deal reached for Canada’s border workers, unions say

A tentative agreement has been reached for over 9,000 workers at Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the unions say, 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. 

The ratification vote is set for Thursday.

Following that, full details of the agreement are expected to be revealed.

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

Tuesday’s deal comes on the heels of a second job action extension announced on Monday that could’ve seen job action 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. 

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

Concerns mounted with business groups and commuters as deadlines approached.