Labor dispute impasse: Negotiations between the unions, the border agency and the Treasury Board of Canada dragged on for three years before they hit a stalemate last December. Border staffers wanted parity with other Canadian law enforcement agencies. Workers had also urged the government to address workplace culture concerns.
The parties returned to the table in recent days after the unions said members voted “overwhelmingly” in favor of strike actions.
Business groups on both sides of the border pressed the federal government and the labor unions to strike a new deal.
The tentative deal: The new four-year deal includes an average annual increase of more than 2 percent per year as well as provisions for parental and caregiver leave, the union said.
“We are relieved that CBSA and the government finally stepped up to address the most important issues for our members to avoid a prolonged labour dispute,” PSAC national president Chris Aylward said in a statement.
What’s next: Starting Monday, Canada will welcome fully vaccinated Americans for discretionary travel for the first time since March 2020.