CBSA strike across Canada set to begin today if no deal reached

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Thousands of workers at the Canada Border Services Agency might start striking as early as this afternoon, leading to significant disruptions throughout the nation at airports and border points.

More than 9,000 members from the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) are set to go on strike at Canada’s borders starting today at 4 p.m. ET if a deal is not struck with the CBSA and Treasury Board by then.

Although essential CBSA employees are required to remain on duty, the union notes that the impact on Canadians will still be felt, pointing to a previous strike three years ago that nearly halted commercial cross-border traffic, resulting in major delays at airports and border crossings. The impending strike could result in Canadians and visitors facing extended wait times at the border once more during the peak travel period.

The PSAC is pushing for increased pay, the option to work from home, improved retirement benefits, and stronger protections for CBSA employees.

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