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CBSA Employees Reach Deal

Friday August 6th, 2021, 7:54am

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Last updated: Friday August 6th, 9:56pm

Hours after work-to-rule job action began at border crossings, the Public Service Alliance of Canada and Customs and Immigration Union have reached a tentative agreement with the Canada Border Services Agency.

The agreement means an immediate end to work-to-rule strike action that had begun Friday, August 6th and ensures the flow of border traffic will return to normal as the government prepares to welcome fully vaccinated U.S. travellers on Monday, August 9th.

Highlights of the tentative agreement include a four-year agreement from 2018-2021 with an average annual increase of over 2% per year, better protections against excessive discipline in the workplace and the creation of a National Joint Committee to tackle workplace culture problems at CBSA.

It also includes a paid meal allowance for uniformed members, similar to what most Canadian law enforcement agencies provide, a commitment letter to advance the work toward introducing early retirement benefits for CBSA employees, a better grievance-handling process, and a better grievance-handling process domestic violence leave.

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