The union, which represents 9,000 Canada Border Services Agency employees, says some job action began on Friday as negotiations with the government continued.

“Our bargaining team representing CBSA employees has been in mediation with CBSA and the Treasury all night and until this morning, and we are giving them a little more time to negotiate the table,” said the Public Service Coalition of Canada and its The Customs and Immigration Union said in a statement Friday morning.

“Meanwhile, work-by-rule action is underway at cross-border and airports across the country.”

It did not immediately specify what it contained.

The union said it has been negotiating with the government since 2018 and gave a strike notice on Tuesday.

The controversy comes as Canada prepares to allow fully vaccinated Americans to travel without quarantine from August 9.

The borders will open on 7 September for travelers from other countries with the required dose of a COVID-19 shot.

The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat confirmed that the arbitration continued through Thursday night.

“The government is still on the table and will not go away,” it said in a statement on Friday.

The CBSA says that ninety-nine percent of front-line border workers have been identified as essential, so they will continue to provide services if a strike occurs.

The union said members would launch a “comprehensive” series of actions at Canada’s airports, land borders, commercial shipping ports, postal facilities and headquarters locations if there was no agreement by this morning.

Canada’s Treasury Board said an arbitrator had been appointed by the federal relations body and that the arbitration was underway since Wednesday evening.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weighed in on the issue on Thursday, touting the government’s record on resolving labor talks.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times