CBSA workers in legal strike position as of June 6

The Public Interest Commissions (PIC) has issued its report containing non-binding recommendations for an agreement between the Public Service Alliance of Canada and Immigration Union (PSAC-CIU) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The two parties are currently in mediated negotiations. If an agreement is not reached, CBSA workers will be in a legal strike position as of Thursday, June 6.

A strike will likely impact non-essential CBSA operations; however, it’s expected that general processing times for all import clearances into Canada will increase. Consequently, border congestion is a primary concern, affecting land crossings, airports, seaports, and rail entry equally.

The threat of a strike by CBSA personnel means uncertainty and disruption for Canadian importers. Livingston is actively monitoring the ongoing labor dispute.