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Border officers to rally at Peace Arch crossing, demand fair contracts

Last Updated Feb 5, 2020 at 10:44 am PDT

FILE - Peace Arch border crossing (CityNews)
Summary

Unionized members will rally Wednesday at noon at the Peace Arch border crossing

Workers demand fair contracts, better conditions, wage increases

There are about 140,000 PSAC union members who are waiting on a new collective agreement

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Travelling back into Canada from the United States could get challenging soon, as unionized workers rally for fair contracts.

Unionized workers with the Customs and Immigration Union and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) are going public with their discontent over contract negotiations. They will start rallying at noon on Wednesday at the Peace Arch crossing in order to bring attention to the lack of a collective agreement.

While they aren’t walking off the job just yet, members will be making their demands clear,¬†and say they will be “moving forward towards workplace actions and strike mandates until a fair contract is reached.”

“The union is demanding a fair wage increase that keeps up with inflation, better protections for members from (Canadian Border Service Agency) management, and improved work-life balance,” reads a statement from the union.

It also calls for the CBSA to support reform to members’ pensions, which would allow border officers to retire after working 25 years like other law enforcement agencies. It cites Border Service Officers are law enforcement and “they deserve the same treatment as other law enforcement agencies.”

There are about 140,000 PSAC union members who have been waiting on a new collective agreement for two years.