About 9,000 Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) workers started job actions across Canada on Friday as negotiations between the government and the unions continue.
The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), which represents the workers alongside the Customs and Immigration Union, confirmed on Twitter that the work-to-rule actions have started.
The PSAC served a strike notice to the government last week, indicating it was prepared to begin job action if a contract was not reached by 6 a.m. (EST) on Friday.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) said in a statement that the association and its membership have a productive and cooperative working relationship with CBSA management and its front-line officers and operations teams at our borders.
CTA says it hopes that both parties can resolve this matter as soon as possible to ensure its member fleets and the industry at-large can continue to service their customers across North America and that lives of professional truck drivers, who are the backbone of the Canadian economy, are not disrupted.
The border will be open and remain so even if job action occurs. The types of job actions and work disruptions are expected to lead to border delays for all travelers, including commercial truck drivers returning to Canada.
CBSA officials have stated they will be doing their best to keep the border functioning during the labor disruption. The border agents have been working without a contract for three years.