Strike Ends at U.S.-Canada Border as Officials Prepare to Allow Entry to ‘Fully Vaccinated’
Ottawa, Ontario – A work stoppage among officials at the United States-Canada border has come to an end.
Less than a day after approximately 9,000 Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) employees went on strike causing hours-long delays for traffic entering Canada, union officials announced a “tentative agreement” had been reached.
On Friday, major delays were reported in Michigan, Montana, New York, North Dakota, Vermont and Washington following a labor strike — which was held jointly between Public Service Alliance of Canada (PBSA) and the Canadian Customs and Immigration Union (CCIU) — at the Canadian border.
The strike affected all Canadian airports, border crossings, commercial shipping ports and postal facilities.
Late Friday, a news release from the PBSA and CCIU announced a “tentative agreement” between the unions and the the Canadian Treasury Board.
The release states the agreement came following a “36-hour, round-the-clock, marathon negotiation session.”
News of the agreement is welcomed to truckers attempting to cross into Canada from the U.S., as many waited in excess of five hours on Friday.
It is also timely, as Canada is schedule to open its borders to “fully vaccinated” U.S. citizens and permanent residents following a 17-month closure, beginning Monday, August 9 at 12:01 a.m. EDT.
However, truckers should be prepared to experience longer than normal wait times as motorists will be required to present proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test in order to cross into the country.