June 6, 2024 | Circular No. 11676

Dear Member,

Further to CL 11672, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), which represents 9,000 border service officers employed by CBSA, has issued a notice stating that its members will begin job action on June 7 at 4:00 PM (eastern)  if an agreement for a new contract has not been reached by then.

Because public sector employees are governed by the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act (as opposed to the Canada Labour Code), they are NOT obliged to provide 72-hour advance notice of a strike.

As previously reported, PSAC has been engaged in mediation with the Treasury Board (which negotiates on behalf of the government for public sector employees) since June 3, and has been in a legal strike position since today (June 6th).

In its response to the PSAC notice, the Treasury Board notes that “90% of front-line Border Services Officers occupy essential services positions and must continue to provide uninterrupted border services to protect the safety and security of the public. While the government fully respects the right of employees to gather and demonstrate lawfully, unlawful job action will not be tolerated.”

We have been in regular contact with CBSA at both the national and regional levels on this issue, and they advise that they are actively planning for contingencies to minimize possible impacts to border operations should a labour disruption occur.

We will provide additional information on this developing situation as it becomes available.

Sincerely,

Karen Kancens
Vice President