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Canada border guard strike could jeopardize reopening

Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 2:21 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2021 at 6:57 AM EDT
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OTTAWA, Ontario (WCAX) - More than 8,500 unionized staffers with the Canada Border Services Agency have voted to strike, jeopardizing the reopening of the U.S.-Canada border next month.

The strike could begin as soon as Aug. 6.

The employees have been working without a contract for more than three years. They include border service officers at airports, land crossings and marine ports.

Their demands include better protections against a toxic workplace culture and greater parity with other law enforcement agencies in Canada.

Canada is expected to open the border to vaccinated Americans on August 9. The U.S. has still not announced a date when Canadians will be able to enter the country.

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