The Union representing employees at the Canadian Border Services Agency held a rally in front of the downtown Regina offices Tuesday.
The CBSA union has been without a contract for 3 and a half years as of Wednesday.
Brea Lewis, Branch President of the Customs and Immigration Union, says her union is upset with the federal government’s bargaining efforts.
“We’ve been without a contract for three and a half years now, as of (Wednesday) and they’re still coming to the table with concessions on the table, they’re not treating us like law enforcement,” Lewis says. “All we’re asking for is a fair and equitable treatment, to be treated fairly with law enforcement across Canada.”
Lewis says the union wants equal treatment with other law enforcement.
“We enforce over 90 acts and regulations at the border, whether it’s at the land border, whether it’s at the airport, whether it’s the officers that are behind us that are doing investigations, intelligence work or inland enforcement work,” Lewis says. “Even though we may not be on patrol, we still inherit the same risks.”
Minister Ralph Goodale was invited to the rally this afternoon, but did not attend.
Lewis also says the CBSA is the second largest armed law enforcement agency in Canada.