Contract negotiations between the Canadian Border Services employees union and the federal government have been at a stand still for a full 3 and a half years.
Wednesday marked a full 3 and a half years CBSA officers have been without a contract, with the union representing the employees demanding the same respect of other law enforcement officers.
Minister Ralph Goodale says he and other Ministers are unable to say much about the contract negotiations.
“Ministers are not allowed to comment or interfere; obviously this is a process that must have bargaining integrity,” Goodale says. “The political process doesn’t get involved, it’s handled at the level of the treasury board, and they deal with all of the contract negotiations throughout the Government of Canada.”
Goodale says a fair deal is the end goal.
“When we started this process when the government changed in 2015, there were over 20 outstanding contract negotiations that had been neglected over the years, there are three or four that remain to be settled, and the CBSA union is one of those,” Goodale says. “The Government of Canada wants to achieve a fair and equitable settlement with all of its employees as quickly as possible.”
Unfair concessions are being put on the bargaining table, such as federally imposed schedule changes with 48 hours notice, or schedules created by the federal government instead of locally produced schedules.