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Canadian border staff work slowdown that impacted truck crossing towns and miles of I-5 has been ended

BLAINE/SUMAS, Wash. — Residents in border crossing towns across the US-Canada border are waking to good news this morning, August 7th, after dealing with traffic jams yesterday resulting from a work slowdown by Canadian border personnel.

The slowdown occurred while the 2 unions that represent Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) personnel were negotiating with Canadian government officials for a new contract. The unions said they had been working without a contract for 3 years.

After 6pm yesterday, word began to spread that a tentative agreement had been reached. Union officials reported their bargaining team reached a tentative agreement with the Treasury Board of Canada “following a 36-hour, round-the-clock, marathon negotiation session.”

Union members will need to vote in order to ratify the agreement.

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The lines of semi trucks and trailers waiting to cross the border yesterday, filling downtown Sumas streets and stretching from the Pacific Highway (SR543) truck crossing in Blaine to I-5 and continuing for another 2.5 miles on the right shoulder of I-5, were nowhere to be seen this morning.

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