Trouble On The Border

Sarah McGregor
Published: Wednesday, 09/01/2004 12:00 am EDT

Eight months have passed since the creation of the Canada Border Services Agency, yet labour discontent may be weakening progress towards a strengthened united front, according to union representatives. "When you have... customs officers who are not being properly classified or compensated, and you have immigration officers who are for some inexplicable reason excluded from the CBSA, what you've got are massive morale problems," says Steve Pellerin-Fowlie, national vice-president of the Customs Excise Union, which represents 4,200 customs officers. "They are doing a good job, but when you are being disrespected by your employer, it has an impact."

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