Long lineups and lengthy delays promised by Canada Border Service Agency workers appear to be taking effect south of the Pacific Highway border crossing in Washington State.
According to The Northern Light, an independent newspaper serving Blaine, Wash., northbound truck traffic is heavily backed up at the Canada-U.S. border as 9,000 members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada and its Customs and Immigration Unit, begin strike action for which the union served notice on Tuesday.
If a contract wasn’t reached by 6 a.m. Friday, the union said earlier this week, its members would begin a “sweeping” series of actions at Canadian airports, land borders, commercial shipping ports, postal facilities and headquarters locations.
According to a Facebook post from The Northern Light, an estimated 70-100 trucks are lined up as far south as exit 274 on I-5 waiting to cross into Canada. A photo on the newspaper’s Facebook page shows a long line of commercial vehicles queuing along the shoulder of the highway.
The backup reportedly began around 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6.