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Windsor, June 6 2024 — The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce (The Chamber) is deeply concerned about a potential strike by PSAC-CIU personnel starting as early as this Friday. The Chamber has sent a letter to both the National President of PSAC-CIU, Mark Weber, and the Hon. Anita Anand, President of the Treasury Board outlining concerns for the business community of Windsor-Essex and other impacted regions.

“Any strike by PSAC-CIU workers is going to have a major impact in our region, especially for local businesses” said Rakesh Naidu, Chamber President & CEO. “Businesses that rely on a smooth and timely flow of cross-border goods and services could face significant challenges from this job action, including the automotive sector, which is heavily dependent on ‘just-in-time’ logistics.”

The Chamber has expressed concerns about the potential impacts of a strike, including:

  • Economic Costs: Border delays and increased processing times will directly impact businesses that rely on timely cross-border trade.
  • Operational Disruptions: The anticipated strike could cause significant delays and congestion at land crossings, airports, seaports, and rail entry points.
  • Reputational Damage: Prolonged disruptions at the border can tarnish Canada’s reputation as a reliable trade partner. This may lead to long-term consequences, including reduced investor confidence.

“Our priority on this issue is to make sure that goods, services, and people are able to move across the border as efficiently as possible” iterated Naidu. “While it will be of particular impact here in Windsor-Essex, businesses and the economy across Canada will feel the effect of a strike.”

The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is joined by its network partners at the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce, Leamington and District Chamber of Commerce, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, and the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce.

You can read the full Letter of Concern here.