Traffic has continued to run across the Blue Water Bridge relatively well so far, despite a strike by 47 unionized workers that began on Monday.
It may not be long, however, before delays slow cross-border traffic to a crawl as American Thanksgiving and Black Friday loom large.
The workers are members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada and went on strike as of 6a.m. Monday morning after talks with the Federal Bridge Corporation broke off over the weekend.
The union says the corporation demanded major concessions they say would have set workers back for years, such as cuts to workers benefits.
The Federal Bridge Corporation rejected that claim, saying PSAC refused to negotiate in good faith.
Blue Water is the second busiest border crossing in Canada, second to Windsor.
The striking workers at the Point Edward to Port Huron crossing are responsible for collecting tolls, maintenance, janitorial services and currency exchange. They have been without a contract since November of 2014.
The union said they’d hammered out issues related to workers’ pensions, but there are still outstanding concerns with benefits, a two-tiered pay system and proposed changes to disciplinary protocols.
The Blue Water Bridge, which links Point Edward and Port Huron, is a major link between Ontario and Michigan and can see as many as 15,000 vehicles on a busy day.