Striking workers at the Blue Water Bridge have entered their eighth day of labour action and it doesn’t look like there will be an end to the situation any time soon.
No talks are scheduled between the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Federal Bridge Corporation, which means the 47 striking workers will keep picketing Canada’s second busiest border crossing between Point Edward and Port Huron.
The workers involved include cleaners, toll collectors, maintenance, and currency exchange staff, who have been without a contract since November of 2014.
While the union and the company have reached an agreement on pension issues, PSAC says there are still outstanding concerns with benefits, a two-tiered pay system, and proposed changes to disciplinary protocols.
The Federal Bridge Corporation denies some of that and says the deal it last presented included an increase to wages and benefits.
Meanwhile, the FBC says it was able to handle increased traffic volume over American Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
The Blue Water Bridge is a major link between Ontario and Michigan and can see as many as 15,000 vehicles on a busy day.