Canada customs agents and management strike a deal

A four year contract dispute may be over for Canada Customs officers.

Their union reporting it has reached a tentative contract deal with the Canada Border Services Agency and the Treasury Board.

Earlier in the year, the union had threatened work slowdowns at border crossings to back contract demands.

Among those demands, better pay and the ability to retire after 25 years without penalty.

Union president Jean-Pierre Fortin said at the time they were looking for wage parity with other law enforcement officers across the country, adding they make about $15,000 less than police and correctional service workers.

The union says the new deal includes incremental wage increases and improvements to pensions.