December 12, 2012
Border officers in southern Ontario walk off job over name tags
By Barbara Simpson, QMI Agency
SARNIA, ONT. - There were major delays at two major border crossings in southern Ontario Tuesday night and Wednesday morning after several Canadian border officers walked off the job to protest the fact they now have to wear name tags.
Union officials fear the name tags could put officers’ safety at risk. Border officers previously sported badge numbers as identification on their outermost layer of protective clothing.
Several officers refused to work at the Blue Water Bridge, which connects Sarnia and Port Huron, Mich., and the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Windsor, Ont., and Detroit and is North America's busiest border crossing.
As of Wednesday morning, officials at the Blue Water Bridge reported operations had returned to normal. The same was expected to occur at the Ambassador Bridge around noon.