(BlackburnNews.com file photo by  Jason Viau)(BlackburnNews.com file photo by Jason Viau)

Striking federal workers picket at Ambassador Bridge

The picket line for striking federal workers in Windsor has moved again to the busiest border crossing in the country.

About 100 workers formed a picket line at the Ambassador Bridge around 8 a.m. on Wednesday. They'll remain there until 2 p.m.

After eight days on strike, the union notified members negotiations with federal government officials had ground to a halt. It said there is no movement on issues like wages and remote work.

The union wants 13.5 per cent over three years, but the Treasury Board and Canada Revenue Agency offered nine per cent.

In the past days, the picket line has shifted from the Canada Border Service Agency building on Ouellette Avenue to Windsor City Hall on Tuesday.

Windsor and District Labour Council members rallied with federal public servants on Tuesday. President Mario Spagnulo insisted support on the picket line is crucial.

"To let them know that their community is behind them, because sometimes, people question, like, are we doing the right thing," said Spagnulo. "You are doing the right thing. You're not just fighting for yourselves."

Strike captain for CIU Local 18, which represents immigration and customs workers, Shauna Brogan, admits the workers are frustrated the walkout has stretched into the eighth day.

"We're very upset that we're still out here, but we have solidarity in numbers, and we're happy to be out here together," said Brogan. "I'm personally tired. I want to get back to work. I can't do that if they're not willing to respect me."

The strike has delayed some services and brought others to a halt, but the Canada Revenue Agency has so far resisted calls to extend the tax deadline saying it remains May 1.

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