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Emerson border agents end walkout

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Border agents at the Emerson crossing were back on the job Friday after a one-day work stoppage.

Some workers with Canada Border Services did not report for work because of a new policy that required them to wear tags indicating their first and last names.

The union representing border agents had said the tags were potentially dangerous because they made identities of workers public.

But a ruling late Thursday by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) stated wearing name tags does not constitute a danger to agents.

A spokesperson with the Canada Border Services said "operations have resumed as normal" and there are no anticipated border delays this weekend.

The name-tag policy, instituted by Canada Border Services, was implemented Tuesday after more than a year of discussions with the Customs and Immigration Union, which opposes the policy.

There will be no disciplinary action taken against the workers who walked off the job on Thursday.

The Winnipeg Police Service does not require a name tag as part of the uniform. The police successfully fought a city hall motion for police to wear name tags about seven years ago, citing instances where police were harassed, intimidated or assaulted. Winnipeg police only are identified publicly by their badge number.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 15, 2012 A5

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