Ask the CBSA!

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby NaOH » Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:46 am

peppercat wrote:I have one question.
I am almost 40 years old. Am I too old to attend CBSA job or not?
My father thought that I am impossible to pass this job because of the age.


My class and it's sister class had a few people in their 40's and one in his 50's. Your dad is wrong on this one.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby gotchya » Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:14 pm

NaOH wrote:
peppercat wrote:I have one question.
I am almost 40 years old. Am I too old to attend CBSA job or not?
My father thought that I am impossible to pass this job because of the age.


My class and it's sister class had a few people in their 40's and one in his 50's. Your dad is wrong on this one.

I agree, you're not too old. There are people in their 60's working at the CBSA.
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Protector24 » Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:40 pm

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Jo-L » Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:28 pm

This may seem like a very juvenile question, but I'll ask anyways since I am curious.

How exactly does the shift rotation work with the CBSA? For example, is it Five days on (rotating evening shifts and day shifts) then four off? Or does the rotation differ from region to region?

Thanks, just asking this out of curiosity. :thumbsup:

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby El Conejo » Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:03 am

Jo-L wrote:Or does the rotation differ from region to region?


That.

It differs port to port.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Rubysoho » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:07 am

El Conejo wrote:
Jo-L wrote:Or does the rotation differ from region to region?


That.

It differs port to port.



Any exp BSO's who can give some insight in to which shifts are the best? Also, for working on stat holidays, is it up to rotation, volunteer or seniority?

Oh one more thing, if you are at a land crossing, do you spend all day in the booth, or do you rotate every hour or 2?

So many questions!!!! haha

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Skiddy » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:23 am

Rubysoho wrote:Any exp BSO's who can give some insight in to which shifts are the best? Also, for working on stat holidays, is it up to rotation, volunteer or seniority?


Its all on a rotation. As for the best shifts, you'll get a different answer from everyone.

Oh one more thing, if you are at a land crossing, do you spend all day in the booth, or do you rotate every hour or 2?


Varies from port to port.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby SierraSeven » Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:02 am

Best shift going is 12 hours hands down. If you're going to be at work anyways, might as well spend a few extra hours each time and get more days off in a year.
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby mrsrhinogame » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:48 pm

peppercat wrote:Hi everyone,

I have one question.
I am almost 40 years old. Am I too old to attend CBSA job or not?
My father thought that I am impossible to pass this job because of the age.


You are definitely not too old. I am 42 and just went to Rigaud this past spring. There was also a recruit (unsuccesful, though) who was in his 60s there.
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Rubysoho » Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:56 pm

Back to the Boots line of questioning haha... never had to wear boots for a living before. Are the 6inch ankle boots better for long days of standing or the higher 9inch boots?

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby SierraSeven » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:08 pm

Go 9 inch, better ankle support and less likely to get snow in your boots.
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Protector24 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:17 pm

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby syl20 » Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:23 pm

Rubysoho wrote:
El Conejo wrote:
Jo-L wrote:Or does the rotation differ from region to region?


That.

It differs port to port.



Any exp BSO's who can give some insight in to which shifts are the best? Also, for working on stat holidays, is it up to rotation, volunteer or seniority?

Oh one more thing, if you are at a land crossing, do you spend all day in the booth, or do you rotate every hour or 2?

So many questions!!!! haha



every port has a different way to deal with schedules and holidays, but at my port schedules are chosen by seniority, then if you were scheduled to work on a holiday, you have to ask for vacation, and then is based on seniority.

we have 10 and 12 hrs shifts, and we have also some schedule lines without nights, but with way more evenings.

I work land border, and we change from primary to secondary, bus or counter every 1,5 hrs.
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Rubysoho » Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:56 pm

Thanks for the info Syl20, helps me get a better idea of what i may be getting into haha.

also, not sure what can or cannot be talked about, but there dosent seem to be any updates on the psac FB bargining site... hopefully it gets resolved soon and there would be a nice retro pay bumb for those working since 2010 :thumbsup:

its strange to be applying to a position without a concrete idea of what the pay scale would be


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