Employees from two different security companies picketed at terminal entrances today at the airport, hoping to target the crowd of Black Friday shoppers heading south.

A news release from the Public Service Alliance of Canada says $143 million has been cut from the CBSA this year alone.

Unions from companies involved are concerned that the federal cuts are jeopardizing the safety of Canadians.

PSAC has been in contract negotiations with CBSA for close to two years.

Jeannie Baldwin is the Regional Executive VP and says today’s event was held to raise awareness for people across the country.

“I’m sure they don’t know that they eliminated the three dog detectors here in the Atlantic Region,” she explains, “We want the general public to speak up and tell this government what they are doing is unacceptable, and that security and safety should be a priority of this government.”

Nova Scotia and Newfoundland are now the only provinces in Canada that don’t have detector dogs assisting the CBSA.