Strike will cause interruptions to food services, transit

by | Oct 24, 2017 | Campus News, Faculty Strike, Headlines

Marlee Greig
Creative Adviser

Humber students and non-faculty staff who come to campus during the strike will have to navigate a number of service reductions, such as food and transit services, around campus.

All GTA transit systems have released statements alerting riders that buses will be diverting around campuses for the duration of the strike.

“We will plan alternate routing and get students as close as possible to the campus in the event of a strike,” TTC spokesperson Stuart Green said. “TTC vehicles do not cross picket lines. Waiting to do so – whether entering or exiting the property – slows service both ways.”

This will affect 191 Highway 27 Rocket, 96 Wilson and 186 Wilson Rocket routes.

All Brampton transit buses will be detouring around the Humber College bus terminal. There is a temporary stop on Humber College Blvd. at Silver Bell Lane. This affects 511/511A/511C Züm Steeles, 11/11A Steeles and 50 Gore Road routes.

YRT’s 7 Martin Grove bus and MiWay’s 107 Malton Express and 22 Finch routes also have temporary stops on Humber College Blvd. between Silver Bell Lane and Arboretum Blvd.

Students choosing to travel to Humber should plan accordingly for delays. The school also suggests crossing picket lines cautiously and with patience.

“Whether driving, walking or biking onto campus, be prepared to stop. Be prepared to wait until you can safely pass through the picket line. Be prepared for delays. Remember to operate your vehicle in a safe and lawful fashion. Roll down your vehicle window or otherwise indicate your willingness to communicate with the picketers,” wrote Vice-President of Human Resources Lori A. Diduch in an email to all staff.

Food services will also be affected by the labour interruptions. The Food Emporium, Hawk’s Nest, GH Café, Booster Juice and LinX at the north campus are all closed during the strike. Students can also use the staff lounge in K Building.

Common’s Eatery, Media Buzz, On the Go, and Arena Café at Lakeshore are all closed.

All three Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism outlets on campus, The Humber Room, Gourmet Express and the Humber Food Truck, remain open during the strike. Other food service locations will be operating with reduced hours.

Andrew Leopold, the Director of Communications at Humber, said that some services will be open during the time of the strike.

“During a strike, Humber and Guelph-Humber campuses will be open,” Leopold said.

“Services such as Peer Tutoring and the Math and Writing Centre, food service outlets and the bookstore will be open. Varsity athletic games, fall convocation and Humber’s participation in some offsite activities will continue. Employment Ontario offices will be open.”

“Some placements will continue,” Leopold said. “Any student who is currently on, or has a planned, co-op, work/field/clinical placement should contact their academic school to determine the status of this activity.”

Over 12,000 faculty at Ontario’s 24 colleges went on strike at 12:01 a.m. last Monday after contract negotiations between Ontario Public Service Employee Union (OPSEU), the union representing college faculty, counsellors and librarians, and the College Employer Council stalled. Over 500,000 students are affected by the strike.