Transit Strike Update – Nov 21st

Be prepared for a full bus system shutdown Nov. 27 to Nov 29 inclusive. Unifor, the union representing transit operators, has announced that bus drivers and mechanics will not report to work next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday unless an agreement is reached. The AMS recognizes the challenge that some students may face and is very concerned about the impact the strike will have on students who largely rely on transit, with over half of all trips to and from UBC being by bus. Transit operators play a critical role in ensuring that students can get to where they study, work, and spend time with their communities in a safe and timely fashion. We hope that bargaining will resume immediately to avoid further disruptions for students and other transit users.

To support students during this time, we are advocating to the University to be flexible and responsive in its approach to providing academic concessions to students that are affected. For students looking to access the Nest during the strike the AMS, the Nest, AMS food outlets, Nest Catering, AMS Services and the SASC hope to operate as normal. However, we recognize that some staff may face challenges getting to campus due to the strike which it may result in unforeseen changes in operating hours or overall operations. We are committed to supporting both our staff and the UBC student body at this time. In order to do so, we are asking staff and supervisors to make adjustments to shift schedules if needed for those who will be affected by the strike. Continue to check our website and social media channels to stay in the loop with any updates on our end.

The AMS encourages everyone who relies on transit to plan ahead and make alternate arrangements. UBC is providing regular updates and has some useful information and commuting options to help you prepare, please check them out.

And be sure to follow Translink on Twitter or to stay up-to-date on transit operations.