SkyTrain operators’ strike action

December 9, 2019 – 9:40 AM PDT

Transit disruptions may escalate this week. CUPE Local 7000, which represents SkyTrain workers at the BC Rapid Transit Company, has announced potential full strike action and no SkyTrain service on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Dec. 10-12) beginning at 5 a.m. unless a deal is reached beforehand.

Bus, Canada Line, West Coast Express, SeaBus and HandyDART services will operate as normal.  

All activities and operations, including exams, will continue as scheduled at SFU. All campuses should be accessible by bus. Free, additional parking is available on Burnaby campus.

We recommend transit users:

If transit disruptions impact your ability to get to campus, please notify your instructors or supervisor to discuss options.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will university operations remain open in the event of transit disruption?

All activities and operations will continue as scheduled at SFU, including classes, labs, tutorials and exams. Should disruptions escalate, we will advise on changes.

Q: How will I know if there is strike action or if travel to campus is interrupted?

If you rely on transit, please check TransLink’s alerts or trip planner page before you travel: https://alerts.translink.ca/

Q: What if I'm an SFU student impacted by the strike action and have no alternative ways to get to campus?

Contact your instructor to ask for a modification or accommodation. Should you have concerns about the response, contact the Chair of the department. Finally, if needed, contact the Dean's office.

Q: Will there be any extra parking on campus? Where will it be and what will it cost?

For those who need to drive as an alternative to transit, free additional roadside parking has been made available on University Drive East at Burnaby campus.

As SFU Surrey and Vancouver campuses are within space not owned by SFU, we are not in a position to offer additional parking at those locations.    

Q: Will there be organized car-pooling?

Information on carpooling can be found on our alternative transportation page: http://www.sfu.ca/parking/alternative-transportation.html.

A number of Facebook groups have been set up by students to facilitate carpooling.

Q: What if I'm an SFU student impacted by the strike action and have no alternative ways to get to campus?

Contact your instructor to ask for a modification or accommodation. Should you have concerns about the response, contact the Chair of the department. Finally, if needed, contact the Dean's office.

Q: What if I’m an SFU staff member impacted by the strike action and have no alternative ways to get to campus?

If you have concerns about your ability to get to campus in the event of strike activity please contact your supervisor to make alternate arrangements. Supervisors are encouraged to be creative and flexible in order to minimize the impact to our employees and their families, in balance with the University’s operational needs.

Q: Do we monitor staff absences? Is it vacation time?

Vacation, leave without pay, arrangements for make up time, or alternate work locations may all be considered.

Q: Can we let staff work from home? (CUPE, APSA)

Work from home can be challenging in some instances depending on the nature of work. This may be a consideration that supervisors can discuss with employees.