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Picket lines

During a strike, workers leave the workplace and form picket lines by walking with signs outside the workplace. If a strike occurs, picket lines will be created outside of most of our campuses and those on strike may want to talk to people passing through the picket line. Our academic employees who will be picketing are engaged in a lawful dispute. It is important for us to remember that they are part of our Seneca community.

When possible, use public transit to come to campus. It will reduce your waiting time and congestion on the roads.

How to approach a picket line

Expect delays when trying to enter or exit a campus. Operate your vehicle in a safe and lawful way. Avoid making a left turn into Newnham and Markham campuses; delays at the entrance could strand you in traffic.

Newnham Campus

Newnham Campus map

It's best to approach the campus from Seneca Hill Drive (yellow arrow). This will allow you entry to the campus using the traffic light.

Right turns from Finch Avenue (red arrow) and Don Mills Road (blue arrow) are better than trying to make a left turn into the campus. If traffic is delayed, making a left turn may strand you in the middle of the road for a period of time.

Markham Campus

Newnham Campus map

It's best to approach the campus on Allstate Parkway, driving south. The red arrow shows how to do this from Highway7: use Frontenac Drive, turn left on Centurian Drive and approach the campus on Allstate Parkway.

If traffic is delayed, making a left turn may strand you in the middle of the road for a period of time.

About picket lines

In a labour dispute, picketers are legally permitted to:

  • Carry signs stating the nature of the dispute
  • Speak to you about their concerns.

Picketers are supposed to keep moving and allow passage, though there may be delays.

How to approach a picket line:

  • Approach the line slowly. If you are operating a vehicle, try to avoid making a left-hand turn onto the campus. It could cause you to be caught in the middle of an intersection if there are delays.
  • When travelling on to 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, respectful and lawful way.

You may find the following suggestions useful:

  • Roll down your vehicle window or otherwise indicate your willingness to accept a pamphlet if offered.
  • If delayed crossing the picket line, explain politely that you are exercising your right to attend classes, your obligation to report to work or conduct business on campus.
  • Display patience and remain calm.
  • Be prepared for delays.
  • Consider carpooling or other alternate travel arrangements for the duration of the strike.

If you are not allowed through the picket line, or if you feel threatened, do not attempt to force your way in. Do not become involved in any arguments or any type of altercation. Leave the area, get to a safe location and:

  • phone the Strike Information Line at 416.491.5050 ext. 77797 and report the difficulty.
  • write down any relevant information regarding the activity.
  • wait for further instruction from the Strike Information Line on how to get on campus.