Pickets go up at SFU, classes cancelled at VCC

Support workers at Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Community College went on strike Wednesday at campuses in Metro Vancouver, causing transit delays and cancelled classes.

Although SFU plans to remain open during the job action, the university is warning students that some operations and scheduled classes might be affected by the walkout.

Students at VCC however won’t be heading to school today. According to the school’s website, there will be no classes or services at either of Vancouver Community College’s two campuses.
Classes resumed on Thursday.

Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3338, are demanding a new contract and say pickets will be up at SFU’s Burnaby Mountain, Surrey and downtown Vancouver campuses.

The union accuses SFU of stalling negotiations even as CUPE locals at the University of B.C., University of Northern B.C., University of Victoria, Royal Roads and Thompson Rivers University have reached tentative deals.

The post-secondary support workers have been without a contract since 2010.