Picketing FAQ

Over 50 members of CUPE 3903 walk the picket line at Chimneystack Road.

Over 50 members of CUPE 3903 walk the picket line at Chimneystack Road.

What’s a Picket Line?

A picket line is a LEGAL blocking of roadways and entrances to the university, where traffic is slowed in order to disrupt the operation of the university.

Picket Lines Basics

  1. The most important thing about a picket is the safety of picketers and this is everyone’s responsibility. Be alert, look out for one another and do not put yourself or others in a dangerous situation. Do not begin to picket until the proper equipment is present and enough people to properly picket the street/entrance/area have assembled.
  2. Each picket line will have Picket Captains, who are in charge of safety on the line. All picketers are encouraged to work collectively with their line’s Picket Captains to ensure the safe and effective operation of the picket line.

How to prepare for daily shifts on the Picket Lines

  1. Dress warmly. Being outside for four hours in this weather is hard on bodies. Wear lots of layers. Also wear a toque, a scarf, and mitts or gloves. It sounds obvious, but it is amazing what we all forget!
  2. Feet can get wet pretty easily. Bring an extra pair of socks, stored in a plastic bag.
  3. Bring some snacks, and bring some water. Being outside for four hours in March weather is extremely dehydrating. There will be food served once per shift.
  4. If you are freezing cold, tell your picket captain. Depending on the size and location of your picket line, you may be able to take a 10-minute break to warm up inside somewhere nearby.
  5. Picket lines are as fun as you make them: bring some music and speakers, bring food to share if you can, bring games you can play while walking in a circle. Be creative!
  6. Picket lines are also serious: pay attention while you walk the line.
  7. Look after yourselves! Your safety and well-being are the most important things in this strike. If there are things we can do to help facilitate your safety and well-being, please let your picket captain know. They will communicate that information to the Strike Committee.

Accessibility on the picket lines

This section is in process, as the arrangements are confirmed.

Every line will have a wheelchair accessible port-a-potty and some chairs so that members can rest.

For more information, please email CUPE3903strikecommittee@gmail.com.