Small strike causes big problems at Brock

Class cancellations and transportation woes

Brock University’s 38 English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors went on strike today, which has caused transportation woes and at least some cancelled classes.

Picketers from CUPE 4207-3  are blocking entry to campus, letting only two or three cars through at a time, reports Niagara Regional Police have closed ramps from Highway 406 near campus as a precaution. Bus drivers are not picking up or dropping off at Brock Tower.

Although only 38 people are on strike, CUPE 4307 said Monday that members of the other two units of the union are not required to cross the picket line. As a result, some of the instructors who comprise unit one have cancelled classes in solidarity, according to several students on Twitter.

Brock released a statement Monday that says an agreement had been reached with the union and ratified on Feb. 28, but then the university discovered what it says is “an error in the text.”  The two sides met with a mediator on March 25 to address the error, but were unable to resolve the dispute.