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Notice to the York Community Re:  Aramark Employees Strike – 16 February 2017

Aramark is contracted by York University to provide food service at 12 locations on the Keele campus.  Unite Here Local 75, the union representing employees of Aramark at these locations, will commence a strike action on Thursday, February 16, which will impact these locations.

York University respects the collective bargaining process which is currently underway between Aramark and Unite Here. As York is not part of these private and confidential negotiations, we are not involved in the bargaining process.

Potential Impact

University Operations

The University will continue to be open with all classes and other campus activities scheduled as usual. However, you may encounter picketing at campus entrances, so please allow additional commuting time.  If you are approaching a picket line, please treat those picketing with respect and think about safety at all times.

If you experience problems crossing a picket line, please contact Security Services at 416.736.5333.


In addition this strike action by Aramark employees could impact public transit providers (TTC, GO, YRT/VIVA and ZUM) bus schedules and regular bus stops. Currently, all transit providers intend to maintain regular service to the Keele campus.   The University will communicate any changes in service as quickly as possible to the community via email and social media.

More detailed transit information can be found here.

Food Services

During the strike action, the following food outlets will be closed:

Building Food Outlet
Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence Bergeron Market
Central Square Cafeteria (including Pizza Pizza and Tim Hortons)
Centre for Film & Theatre Starbucks
Curtis Lecture Halls Booster Juice
Curtis Lecture Halls POD Express
Ignat Kaneff Building Osgoode Bistro
Lassonde Building Freshii

For hours of operation for all other food outlets on campus, click here.

Catering orders already placed with Aramark will be fulfilled.  Aramark is not accepting new orders at this time.  A list of alternate catering options is available here.


Updates will be posted here as necessary and will also be posted on York's official Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a student.  Am I expected to cross a picket line?

Everyone has the right to continue to come onto campus during a labour disruption.  When crossing picket lines everyone should be respectful of each other and the situation, avoiding conflict at all times.  If a difficult situation occurs, community members are encouraged to contact York Security Services to report the incident.

The University recognizes the rights students to choose not to cross a picket line as set out in the Senate policy on disruptions found at:

What do I do if I experience problems at the picket line?

Call York Security at 416.736.5333.

What happens if an employee is unable to cross the picket line or is significantly delayed?

Employees may be delayed and are encouraged to wait until they can safely pass through the picket line. If employees encounter a difficult situation, contact your management supervisor or York Security Services

As an employee, do I still have to come to work?

Yes. All York employees are required to report to work during the labour dispute. If any picket lines impede access to campus, please contact your supervisor or manager for direction.