Kelowna Regional Transit Strike

October 5, 2022 – 9 am

BC Transit has informed customers that ATU Local 1722 and First Transit have agreed to enter binding arbitration to resolve their labour situation, and transit service will resume as of 5:28 am on Thursday, October 6.

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October 4, 2022 – 4:30 pm

UBC Okanagan is reminding students, faculty and staff of the alternate ways to get to campus given a likely transit strike tentatively scheduled to begin on Wednesday, October 5, in Kelowna.

In the event of a strike, the university will operate as normal. Classes will proceed, and if transit service halts, we’ve asked that instructors exercise leniency with students who are struggling to get to campus. Faculty and staff are expected to attend work on their regular schedules. If you require any support, please contact your manager or HR adviser for your portfolio.

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September 14, 2022 – 5:34 pm

BC Transit issued an advisory today, notifying its riders that effective tomorrow, Thursday, September 15, transit workers will no longer be working overtime hours which will impact service within the Kelowna Regional Transit System.

Riders are encouraged to plan ahead before travelling by visiting NextRide for the most up-to-date projected stop arrival times and to see live bus locations.

Riders are also encouraged to register for transit alerts by signing up through the news section of the BC Transit website.

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September 1, 2022 – 5:20 pm

As you may be aware, public transit service throughout the Central Okanagan may be interrupted in the coming weeks. This is due to the ongoing labour negotiation between the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1722 and First Transit Canada, the operator of the Kelowna Regional Transit system.

UBCO will continue to operate business as usual as we don’t anticipate anything changing our plans to begin the school year. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as soon as they become available.

If you use public transit for your commute, we recommend that you consider what alternative travel arrangements could look like should strike action escalate.

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