So, you are going on strike!


Here is what you need to know before your first picketing shift


What do I do when I arrive at the picket line?

When you arrive for your first shift of the week, come to the CUPE 4600 strike trailer (the trailer is parked at the north-east corner of the Bronson/Sunnyside intersection).

At the trailer, you will be asked to sign forms requesting your strike pay. You’ll then be sent to one of our three picket lines. When you arrive to the picket line you must check in with the picket captain, sign the sign-in form (and please print your name clearly!). these forms will let us know who picketed, and for how long. This will allow us to pay you.


What should I bring?

Dress for the weather! You’ll be outside for hours, so dress appropriately.

You can also bring any signs or banners to support the strike (We’ll also have some on hand)

Bring a snack and water.

Are you a musician? Bring your instrument! Bring lots of enthusiasm! 


**We highly discourage members from bringing animals (other than service animals) and children to the picket lines. Though we will do our very best to ensure a safe picket, we do not want any extra risks.


Will I get paid?

Those participating in strike duties will receive strike pay from CUPE. Strike pay is 15$/hours, for a max of 20hours/week (300$).  CUPE 4600 will pay the strike pay for the first four days of the strike, after which CUPE National takes over and covers the strike pay.

While you are on strike your pay from Carleton will stop. The union will push for back-pay at the negotiating table, but ultimately that decision will be in Carleton’s hands.


What do I do on the picket line?

The main point of the picket line is to let the Carleton community know that we are on strike, and why. We'll be doing this by briefly stopping cars on their way to campus and giving them information. The picket line is not a blockade, which means that the line will need to keep moving (walking circles in the road), and every few minutes the line will be asked to move aside to let in groups of 5 cars at a time. The picket captain will help direct this. 

What else do we do on the picket line? Members are encouraged to bring instruments, chant, wave placards, wave union flags, talk with pedestrians coming onto campus, and make some noise.

One of our picket lines, the one between brewer park/Athletics facilities, will be a pedestrian line, which means there will be no cars to stop. This line will mostly be distributing flyers to pedestrians

Some cars will have special passes that will allow them not to be stopped when they arrive at the picket lines. those folks are the daycare workers, parents dropping off their kids, support workers, and of course all emergency vehicles will be allowed to go through. Again, the picket captains will be able to help with this. 

What if I’m late for my shift, or need to change it?

Don’t worry about it! We expect lots of traffic delays, obviously. We also know that life gets hectic and you may need to change your shift at the last minute. If possible, let the union know ahead of time by emailing If you can’t let us know ahead of time, just make sure to let the picket captain know when you sign in at the beginning of your shift.


Who and What are the Picket Captains?

Picket Captains ensure that things run smoothly on the picket line. They also hold the clipboards that have the form you need to sign at the beginning of every picketing shift. This allows us to track hours and ensure strikers get paid for their time.

Picket captains will be identified with bright high-visibility vests. You can also direct media or police to them, if they need to speak to someone.

Any incidents that happen while on the picket line should be communicated to your picket captain.


Where are the picket lines?


There are three picket lines 

1) at the Bronson entrance to campus

2) at the Colonel By entrance to campus

3) the pedestrian access to campus that goes between Brewer park and Athletics.