Commissionaires picketing at RMC cause major traffic delays in Kingston
Commuters travelling between Kingston’s east end and downtown were met with morning traffic on Thursday due to an ongoing Commissionaires strike.
Several Commissionaires were picketing outside the Royal Military College, where they have been on strike since June 24.
Kingston police and military police are on the scene directing vehicles to try to help with traffic flow.
I know the traffic tie ups this AM are frustrating #ygk RMC, but please don’t pull off into the right shoulder without looking. That’s a bike lane. And yeah I was in it. You have only three car lengths to go to turn right and the light was about to change.
— Moira Browne (@Moirabrowne) July 18, 2019
According to Kingston police, the delays started to kick in around 7 a.m. when picketers began to block the entrance to the Royal Military College. The area cleared up around 9:30 a.m.
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Stopping the flow of traffic into the college has slowed traffic on Highway 2 as well as throughout downtown, where King, Queen and Ontario streets were also congested.
— R TC (@RTC16982649) July 18, 2019
Talks have broken down between the workers’ union and the Corps of Commissionaires.
The union is seeking paid sick days in a new contract as well as a footwear allowance.
More to come.