Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Five Nova Scotia Universities Sue Teachers over Work-to-Rule Job Action

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Five Nova Scotia Universities Sue Teachers over Work-to-Rule Job Action

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Universities sue union over work-to-rule

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HALIFAX - Five universities say they are suing the Nova Scotia Teachers Union over the work-to-rule campaign in its ongoing contract dispute with the province.

The five -- Acadia, Cape Breton, Mount Saint Vincent, St. Francis Xavier and Sainte-Anne -- say the union has violated the Education Act by refusing to supervise student teachers as part of its job action.

In a news release, Kent MacDonald, president and vice-chancellor of St. Francis Xavier, says the "urgency of the situation" required court action to stand up for nearly 600 education students and protect their interests.

"If the job action continues, nearly 300 of our students will not graduate on time, causing harm and risk to their future careers," MacDonald said.

The five schools say they have launched a lawsuit in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

NSTU president Liette Doucet said Monday the union is aware of the difficult situation teachers are in, and is monitoring and reviewing its directives.

"We want to make sure the futures of our student teachers are not adversely impacted if this situation is not resolved," she said in a statement.

She said the union is taking a stand to improve school conditions for both current and future teachers, and noted Nova Scotia teachers "rank in the bottom half of Canada in terms of compensation, in spite of paying the second highest tuition rate in Canada. …

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