Five NS universities launch legal action against teachers union over work-to-rule

February 1, 2017

Five universities are pursuing legal action against the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, claiming that the group’s work-to-rule action is threatening the careers of students currently enrolled in the province’s education programs. CBC reports that Acadia University, Cape Breton University, Mount Saint Vincent University, St Francis Xavier University, and Université Sainte-Anne filed papers this Monday with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, charging that the work-to-rule action may prevent 300 education students from graduating on time. A release from the institutions states that the union is violating the province’s Education Act by not accepting or supervising student teachers. Nova Scotia Teachers Union President Liette Doucet denies the claim, stating that teachers “are in a legal strike position which gives us the right to do that.” CBC