Nova Scotia teachers going back to work-to-rule

Dec. 6 NSTU teacher rally in Yarmouth.
Tina Comeau

Almost exactly a week to the hour after the Nova Scotia Teachers Union said it would cease a work-to-rule action after a tentative agreement was reached with the province,  another late-Friday afternoon message from the NSTU announced a change of course.  

READ WHY: Nova Scotia teachers starting work-to-rule again on Monday

“I think at this point a full strike would be easier to support because it would make more of an impact and hopefully resolve the issue faster,” Rohit Kochhar told TC Media after news broke.

“Work-to-rule took too long already. Most of the students, what we’re saying is that a full strike would resolve the issue,"  Kochhar, a student government leader at Sydney Academy, added.

Here's how other students, teachers, parents and other Nova Scotians reacted on Twitter:  

Nova Scotia Teachers Union president Liette Doucet, front, and her second vice president Cheri Abriel attended a meeting Friday in Sydney with teachers to review a proposed contact deal with the province. The deal is on shaky ground as teachers resume a work-to-rule campaign Monday.

Tentative deal with teachers in jeopardy

Doucet was in Cape Breton Jan. 27 as part of her provincewide tour to explain the proposed deal that is to be voted on Feb. 8. The union has already rejected two previous offers.

What has angered Doucet and her provincial union executive is a comment Premier Stephen McNeil made after a cabinet meeting the day before in Halifax.

According to the union, the premier indicated teachers would not have any discretion when it comes to using two extra days of professional development that was agreed to as part of the contract talks.

Doucet said such a comment does not reflect what was negotiated between the two sides in reaching a tentative deal earlier this month.

It is the union’s position the two days would self-directed professional development days.

“He is reneging on the contract,” said Doucet, adding his comment is not indicative of what was agreed.

The tentative agreement, included below, describes the days as being for "self-directed preparation/development of the teacher."

Just after Friday's news, PC leader Jamie Baillie spoke to TC Media. Read his comments here.

Read what TC Media columnist Wendy Elliott wrote about the ongoing labour  dispute: Another impasse between teachers and government