Atlantic Universities taking legal action against NSTU

Posted at 3:51 pm on January 30, 2017 | Filed Under: News

Five Nova Scotia Universities are launching legal action against the NSTU in regards to the work-to-rule campaign. When job action was taken on December 5th, it was announced that teachers will not accept or supervise student teachers, or fill out assessments from external agencies. This, however, violates a section of the Education Act.

This job action means students from CBU and Mt. Saint Vincent are particularly at risk to not have their 15 week practicum, which is needed for graduation. Dr. Kent MacDonald, President and Vice-chancellor of St. FX, spoke on behalf of the affected universities says that the sense of urgency is picking up as work-to-rule continues:

Dr. Kent MacDonald

The 5 universities have put forward two applications towards the lawsuit, with one of them questioning the core day-to-day operations of a teacher. The universities believe that taking student teachers is one of the core operations that teachers should do. MacDonald says the second application asks for an immediate injunction that could hopefully result in a ruling by the end of the week.