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Nova Scotia teachers return to work-to-rule after premier’s comments

Union rankled by Stephen McNeil’s comments that tentative agreement’s new two days off should be used for class prep


 
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil talks with reporters at the annual Council of the Federation meeting in Charlottetown in 2014 as then Alberta premier Dave Hancock looks on. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil talks with reporters at the annual Council of the Federation meeting in Charlottetown in 2014 as then Alberta premier Dave Hancock looks on. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia Teachers Union is resuming its work-to-rule job action on Monday, saying it has lost confidence in the province’s premier after he said two new days off should be used for marking and classroom preparation.

Union president Liette Doucet says the union had understood the latest tentative agreement allowed teachers to decide on their own how to use the days off.

Doucet says Stephen McNeil’s comments indicating that may not be the case has broken the union’s trust in the government, and show his government is bargaining in bad faith.

McNeil has said he believes the tentative agreement was designed to address classroom concerns, while containing public sector salary costs.

He has also confirmed one of the key provisions in the agreement—the creation of a commission on classroom inclusion that will look at the resources used to include special needs students in classrooms.

Teachers, who rejected two earlier tentative deals, will vote on the latest agreement Feb. 8.


 

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