Work-to-Rule Information & Updates

The College Employer Council and college management have chosen to impose terms and conditions of work on college faculty, rather than agreeing to extend existing terms while the faculty and employer bargaining teams negotiate a Collective Agreement.  College faculty have begun a work-to-rule campaign, in protest.

Visit Collective Bargaining – OPSEU 417 for an overview of bargaining in 2021.

Questions about work-to-rule? Contact W2RLocal417@gmail.com

Work-to-Rule FAQs: Work-to-rule FAQ | OPSEU

Phase One, effective December 18, 2021: WORK TO RULE PHASE 1 for Faculty 16 Dec 2021.pdf

Phase Two, effective January 3, 2022: WORK TO RULE_ PHASE 2.pdf

Work-to-Rule Information & Updates

The College Employer Council and college management have chosen to impose terms and conditions of work on college faculty, rather than agreeing to extend existing terms while the faculty and employer bargaining teams negotiate a Collective Agreement.  College faculty have begun a work-to-rule campaign, in protest.

Visit Collective Bargaining – OPSEU 417 for an overview of bargaining in 2021.

Questions about work-to-rule? Contact W2RLocal417@gmail.com

Work-to-Rule FAQs: Work-to-rule FAQ | OPSEU

Phase One, effective December 18, 2021: WORK TO RULE PHASE 1 for Faculty 16 Dec 2021.pdf

Phase Two, effective January 3, 2022: WORK TO RULE_ PHASE 2.pdf

Sample Signatures, Auto-Replies, and Meeting Request Replies

The sample scripts have been flying fast and furious, and it can be difficult to keep track of what and where they are. We hope this post helps:

Email Signature:

The College Employer Council and college management have chosen to impose terms and conditions of work on college faculty, rather than agreeing to extend existing terms while the faculty and employer bargaining teams negotiate a Collective Agreement.  College faculty have begun a work-to-rule campaign, in protest. For more information, click here www.slcfaculty.ca

Auto-replies/What to say to students:

You are invited to adapt either of the following messages, to suit your purposes, depending:

“Thank you for your email.

At the moment, all college faculty (Librarians, Counsellors, Professors and Instructors) are engaging in labour action – ‘Work to Rule’.  Under our current contract, I am allocated 6 hours of administrative time during the week. This includes emails, meetings, and regular contact with students and external stakeholders. I am also attributed no more than 5.4 minutes to grade each student’s work and provide feedback, weekly. The workload formula which gives these numbers hasn’t changed in almost forty years!

Any work/emails which take longer than the times that I have been attributed for those tasks each week will be deferred to the following calendar week. Please encourage the college president to direct the College Employer Council to return to the bargaining table to resolve these issues. If this is urgent, please contact [provide your chair’s name and e-mail].”

or

“In response to the College Employer Council’s decision to unilaterally impose employment conditions after college faculty voted to support strike actions (collegefaculty.org/2021/12/17/opseu-sefpo-stands-in-support-of-college-faculty-members), Ontario college faculty are now following work-to-rule guidelines established by the Faculty Bargaining Team.

Faculty have chosen to focus on our students’ needs and not interrupt College courses with a strike at this time, while demanding that our employer negotiate a fair resolution to this labour dispute. Work-to-rule means that we will be working only the time outlined by our current contract and workload assignments, or our job descriptions. This means that we may not be available for additional, volunteer work that we may normally do, or work outside of regular work hours. Therefore, we may take more time than usual to respond to emails or other forms of communication and any additional work-related requests.

Currently we are in Phase 2 of the planned work-to-rule job actions. For more information on these actions including a work-to-rule FAQ, please visit: collegefaculty.org/work-to-rule.

We appreciate your patience and your support in our efforts to improve working conditions for Ontario college faculty and the learning conditions of Ontario college students.”

Responding to meeting requests during work-to-rule:

Invitations for meetings this week and next from managers (e.g. coordinator meetings, program/school start-up meetings, team meetings, etc.) have been scheduled and sent to members.

In response to these invitations, members should initially decline and indicate the following as their reason:

“Unfortunately, I am not in the position to attend any meetings this week, as CAAT-A faculty are currently in Phase 2 of the work-to-rule campaign. Engaging in struck work at this point would be equivalent to crossing a picket line. I hope that this work-to-rule job action will demonstrate the value of faculty work, get the employer back to the table to negotiate the issues important to faculty, and make a full strike unnecessary.”

OR

“In accordance with the work to rule plan, I will not be attending college meetings or activities this week, nor any that are not specifically recorded on my SWF with appropriate time attributed. While It gives me no joy to refrain from campus activities, I believe in the collective bargaining process and the rights it has provided me and countless others. Until the bargaining team directs otherwise, this is my position.”

If a manager reaches out to an individual member and says they have an “expectation” that the member attend, or that the member has an “obligation” to attend, the member can respond with:

“Thank you for the invitation to this meeting. In accordance with the collective agreement, I do not agree to this meeting, and I believe that given the current terms and conditions imposed by the college and the related labour action, it is reasonable that I choose not to attend.”

If a manager subsequently responds and specifically “directs” (or gives a “direction”) a member to attend there are two options for the member. Regardless of the option chosen, members are asked to please cc’ (very importantly) Grant Currie at grant.currie@slcfaculty.ca and the provincial bargaining team at
bargainingteam2021@gmail.com.

Option 1: email manager the following:

“In acknowledgment of your direction, I will comply and attend; however, I do not freely agree to this because of the current labour action.”

In this case, attend the meeting but do not actively participate.

Option 2: email manager the following:

“I contend that I am not unreasonably withholding my agreement to participate given the current terms and condition and corresponding labour action.”

Please note that the second option is not without the possibility of disciplinary action; however, the local and the divisional bargaining team will support the member going forward if they choose this option.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your LEC members or WTR committee members.

Visit Work-to-Rule – OPSEU 417 (slcfaculty.ca) for these and any other samples that are developed in the future.

Work-to-Rule Committee

What does work-to-rule look like in practice and how will Local 417 coordinate it? The newly formed Work-to-Rule (W2R) Committee was formed this week to address these issues. Reach to any of them or W2RLocal417@gmail.com for information and guidance.

Christina Chrysler (Local Executive and Communications Committees representative)
Tabatha Rutledge (Local Executive Committee representative)
Kim Trudeau-Craig (Faculty/Member representative)
Derek Smalls (Faculty/Member representative)
Jonathan Sugarman (Faculty/Member representative)
Karen Weisbaum (Local Executive Committee representative)

Sign up to receive email updates: SLC Faculty Local 417 (list-manage.com)

For an archive of recent work-to-rule and Local 417 news, visit SLC Faculty Local 417 (campaign-archive.com)

Illustrations courtesy of Local 352 Fleming College.