What should I tell my stakeholders (students, external and internal colleagues, allies, etc.) about work-to-rule?

Here is an example of messaging you can use. You should tailor your response to any specific role(s), responsibilities, and availability restrictions you may have, such as committee leads, program coordinators, etc. So please adapt this message as needed:

  • At the moment, all college faculty (Librarians, Counsellors, Professors and Instructors) are engaging in labour action called Work to Rule. This means that I will be working strictly to the letter of my contract. As a non-full-time faculty, it means I have a limited amount of time each week to complete all course preparations, deliver a/synchronous classes, perform student evaluations, provide student feedback and other out of class assistance to students, and administrative work, including emails, meetings, and regular contact with students and external stakeholders. Any work/emails which take longer than the times that I have been attributed for each week will be deferred to the following calendar week. Please encourage President Whitaker and the College Employer Council to return to the bargaining table to resolve these issues. If your matter is urgent, please contact my Associate Dean, [Name of AD] by email at [AD’s Humber email address]. I appreciate your support and understanding in this matter.