Work to Rule: Phase 3

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  • Work-to-rule MUST impact the functioning of the colleges in order to work as a bargaining strategy to bring the Council back to the table to discuss faculty’s needs.
  • The colleges and CEC have chosen to abandon negotiations and to force faculty to work only under imposed conditions.
  • All actions below specifically focus on administrators, and minimize impact on students.

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  • Avoid performing struck work from PHASE 1 and PHASE 2. PHASE 3 actions are added to the existing list of struck work.
  • Focus on students’ needs and support their learning.
  • Maintain contact with students and keep them informed, including via college systems.
  • Maintain contact with your Local and attend union activities and meetings. Sign up for and follow bargaining updates.
  • Consult your Local before following directions from your manager that may conflict with the work-to-rule.
  • Take part in ongoing solidarity actions.


  • Struck work is an organized form of protected strike action as defined under the Colleges Collective Bargaining Act.
  • The list below is struck work, and should not be undertaken by any bargaining unit member. Engaging in struck work is equivalent to crossing a picket line.
  • Work-to-rule means that you do not follow management direction that contravenes what the team has identified as struck work.
  • If you have any questions, contact your union local for assistance.

Phase 3 Actions


  • No multimodal (e.g., “hy-flex”) delivery as part of the return to campus this semester. In other words, do not teach online and in-class simultaneously.
  • If you are directed to move your existing course(s) to “hy-flex”, it is up to you to determine how you will incorporate in-class and/or online delivery (for example, for a 3 TCH class you can decide to teach: 2 hours in-class and 1 hour online; all 3 hours in-class; or all 3 hours online).
  • If you are directed to move an online class into a face-to-face classroom, you should decide whether that is appropriate for your course and students.
  • If you are assigned an online course, the professor or instructor continues to determine the best method for teaching: synchronous or asynchronous.
  • Do not record, consent to recordings, or post recordings of live/synchronous classes via a college LMS or college-run system. Alternatives may include a private YouTube channel, video files in DropBox, or another cloud-based platform, for example.


  • Do not grade assignments or calculate or submit grades over reading/intersession week.
  • Do not grade beyond hours attributed, even if your grading is delayed.
  • Both FT and PL: Simplify the marking of summative assignments/finals to enable them to be graded within the time you are attributed. This may mean no feedback beyond the grade. Other options may include submitting “pass/fail” grades, if allowable by regulatory bodies.
  • For Full-time faculty: Do not engage in evaluation work beyond the time attributed on your SWF, or beyond the end date of your SWF.

DATA ENTRY FOR EVALUATION (Including final grades for 7-week courses)

  • Do not permanently enter grades into LMS or on colleges’ systems such as BANNER, Brightspace, D2L, Canvas, or Blackboard. It is fine to provide individual assignment grades to students by e-mail or another method that does not store grades on the LMS for a prolonged period. Keep a complete record of grades offline, but do not leave assignment grades sitting on the LMS (see videos re: temporary posting of grades on various LMS).
  • For Partial-Load faculty: Submit all final grades by the last day of your contract. Simplify your grading as needed, to facilitate this.
  • Submit final grades either on paper (either dropped-off or mailed) or by e-mail as a photo. If e-mailing, print (or write) out final grades on paper first, then photograph it and submit the photo as an e-mail attachment.
  • Provide no breakdown of the marks leading to final grades to supervisor/department


  • Complete only the basic paperwork for reporting academic dishonesty (e.g., send a copy of the student’s work, links to plagiarized sources, and a very short summary of the nature of academic dishonesty that you are reporting). The rest of the process should be completed by your supervisor.
  • When referring student work for academic integrity concerns, send the student the following message to the student: “Due to a concern regarding Academic Integrity a mark for your assignment/test will not be entered until such time as the Academic Integrity process has been concluded.”
  • Do not complete or grade supplemental work/exams beyond the scope of your SWF or contract.

NON-TEACHING WEEK (Reading Week, etc.)

  • Do no college-initiated activities, including PD, meetings, or student orientations
  • Perform faculty-initiated activities (including PD) only
  • Do no evaluation or preparation of assigned courses
  • Coordinators: Do no coordinator duties
  • Partial-Load who are not paid for this week: do no work for the college


  • Except where you have been assigned specific tasks with time for their completion, prioritize own work according to your needs and hours.
  • Coordinators: Perform no coordinator work during non-teaching weeks.
  • Coordinators: STOP participating in contract faculty hiring, including making hiring recommendations to managers.


  • FT faculty members (including counsellors and librarians): Inform your supervisor which 10 working days in this academic year you will be taking for PD days. It is up to your supervisor – not you – to make alternate plans for the completion of assigned work that you would otherwise have been doing on those days.
  • Do not attend grade appeals

Any questions about your specific circumstances? Contact your Local union for assistance.

Phase 3 Overview (PDF)

Sample Letters

Video Overview of Phase 3

Gradebook Settings Videos

Removing grades from Blackboard:

Removing Grades from Blackboard Ultra Instructions:

Removing Grades from Brightspace D2L: