All not quiet on Western labour front

A look at recent collective agreements negotiated by employers in Western Canada
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/22/2009

The following collective agreements come courtesy of CLV Reports, a sister publication to Canadian HR Reporter that looks at collective bargaining and labour relations. For more information, visit www.hrreporter.com/clv. Highlights below include wage adjustments, shift premiums, holidays and benefits.


Motor Coach Industries

Winnipeg

714 employees assembling buses and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Lodge 1953

Renewal agreement: Effective Feb. 1, 2009, to expire Jan. 31, 2012. Ratified on March 2, 2009.

Wage adjustments: Signing bonus of $1,250 (received in cash or as contribution to group RRSP or pension plan). Effective Feb. 1, 2009 – 3.5 per cent. Effective Feb. 1, 2010 – three per cent. Effective Feb. 1, 2011 – two per cent.

Paid holidays: 11, previously 10; Louis Riel Day was added. There are three additional days during the Christmas shutdown.

Vacations with pay: Three weeks after three years, four after eight, five after 17, six after 25, unchanged; seven after 35 (new). The seven weeks’ vacation after 35 years had been withdrawn in the previous agreement.

Shift premium: 0¢-35¢-65¢. Group leader premium is 50¢. Forklift operator premium is 10¢. Experimental department and special projects premium is 5¢. All unchanged.

Overtime: Time-and-one-half over a regular shift, over 40 hours in a week or on a holiday, unchanged.

Medical benefits: Extended health-care plan will be 20 per cent company-paid in the second and third years (new). Company-paid vision care to $175 per family member, plus $30 for eye exams, every two years, unchanged.

Dental: Company-paid Manitoba Blue Cross Plan B provides full reimbursement for preventive and basic care, according to the current MDA fee schedule. Plan C provides 80-per-cent reimbursement for periodontal and endodontic treatments and for major restorative care. Annual family maximum is $1,450, unchanged, becoming $1,475 in the second year.

Weekly indemnity: Company-paid 1-1-5-31 plan, provides a benefit equal to two-thirds of regular earnings, unchanged.

Life insurance: Coverage of $40,000 is 100 per cent company-paid; previously, employees paid 50 per cent for first $5,000 of coverage with the remaining portion company-paid. Retirees have $4,000 paid-up life coverage, unchanged, or may choose instead a $1,000 gross lump sum (new).

Pension: Employees and company each contribute three per cent to money-purchase plan, unchanged. The company will contribute four per cent for those members with more than 25 years of service (new). Early retirement bridge at age 60, with 20 years’ service, pays $15 per month per year of service, maximum 30 years, to age 65, unchanged.

Safety shoes: Company pays 50 per cent of cost to a maximum of $75 once a year, unchanged.

Meal allowance: $7 after two hours of overtime.

Rates of pay (current, after first increase): Those hired after Oct. 1, 2003: coach-assembly associate – $13.14, progressing over nine steps and 14,001 hours to $16.77; welding associate/tooling and fixtures associate – $15.99, progressing over nine steps and 14,001 hours to $19.87. Those hired before Oct. 1, 2003: coach-assembly associate – $20.75, progressing over two steps and 13,866 hours to $21.87; welding associate/tooling and fixtures associate – $21.01, progressing in two steps and 13,866 hours to $22.63.

Editor’s notes: Probation: 1,000 hours over 12 months. Bereavement leave: Leave in the event of the death of a member of the immediate family is four days, unchanged.


Extendicare Canada

Five locations in Saskatchewan

175 nurses at five long-term care facilities in Regina, Moose Jaw and Saskatoon and the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, Local 99

Renewal agreement: Effective April 1, 2008, to expire March 31, 2012. Ratified on Nov. 28, 2008.

Wage adjustments: Effective April 1, 2008 – five-per-cent general wage increase and five-per-cent market adjustment. Effective April 1, 2009 – five per cent. Effective April 1, 2010 – five per cent. Effective April 1, 2011 – five per cent.

Paid holidays: 12.

Vacations with pay: Three weeks after one year, four after three, five after 14, six after 24.

Shift premium: 0¢-$3.25-$3.25, becoming 0¢-$3.75-$3.75 in the second year. Standby is $3.15 for each hour on standby with a minimum payment of eight hours. Standby on a statutory holiday is $4.25. Telephone call at home is paid a minimum of 30 minutes at the regular rate of pay or the time actually spent on the call, whichever is greater. Call-in is a minimum of two hours at overtime rate. In-charge pay is $1.90. Relief assignment pay is 5.5 per cent. Registered nurse practitioner premium is $6 per hour. Preceptorship premium is 65¢ (new).

Overtime: Double time is paid for all hours worked on a scheduled day off, for all hours in excess of normal daily or bi-weekly hours and for work on a statutory holiday. Overtime may be banked to 100 hours.

Weekend premium: On Saturday or Sunday, premium is $2.60, becoming $3.10 in the second year.

Benefits: Benefits are provided under the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations (SAHO). Retiree health and dental is available under the plan but paid by retiree.

Medical benefits: Company-paid benefits include prescription drugs, vision care, paramedical practitioners, convalescent hospital, medical equipment and out-of-country emergency care.

Dental: Company-paid benefits include 100-per-cent reimbursement for preventive, basic and routine care; 75-per-cent reimbursement for major restorative. Coverage for orthodontics is also provided; no details are available.

Sick leave: 18 days per year to a maximum accumulation of 190 working days.

Long-term disability: The company contributes 54 per cent of the premium for a plan which replaces 75 per cent of monthly income after a 119-day elimination period. There is a 24-month, own-occupation definition of disability.

Life insurance: Company-paid coverage of $25,000.

Pension: Saskatchewan Health Employees Pension Plan.

Rates of pay (current, after first increase): graduate nurse (unregistered) – $25.54; registered nurse A – $29.59, progressing over nine steps to $38.40; registered nurse C – $35.15, progressing over seven steps to $43.07.

Editor’s notes: Long-service recognition: Effective April 1, 2008, two per cent was added to the basic rate of pay for nurses with 20 years’ employment. Retention pay: The company will pay $1,750 to each nurse on Jan. 1, 2011, and again on Jan. 1, 2012. Education fund: The company will allot funds for attendance at educational or professional workshops as follows: $1,800 to Sunset (Regina), $815 to Elmview (Regina), $1,600 to Moose Jaw, $1,100 to Preston (Saskatoon) and $2.600 to Parkside (Regina). Paid professional development days: Eight annually, non-accumulating. Personal property damage: The company will reimburse damage done to personal property by a client to a maximum of $750. Discipline: Sunset clause is two years. Probation: 60 days or 480 hours, whichever comes first. Probationary period may be extended to a maximum of 40 days or 320 hours. Family leave: Five days annually (40 hours), pro-rated for other than full-time employees. Health-care maintenance: If unable to make arrangements outside scheduled working time for appointments, 24 hours per year. Transportation expenses: 40.29¢ per kilometre (minimum $4.50 for a round trip) for the use of a personal vehicle at work. Monthly car allowance is $185 for full-time employees. Rates are adjusted up or down four times in the calendar year to reflect the percentage change in the Saskatchewan Private Transportation Index.


Peace Country Health EMS

Grand Prairie, Alta.

180 paramedics and the Health Sciences Association of Alberta

Renewal agreement: Effective April 1, 2008, to expire March 31, 2011. Ratified on March 16, 2009.

Wage adjustments: Effective April 1, 2008 – five per cent, plus one per cent for EMR, one-per-cent wage increase and two-per-cent lump sum for ambulance EMT and three per cent for paramedic. Effective April 1, 2009 – five per cent, plus one per cent for ambulance EMT and one per cent for paramedic. Effective April 1, 2010 – 4.5 per cent or the increase in the Alberta average weekly earnings, and the addition of a step to the top of the wage grid for paramedic and EMT.

Paid holidays: 11, unchanged.

Vacations with pay: Three weeks after one year, four after four, five after 10, six after 20, unchanged.

Shift premium: $2.50 per hour, becoming $2.75 on Oct. 1, 2009, for shifts with the majority of hours between 2 p.m. and 11 p.m. and $4.25, becoming $5 on Oct. 1, 2009, between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., previously $1.75 per hour between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Call-in is a minimum of two hours at double time. Standby is $3 per hour on a regularly scheduled day of work and $4.25 per hour on a day of rest or a holiday.

Weekend premium: $2.75 per hour, previously $1.75, becoming $3.25 on Oct. 1, 2009, between 7 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Monday.

Overtime: Double time for hours worked over a regular shift or on a day of rest. Overtime can be banked to 96 hours.

Medical benefits: Plan, cost-shared 80 per cent-20 per cent, previously 70 per cent-30 per cent, provides prescription drugs. Flexible health-spending account is $1,250 plus $1,250 per FTE, previously $300, becoming $1,250 plus $1,500 per FTE on Jan. 1, 2010, per year.

Dental: Plan, cost-shared 75 per cent-25 per cent, previously 80 per cent-20 per cent, provides 80-per-cent reimbursement of basic care, 50 per cent of major restorative to an annual maximum of $2,500, previously $2,000, becoming $3,000 in the third year, and 50 per cent of orthodontics to a lifetime maximum of $2,500, previously $2,000, becoming $3,000 in the third year.

Short-term disability: Annual allowance of 12 days to a maximum accumulation of 80 days. After 14 days, STD plan, cost-shared 75 per cent-25 per cent, previously 80 per cent-20 per cent, provides a benefit of two-thirds of regular wages.

Long-term disability: After 120 days of disability, plan, cost-shared 75 per cent-25 per cent, previously 80 per cent-20 per cent, provides a benefit of two-thirds of regular salary.

Life insurance: Coverage, cost-shared 75 per cent-25 per cent, previously 80 per cent-20 per cent, of one times salary. Optional, employee-paid coverage of two times salary.

AD&D: Coverage, cost-shared 75 per cent-25 per cent, previously 80 per cent-20 per cent, of one times salary.

Pension: Local Authorities Pension Plan. Group RRSP has matching one-per-cent contributions. Effective June 30, 2009, group RRSP will be eliminated.

Safety shoes: Annual allowance of $250.

Meal allowance: $12 per meal to a daily maximum of $36 where the employee is dispatched outside her district or to remain on standby for five hours.

Rates of pay (current, after second increase): Emergency medical responder – $16.99, progressing in seven annual steps to $19.87; EMT-ambulance – $22.88, progressing over six steps to $27.90; paramedic – $28.60, progressing in seven steps to $36.39; paramedic EMS supervisor – $37.85; EMS program leader – $40.76.

Editor’s notes: Travel: Mileage allowance is 40¢ per kilometre. Recognition of past experience: Top placement on the wage grid is eight increments with eight years of experience in the last 10 years, previously seven increments for seven within the last nine.


Lamar Transit Advertising

Burnaby, B.C.

18 employees installing and warehousing outdoor advertising and the Canadian Auto Workers, Local 114

Renewal agreement: Effective Oct. 1, 2008, to expire Sept. 30, 2011. Signed in November 2008.

Wage adjustments: Effective Oct. 1, 2008 – 20¢. Effective Oct. 1, 2009 – three per cent. Effective Oct. 1, 2010 – three per cent.

Paid holidays: 13.

Vacations with pay: Three weeks after one year, four after five, five after 10, six after 21.

Shift premium: Charge hand premium is $1.25. Work in a higher classification is paid at the higher rate.

Overtime: Time and one-half is paid for the first 90 minutes of overtime in a day or the first 7.5 hours over 37.5 hours in a week. Double time is paid after nine hours in a day or after 45 hours in a week or for work on a scheduled day off.

Medical benefits: Company-paid plan provides extended health care. Paramedical coverage, including chiropractors, speech therapists, podiatrists, naturopaths, osteopaths, psychologists, massage therapists, acupuncturists and physiotherapists, is to a maximum of $500 per practitioner per year. Vision care is $400 every 24 months for glasses or contact lenses, but every year for glasses for those dependants under age 19. Eye exams are covered once a year for dependants under age 21 and once every two years for those over age 21.

Dental: Company-paid plan provides part A and part B dental care, reimbursed 100 per cent, and orthodontics for adults and children, reimbursed 50 per cent, with no dollar maximum.

Sick leave: Half pay is given for two days of illness, one day for hospitalization and one day for injury, then full pay for the balance of 30 days. The company pays the cost of a doctor’s certificate, required after three days’ absence. Company-paid salary-continuance program, with 75-per-cent salary replacement, comes into effect on the 31st day or fifth week of absence and lasts to the end of the 17th week.

Long-term disability: Employee-paid plan replaces two-thirds of basic monthly earnings to a maximum of $4,000 per month after a 17-week elimination period. Benefit ends at age 65, termination of employment or retirement.

Pension: The company contributes three per cent of annual earnings, becoming 3.5 per cent in the second year and four per cent in the third, matched by each employee, to a group RRSP.

Safety shoes: Allowance of 1.176 per cent for work clothes, safety shoes and rainwear. Safety glasses are provided.

Rates of pay (current, after first increase): Installer/warehouse person — $24.10.

Editor’s notes: Severance: If an employee is laid off due to technological change, severance is two weeks’ pay per year of service to a maximum of 26 weeks. Discipline: Sunset clause is two years. Probation: 900 hours. New hires rate of pay: Probationary employees receive 75 per cent of the job rate. Employees with between 901 and 1,800 hours receive 85 per cent; those between 1,801 and 2,700 receive 90 per cent. The job rate is paid after 2,701 hours. Existing probationary employees are red-circled at $18.90 until they reach 900 hours. Training: The company will contribute $1,500 annually for training and administration. Mileage: When required by the company, employees travelling in their vehicles between the barns shall be paid $10 per move. Transit pass: A pass is provided by the company. Out-of-town expenses: $45 per diem for meals and incidentals.

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