Algoma Tubes

Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. (250 operators, supporters, team leaders) and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers Intl. Union (USW), Local 9548

Click here to view the original collective agreement.
Renewal agreement: Effective June 1, 2017, to May 31, 2022. Signed on June 1, 2017.
Shift premium: $0.30 per hour for hours worked between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. $0.35 per hour for all hours worked on Saturday and Sunday. $3 per hour (previously $2.50 per hour) trade-rate A to ticketed employees. Effective June 1, 2020: $3.20 per hour. 
Paid holidays: 11 days. 
Vacations with pay: 1 day per month, maximum 10 days or 4% to start, 2 weeks or 4% after 1 year, 3 weeks or 6% after 6 years, 4 weeks or 8% after 11 years, 5 weeks or 10% after 16 years. 
Overtime: Time and one-half for all work after 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week for 8-hour shifts. Time and one-half for all work after average of 40 hours per week over 2-week period for 12-hour shifts. Double time for work on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Labour Day. May be banked, maximum 160 hours, will be paid out by Sept. 1 of each year.
Medical benefits: Employer pays 100% of premiums. 
Dental: Employer pays 100% of premiums for 100% reimbursement of basic, with no cap; 80% reimbursement of major with $1,500 cap per year. Orthodontic: 50% reimbursement for dependents younger than 21, with $1,400 cap per patient per year.
Vision: Employer pays 100% of premiums for $210 every 24 months (previously $185 every 24 months). Effective June 1, 2020: $300 every 24 months.
Paramedical: Employer pays 100% of premiums for $300 per year per practitioner.
Weekly indemnity: Employer pays 100% of premiums for coverage of 60% weekly earnings, maximum $540 per week for 26 weeks.
LTD: Employer pays 100% of premiums for coverage of 60% weekly earnings, maximum $2,500 per month. 
Life insurance: Employer pays 100% of premiums for coverage of 1-times annual earnings, minimum $30,000. 
Pension: Employer will contribute $2.65 per hour (previously $2.55 per hour) in first year of collective agreement; $2.65 per hour in second year; $2.70 per hour in third year; $2.75 per hour in fourth year, $2.80 per hour in fifth year to Steelworkers Members Pension Benefit Plan, Plan B.
Bereavement leave: 3 days for death of spouse, partner, child, parent, brother, sister, grandparents, grandchild. 2 days for death of mother-in-law, father-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, legal guardian, sister-in-law, brother-in-law.
Seniority – recall rights: 18 months with less than 1 year of service, 24 months after 1 year of service; 36 months after 2 years of service. 
Call-in pay: Minimum of 4 hours pay’ at regular rate or paid for actual time worked at applicable rate if greater. 
Probationary period: 6 months.
Discipline: Sunset clause is 24 months (36 months for serious misconduct, breach of Ontario Human Rights Code, Occupational Health and Safety Act, drugs and alcohol).
Severance: After 5 years of service, 1 week of regular wage per year of service with no maximum. 
Safety shoes: $125 per year. May be accumulated, maximum $250 in 2-year period. 
Sample rates of hourly pay (current, after 5% increase):
Supporter: $21.55 rising 4 steps to $22.65
First specialty: $22.15 rising 4 steps to $23.25 
Second specialty: $22.75 rising 4 steps to $23.85
Third specialty: $23.35 rising 4 steps to $24.45
Team leader: $24.45 rising 4 steps to $25.55
Operator: $24.29 rising 4 steps to $25.52
First specialty: $24.91 rising 4 steps to $26.14 
Second specialty: $25.53 rising 4 steps to $26.76
Third specialty: $26.15 rising 4 steps to $27.38 
Team leader: $28.05 rising 4 steps to $29.28
Spec. operator: $27.10 rising 4 steps to $28.48 
First specialty: $27.95 rising 4 steps to $29.33
Second specialty: $28.80 rising 4 steps to $30.18 
Third specialty: $29.65 rising 4 steps to $31.03
Team leader: $32.35 rising 4 steps to $33.73
Apprenticeship rate: $0.25 per hour based on 8 equal periods of 1,000 hours in duration to maintenance employees enrolled in apprenticeship program, maximum $2.
Editor’s notes: Medical examination: When requested, cost of obtaining examination will be borne by employer, maximum $40. Humanity fund: Employer will pay $0.01 per hour from all employees in bargaining unit for all hours worked to humanity fund at United Steelworkers of America. On-call: $100 per week. Gainsharing program: Maximum 4% for operational efficiency, 2% for CTT, 4% for safety, 4% for quality. Will be paid monthly. 
 

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