Board Of Education of School District No. 79 (Cowichan Valley)

Duncan, British Columbia (110 janitors, caretakers and building superintendents) and the United Steelworkers (USW), Local 1-1937

Board Of Education of School District No. 79  (Cowichan Valley)
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Renewal agreement: Effective July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022. Signed on Jan. 22, 2019.

Wage adjustments:

Effective July 1, 2019: 2%

Effective July 1, 2020: 2%

Effective July 1, 2021: 2%

Shift premium: $0.30 per hour for employees working afternoon shift. $0.37 per hour for employees working graveyard shift. $0.45 per hour for lead-hands. $0.125 per hour for employees in category of bus driver front-end, bus driver utility and who regularly drive more than 4 hours during normal working hours. $0.40 per hour for employees involved in driver trainer or student bus safety program. $0.25 per hour for employees holding SOFA (St. John Ambulance safety oriented) first aid certificate; $0.50 per hour for employees holding industrial first aid certificate (level two or equivalent); $0.85 per hour for employees holding industrial first aid certificate (level 3 or equivalent). $2 per hour dirty-work premium for plumbers when plumber is working with raw sewage in maintenance of active sewer lines and spills. $2 per hour dirty-work premium for grounds persons when grounds person deals with collection of hypodermic needles, excrement/fecal matter and bodily fluids.

Paid holidays: 12 days.

Vacations with pay: 1.25 days per month or 6.5% to start, 15 days or 6.5% after 1 year, 17 days or 7% after 5 years, 18 days or 8% after 6 years, 19 days or 8.5% after 7 years, 20 days or 8.5% after 8 years, 21 days or 8.5% after 12 years, 22 days or 8.5% after 13 years, 23 days or 8.5% after 14 years, 25 days or 10.5% after 15 years, 30 days or 12.5% after 19 years, 35 days or 12.5% after 30 days. When employee is entitled to 20 or more days’ per year, employee may accumulate for 2 years, 5 days of each year’s entitlement to be used in third year. When employee has served for 20 years employee will become entitled to 10 days’ long-service holiday as reward for long and faithful service (must be taken within 1 year of obtaining 20 years’ service).

Overtime: Time and one-half for work after 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week. Double time after 2 hours of overtime in 1 day Monday to Saturday inclusive; double time for all Sunday and statutory holiday work. May be taken as time off or banked (all banked overtime must be taken before Dec. 31 of each year).

Medical benefits: Public Education Benefits Trust (PEBT).

Dental: Employer pays 100% of premiums.

Vision: Employer pays 100% of premiums for coverage of $400 per person (previously $150) in any 24-month period for lenses and frames or contact lenses.

Sick leave: Employee’s scheduled daily hours worked, multiplied by 0.6923 for each pay period worked, after 3 months continuous employment.

AD&D: Employer pays 100% of premiums for coverage of $45,000.

Life insurance: Employer pays 100% of premiums for coverage of $45,000.

Pension: All employees will become members of Municipal Pension Plan (MPP).

Bereavement leave: 3 days for death in immediate family (spouse, children, parents of employee, parents of spouse, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, natural grandparents, stepparents, stepchildren, grandchildren).

Seniority – recall rights: 6 months to start; 1 year plus 1 additional month for each year’s service up to additional 6 months, after 1 year of service.

Call-in pay: Employees called in on overtime will receive minimum 2 hours at current overtime rate.

Probationary period: 40 working days of service within 6-month period immediately following date of entering employment. Bus drivers’ probations shall be served only between Sept. 1 and June 3. Any unfinished probationary periods as of June 30 will carry over to Sept. 1 next. Should bus driving vacancy occur after May 15, postings will be deferred until September, with position being filled by casual employee wherever possible.

Severance: 2 weeks’ pay to start; 1 additional week’s pay for each year of service, maximum 8 weeks’ pay after 3 years of service.

Safety shoes: $85 per employee per year for appropriate, non-slip safety footwear for custodians.

Uniforms/clothing: Coveralls will be supplied by employer for all dual-category jobs and to employees temporarily assigned to extra dirty jobs (re-roofing and roof repair, sewerage work, interior tank clean-out, other work established by agreement). Rubber gloves, rubber over-boots will be provided for bus washing. Coveralls provided will be maintained on weekly basis for bus driver mechanics and front-end men by employer. $170 per employee per year for safety footwear or raingear to grounds persons, journeypersons.

Tool allowance: Employer will provide coverage for employees required to provide own tools and equipment with coverage to total of statement of value filed and will be provided with $50 deductible.

Sample rates of hourly pay (current, after 4% increase):

Student casual: $20.64 rising 2 steps to $21.47

Labourer: $24.60 rising 2 steps to $25.59

Custodian: $24.60 rising 2 steps to $25.59

Custodian engineer: $25.09 rising 2 steps to $26.10

Maintenance person: $27.12 rising 2 steps to $28.22

Grounds: $27.12 rising 2 steps to $28.22

Engineer: $27.23 rising 2 steps to $28.33

Equipment operator: $27.25 rising 2 steps to $28.35

Bus driver: $27.25 rising 2 steps to $28.35

Gardener: $28.93 rising 2 steps to $30.10

Maintenance utility 2: $29.03 rising 2 steps to $30.20

Painter certified: $33.23 rising 2 steps to $34.57

Journeyperson certified: $33.96 rising 2 steps to $35.33

Editor’s notes: Retirement: Employee having completed 5 years’ service and retiring will receive upon retirement: payout of all accrued sick leave, maximum 120 days; bonus of 1 month’s salary. Employee having completed 10 years’ service and retiring will receive upon retirement: payout of all accrued sick leave; bonus of 1 month’s salary.

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