British Columbia Automobile Association Service Centres

Provincewide, British Columbia (100 sales employees) and the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE) Local 378

Renewal agreement: Effective October 1, 2014, to September 30, 2018. Signed on July 30, 2015.

Wage adjustments:
Effective Oct. 1, 2014: 2%
Effective Oct. 1, 2015: 1.5%
Effective Oct. 1, 2016: 1.5%
Effective Oct. 1, 2017: 1.25%

Shift premium: $1.80 per hour for duty officers.

Paid holidays: 12 days.

Vacations with pay: 3 weeks to start, 4 weeks after 9 years, 5 weeks after 14 years, 6 weeks after 24 years.  6% to start, 8% after 9 years, 10% after 14 years, and 12% after 24 years for part-time employees, paid out on each paycheque.

Overtime: Time and one-half for the first 4 hours worked over 7 hours per day. Double time for hours worked beyond 11 hours per day. Time and one-half for the first 7 hours worked over 35 hours per week and double time for hours worked beyond 42 hours in one week. Time can be banked but hours banked cannot exceed 35 hours. Time and one-half for time worked on a paid holiday.

Meal allowance: $11 after 3 or more hours of overtime.

Medical benefits: Defined contribution benefit program.

STD: Full salary for 1 week at 6 months' service, 1 month at 1 year, 2 months at 2 years, 3 months at 3 years, and 119 days at 4 years. 66 2/3 of earnings for 119 days to start, 112 days after 6 months, 89 days after 1 year, 59 days after 3 years, and 0 days after 4 years.  

Bereavement leave: 3 days for immediate family which includes the employee’s spouse and these relations of the spouse — mother, father, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, grandchildren, grandparents, and any person who lives with the employee as a member of their family. Additional travelling time may be provided for an out of town funeral. 1 day for death outside immediate family where employee is serving as a pallbearer.

Seniority – recall rights: 1 year.

Call-in pay: 4 hours at regular rate of pay.

Probationary period: 120 days for full-time regular service.

Discipline: Sunset clause is 2 years. 5 years for serious disciplinary action including sexual harassment or assault.

Severance: 1 week for each full year of service to a maximum of 28 weeks.

Mileage: 52¢ per km.

Sample rates of pay (current, after 1.5% increase):
Grade 1: $1,774.42 rising in 10 steps to $2,365.80
Grade 2: $1,951.76 rising in 10 steps to $2,602.34
Grade 3: $2,147.44 rising in 10 steps to $2,863.26
Grade 4: $2,362.49 rising in 10 steps to $3,149.99
Grade 5: $2,598.94 rising in 10 steps to $3,465.26
Grade 6: $2,858.84 rising in 10 steps to $3,811.79
Grade 7: $3,145.23 rising in 10 steps to $4,193.64
Grade 8: $3,460.16 rising in 10 steps to $4,613.55
Grade 9: $3,806.69 rising in 10 steps to $5,075.59

Editor’s notes: Trial period: 60-work day trial period for new positions, after which, if unsuccessful, the employee returns to their former or equivalent position. Salary range:  New employees can be hired at any step between 80-95% of the salary range for the position, or hired above the 95% step provided agreement is reached with the union. Special consideration: Bereavement leave for anyone not in the employee’s immediate family will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Jury duty: Regular rate of pay for full-time employees who receive a jury summons, less any amount received from the court for jury selection or attending or sitting on a jury. Examination leave: Paid time off to write exams directly related to their employment and scheduled during working hours. 1 unpaid day for studying may also be taken. Maternity/parental leave: In keeping with eligibility requirements and entitlement provisions of British Columbia’s Employment Standards Act. Leave of absence: An unpaid leave of up to 1 year can be taken for sufficient reasons, with the written request submitted at least 1 month prior to the leave beginning. Family responsibility leave: 5 days unpaid per year to meet responsibilities related to the care, health, or education of a child in their care or the care or health of any spouse, parent, guardian, sibling, grandchild, grandparent or person who lives with the employee as a member of their family. Special leave: 1 day per year for family medical emergencies. Religious observances: 1 unpaid day per year to observe a recognized religion’s spiritual or holy day. 30 days’ notice is required. Compassionate care leave: Up to 8 weeks without pay for care or support of a gravely ill family member at risk of dying within 26 weeks. First aid: $25 per month for employees designated to hold a valid Level 1 First Aid Certificate. The union pays course fees for staff designated for first aid training.

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