City of Ottawa

Ottawa (6,320 inside and outside employees) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 503

Click here to view the original collective agreement.
Renewal agreement: Effective Jan. 1, 2014, to Dec. 3,1 2015. Signed on May 19, 2015.

Wage adjustments
:
Effective Jan. 1, 2014: 1.93%
Effective Jan. 1, 2015: 1.75%
Effective May 19, 2015: 0.25%

Shift premium:
7% premium for employees working on a rotating shift schedule. 7% premium for employees working on Saturday or Sunday. Premium pay provisions do not apply to parks, recreation and culture department employees.

Paid holidays:
12 days.

Vacations with pay:
3 weeks to start, 4 weeks after 6 years, 5 weeks after 16 years, 6 weeks after 22 years and 7 weeks after 30 years.  

Overtime:
Time and one-half for all hours worked beyond 16 hours in any 24-hour period. Double time for all hours worked on a statutory holiday.

Meal allowance:
$9 after 3 hours of overtime.

Medical benefits:
Employer pays 100% of premiums for Extended Health Care Plan, including semi-private coverage, paramedical services, psychologist, physiotherapist, chiropractor, osteopath, chiropodist, podiatrist, naturopath, speech therapist, masseur and acupuncturist combined to a maximum of $1,250 per year.

Dental
: Employer pays 75% of premiums. Coverage includes 90% reimbursement for basic services, 80% reimbursement for dentures and 50% reimbursement for major restorative services. 50% reimbursement for orthodontics to a $3,000 lifetime maximum.

Vision
: Employer pays 100% of premiums to a maximum of $80 ever 2 years for eye exams.

LTD:
Employer pays 100% of premiums with benefits of 75% of employee’s salary commencing 17 weeks after initial date of disability.

AD&D
: Employer pays 100% of premiums for coverage at the level of 2 times regular salary with a minimum coverage of $100,000.

Life insurance:
Employer pays 100% of premiums for coverage at the level of 2 times regular salary with a minimum coverage of $100,000.

Bereavement leave:
5 days for employee’s father, mother, spouse, child, brother, sister or grandchild. 3 days for employee’s father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or grandparent.

Seniority – recall rights:
Employee will accumulate seniority during layoff of 1 year or less. Employee will retain but not accumulate seniority during layoff of more than 1 year. Employee will lose seniority if laid off more than 2 years.

Probationary period:
6 months. Probation can be extended an additional 3 months.

Discipline:
Sunset clause is 18 months.

Safety shoes:
$185 for employees required to wear “green patch” footwear and $130 for employees required to wear safety footwear of a lower patch level. Appropriate protective footwear for tree climbers will be provided by the employer.

Sample rates of pay (current, after 0.25% increase):

Waste collection operator: $23.74 per hour
Field supervisor: $31.239
Curbside waste operations clerk: $25.565
Senior waste collection operator: $24.288
Level A home helper: $12.219
Level B home helper: $13.196
Plan 1
Grade 1: $19.939
Grade 2: $20.567
Grade 3: $21.195
Grade 4: $21.822
Grade 5: $22.454
Grade 6: $23.079
Grade 7: $23.707
Grade 8: $24.337
Grade 8: $24.967
Grade 10: $25.594
Grade 11: $26.223
Grade 12: $26.853
Grade 13: $27.48
Grade 14: $28.106
Grade 15: $28.739
Grade 16: $29.365
Grade 17: $29.994
Grade 18: $30.620
Grade 19: $31.250
Grade 20: $31.878
Grade 21: $32.511
Grade 22: $33.14
Grade 23: $33.764
Grade 24: $34.395
Grade 25: $35.024
Grade 26: $35.651
Plan 2
Grade 1: $17.026 rising in 4 steps to $19.921
Grade 2: $19.198 rising in 4 steps to $21.292
Grade 3: $19.365 rising in 4 steps to $22.664
Grade 4: $20.541 rising in 4 steps to $24.03
Grade 5: $21.708 rising in 4 steps to $25.4
Grade 6: $22.881 rising in 4 steps to $26.768
Grade 7: $24.048 rising in 4 steps to $28.14
Grade 8: $25.221 rising in 4 steps to $29.508
Grade 9: $26.389 rising in 4 steps to $30.877
Grade 10: $27.563 rising in 4 steps to $32.247
Grade 11: $28.731 rising in 4 steps to $33.62
Grade 12: $29.903 rising in 4 steps to $34.985
Grade 13: $31.072 rising in 4 steps to $36.356
Grade 14: $32.240 rising in 4 steps to $37.724
Grade 15: $33.413 rising in 4 steps to $39.096
Grade 16: $34.581 rising in 4 steps to $40.462
Grade 17: $35.753 rising in 4 steps to $41.831
Grade 18: $36.926 rising in 4 steps to $43.206
Grade 19: $38.255 rising in 4 steps to $44.753
Grade 20: $39.769 rising in 4 steps to $46.542
Grade 21: $41.307 rising in 4 steps to $48.325
Grade 22: $42.843 rising in 4 steps to $50.115

Editor’s notes:
On call: 2 hours’ pay at time and one-half for employees on call Monday to Friday. 3 hours’ pay at regular rate for employees on call Saturday or Sunday. Pregnancy leave: 17 weeks. Parental leave: 37 weeks. Isolation leave: Employees isolated from the public by the Medical Officer of Health will be granted paid leave.

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