Doepker Industries

Moose Jaw/Annaheim/Saskatoon, Sask. (120 janitors, operators, technicians, production employees) and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers Intl. Union (USW), Locals 5917-27, 1-184

Doepker Industries
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Renewal agreement: Effective May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2021. Signed on May 1, 2018.

Wage adjustments:

Effective May 1, 2018: 3.25%

Effective May 1, 2019: 2.5%

Effective May 1, 2020: 2.75%

Shift premium: Time and one-half for 1 shift if employer changes shifts without minimum 7 days’ notice. $2.50 per hour for crew chiefs. $1.25 per hour for afternoon shifts. $2 per hour for night shifts.

Paid holidays: 10 days.

Vacations with pay: Employee’s option to use, maximum 1 week of vacation time from second year’s entitlement, to start, 3 weeks or 6% after 1 year, 4 weeks or 8% after 10 years, 5 weeks or 10% after 20 years. Employer will schedule at least 1 winter maintenance period per year between Christmas and New Year holidays. Maintenance periods will be considered vacation time for all employees not scheduled to work, except maintenance staff, cleaning volunteers.

Overtime: Time and one-half for all work after 8 hours per 24-hour period or after 40 hours per week for 8-hour day shifts. Time and one-half for all work after 10 hours per 24-hour period or after 40 hours per week for 10-hour afternoon shifts. Double time for all work after 48 hours per week.

Meal allowance: $12 and 30-minute unpaid break if employer requests employee to work more than 2 hours after current shift (does not apply if request is made day prior to employee’s scheduled shift).

Pension: If employee contributes 2.75%, employer will contribute matching 2.75%; after 5 years of service, if employee contributes 3.75%, employer will contribute matching 3.75%; after 10 years of service, if employee contributes 4.75%, employer will contribute matching 4.75%.

Bereavement leave: 5 days for death in immediate family (spouse, common-law spouse, parent, grandparent, grandchild, child, brother or sister of employee or of spouse). Additional unpaid leave may be given if requested by employee.

Seniority – recall rights: Seniority will be maintained for 6 months in any 4-year period of employee’s temporary transfer to non-scope position; 3 months for employee’s permanent transfer to non-scope position; 90 days for other authorized leaves that are not for purpose of personal commercial business. Recall will be 24 months after probation; 36 months after 3 years of seniority.

Call-in pay: Minimum 3 hours at employee’s regular rate when hours are not consecutive to regularly scheduled shift.

Probationary period: 400 actual in-scope hours worked.

Discipline: Sunset clause is 12 months, with exception of discipline related to official complaint of harassment.

Safety shoes: $400 per year (previously $300 per year) for safety wear (CSA-approved safety boots, welding sleeves or jackets, coveralls, prescription safety glasses) to employees who are required to wear equipment (janitors and courier driver exempt), after 6 months of service.

Uniforms/clothing: Employer will provide leather-faced work gloves, mono goggles (prep and blast), face shields, ear protection, welding gloves, non-prescription safety glasses, welding helmets, respirators, knee pads, safety head protection. $150 for per year (previously $100 per year) for welders, repair-bay technicians, special-projects assistants, manufacturing technicians.

Sample rates of hourly pay (current, after 5.3% increase):

Janitor 1: $13.52 rising 2 steps to $14.24

Janitor 2, courier driver: $15.29 rising 2 steps to $16.10

Senior janitor: $17.98 rising 2 steps to $18.93

Prepper, parts coordinator, shipper/receiver, aftermarket parts assistant: $20.08 rising 2 steps to $21.15

Finisher, riveter, sandblaster, equipment operator, tool-crib clerk, inventory assistant/shipper and receiver, transport operator: $22.48 rising 2 steps to $23.67

Metal fabricator, CNC plasma operator, finisher (limited # required): $23.44 rising 2 steps to $24.68

Repair-bay technician 1: $21.62 rising 2 steps to $22.77

Welder, painter, suspension technician, paint kitchen: $23.44 24.02 24.68

Maintenance technician 1: $18.94 rising 2 steps to $19.94

Maintenance technician 2: $22.75 rising 2 steps to $23.96

Maintenance technician 3: $25.43 rising 2 steps to $26.78

Paint trainer, special-projects assistant, maintenance technician 4: $27.95 rising 2 steps to $29.44

Repair-bay technician 2: $23.79 rising 2 steps to $25.05

Repair-bay technician 3: $25.74 rising 2 steps to $27.11

Manufacturing technician 1: $24.07 rising 2 steps to $25.35

Manufacturing technician 2: $26.02 rising 2 steps to $27.40

Manufacturing technician 3: $28.14 rising 2 steps to $29.63

Editor’s notes: Required training: Employees will be paid regular rates for travel time to attend external training course that is requirement of job, if travel time is on weekend. If travel time extends beyond employee’s regular shift between Monday and Friday, employee will be paid overtime rates. Travel meal allowance: $35 per full day; $8 for breakfast, $12 for lunch, $15 for supper, for meals missed during partial days. Humanity fund: Employer will deduct $0.02 per hour for USW humanity fund.

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