Halifax Regional Water Commission

Sackville, N.S. (110 inside employees) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1431

Click here to view the original collective agreement.

Renewal agreement: Effective Nov. 1, 2013, to Oct. 31, 2018. Signed on Aug. 17, 2015.

Wage adjustments:

Effective Nov. 1, 2013: 1.5%

Effective Nov. 1, 2014: 1.5%

Effective Nov. 1, 2015: 2.25%

Effective Nov. 1, 2016: 1.5%

Effective Nov. 1, 2017: 2.25%

Shift premium: Double time for employees working the night shift.

Paid holidays: 12 days.

Vacations with pay: 1 1/4 days per month worked to start, 3 weeks after1 year, 4 weeks after 5 years, 5 weeks after 12 years and 6 weeks after 20 years.

Overtime: Time and one-half.

Meal allowance: $17 when employee is required to work overtime.

Sick leave: 1 1/2 days per month to a maximum of 200 days. Employees claiming sick leave must, if requested, provide a certificate or medical prognosis from a physician after 5 consecutive working days of illness. $500 incentive for employees who use no sick leave. $400 incentive for employees who use 1-2 days of sick leave. $300 for employees who use 3-4 days of sick leave.

Bereavement leave: 7 days for employee’s spouse, father, mother, foster parent, brother, sister, son, daughter, former guardian, ward, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, stepparent, stepchild, grandparent, grandchild or any relative permanently living with the employee. 2 days for employee’s brother-in-law, sister-in-law, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece. 2 additional days if the service takes place outside of the province.

Seniority – recall rights: 18 months.

Probationary period: 90 days.

Discipline: Sunset clause is 2 years.

Sample rates of pay (current, after 2.25% increase):

GIS analyst: $31.96 per hour rising in 3 steps to $37.19

Information services technician: $31.04 rising in 3 steps to $36.20

Water treatment technician: $29.66 rising in 3 steps to $34.90

Cross connection control technologist: $28.22 rising in 3 steps to $33.21

Accountant: $28.22 rising in 3 steps to $33.21

Data analyst: $28.22 rising in 3 steps to $33.21

Source water planner: $28.22 rising in 3 steps to $33.21

Asset management data analyst: $28.22 rising in 3 steps to $33.21

Wet weather data analyst: $28.22 rising in 3 steps to $33.21

Engineering technologist II (project): $28.22 rising in 3 steps to $33.21

Engineering technologist II (planning): $28.22 rising in 3 steps to $33.21

Environmental engineering/pollution prevention officer: $28.22 rising in 3 steps to $33.21

Procurement officer: $28.22 rising in 3 steps to $33.21

Engineering assistant/sewage & drainage inspector: $28.22 rising in 3 steps to $33.21

IS support technician II: $25.45 rising in 3 steps to $29.95

Compliance inspector: $25.45 rising in 3 steps to $29.95

Land management – engineering technician: $25.45 rising in 3 steps to $29.95

Engineering technologist I: $25.45 rising in 3 steps to $29.95

Water quality inspector: $25.45 rising in 3 steps to $29.95

Billing coordinator: $23.63 rising in 3 steps to $27.81

Engineering information technologist I: $23.34 rising in 3 steps to $27.47

Meter reader coordinator: $23.34 rising in 3 steps to $27.47

Operations support: $22.02 rising in 2 steps to $25.89

Float relief clerk: $22.02 rising in 2 steps to $25.89

Operations support – locates: $22.02 rising in 2 steps to $25.89

Work advisor: $22.02 rising in 2 steps to $25.89

Information support services technician I: $22.02 rising in 2 steps to $25.89

Accounting support: $20.69 rising in 2 steps to $24.34

Billing edit clerk: $20.69 rising in 2 steps to $24.34

Collection clerk: $20.69 rising in 2 steps to $24.34

Customer service representative: $19.35 rising in 3 steps to $23.54

Editor’s notes: Layoff: 1 week’s notice to start, 2 weeks’ notice for employees with 2 years’ seniority, 4 weeks’ notice for employees with 6 years’ seniority and 8 weeks’ notice for employees with 10 years’ seniority.

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