Champlain, Ont. (179 manufacturing employees) and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union (USW), Local 8794
Renewal agreement: Effective Jan. 10, 2020 to Jan. 9, 2025. Ratified in January 2020. Signed on Dec. 19, 2019.
Effective Jan. 10, 2020: 2%
Effective Jan. 10, 2021: 2%
Effective Jan. 10, 2022: 2%
Effective Jan. 10, 2023: 2%
Effective Jan. 10, 2024: 2%
Shift premium: $0.45 per hour for afternoon shift. $0.65 per hour for night shift. $1.35 per hour for Sundays, rising 3 steps to $1.50 per hour (previously $1.25 per hour). 20% of employee’s hourly rate for duration of delay when successful applicant is not transferred to new position within 4 months of being awarded position. Time and one-half for first shift (unless employee has received 36-hour prior notice) for employee who is asked by employer to change shift or work outside of regularly scheduled hours during normal work-week
Paid holidays: 12 days.
Vacations with pay: 1 day for each complete month of continuous service, maximum 10 days, to start, 2 weeks after 1 year, 3 weeks after 3 years, 4 weeks after 10 years, 5 weeks after 16 years.
Overtime: Time and one-half for authorized hours in excess of regular daily and weekly hours, but not both. Double time for work on paid holiday in addition to holiday pay. Double time for work on Sunday (outside of normal shift). Employee who accepts overtime shift and who subsequently is absent for shift without valid reason, will be charged twice number of hours missed as refused overtime.
Meal allowance: $14 for employees who work 2 hours of unscheduled overtime after his regular work period. Second meal will be provided from same basis upon working 6 consecutive hours of overtime.
Medical benefits: Company pays 80% of premiums, employee pays 20% of premiums.
Dental: Company pays 80% of premiums, employee pays 20% of premiums of basic coverage. Coverage of $3,000 maximum per person per calendar year.
Vision: Company pays 80% of premiums, employee pays 20% of premiums for coverage of $375 rising 4 steps to $400.
Paramedical: $60 per visit, combined maximum of $1,500 per person per year for osteopath/naturopath/chiropractor/acupuncturist/massotherapist/dietician. 1 X-ray per year, maximum $45.
Weekly indemnity: Company pays 80% of premiums, employee pays 20% of premiums for 66 2/3% of regular earnings up to 26 weeks.
LTD: Company pays 80% of premiums, employee pays 20% of premiums for benefits up to 10 years. Coverage of $1,420 per month rising 4 steps to $1,500 per month.
AD&D: Company pays 80% of premiums, employee pays 20% of premiums.
Life insurance: Company pays 80% of premiums for employee, spouses, and children, employee pays 20% of premiums for coverage of $55,000.
Pension: DB plan for employees hired before Jan. 10, 2006. DC plan for subsequently hired employees – company pays 2% of wages and matches employee contribution up to 4%.
Bereavement leave: 4 consecutive paid days for death of parent, sibling, spouse, child, grandparent, grandchild, parent-in-law, stepparent, including day after funeral or memorial service. 4 consecutive days, of which 1 will be paid, for death of sibling-in-law, stepchild, child-in-law, parent’s spouse who is not stepparent. Leave of absence of 1 day without pay or less may be given with verbal agreement by foreman, without affecting seniority. Longer duration for personal reason may be given if requested in writing, is well-founded and doesn’t hinder operations.
Seniority – recall rights: 36 months for layoff, absence due to non-industrial sickness or non-industrial accident; 12 months for transfer to non-bargaining unit job.
Call-in pay: Time and one-half after leaving company premises after completing full shift, or double time on scheduled or non-scheduled holiday. Minimum 4 hours when called in for meeting on off-day.
Probationary period: 520 working hours.
Severance: 1 week’s pay for each year of service in first 5 years; 1.25 weeks’ pay for each year after 5 years; 1.5 weeks’ pay for each year after 15 years; 2 weeks’ pay for each year after 15 years, up to 60 weeks’ pay maximum.
Uniforms/clothing: Employer will supply safety glasses as approved by joint health and safety committee. Employer will pay price of first pair of prescription safety glasses as approved by joint health and safety committee and replacement lenses when deteriorated through normal use at work. Employer supplies PPE and clothing on approved list.
Sample rates of hourly pay (current, after 6% increase):
Class 1: $27.18 rising 3 steps to $28.85
Class 5: $28.11 rising 3 steps to $29.83
Class 10: $29.27 rising 3 steps to $31.06
Class 15: $30.43 rising 3 steps to $32.29
Class 20: $31.59 rising 3 steps to $33.52
Class 25: $32.75 rising 3 steps to $34.76
Class 30: $33.91 rising 3 steps to $35.98
Trade job class 124: $32.60 rising 3 steps to $34.59
Trade job class 130: $33.99 rising 3 steps to $36.07
Trade job class 137: $35.61 rising 3 steps to $37.79
Trade job class 150: $38.47 rising 3 steps to $40.83
Lead-hands: 7 job class increments above highest paid classification of any employee under them
Editor’s notes: Meetings: 4 hours minimum or overtime, whichever is greater, for employee who is called for meeting on off-day.