K-Right Communications/Access Communications (carrying on business as Eastlink)

Halifax (15 technicians) and Unifor, Local 919M

K-Right Communications/Access Communications (carrying on business as Eastlink)
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Renewal agreement: Effective Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2023. Signed on April 27, 2021.

Wage adjustments:

Effective Oct. 1, 2020: 1.5%

Effective Oct. 1, 2021: 1.5%

Effective Oct. 1, 2022: 1.5%

Shift premium: 15% for all hours worked between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. except when those hours are being worked by employee on night shift (shift that starts between 9:30 p.m. and 2 a.m.), and occurs at least 5 nights per week on continuous or rotating ongoing basis, in which case differential will not be paid.

Paid holidays: 10 days.

Vacations with pay: 10 days after 1 year, 15 days after 3 years, 20 days after 10 years. 0.83 days’ vacation for each month worked before Sept. 1 for employees hired before Sept. 1 in any year. Vacation may be carried over in exceptional circumstances; all carried over vacation must be used by Nov. 1.

Overtime: Time and one-half for time worked, either immediately preceding or immediately following employee’s scheduled tour of duty.

Meal allowance: $20 for employee working at least 2 hours beyond regularly scheduled tour of duty, paid in 15-minute increments.

Medical benefits: Employer pays 50% of premiums, employee pays 50% of premiums. As condition of employment, employee will join plan after 3 months of service.

Sick leave: Employees — on completion of probationary period — will be entitled to receive sick leave in minimum increments of 4 hours, maximum 56 hours accumulated during fiscal year. Sick leave will accrue at 4.67 hours per month of service.

Pension: Employer will match any employee’s contribution to employer pension, maximum 4.5% of employee’s normal weekly earnings, excluding overtime, standby, call-in, other fringe benefits. As condition of employment, employee will join plan after 1 year of service.

Bereavement leave: 7 calendar days’ leave immediately following death of employee’s spouse, common-law spouse, child, father, mother, brother, sister; employee will be paid for all regularly scheduled shifts during 7-calendar-day period. 3 working days for death of mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandparents, grandchildren, any other relative residing with employee. Absences will be extended by 1 day when full day’s travel is required.

Seniority – recall rights: 6 months after layoffs; 12 months for leave of absence or for employee who is promoted to position outside bargaining unit.

Call-in pay: Minimum 2 hours of pay at overtime rate regardless of time recorded on employee’s time card for first hour. In addition, payments of 1 bonus hour at applicable overtime rate of time and one-half for each fourth hour worked on particular call-in will be made.

Probationary period: 180 days of continuous compensated service.

Discipline: Sunset clause is 24 months for any record of discipline.

Safety shoes: $215 inclusive of HST, per year for all employees required to wear safety footwear.

Sample rates of hourly pay (current, after 1.5% increase):

Advanced system tech

Level 1: $26.70 rising 1 step to $27.11

Level 2: $27.69 rising 1 step to $28.10

Level 3: $28.70 rising 1 step to $29.13

Level 4: $29.66 rising 1 step to $30.10

Level 5: $30.66 rising 1 step to $31.12

System tech

Level 1: $22.55 rising 1 step to $22.89

Level 2: $23.36 rising 1 step to $23.71

Level 3: $24.15 rising 1 step to $24.51

Level 4: $24.89 rising 1 step to $25.26

Level 5: $25.70 rising 1 step to $26.09

Service tech

Level 1: $18.58 rising 1 step to $18.86

Level 2: $19.36 rising 1 step to $19.65

Level 3: $20.17 rising 1 step to $20.47

Level 4: $20.94 rising 1 step to $21.25

Level 5: $21.76 rising 1 step to $22.09

Editor’s notes: Standby: $250 for standby period (pay is not part of employee’s regular rate and will not be included in premium calculations). Prorated rate of $35.71 per day may be used to reduce rate due to authorized absence and compensate any replacement. Employee will be paid time and one-half for minimum 2 hours for each separate occasion employee is called except that employee will be paid maximum 2 hours of pay for each phone call from Workforce, NOC or employee’s technical manager/director of operations in any 2-hour period. Test equipment: Employees will be responsible for lost test equipment, maximum $150 if it is determined by employer that loss was due to employee negligence. Paid education leave: Employer will contribute $800 per year on behalf of workers for paid education leave.

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