Nova Scotia Construction Labour Relations Association

Provincewide, excluding Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia (450 operating engineers) and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 721

Renewal agreement: Effective Nov. 1, 2015, to April 30, 2018. Signed on Nov. 12, 2015.

Wage adjustments:

Effective May 1, 2016: 3%
Effective May 1, 2017: 3%
Calculated by CLR.

Shift premium:
30¢ per hour for operators of mobile cranes up to 139-ft. boom. 80¢ per hour for operators of mobile cranes over 139-ft. boom. 80¢ per hour for tower crane operators.

Paid holidays:
10 days.

Vacations with pay:
6% vacation pay and 2% holiday pay in lieu of paid vacation time.

Time and one-half for the first 2 hours of overtime Monday through Friday and double time for all hours worked thereafter. Double time for all overtime hours worked on Saturday and Sunday.

Meal allowance:
$28 after 2 hours of overtime (previously $27). $29 effective May 1, 2017.

Medical benefits:
Employer provides $1.60 per hour worked.

Employer provides $6.20 per hour worked (previously $6.05). $6.35 effective May 1, 2017.

Call-in pay:
Minimum of 2 hours at applicable overtime rate.

Warnings will not be used in progressive discipline after 30 months but will remain on employees’ records.

50¢ per km.

Sample rates of pay (current, after 3% increase):

Crane operators (excluding major industrial projects): $31.66 per hour rising in 5 steps to $36.01
Crane operators (major industrial projects): $34.17 rising in 5 steps to $39.61

Editor’s notes:
Room and board allowance: $121 per day (previously $118). $124 effective May 1, 2017. Safety: Safety hats must be worn by all employees on the jobsite at all times.

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