RMWB Transit

Fort McMurray, Alta. (111 operators, maintenance, customer service employees) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 1505

RMWB Transit
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Renewal agreement: Effective Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2023. Ratified on April 2, 2020. Signed on Dec. 2, 2020.

Wage adjustments:

Effective Jan. 1, 2019: 2.77%

Effective Jan. 1, 2020: 1.25%

Shift premium: Basic rate for current classification or basic rate of job to which employee is temporarily assigned, whichever is higher, for employee temporarily assigned to work classification either higher or lower than current classification.

Paid holidays: 11 days, plus 2 personal floater days per year (previously 1 personal floater day per year) must be taken in first 13 pay periods of year. Personal floater days cannot be carried over.

Vacations with pay: 3 weeks to start, 4 weeks after 5 years, 5 weeks after 10 years, 6 weeks after 15 years for employees working 8-hour and 10-hours shifts and 40 hours per week. 10.5 shifts to start, 14 shifts after 5 years, 17.5 shifts after 10 years, 21 shifts after 15 years for employees working 12-hour shifts and 42 hours per week. Employee will be permitted to carry 1 week of vacation into following year.

Overtime: Time and one-half for all work after 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week. May be taken as time off in lieu.

Medical benefits: Employer pays 100% of premiums for Alberta health care, extended health care.

Dental: Employer pays 100% of premiums.

Sick leave: One-half day of health recovery leave per month (0.07 hours for every hour worked for permanent part-time employees), maximum 55 days total accrual. Employee, who is required to attend medical specialist appointment or medical service which is unavailable in community, may use 1 day of health recovery leave for travel and attending appointment or service per occurrence, maximum 2 days per year.

STD: Employee pays 100% of premiums.

LTD: Employee pays 100% of premiums.

AD&D: Employee pays 100% of premiums.

Life insurance: Employee pays 100% of premiums.

Pension: Eligible employees will be enrolled in Local Authorities Pension Plan following completion of probation period.

Bereavement leave: 4 days for death of parent, stepparent, current spouse, brother, sister, stepsiblings, child, foster-child, stepchildren, niece, nephew, aunt, uncle, guardian, legal ward, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchild, grandparent, grandparent of current spouse. Additional 2 days may be given for travel outside province. Employee may use 1 or more days immediately following death and remaining days to attend funeral, burial, memorial service or celebration of life scheduled at later date.

Seniority – recall rights: 12 months following layoff; 120 days when promoted to permanent position outside bargaining unit. 24 continuous months (from first day of absence as result of disability) when employee is not capable of resuming work.

Probationary period: 4 months; 3 months for part-time employee who is awarded permanent position as full-time employee.

Discipline: Sunset clause is 24 months from date of discipline letter.

Severance: 2 week’s pay for each complete year of service since May 22, 2015, plus prorated amount for any partial year.

Safety shoes: $75 per year; $150 per year where conditions of employment require safety footwear for CSA-approved safety footwear (excluding rubber boots).

Uniforms/clothing: Employer will supply 2 pairs of trousers; 5 shirts (short- or long-sleeves); 2 ties; 1 sweater; 1 3-in-1 jacket; 1 wind pants; 1 toque (winter hat).

Sample rates of hourly pay (current, after 1.25% increase):


Start-rate first 12 months: $36.89 rising 1 step to $37.35

Full-rate 12 months: $43.40 rising 1 step to $43.94

Labourer, shelter maintenance

Start-rate first 12 months: $38.09 rising 1 step to $38.57

Full-rate 12 months: $44.81 rising 1 step to $45.37

Customer service representative

Start-rate first 12 months: $38.09 rising 1 step to $38.57

Full-rate 12 months: $44.81 rising 1 step to $45.37

Transit technician

Start-rate first 12 months: $40.72 rising 1 step to $41.24

Full-rate 12 months: $47.91 rising 1 step to $48.51

Transit operator (conventional, specialized)

Start-rate first 12 months: $40.72 rising 1 step to $41.24

Full-rate 12 months: $47.91 rising 1 step to $48.51

Editor’s notes: Training: Employer will pay required fees and for time spent in attendance at course(s) at regular hourly rate for employees who are required to attend required course(s). Initial additional/ongoing training: Employer will provide initial training to all new operators prior to assigning them transit routes, paid at $18 per hour for all hours spent training. Cost of living allowance: $480, paid on biweekly basis, due to excessive costs of living in Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

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