Saint John Construction Association

Saint John, N.B. | (500 carpenters, apprentices, foreman, tradesmen) and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC), Local 1386

Saint John Construction Association
Click here to view the original collective agreement.

Renewal agreement: Effective Nov. 8, 2020 to June 30, 2025. Signed on Nov. 8, 2020.

Shift premium: 12.5% per hour for afternoon and night shifts.

Paid holidays: 11 days. Vacation pay will be 10%.

Overtime: Double time for time worked on Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays. Double time for work after regular hours of work.

Meal allowance: Hot meal or $25 in lieu of meal, for employees who work more than 2 hours past regular shift and for each subsequent 4 hours thereafter.

Medical benefits: New Brunswick carpenters health insurance trust fund.

Bereavement leave: 7-day leave of absence, without pay, for death of wife, child, mother, father. 4-day leave of absence, without pay, for death of brother, sister, grandparent, grandchild.

Call-in pay: Minimum 4 hours of pay at straight-time basis.

Uniforms/clothing: Employer will provide safety vests/jackets, raincoats, rubber boots, safety helmets, gloves, safety goggles.

Tool allowance: If power tools, patent mitre boxes or staplers are required, they will be supplied by employer.

Mileage: $0.47 per kilometre when employer sends employee to work beyond 15-kilometre free radius zone and employee takes own vehicle.

Sample rates of hourly pay (current, after 8% increase):

Red seal journeyman: $34.02 rising 1 step to $36.75

Scaffold: $32.97 rising 1 step to $35.70

Journeyman: $32.61 rising 1 step to $35.34


First-year (12 months): 75% of journeyman’s rate

First sector completed: 80% of journeyman’s rate

Second sector completed: 85% of journeyman’s rate

Third sector completed: 90% of journeyman’s rate

Editor’s notes: Tide work: When tide work (restrictions imposed on employer engaged in work that is subject to ebb and flow of tides) is required, employees will receive 8 hours of pay for 7 hours worked (at least 12 hours notice will be given to employees prior to beginning of tidal shift work).

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