Shaw Cable (North Shore)

North Vancouver, B.C. (55 technical employees) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 213

Shaw Cable (North Shore)
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Renewal agreement: Effective March 24, 2019 to March 23, 2024. Signed on Dec. 15, 2019.

Shift premium: Double time, minimum 1 hour, for any time spent higher than 40 feet for employees climbing, descending, working on tower, pole, side of building, working from scaffold. Double time, minimum 1 hour, when foreman decides there is hazard to safety of employee. 10% for all hours worked on Sunday. 10% for all hours worked on afternoon shift between noon and 11 p.m. 15% for all hours worked on special projects shift to employees working on plant maintenance, construction, head-end work (4 a.m. to noon shift may be scheduled). 15% for all hours worked on night shift starting on or after 11 p.m. and ending at or before 8 a.m. Overtime rates for all hours worked which fall within 16-hour change-over for employee who changes shifts with less than 16 hours off job between end of his previously work period and start of newly assigned work period. 10% above journeyman broadband network technician for A foremen; 5% above journeyman broadband network technician for B foremen. 5% above journeyman broadband network technician for in-charge premium.

Paid holidays: 12 days, plus half-day on Christmas Eve, half-day on New Year’s Eve.

Vacations with pay: 3 weeks or 6% after 1 year, 3 weeks plus 1 day or 6.4% after 6 years, 3 weeks plus 2 days or 6.8% after 7 years, 3 weeks plus 3 days or 7.2% after 8 years, 3 weeks plus 4 days or 7.6% after 9 years, 4 weeks or 8% after 10 years, 4 weeks plus 1 day or 8.4% after 11 years, 4 weeks plus 2 days or 8.8% after 12 years, 4 weeks plus 3 days or 9.2% after 13 years, 4 weeks plus 4 days or 9.6% after 14 years, 5 weeks or 10% after 15 years, 5 weeks plus 1 day or 10.4% after 20 years, 5 weeks plus 2 days or 10.8% after 25 years for employees hired after Sept. 9, 1993.

Overtime: 200% of regular rate for time worked in excess of scheduled hours in 1 day or in regular workweek or any statutory holiday. May be banked, maximum 10 banked days per year. Banked overtime cannot be carried forward from 1 calendar year to next and employee will be paid out for any banked overtime in January of following year.

Meal allowance: Employer will provide hot meal at no cost to employee, maximum $16, plus paid meal period of one-half hour and thereafter at 4-hour intervals for employee who works more than 2 hours beyond regular workday (maximum $13 for breakfast for work before regularly scheduled hours).

Medical benefits: Employer will make monthly contributions ($302.41 for family; $296.40 for couple; $216.76 for single) into B.C. Medical Services Plan and union’s health and welfare plan.

Pension: Employer will contribute 9.795% of annual earnings, employee will contribute 3% of annual earnings to RRSP.

Bereavement leave: 3 days for death in immediate family (parents, spouse, children, brothers, sisters, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandparents, spouse’s grandparents. Blood relatives living under same roof as employee will be considered immediate family). Additional 2 days if employee travels outside of province. 3 unpaid days for death in immediate family of spouse.

Seniority – recall rights: 6 months for absences; promotions outside bargaining unit.

Call-in pay: Minimum 2 hours of pay at overtime rates, from time employee leaves home, until employee arrives back at home.

Probationary period: 180 calendar days.

Severance: 9 days pay for each year of service to employees who become redundant due to automation or introduction of new methods, equipment or organization. Employee can elect to defer claiming severance for maximum 3 months. During deferment period, employee will be afforded opportunity to be trained for other suitable positions which become available.

Uniforms/clothing: Employer will provide initial set of climbing gear (body belt, pole strap, 1 set of climbers) to each employee who is required to climb. Employer may also issue personal set of climbing gear to each employee who is required to climb or ensure that each truck contains 1 set.

Tool allowance: Employer will replace tools broken or worn out in service of employer.

Mileage: $0.40 per kilometre for travelling time ($0.125 per kilometre for travelling expenses if transportation is not provided by employer) when employees report to work outside of free zone to reach reporting station or job at regular starting times.

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

Technical wage scale: $38.49 rising 4 steps to $41.26

Apprentice broadband network technicians

First term 6 months: 60%

Second term 6 months: 65%

Third term 6 months: 70%

Fourth term 6 months: 75%

Fifth term 6 months: 80%

Sixth term 6 months: 85%

Seventh term 6 months: 90%

Eighth term 6 months: 95% (examination level)


First term 6 months: 50%

Second term 6 months: 55%

Third term 6 months: 60%

Fourth term 6 months: 65%

Fifth term 6 months: 70%

Sixth term 6 months: 75%

Seventh term 6 months: 80%

Eighth term 6 months: 85%

Ninth term 6 months: 85%

Editor’s notes: Provincially sponsored school: Employer will gross-up, maximum 85%, of apprentice’s regular day rate, for all regular work days apprentice attends provincially sponsored day school such as CATV 1 or 2 or equivalent. Standby pay: 3 hours of straight-time pay for each 24 hours on standby. When employee on standby is called out beyond hours of regular work day, additional work time will be paid at overtime rates. Educational reimbursement: Employer will reimburse employee’s tuition, required textbook costs (maximum $1,200 per year) for approved, accredited courses.

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