Shaw Communications (White Rock)

White Rock, B.C. (36 technicians) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 213

Shaw Communications (White Rock)
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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 time or occasion spent above 40 feet for all employees climbing, descending, working on tower, pole, side of building. Minimum 1 hour of pay at double time on any 1 day that employee works high time or accumulated time spent, whichever is greater, for employees working from scaffold from ground level (roof will constitute ground) higher than 40 feet. Minimum 1 hour of pay at double time when foreman decides there is hazard to safety of employee. 10% of hourly rate (straight-time pay) for all hours worked on Sunday. 10% of hourly rate (straight-time) for all hours worked on afternoon shift (between noon and 11 p.m.). 15% of hourly rate (straight time) for all hours worked on special-projects shift and for night shift (between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m.). Employee will be paid at overtime rate for all hours worked which fall within 16-hour change-over time period when employee is designated as replacement and changes shifts with less than 16 hours off job between end of prior work period and start of newly assigned work period. 10% above journeyman broadband network technician for A foreman; 5% above journeyman broadband network technician for B foreman; 10% above journeyman broadband network technician for in-charge premium.

Paid holidays: 12 days plus one-half day on Christmas Eve; one-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 16 years, 5 weeks plus 2 days or 10.8% after 17 years, 5 weeks plus 3 days or 11.2% after 18 years, 5 weeks plus 4 days or 11.6% after 19 years, 6 weeks or 12% after 20 years for employees hired before Sept. 9, 1993.

Overtime: 200% for any time worked in excess of scheduled hours in 1 day or in regular workweek. Time may be banked and taken as time off in lieu, maximum 10 banked days per year. Employee will be paid out for any banked overtime in January of following calendar year; banked overtime cannot be carried forward from 1 calendar year to next.

Meal allowance: Maximum $16 plus 1 paid meal period of one-half hour at prevailing rate; thereafter at 4-hour intervals, when employee works more than 2 hours beyond regular workday. Any unscheduled early morning start before regular starting time entitles employee to 1 paid meal, maximum breakfast limit of $13.

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

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); 5 days if employee has to travel outside province. 3 days for death in immediate family of employee’s spouse.

Seniority – recall rights: 6 months for promotions, lateral moves 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 of pay for each year of service to employees who become redundant due to automation or introduction of new methods, equipment or organization.

Uniforms/clothing: Employer will make available to each employee who is required to climb, initial set of climbing gear (body belt, pole strap, 1 set of climbers).

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

Mileage: $0.40 per direct-line kilometre for travelling time; if transportation is not provided by employer, additional $0.125 per direct-line kilometre for travelling expenses.

Sample rates of hourly pay (current, after 7.2% increase):

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

Sample rates of pay (current):

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): 90%

Editor’s notes: Standby pay: 3 hours’ pay at straight-time rates for each 24 hours of standby for employee who is scheduled to standby duty. When employee on standby is called out beyond hours of regular work day, additional work time will be paid at overtime rates. Personal leave days: 6 days per year at 80% (previously 75%) pay per day. Effective March 24, 2021: 85%. Effective March 24, 2022: 90%. Effective March 24, 2023: 100%. Employees may carry forward unused days, maximum 5 banked days, in any 1 calendar year. Educational reimbursement: Employer will reimburse employee’s tuition, required textbook costs, maximum $1,200 per year, for approved accredited courses.

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