Camrose, Alta. (95 operators, maintenance employees) and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union (USW), Local 1-207
Renewal agreement: Effective Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2021. Ratified on April 10, 2019. Signed on April 10, 2019.
Shift premium: $1.50 per hour for lead-hands. $1 per hour for hours worked during afternoon shifts. $1.50 per hour for hours worked during night shifts. $0.25 per hour for employer-designated first-aid personnel.
Paid holidays: 11 days.
Vacations with pay: 1 day per month, maximum 10 days, to start, 3 weeks or 6% after 1 year, 4 weeks or 8% after 5 years, 5 weeks or 10% after 17 years, 6 weeks or 12% after 25 years.
Overtime: Time and one-half for work on Saturday or plant holidays, while on 8-hour shifts; double time after 4 hours of overtime, on Sundays. Time and one-half for all work in excess of regular daily hours; double time after 2 hours of overtime, while on 10-hour shifts. Time and one-half for first 8 hours worked on first scheduled day off; double time thereafter.
Dental: 90% reimbursement for preventative. 80% reimbursement for endodontics, periodontics. 70% reimbursement for dentures, denture repair. 70% reimbursement for crown, bridges.
Vision: Coverage of $400 per employee or dependant over 2-year period with no carry-over.
STD: Coverage of 66 2/3% of weekly equivalent of annual maximum insurable earnings.
LTD: Employee pays 100% of premiums for coverage of 66 2/3% of earnings
AD&D: Coverage of 1-times annual earnings, maximum $1,000,000.
Life insurance: Coverage of 1-times annual earnings, maximum $1,000,000.
Pension: Employer will contribute $3.05 per hour (previously $2.90 per hour) into group RRSP.
Bereavement leave: 3 days for death in immediate family (wife, husband, common-law spouse, mother, father, children, stepchildren, stepparents, brother, sister, grandparents, grandchildren, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandparents-in-law). Employer may approve unpaid time off, maximum 1 day for death not in immediate family.
Seniority – recall rights: 12 months to start; 24 months after 1 year of service; 30 months after 5 years of service; 36 months after 8 years of service.
Call-in pay: Time and one-half, minimum 3 hours’ pay.
Probationary period: 600 hours worked in 12 consecutive months.
Safety shoes: Employer will reimburse actual costs for safety boots, maximum $200, after 6 months of service. All employees are required to wear approved protective footwear when working at plant. Employees who do not own safety boots will be required to buy safety boots. 1-year carryover for any unused boot reimbursement. Based on 1 pair for inside employees; 2 pairs for maintenance employees; 1 summer, 1 winter pair for employees who work full-time in yard (4 consecutive months).
Uniforms/clothing: Employer will provide hard hats and liners for winter, mitts and liners, lined gloves and unlined gloves, rain gear, steel-toed rubber boots (replacement on exchange basis with fair wear and tear), safety glasses, hearing protection for outside use; hard hats, 2 types of masks (dust and respirator), rubber gloves, unlined gloves, safety glasses, rain suit for acid booth, hearing protection for inside use.
Sample rates of hourly pay (current, after 2% increase):
Class 1 (new-hire rate)
Start rate to 600 hours: $19.24 rising 2 steps to $19.62
600 hours to 1,500 hours: $20.25 rising 2 steps to $20.66
1,500 hours to 2,600 hours: $21.26 rising 2 steps to $21.69
2,600 hours to 3,500 hours: $22.28 rising 2 steps to $22.72
Utility labourer: $26.31 rising 2 steps to $26.84
Kick-off operator: $26.95 rising 2 steps to $27.49
Grinding station operator/HPCC kick-off/yard signal person: $27.60 rising 2 steps to $28.16
Acid-water treatment operator/holiday-inspection operator/maintenance labourer: $29.91 rising 2 steps to $30.51
Small fork-truck operator/banding-truck operator/assistant Wheelabrator operator/preheat operator/outside tallyman/Bobcat operator/beveling machine operator: $32.18 rising 2 steps to $32.82
Assistant FBE operator: $33.47 rising 2 steps to $34.15
Wheelabrator operator/inside tallyman/grader operator/extruder operator/storekeeper: $33.47 rising 2 steps to $34.15
Large forklift operator: $36.06 rising 2 steps to $36.78
FBE operator: $37.34 rising 2 steps to $38.09
Crane operator: $39.05 rising 2 steps to $39.84
Licensed tradesman: $45 rising 2 steps to $45.90
First-year apprentice: 60% of journeyman rate
Second-year apprentice: 70% of journeyman rate
Third-year apprentice: 80% of journeyman rate
Fourth-year apprentice: 90% of journeyman rate
Editor’s notes: Safety glasses: Employer will reimburse employees $350-per-year maximum, for prescription safety glasses (1-year carry-over is allowed). Education fund: Employer will contribute $0.05 per hour per employee for each hour worked to United Steelworkers, Local Union 1-207 Education Fund for education, training of union members. Humanity fund: Employer will contribute $0.02 per hour per employee for each hour worked to United Steelworkers Humanity Fund.