Lethbridge, Alta. (137 production 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 Dec. 1, 2019 to Nov. 30, 2023. Ratified on April 21, 2021. Signed on April 21, 2021.
Effective Dec. 1, 2019: 1%
Effective Dec. 1, 2020: 1%
Effective Dec. 1, 2021: 1%
Effective Dec. 1, 2022: 1%
Shift premium: $0.50 per hour for employee working on shift other than regularly scheduled day shift (not paid for any shifts starting within 2 hours of regularly scheduled shift). $0.50 per hour for designated first-aid persons. $2 dollars per hour for designated lead-hands.
Paid holidays: 12 days plus day before Christmas.
Vacations with pay: 2 weeks or 5% after 1 year, 3 weeks or 7% after 5 years, 4 weeks or 9% after 10 years, 5 weeks or 11% after 15 years, 6 weeks or 13% after 25 years.
Overtime: Time and one-half for hours worked after 8 hours per day and double time for any hours worked after 10 hours per day, Monday through Friday. Time and one-half for work on Saturday or Sunday, if statutory holiday occurs during workweek and employees work to make up for time lost. Time and one-half for work on Saturday; double time after 4 hours of work and on Sunday, when weekend days are rest days.
Dental: Employer pays 100% of premiums. Coverage of 80% for basic; 50% for major orthodontic; 50% for crown, bridgework. Basic, major allows for $3,000 maximum per person, per year. Orthodontics allows for maximum $3,000 per person lifetime. Becomes effective 1 year after date of hire.
Vision: Employer pays 100% of premiums. Maximum $225 per employee or dependant in 24-month period for purchase of lenses and frames or contact lenses when prescribed by person legally qualified to make prescription.
AD&D: Employer pays 100% of premiums for coverage of $125,000.
Life insurance: Employer pays 100% of premiums for coverage of $125,000.
Pension: Employer will contribute — for those employees choosing and with 1 or more years of service — 2.5% of gross annual earnings; each employee will contribute 0.5% of gross earnings in each pay period to registered pension plan (RPP); employees will be allowed to contribute more than 0.5% if they so choose.
Bereavement leave: 3 days for death in immediate family (father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, stepparents, stepchildren, spouse, common law spouse, child, brother, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepsiblings, grandfather, grandmother, grandchild, grandparents-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews).
Seniority – recall rights: 6 months to start; 18 months, plus 2 additional months for each year of service, after 1 year of seniority.
Call-in pay: Minimum 4 hours’ pay at double time or actual hours worked at double time.
Discipline: Sunset clause is 1,040 worked hours for warning slips; 2,080 worked hours for warning slips for major violations of employer’s plant rules and policies. If additional warning slips for major violations are handed out, both or all will remain on file for 2,080 worked hours from date of issuance of last warning.
Severance: 5 days’ pay (1 day is defined as 8 hours of straight-time pay) for each year of service and thereafter for partial years in increments of months of service with employer, maximum 8 weeks’ pay.
Safety shoes: $100 payment (previously $175 per year) for boot and clothing allowance, paid on first pay period following May 31 and first pay period following Nov. 30 of each year.
Uniforms/clothing: Employer will provide: dust mask, respirators, safety goggles, face shields, welder’s aprons, ear plugs, coveralls, gloves, hard hat, knee pads, earmuffs. Employees who post into painter or mud/tape positions will be provided 2 pairs of coveralls per year. Employer will purchase small inventory of parkas, rain jackets, rain pants for employees working outside during inclement weather.
Tool allowance: Employer will replace broken and worn-out tools.
Sample rates of hourly pay (current, after 1% increase):
1 first 480 hours: $18.18 rising 1 step to $18.36
2 next 800 hours: $19.19 rising 1 step to $19.38
2 next 800 hours: $20.71 rising 1 step to $20.91
2 next 800 hours: $22.73 rising 1 step to $22.95
3 production (group A: cabinet set/cabinet shop/carpet installation/ceilings/ceiling set, exterior, doors and windows, exterior sheathing, final finish/floors lino/interior panels panel work off/janitor/laminate room/material handlers receivers/moulding interior doors/painter/partition set/roofing/shipper/sidewalls/truss press/walls): $26.50 rising 1 step to $26.76
4 (trades/drywall/electrical/plumbing/plumbing tester/apprentice welders): $27.08 rising 1 step to $27.35
5 (welders class 1 and 2/pool crew): $$27.66 rising 1 step to $27.94
6 journeymen: $28.18 rising 1 step to $28.46
7 (CWB welder supervisor/maintenance): $28.80 rising 1 step to $29.08
Editor’s notes: Humanity fund: Employer will deduct $0.40 per hour weekly from wages of all employees as charitable donation to humanity fund. Recall bonus: If layoff is less than or equal to 2 weeks, no recall bonus will be paid and employees will receive pay for statutory holidays; if layoff has been greater than 2 weeks, recall bonus calculated by way of amount of wages that would have been payable with respect to any statutory holidays falling during such layoff (maximum 4 statutory holidays). Education trust fund: Employer will contribute $0.03 per hour worked per employee to education fund. Seniority bonus: $0.05 per hour actually worked after 5 years of years of service; $0.15 per hour actually worked after 10 years of years of service; $0.30 per hour actually worked after 15 years of years of service; $0.50 per hour actually worked after 20 years of years of service.