Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta | (23 operators, labourers, mechanics) and Unifor, Local 530A

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Renewal agreement: Effective April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2025. Signed on April 1, 2022.

Wage adjustments:

Effective April 1, 2022: 4%

Effective April 1, 2023: 3%

Effective April 1, 2024: 2%

Shift premium: $1.67 per hour for all operators who possess fourth-class steam engineer’s certificate or for completion and passing grade of fourth-class power engineer program at NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) only. Effective April 1, 2023: $1.72 per hour. Effective April 1, 2024: $1.76 per hour. $1.94 per hour to employee who assigned to be crew leader for specific assignment and time period.

Paid holidays: 12 days.

Vacations with pay: 1.25 days per month to start, 15 days after 1 year, 20 days after 7 years, 25 days after 16 years, 30 days after 23 years.

Overtime: Double time for all hours worked in excess of normal number of daily hours and for all hours worked on days of rest. Triple time for work on paid holiday for non-shift workers after 7.5 hours of work or for shift workers after 8 hours of work or for persons on 12-hour schedule, after 12 hours of work. Time may be banked but if banked time is unused, it will be paid out every 12 months on March 31.

Meal allowance: Employer will provide 1 meal for employee who works greater than 2 hours beyond normal shift; additional meal will be provided for each subsequent period of continuous work of 4 hours.

Medical benefits: Employer pays 100% of premiums.

Dental: Employer pays 100% of premiums.

Vision: Employer pays 100% of premiums.

LTD: Employer pays 100% of premiums for coverage of 70% of employee’s basic hourly wage, maximum $10,000 per month..

AD&D: Employer pays 100% of premiums for coverage of 2 times annual base salary, maximum of $500,000.

Life insurance: Employer pays 100% of premiums for coverage of 2 times annual base salary, maximum of $500,000.

Pension: Any employee who has completed 30 days of full-time service with employer becomes eligible to participate in company pension plan.

Bereavement leave: 5 days for death in immediate family (parents, brothers, sisters, spouse, common-law spouse, children, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchildren, grandparents). Extended leave, without pay, of up to 90 calendar days may be given after special consideration (all seniority rights will be retained and will accumulate during absence).

Seniority – recall rights: 12 months after employee voluntarily terminates or is discharged — unless exonerated and reinstated — or on layoff. 12 months for employee who accepts position with employer that is outside bargaining unit.

Call-in pay: Minimum 2 hours of pay at double time or applicable overtime pay for all hours worked, whichever is greater; 3 hours of pay at double time except if call-in is made between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., except where employee has been called into plant within 3 hours from start of regular shift and continues into regular shift, in which case normal overtime provisions will apply.

Probationary period: 120 consecutive calendar days (period may be extended).

Severance: 3 weeks of pay (112.5 hours) at employee’s regular rate, plus 3 weeks of pay (112.5 hours) at employee’s regular rate, for each year of service, maximum 72 weeks.

Safety shoes: Employer will reimburse employees 100% of total cost for CSA-approved safety footwear, maximum of 2 pairs per year.

Uniforms/clothing: Employer will supply and launder 3 pairs of coveralls for each regular employee.

Sample rates of hourly pay (current, after 5% increase):

Operational classification

Casual labourer: $37.64 rising 2 steps to $39.54

Aqua loadout: $42.81 rising 2 steps to $44.98

Operator trainee: $46.40 rising 2 steps to $48.75

Jr. floor operator: $51.89 rising 2 steps to $54.51

Sr. floor operator: $53.38 rising 2 steps to $56.08

Control room operator: $57.69 rising 2 steps to $60.61


Labourer: $37.64 rising 2 steps to $39.54

Helper 1: $44.57 rising 2 steps to $46.83

Mechanic 1: $58.59 rising 2 steps to $61.56

Mechanic specialist: $60.39 rising 2 steps to $63.45

Editor’s notes: Family active living: Employer will reimburse employees, maximum $750 per year (April to March), for cost of activities/equipment that promotes active living. Educational assistance: Maximum $1,500 per calendar year is available to offset cost of tuition and books. Paid education leave: Employer will pay $60 per year per employee into special fund for Unifor paid education leave program. Personal leave: Employer will provide employees 4 personal days per year (allotment of 1 day per quarter). Days cannot be carried over and are not payable upon termination.

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