Hodder Tugboat

Richmond, B.C. (20 masters, mates, engineers) and the Canadian Merchant Service Guild (CMSG)

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Renewal agreement: Effective Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2026. Signed on Dec. 18, 2018.

Wage adjustments:

Effective Oct. 1, 2019: 2% or COLA (whichever is greater)

Effective Oct. 1, 2020: 2% or COLA (whichever is greater)

Effective Oct. 1, 2021: 2% or COLA (whichever is greater)

Effective Oct. 1, 2022: 2% or COLA (whichever is greater)

Effective Oct. 1, 2023: 2% or COLA (whichever is greater)

Effective Oct. 1, 2024: 2% or COLA (whichever is greater)

Effective Oct. 1, 2025: 2% or COLA (whichever is greater)

Shift premium: $139.79 per day in attendance in course for required proficiency certificate and STCW 95 certificate. Effective Oct. 1, 2019: $146.78. Effective Oct. 1, 2020: $154.12. Effective Oct. 1, 2021: $161.83. Effective Oct. 1, 2022: $169.92. Effective Oct. 1, 2023: $178.42. Effective Oct. 1, 2024: $187.34. Effective Oct. 1, 2025: $196.71. $65.94 on watch; $87.92 off watch, for employee who performs duties such as handling cargo, gear, boom chains other than for vessel’s own use, or who work cleaning smoke stacks, bilges, oil tanks, oil separating centrifuges, boilers, water tanks, fish-oil tanks, oil spills, rose boxes, air boxes, inlet ports, exhaust ports of internal combustion engines, work in confined spaces, sewage systems, on machinery that has not been allowed to cool to reasonable temperature. $330 per month for master of continuous operating vessel who normally works limited amount of incidental overtime while vessel is at sea, related to traffic conditions, weather hazards, or navigation of difficult tidal conditions.

Paid holidays: 12 days.

Vacations with pay: 14 days or 4% after 1 year, 21 days or 6% after 2 years, 28 days or 8% after 7 years, 35 days or 10% after 15 years, 42 days or 12% after 22 years. Additional 2% during 30th and succeeding years of service.

Overtime: Double time for time worked in excess of regular hours. May be taken as time off in lieu.

Meal allowance: $12.50 for employee who works 2 hours or more beyond regular shift.

Medical benefits: Employer will pay $884 per month (previously $826 per month) to union for each eligible officer in lieu of providing health and benefit plan for life insurance, AD&D, weekly indemnity, extended health care, LTD, dental coverage.

Pension: Employer will contribute 8.5% per month to Canadian Merchant Service Guild, Western Branch Pension Plan.

Bereavement leave: 4 days for death of spouse, common-law partner, father, mother, spouse or common-law partner of father or mother, children, children of spouse or common-law partner, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, grandfather, grandmother, father and mother of spouse or common-law partner, spouse or common-law partner of father or mother, any relative who resides with employee.

Seniority – recall rights: 18 months from date of layoff; 3 years for employees who are appointed or elected to union office (or who go ashore to work for employer).

Call-in pay: Minimum 3 hours’ at straight-time rate.

Probationary period: 6 months continuous employment.

Discipline: Sunset clause is 3 years, except for suspensions.

Severance: 1 week’s pay for each year of service (to last day worked).

Safety shoes: $125 every 12 months. May be carried over into following year, maximum $250. Employer will provide 1 pair of rubber caulk boots per year to employees on shift vessels yarding and towing.

Uniforms/clothing: Employer will provide any protective clothing or equipment required and approved by federal or provincial regulatory requirements for handling of specific cargo. Employer will provide proper work gloves, rain jackets and pants, 2 pairs of good quality coveralls. Employer will reimburse employees $125 for anti-exposure coveralls. Employer will reimburse each officer for 1 set of personally fitted (filtered or unfiltered) ear plugs, once every 4 years.

Sample rates of hourly pay (current):

Masters (group)

2: $46.67

3: $48.17

4: $49.80

5: $51.48

6: $53.16

7: $54.85

8: $56.58

9: $58.26

10: $59.95

11: $63.23

Chief engineers (group)

2: $45.10

3: $46.58

4: $48.17

5: $49.80

6: $51.48

7: $53.16

8: $54.85

9: $56.58

Mates and second engineers (group)

2: $41.74

3: $42.42

4: $43.14

5: $43.96

6: $44.91

7: $45.97

8: $47.03

9: $48.07

Non-certificated mates and second engineers (group)

2: $40.60

3: $41.29

4: $42.01

5: $42.83

6: $44.12

7: $44.84

8: $45.90

9: $46.94

Second mates and third engineers (group)

2: $41.66

3: $42.34

4: $43.06

5: $43.88

6: $44.83

7: $45.89

8: $46.95

9: $47.99

New hires in position of second mate and third engineer (group)

2: $41.37

3: $42.06

4: $42.78

5: $43.59

6: $44.54

7: $45.60

8: $46.67

9: $47.70

Eight-hour vessels - masters (group)

2: $46.67

3: $48.17

4: $49.80

5: $51.48

Eight-hour vessels - mates (group)

2: $58.24

3: $56.58

4: $59.97

5: $58.26

Editor’s notes: Legal defence fund: Employer will pay $33.96 per month (previously $33.56 per month) for legal defence insurance. Effective Oct. 1, 2019: $34.64. Effective Oct. 1, 2020: $35.33. Effective Oct. 1, 2021: $36.04. Effective Oct. 1, 2022: $36.76. Effective Oct. 1, 2023: $37.49. Effective Oct. 1, 2024: $38.24. Effective Oct. 1, 2025: $39.01. Premium will increase if COLA is higher than 2% in any year of collective agreement, based on Vancouver CPI (published on April preceding the Oct. 1 increase). Marine disaster: Employer will pay $1,600 for shift vessels, $2,000 when on continuous operating vessel, for employee who suffers loss of personal effects, clothing, navigational equipment, tools related to operation of vessel through wreck or marine disaster or while in transit provided or paid for by employer to or from home port. Additional $2,000 will be available for loss of supplemental electronic equipment on continuous operating vessels. Medical examinations: Employer will pay maximum $150 (previously $125) for Transport Canada required medical exam for continued proficiency or STCW 95 certification.


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