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Basic Agreement
Section 6: Wages

Section 6 - Wages



6.01The Co-operative Wage Study (C.W.S.) Manual for Job Description Classification and Wage Administration, dated October 1, 1956 as amended September 7, 1966, (hereinafter referred to as "The Manual") is incorporated in this agreement as Appendix "A".


6.02Each job shall be described and classified and a rate of pay applied to each employee on such job in accordance with the provisions of this agreement.


Standard Hourly Wage Scale

6.03Effective on August 1, 2012, the Standard Hourly Rate for Job Class One (1) shall be $22.592 and the increment between job classes shall be twenty-eight point five, (28.5) cents.

Effective on August 1, 2015, the Standard Hourly Rate for Job Class One (1) shall be $22.942 for production job classes and the increment between job classes shall be twenty-eight point five (28.5) cents.

Effective on August 1, 2015, the Standard Hourly Rate for job classes 19 and above, occupied by qualified trades people, will be adjusted by an additional ten (.10) cents. The increment between job classes shall remain at twenty-eight point five (28.5) cents.

The Standard Hourly Wage Scale shall be known as Appendix "B" hereto.

Employees hired after August 1, 2008 (excluding qualified trades people) will be paid as follows:

  • Year 1 (day 1) = 70%
  • Year 2 (day 1) = 80%
  • Year 3 (day 1) = 100%

Effective August 1, 1993, employees hired under the terms of Item 16 shall be paid 60% of the Standard Hourly Wage Scale for the first 1040 hours.

Former employees laid-off from Hamilton East who possesses recall rights, who have original hire dates prior to August 1st, 2008 and who are hired under the terms of Item 16, will be paid 100% of Standard Hourly Wage Scale, provided that they have completed their probationary period.

Former employees, laid-off from Hamilton East, who possess recall rights, who were hired on or after August 1st, 2008, and who are hired under the terms of Item 16, will be paid the graduated hire rate that was applicable at their time of layoff, provided that they have completed their probationary period.

6.04The Standard Hourly Rate for each job class shall be the Standard Hourly Rate for all jobs classified within such job class.


6.05Effective on the date specified in Clause 6.03 the rate of pay of an employee who was receiving an out of line differential prior to such date shall be adjusted by increasing that rate by the amount of increase in the rate for Job Class One (1) and the following shall then govern:

  1. If the employee's new rate resulting from such increase is greater than the standard hourly rate for the job as provided in Clause 6.03, the amount of such excess shall become the employee's new out of line differential and shall apply in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement.

  2. If the employee's new rate resulting from such increase is equal to or less than the standard hourly rate for the job as provided in Clause 6.03, the rate of pay of such employee shall be adjusted to conform to the standard hourly rate for the job as provided in Clause 6.03 and the former out of line differential shall be terminated.


Production and Maintenance Jobs

6.06The standard hourly rate for each production or maintenance job other than a trade or craft or apprentice job shall be paid to any employee during such time as the employee is required to perform such job, except as otherwise provided in this Agreement.


Trade or Craft Jobs

6.07The term "trade or craft job" shall have the same meaning as defined in the Manual.


6.08The following schedule of rates shall apply to trade or craft jobs:

  1. A standard rate equal to the standard hourly rate for the respective job class of the job.

  2. An intermediate rate at a level two (2) job classes below the standard rate; and,

  3. A starting rate at a level four (4) job classes below the standard rate.


6.09Each employee regularly performing the described work of a journeyman in a trade or craft or each employee hired for or transferred in accordance with the applicable provisions of this Agreement to a trade or craft job, shall be assigned either to the starting rate, intermediate rate or standard rate classification of the respective trade or craft, which assignment shall be on the basis of his qualifications and ability in relation to the requirements of the job.

It is understood that before an employee, assigned to the Trade or Craft Job of Welder, is demoted to a lower level of the craft because of the withdrawal of any government authorization required to perform the work included in any factor or factors of the craft, he will be entitled to an opportunity of receiving a government test for reinstatement of such authorization.


6.10The Company will notify the Union of any assignment under Clause 6.09 or of any change in the assignment of trade or craft employees on the form shown as Exhibit "E" of the Manual.


6.11An employee assigned to a starting rate or intermediate rate may, following the completion of periods of one thousand and forty (1040) hours of actual work for the Company in the given trade or craft, request and shall receive a determination of qualifications and ability, and shall be reclassified into the next higher rate of the respective trade or craft if such determination discloses that satisfactory qualifications and ability have been developed by the employee during the intervening period of time. The periods of one thousand and forty (1040) hours shall commence at the date of initial assignment or the date referred to in Clause 6.12.


6.12The result of the determination of such an employee's qualifications and ability shall be made effective by the Company at the beginning of the pay period closest to the date upon which the employee requested such determination. On the same date such employee, if below the standard rate classification shall be considered to have begun to accumulate the succeeding prescribed one thousand and forty (1040) hour period.


6.13Any dispute concerning the determination of an employee's qualifications and ability with respect to a trade or craft job shall be resolved in accordance with the principles and procedures set forth in the "Program for the Classification of Journeymen on the basis of Qualifications and Ability" and annexed to this Agreement as Appendix "E".


6.14The established starting rate, intermediate rate or standard rate of pay for a trade or craft job shall be paid to each employee during such time as the employee is assigned to the respective rate classification.


Apprentice Jobs

6.15Employees who possess the requisite qualifications and ability shall be eligible together with other recruits, for apprentice training in the respective trades or crafts as the need requires. It is agreed that one (1) apprentice will be allowed for each of the trade or craft jobs. Where there are more than four (4) tradesmen in any one (1) trade, an apprentice will be allowed for each four (4) tradesmen in that trade. All apprentices shall sign an Apprenticeship Agreement as prescribed by the Company but in case of any conflict between such Agreement and the Basic Agreeªment, the latter shall govern. If, upon completion of the apprenticeship period, the Company is satisfied that the employee is qualified for the trade or craft job, he shall receive a certificate certifying that he has successfully completed the apprenticeship training.


6.16An employee training through an Apprenticeship Course in a given trade or craft shall commence his training at the beginning of the first one thousand and forty (1040) hour period and be paid the standard hourly rate for Job Class One (1), unless assigned by the Company to a different one thousand and forty (1040) hour period, in which case he shall be paid the standard hourly rate appropriate to that period and shall thereafter, at the conclusion of each training period of one thousand and forty (1040) hours of actual experience with the Company, be advanced to the standard hourly rate for the job class of the succeeding period as set out in the schedule of apprentice training and annexed to this Agreement as Appendix "F".

For the purposes of Clause 6.16 of the Basic Agreement, hours during which an apprentice attends classes of instruction prescribed by the Company as part of his apprenticeship training will be credited as hours of actual experience towards the accumulation of one thousand and forty (1040) hour periods.

However, an apprentice will not be considered to have completed the last one thousand and forty (1040) hour period of his apprenticeship course until he has successfully completed all of the prescribed classes of instruction for such Trade and Craft.


6.17Rate changes as determined by the one thousand and forty (1040) hour periods as provided in Clause 6.16 shall be made at the beginning of the pay period closest to the completion of the one thousand and forty (1040) hours.


6.18If, at the time an employee has satisfactorily completed a trade or craft apprenticeship course of the Company, a vacancy in the said trade or craft job exists, the employee shall, subject to the provision of Section 7, and Clause 6.20 be assigned to the vacant job and paid the established starting rate of the respective trade or craft; and,

  1. Thereafter accede to the intermediate rate at the end of one thousand and forty (1040) hours of actual work experience with the Company in the given trade or craft; and

  2. Thereafter accede to the standard rate at the end of an additional one thousand and forty (1040) hours of actual work experience with the Company in the given trade or craft.


6.19If there is no vacancy in the respective trade or craft job upon satisfactory completion of his apprenticeship course, the apprentice shall nevertheless be considered as having the qualifications of a starting rate journeyman in the respective trade or craft. When subsequently transferred or assigned to the trade or craft job, the provisions of Clause 6.18 shall apply.


6.20Before hiring new employees for a trade or craft job, the Company shall consider any requests for transfer to such job, which have been registered with the Industrial Relations Department by employees having the required trade or craft skills and who were previously employed on trade or craft jobs at this Works or had satisfactorily completed an apprenticeship course in the respective trade or craft at this Works.


Learner Rates

6.21Learner Rates will apply only to the jobs shown on the list annexed to this Agreement as Appendix "G". Jobs may be added to or removed from such list by mutual agreement between the Parties.


6.22The schedule of Learner Rates shall be determined on the basis of Factor 2 (Employment Training and Experience) of the Job Classification as follows:

  1. Jobs in Code B.4

    One (1) learner period of two hundred and forty (240) hours at a level two (2) job classes below the standard hourly rate of the job.

  2. Jobs in Code C.8

    One (1) learner period of five hundred and twenty (520) hours at a level two (2) job classes below the standard hourly rate of the job.

  3. Jobs in Codes D1.2 and E1.6

    Two (2) learner periods, each of five hundred and twenty (520) hours, the first at a level four (4) job classes and the second at a level two (2) job classes below the standard hourly rate of the job.

  4. Jobs in Codes F2.0 and higher

    Three (3) learner periods, each of five hundred and twenty (520) hours, the first at a level six (6) job classes, and the second at a level four (4) job classes, and the third at a level two (2) job classes below the standard hourly rate of the job.


6.23An employee assigned to a job with a schedule of learner rates shall receive credit for all time previously worked on such job in determining the appropriate rate level in the learner schedule.


6.24Before hiring a new employee for a learner job the Company shall consider any present employee's request recorded by the Industrial Relations Department for transfer to such job. Such records shall be verified by the employee and be available to the Union.


Multiple Assignment

6.25It is agreed that there are conditions under which an employee is regularly required to perform work covered by more than one (1) job description or by more than one (1) job classification without having been transferred from one (1) job to another as provided for under Clause 6.45. When work is so performed, an employee is considered as having a multiple assignment to the jobs which he is regularly required to perform.


6.26The Company and the Union will agree on a list of jobs to which an employee may receive a multiple assignment. This list may be added to or subtracted from by agreement between the Parties.


6.27An employee having a multiple assignment shall be paid the applicable standard hourly rate of the higher job class.


6.28Article deleted August 1st, 2008.


Out of Line Differentials

6.29An out of line differential is the amount an employee's existing rate on a job exceeds the standard hourly rate for such job.


6.30Except as an out of line differential may be changed by the means herein provided, it shall continue to be paid in the amount shown on a list furnished to the Union by the Company on the signing date of this Agreement to any employee included in such list during such time as the employee occupies the job class for which the differential was established. The Company shall also furnish the Union with a list showing the amounts and employees who are to be paid new or increased out of line differentials by reason of Clause 6.37.


6.31If an employee with an out of line differential is transferred or assigned to a job having a higher standard hourly rate, then the differential shall be reduced by the amount of the increase in the standard hourly rate.


6.32If an employee with an out of line differential is transferred or assigned to another job and under the terms of this agreement a lower standard hourly rate is applicable, then the out of line differential shall be terminated.


6.33If such employee referred to in Clause 6.31 and Clause 6.32 shall be returned to the job for which the out of line differential was established, the out of line differential shall be reinstated except as it may have been reduced or eliminated by Clause 6.34.


6.34In addition to other means provided in this Agreement, increases in the increment between job classes shall be used to reduce or eliminate out of line differentials.


Description and Classification of New or Changed Jobs

6.35The description and classification for each job in effect as of the date of this Agreement and others subsequently established shall continue in effect unless:

  1. The Company changes the job content to the extent of one (1) full job class or more;

  2. The job is terminated or not occupied during a consecutive period of one (1) year; or

  3. The description and classification is changed by mutual agreement of the Company and Union.


6.36Whenever the Company establishes a new job or changes the job content of an existing job to the extent of one (1) full job class or more, upwards or downwards, a new job description and classification for the new or changed job shall be established in accordance with the following procedure:

  1. The Company will develop a description and classification of the job in accordance with the provisions of the Manual.

  2. The proposed description and classification will be submitted to the Union C.W.S. Committee, which shall consist of two (2) employees, one (1) of whom shall be chairman, for approval at a meeting which shall be held quarterly. Each member of the Union C.W.S. Committee will be paid at his average hourly rate during the preceding pay period for attendance at meetings held by the Company, under the provisions of Clauses 6.36 to 6.40 of the Basic Agreement, up to but not exceeding a total of six (6) hours in any calendar month for the whole Committee and the hours may be cumulative during the term of this Agreement.

  3. The applicable standard hourly rate for the job shall become effective on the date the new job was established or on the date the job content of an existing job was changed.


6.37If the change in job content results in a lower classification of a job any incumbent of such job at the date of such lower classification, shall receive an out of line differential equal to the difference between the standard hourly rate for the job before such change and the standard hourly rate thereafter. Such out of line differential shall be in addition to any other out of line differential an incumbent then has and shall be governed by the provisions of this Section.


6.38Should the Company and the Union C.W.S. Committee be unable to agree upon the description and classification, the following shall be the procedure:

  1. The Company shall install the proposed classification and the standard hourly rate for the job class to which the job is thus assigned shall apply as set forth in Clause 6.36(c).

  2. The Union C.W.S. Committee may within thirty (30) days thereafter refer in writing to the two (2) Representatives designated in Clause 6.42 an allegation that the job is improperly described or classified under Clause 6.36.


6.39If the Company is alleged to have established a new job, or changed the content of an existing job to the extent of one (1) full job class or more, and has failed to develop and submit a new description and classification, the Union C.W.S. Committee shall notify the Company in writing, specifying its allegations. The Company and the Union C.W.S. Committee shall discuss the matter, after which the Company shall reply in writing to the Union C.W.S. Committee's allegations. If the Company's reply is not satisfactory, the Union C.W.S. Committee may within thirty (30) days of the date of such reply refer the matter in writing to the two (2) Representatives designated in Clause 6.42.

Any change in job class shall become effective in accordance with Clause 6.36 provided, however, that retroactivity shall not apply for more than ninety (90) days prior to the date the Union C.W.S. Committee notifies the Company of its allegations.


6.40When the Company changes a job but the job content change is less than one (1) full job class, a supplementary record shall be established to maintain the job description and classification on a current basis and to enable subsequent adjustment of the job class assignment of the job for an accumulation of small job content changes in accordance with the following:

  1. The Company will prepare a record of such change to supplement the original job description and classification.

  2. Such record will be submitted by the Company to the Union C.W.S. Committee. It shall not be necessary for the Union C.W.S. Committee to indicate its agreement with such record. If it is claimed that the Company has incorrectly assessed the job change or the change or changes in the job, when added to prior change or changes, requires a change in the job classification to the extent of one (1) full job class or more, the Union C.W.S. Committee shall notify the Company in writing, specifying its allegations. The Company and the Union C.W.S. Committee shall discuss the matter, after which the Company shall reply in writing to the Union C.W.S. Committee's allegations. If the Company's reply is not satisfactory, the Union C.W.S. Committee may within thirty (30) days of the date of such reply refer the matter in writing to the two (2) Representatives designated in Clause 6.42.

  3. A notification made by the Union C.W.S. Committee as provided in (b) above must be filed within thirty (30) days of the date the record was submitted by the Company to the Union.

Any change in job class shall be effective as of the date of the most recent change in job content.


6.41When and if job content changes of less than one (1) full job class accumulate to a total of one (1) job class or more:

  1. The job shall be reclassified to the appropriate job class on the basis of such total accumulation and the reclassification shall become effective from the date of the most recent change in job content.

  2. The appropriate standard hourly rate shall be effective as of the date of such reclassification.

  3. A new description and classification shall be established in accordance with Clause 6.36 embodying such accumulation of job content changes.


6.42The Company and the Union shall each designate a representative to consider referrals submitted under Clause 6.38, Clause 6.39 and Clause 6.40. The Union's representative shall be a representative of the International Union.

  1. The two (2) representatives selected shall meet within thirty (30) days of the date the matter was referred to them. If either representative is unable to meet within this thirty (30) day period, a substitute representative shall be designated by the party concerned and the thirty (30) day period referred to above shall be deemed to commence as of the date of his appointment. Within sixty (60) days after the date of their first meeting, the two (2) representatives shall jointly notify the parties hereto in writing of their agreement or failure to reach agreement. Agreement between the two (2) representatives shall be final and binding.

  2. If the two (2) representatives are unable to reach agreement within the specified period, the Union may, within thirty (30) days of the date of the written notification of the two (2) representatives, notify the Company in writing of its intention to submit the dispute to mediation/arbitration under the provisions of Clause 8.10 and Clauses 8.16 to 8.22. The Union's written notification shall contain particulars of the issues in dispute and for the purpose of Clause 8.16 shall be considered as a grievance not adjusted in Step No. 4.


Correction of Errors

6.43Any mathematical or clerical errors made in the preparation, establishment or application of the job descriptions, job classifications or standard hourly rates shall be corrected to conform to the provisions of this Agreement.


Transfers

6.44When an employee is transferred in lieu of layoff or permanently transferred for any other reason, he shall be paid the rate of the job to which he has been transferred except as provided in Clause 6.31.


6.45An employee who is temporarily transferred from his regular job shall be paid the standard hourly rate of the job to which he has been transferred provided that if such standard hourly rate is less than the standard hourly rate of his regular job plus any out of line differential paid to him on his regular job, then he shall be paid the standard hourly rate of his regular job plus any out of line differential for the period of such temporary transfer. The word "temporary" herein shall mean not more than 15 (fifteen) working days unless extended under the terms of Clause 7.13.


Wage Grievances

6.46Except as otherwise provided herein, no basis shall exist for an employee to allege that a wage rate inequity exists, and no grievance on behalf of an employee alleging a wage rate inequity shall be filed or processed during the term of this Agreement.






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