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Appendix A7 – Trades

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A7.01The provisions of this Appendix shall apply to all positions in trades.  The provisions of this Appendix shall not be extended to apply to other positions unless agreed by the Union and the Employer.
A7.02(1)Where an employee with a certificate of qualification in one trade performs work in a trade for which he/she does not possess a certificate, he/she shall advise the Employer.  The Employer shall ensure that the work performed is inspected by a qualified tradesperson at the earliest possible date. The Employer will ensure that traditional job titles will be used properly reflecting the dignity and status of tradespersons using the trade name in the position title to conform to the journeyman certification required.
 (2)Casual employees who do not hold certificates of qualification in a trade shall not perform work normally performed by qualified tradespersons.


A7.03Hours of work shall be scheduled so that trades employees listed in Clause A7.01 above:
 (a)on a weekly basis work forty (40) hours and five (5) days per week, Monday to Friday inclusive;
 (b)on a daily basis, work eight (8) hours per day exclusive of not less than a one-half (1/2) hour meal period.  Normally the hours of work shall be between the hours of 0800 and 1700.  These hours may be varied by the Employer for a classification or classifications of employees in a division or a section, or for employees at a particular geographic location provided the employees receive adequate notice of the variation, and that the variation is not done on an individual employee basis for the purpose of avoiding payment of overtime to that particular employee; and
 (c)rest periods with pay of fifteen (15) minutes duration shall be scheduled as close as possible to mid-morning and mid-afternoon of each working day.


A7.04Labour and Trades employees, Equipment Operations employees, and Equipment Maintenance employees shall be permitted paid wash-up time to a maximum of ten (10) minutes at the conclusion of each shift.  In unusual circumstances this period may be extended by the employee's supervisor or officer-in-charge to a maximum of fifteen (15) minutes.
A7.05Equipment Operators who are assigned to grader shelters on the MacKenzie Highway System for a period of two (2) days or longer shall receive, in addition to their regular salary, a living allowance of ten dollars ($10.00) per day. Each grader shelter shall be equipped with two-way radio communication systems which shall be maintained in good operating condition by the Employer.


A7.06(1)Where the following articles are required by the Employer or the Workers' Safety & Compensation Commission:
  (i)Hard hats
  (iii)Welding goggles
  (iv)Dust protection
  (v)Eye protection, except prescription lenses
  (vi)Ear protection

Welding gloves

  (a)The Employer shall supply new employees with the articles of equipment as required;
   (b)Supply employees moving to another department with the articles of equipment they require and that they do not possess at the time of move.
 (2)Where the following articles are required by the Employer or the Workers' Safety & Compensation Commission, the Employer shall replace these articles as required when they are presented worn or damaged beyond repair by an employee, at no cost to the employee:
  (i)Hard hats
  (iii)Welding goggles
  (iv)Dust protection
  (v)Eye protection, including safety prescription glasses
  (vi)Ear protection
  (viii)Welding gloves
 (3)The Employer will maintain a suitable inventory of winter protective clothing to be provided on loan to those employees who are not normally required to work outside or under conditions, which may be damaging to personal clothing.


A7.07(1)The Employer agrees to provide journeypersons and Apprentices who are on strength September 1st with a $500 per year tool allowance to be included in the employee’s first pay in September.
 (2)The Employer also agrees to replace worn out tools used and owned by journeypersons and apprentices in the regular performance of their work.  Whenever replacement is made, the new tool will be of a similar quality as the initial tool.  In situations where highly specialized tools not normally associated with a journeyperson’s tool kit are required, they will be provided by the Employer, who will retain ownership of them.  The Employer shall assist employees in the purchase of tools and equipment used in the performance of their duties to the extent that employees shall be able to purchase these tools and equipment at the Employer’s cost price.
 (3)Where an employee suffers a loss of tools or equipment in excess of $250.00 used by him/her to perform his/her duties through fire or theft while such tools are stored on the Employer's premises or loss of tools or equipment in transit during travel on behalf of the Employer where the employee satisfies the Employer that a loss occurred such tools or equipment will be replaced by the Employer with tools and equipment at equal or similar quality.


A7.08Except in emergency conditions, the Employer shall not require an employee to work outside under extreme weather conditions.