Bereavement Leave Language within the CBA

Effective January 1, 2018: 

 4.1.1.1.     Bereavement Leave

 4.1.1.1.1.    When there is a death in an employee’s immediate family, the employee shall be granted up to 40 consecutive working hours of bereavement leave with pay. Immediate family shall mean spouse, child, mother, father, legal guardian, sister, brother or equivalent step relationship.

 4.1.1.1.2.    When there is a death in an employee’s extended family, the employee shall be granted up to 24 consecutive working hours of bereavement leave with pay. Extended family shall mean mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, common-law spouse’s extended family or equivalent step relationship.

 4.1.1.1.3.    Employees who suffer the death of a close friend may be granted up to one day at the approval of the Director of the Department.

For funerals held outside of the City, an additional eight (8) hours of paid bereavement leave may be granted at the approval of the Director of the Department.

Notwithstanding the above, an employee may utilize up to 16 hours of bereavement leave set out in 4.1.1.1.2., and 4.1.1.1.3. to be taken within one (1) year following the initial leave, for deferred ceremonies at the approval of the Director of the Department.

Health Spending Account (HSA)

15.1.1. The City of Regina shall provide an Employer funded plan for all eligible employees. Having joined the plan, an employee may not withdraw from the plan.  
 
5.1.2. Effective January 1, 2017, the City of Regina shall provide a Health Spending Account for all employees covered by the medical plan in the amount of $100 per year subject to the guidelines of the Plan.
 
15.1.3. Effective January 1, 2018, the City of Regina shall provide a Health Spending Account for all employees covered by the medical plan in the amount of $200 per year subject to the guidelines of the Plan.
 

New Rate Increases

Communication Update:

  • New pay rates will be visible within EmpCenter on March 19, 2017.
  • Retro will be paid on the April 7, 2017 pay date.

If you have any questions or concerns; please contact the union office at: 306-352-8282.

 

Town of Taber takes over water and sewage services from EPCOR

Taber Town Council has decided to end its 20-year utilities contract with EPCOR just nine (9) years into the agreement. EPCOR was under contract to provide Taber with its water and sewage services.

The move to end the working relationship comes after the company proposed to increase utility rates by 68%.

All 10 EPCOR employees will now work for the Town of Taber to ease the transition.

“We brought the employees in-house,” Town of Taber CAO Cory Armfelt said. “There are certain savings we will see by not going to a third party, and we will be able to provide the same service that EPCOR has done.”

“It’s closer to home, it’s more hands-on (now),” Taber Mayor Henk De Vlieger said. “We have our own departments in place that have the knowledge to deal with this and I think the hands-on approach will benefit the town.”

Details about how the contract was broken were not released, however, both the town and EPCOR said the move wouldn’t result in any penalties or buyouts. The town also said there will be no utility increases for this year.

In a recent release, The Town of Taber expressed gratitude for all of the work EPCOR did in the community since the initial agreement was signed in 2008. The company financed a number of large infrastructure projects, including a wastewater treatment facility and the North Storm Pump Station.