ECA Ottawa and IBEW 586 negotiate new agreement

Peter Saunders
February 20, 2019
ECA Ottawa and IBEW 586 negotiate new agreement
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February 20, 2019 – The Electrical Contractors Association of Ottawa (ECA Ottawa) and IBEW Local 586 have signed a significant agreement with regard to local negotiations across the Ottawa area.

Negotiation teams from both sides met over three months to find common ground and reclaim local market share. The following are some highlights of the agreement, which will come into effect on May 1:
A raise for those who represent contractors’ interests on jobsites—The foreman rate increases to 15% and the general foreman rate to 25%. The sub-foreman rate remains unchanged.
New apprentice ratios—For one to five journeypersons, the ratio is 1:1; for six to 20 journeypersons, 2:1; and for more than 20 journeypersons, 3:1. While members can still follow the 1:1 ratio up to 10 employees, it will take a few years to accommodate the provincial government’s proposed ratio changes; and it was agreed larger projects will not work well with a 1:1 ratio.
Increased straight time—For smaller construction projects with no more than four employees and a maximum of 1,300 hours, the employees are allowed to work 40 hours at straight time, at eight hours a day for five days. And while the IBEW must be notified, its permission does not have to be requested.
Longer breaks—Breaks will increase to 15 minutes and a third break will be added prior to overtime work.
Higher parking allowance—Based on current rates in Ottawa, it seemed reasonable to increase parking allowances by $1 each year for three years.

There is also a sunset clause. The agreement will expire after three years, at which point ECA Ottawa and IBEW will look back at its progress and determine the next steps to take to continue to claw back lost market share.


0 #2 Don France 2019-03-30 11:30
For Chris and those who can’t see the forest for the trees. If you want to work twelve months out of the year, get a job at Macdonald’s or Walmart. Construction has always been a seasonal business. Having been an Electrician for over forty five years I’ve experienced a lot. Traveled for work all my adult life. Complained as a lot do about the amounts of deductions for dues, pension plans, other funds collected. However I can say that I always had a keen understanding the difference between working in a Union environment compared to a for Merit,or non union employer. Check out the laws of the land and you will see that their are two sets of rules for hours of work for Union and Non Union Workers, Working for a fair wage nine months of some years is much better than slaving for sub standard wages and conditions.
-1 #1 Chris Leger 2019-03-26 12:45
Aaaand this is why im sitting at home barely surviving financially as a liscensed electrician . Good call suits , kids, if you want to work 12 months out of the calendar year , dont become an electrician .

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