Article 26 – Hours of Work

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | Category: | Author:

A tour of duty shall mean the authorized and/or approved time worked during a day.

If work in a tour of duty extends beyond midnight of the day in which it commenced, it shall be considered as falling wholly within the calendar day in which it starts.

The practice of split shifting shall not be allowed for full time employees. The Company may split shift part-time employees. 

For the purpose of calculating hours of work under this Agreement, employees shall be designated as follows:

  1. Secretary/Clerical, Scheduling Clerk, Traffic Clerk, Sales Assistant and Promotion Coordinator 
  1. All other employees

The hours of work for employees as set out in Article 26.2 (1) above shall consist of seven and one-half (7½) hours per basic tour of duty. The basic work week shall consist of a five (5) day week, Monday through Friday inclusive, of thirty seven and one-half (37½) hours. Where the demands on the service of the Company require, then the work week may consist of any five (5) consecutive days in the week.

The hours of work for employees as set out in Article 26.2 (2) above shall consist of eight (8) hours per basic tour of duty. The basic work week shall consist of five (5) consecutive days, of forty (40) hours within any seven (7) consecutive days. 

Both the Company and the Union agree that the operation requires resources and staffing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The work week shall commence at 00:01 hours Sunday and shall cease at 24:00 hours Saturday and shall be inclusive of all break periods but shall not include meal periods.  

26.6 Days Off

  1. Full-time employees subject to a thirty seven and one-half (37½) hour work week as set out in Article 26.2 (1) shall have two (2) consecutive days off in a week, such days off normally being Saturday and Sunday. 
  1. Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 26.4 above, full-time employees subject to a forty (40) hour work week as set out in Article 26.2 (2) and who are required to work shifts, shall be scheduled for a minimum of two (2) consecutive days off in each fixed twenty-one (21) day period, which in total shall provide fifteen (15) days worked and six (6) days off. The two (2) consecutive days off may be any two (2) consecutive days. Further, such full-time employees shall be assigned at least one (1) day off following any period of eight (8) consecutive days worked.

    When an employee is required to work a 9th or 10th day in a row, those days will be paid in accordance with Article 29 and consequently those, work on day or days off premiums will constitute a day or days off for the purpose of calculating six (6) days in twenty-one (21). After the 15th day, the employee must be given 2 consecutive days off. 
  1. The payment of overtime premiums for working on days off outlined in Article 29 constitutes a day or days off for the purpose of Article 26.6 (1) and (2).

Notwithstanding the conditions of Article 26.6, staff changeovers and emergencies may temporarily not permit the scheduling of such days consecutively.

Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Collective Agreement and subject to the conditions set forth in paragraphs (1) and (2) hereof, an employee may be assigned to a tour of duty consisting of ten (10) hours per day and four (4) days per week.

  1. Applicable overtime rates shall apply after a tour of duty of ten (10) hours.
  1. The employee’s schedule shall be posted in advance and the period scheduled shall be for a period of at least one (1) week. 

It is recognized that employees involved in a special assignment are often providing coverage on an issue with national or international significance therefore the employees shall be eligible to claim all premiums outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement except Article 27 Change of Starting Time and Article 29.1 Work on Days Off (or scheduled days off may be re-scheduled. In such case, Article 29.1 shall not apply).  

“Special assignments” shall be defined as:

  1. Any sports or news gathering assignment of national or international significance, excluding coverage of spot news, where such assignment takes place outside the province of Alberta and/or a distance of more than 350km has been travelled from the station, in which the employee is assigned to.
  1. Any mobile production which takes place outside the province of Alberta and/or outside the viewing areas described in (1) above. 

The Company agrees it shall attempt to engage adequate numbers of relief personnel to cover scheduling of work during vacation periods in order to avoid assignment of excessive hours to permanent, full-time employees. 

It is agreed that Sports Reporter/ Anchors working at the Company’s Edmonton location shall have no fixed understanding concerning hours of work, or therefore overtime payments during their basic five (5) day work week, subject to the following: 

  1. Hours worked in excess of forty (40) hours in the basic work week shall be paid at the overtime rate. 
  1. Where such employees are required to work on a sixth or seventh day of a work week or on a General Holiday they shall be paid at overtime rates for hours worked on those days. 
  1. Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 26.1.1, where such employees’ tour of duty extends into a day off the employee shall be paid at the appropriate overtime rate for any hours in excess of a basic tour of duty.