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  • Collective Agreement

    between

    Candu Energy Inc.

    and

    The Society of Professional Engineers and Associates

    Scientists & Engineers

    for the period

    2017 January 01 to 2022 December 31

  • DRAFT SPEA-SE Collective Agreement Consult with SPEA before relying on specific provisions

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Article Page

    General Purpose .......................................................................................................................... 1

    Article 1 Recognition ................................................................................................................. 2

    Article 2 Legislation ................................................................................................................... 6

    Article 3 Management Rights ................................................................................................... 7

    Article 4 No Strike or Lockout ................................................................................................... 8

    Article 5 Employment Equity ..................................................................................................... 9

    Article 6 SPEA Activity ............................................................................................................ 10

    Article 7 Notifications .............................................................................................................. 12

    Article 8 Company-SPEA Cooperative Committee ................................................................. 14

    Article 9 Grievances ................................................................................................................ 16

    Article 10 Arbitration ............................................................................................................... 22

    Article 11 Internal Competitions .............................................................................................. 25

    Article 12 Group Insurance Plans ............................................................................................ 28

    Article 13 Pension Plan ........................................................................................................... 31

    Article 14 Leave Plans ............................................................................................................ 34

    Article 15 Company Holidays ................................................................................................. 45

    Article 16 Career and Professional Development .................................................................. 46

    Article 17 Professional Engineering Qualifications and Practice ............................................ 50

    Article 18 Performance Management and Review ................................................................. 51

    Article 19 Hours of Work ......................................................................................................... 55

    Article 20 Salaries ................................................................................................................... 59

    Article 21 Overtime and Premiums ......................................................................................... 64

    Article 22 Lay-offs, Recalls and Voluntary Termination .......................................................... 68

    Article 23 SPEA Membership ................................................................................................. 77

    Article 24 Term Employees and Contract Personnel ............................................................. 79

    Article 25 Employees Located and Working Outside Canada ................................................ 83

    Article 26 Employees Temporarily Located and Working Away from their Normal Working

    Location ...................................................................................................................................... 85

    Article 27 Duration and Amendment of Agreement ................................................................ 87

    Letter of Understanding Vacation Reference Years ............................................................... 89

    Letter of Understanding Vacation ........................................................................................... 90

    Letter of Understanding Project Assignment Conditions ........................................................ 91

    Letter of Understanding Voluntary Resignation Before Retirement ....................................... 95

    Retirement Compensation

    Letter of Understanding Relocation Policy ............................................................................. 96

    Letter of Understanding Working from Home ......................................................................... 98

    Letter of Understanding Seniority ........................................................................................... 99

    Letter of Understanding Skills Inventory System ................................................................... 100

    Letter of Understanding Harassment Complaints / Grievances ............................................ 101

    Letter of Understanding No Forced Transfers ....................................................................... 103

    Letter of Understanding Avian Flu ........................................................................................ 104

    Appendix A Miscellaneous Leave Guidelines ....................................................................... 108

    Appendix B Maternity/Paternity Leave Guidelines ............................................................... 110

    Appendix C Compassionate Care Leave Guidelines ........................................................... 118

    Appendix D Self-Funded Deferred Leave (SFDL) Guidelines .............................................. 121

    Attachment 1 Performance Grade Guidelines ...................................................................... 129

  • - 1 -

    COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT

    between

    CANDU ENERGY INC. a company incorporated pursuant to the laws of Canada, hereinafter

    called "the Company"

    and

    THE SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS AND ASSOCIATES

    hereinafter called "SPEA"

    Both of Whom are Collectively the Parties

    GENERAL PURPOSE

    This Agreement sets forth the terms and conditions of employment and related matters, agreed by the Company and SPEA through collective bargaining, which must be observed by the Company, SPEA and members of the Bargaining Unit. The Company and SPEA will endeavour:

    To promote a harmonious and mutually beneficial relationship;

    To enhance the morale, productivity and effectiveness of professional employees in the performance of their duties to the end that the clients and other stakeholders of the Company shall be well and effectively served by an efficient and successful enterprise in the global, commercial nuclear reactor market;

    To maintain professional standards; and

    To settle all differences in an amicable, equitable and expeditious manner as herein provided.

  • DRAFT SPEA-SE Collective Agreement Consult with SPEA before relying on specific provisions

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    ARTICLE 1 RECOGNITION

    1.01 General

    The Company recognizes SPEA as the exclusive bargaining agent for a unit comprising all persons employed as non-managerial professional employees by the Company located or working in Canada who report to or are under the supervision, direction and administration of the Company including professional engineers, scientists, librarians, technical leads, and quality assurance professionals; excluding all persons at or above the rank of Department Manager; Assistants to Vice-Presidents; Project Directors; persons employed as professional employees in: Business Planning; Finance; and Human Resources are excluded. The term Non-managerial is interpreted in accordance with the Canada Labour Code and related jurisprudence.

    1.02 Engineering Tools

    Professional employees performing computer engineering and/or computer science work in the Engineering Tools Department will be included within the Bargaining Unit provided their work is non-confidential in nature.

    1.03 Jurisdictional Disputes

    (a) Where the Company has excluded a position from the Bargaining Unit and SPEA considers that the position should properly be included in the Bargaining Unit, SPEA may challenge the exclusion by filing a grievance in accordance with Article 9.06. Should this not resolve the dispute, SPEA may submit the matter to arbitration before a single arbitrator in accordance with Article 10.

    (b) Should compelling circumstances arise where the Company identifies a

    need for exclusion of individuals the Company will discuss such circumstances with SPEA. This will not preclude SPEA from challenging such additional exclusions under this procedure.

  • DRAFT SPEA-SE Collective Agreement Consult with SPEA before relying on specific provisions

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    (c) In the event such a dispute proceeds to arbitration, the arbitrator may have reference to some or all of the following criteria in reaching a decision. It is recognized by the Parties that though such criteria may be helpful to the arbitrator, such criteria are intended as guidelines only, and each situation will depend upon its own facts. Thus the arbitrator is empowered to cons

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