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Contract Interpretation Manual

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Click through the following links to various sections of the Contract Interpretational Manual. The intent is to help you to understand the key concepts of the collective agreement.

Provincial Collective Agreement between Nurses' Bargaining Association and Health Employers Association of British Columbia, April 1, 2006 - March 31, 2010, Revised 2006.

Introduction 
•How to use it
•Ways to Improve Our Knowledge of the Contract
•The rules of construction
•Five Steps of Contract Interpretation

Article 1.01 - Preamble 

•Article 1.02 - Definitions

Article 2 - Purpose of Agreement

Article 3 – Management Rights 
•Article 3.01 - General Rights 
•Article 3.02 - Employer Policies

Article 4 – Union Recognition 
•Article 4.01 - Union Recognition 
•Article 4.02 - Scope of the Agreement

Article 5 – Union Security 
•Article 5.01 - Union Security 
•Article 5.02 - Union Deductions

Article 6 - Union Rights 
•Article 6.01 - Individual Agreement 
•Article 6.02 - Contracting Out 
•Article 6.03 - Employer's Business 
•Article 6.04 - Recognition of Stewards 
•Article 6.05 - Union Representative Visits 
•Article 6.07 - Personnel File 
•Article 6.07 (C) - Confidential Nature of Personnel File 
•Article 6.08 - Copies of the Provincial Collective Agreement 
•Article 6.09 - New Employees 
•Article 6.10 - List of New and Terminating Employees 
•Article 6.11 - Bulletin Boards

Article 7 - Strikes, Lockouts and Pickets 

Article 8 - Union Management Committee 

Article 9 - Grievances 
•Article 9.01 - Discussion of Differences 
•Article 9.02 - Grievance Procedure 
•* Step 3 (New language in 2006) 43 Industry Troubleshooter
•Article 9.03 - Single Employer Policy Dispute 
•Article 9.04 - Application of Single Employer Arbitration Decisions 
•Article 9.05 - Amending Time Limits 
•Article 9.06 - Resolution of Employee Dismissal and Suspension Disputes
•Article 9.07 - Industry Wide Application Dispute 
•Article 9.09 - Deviation from the Grievance Procedure

Article 10 - Arbitration 
•Article 10.06 - Expedited Arbitration

Article 11 - Definition of Employee Status and Benefit Entitlement 
•Article 11.01 - Restriction of Employee Status 
•Article 11.02 (C), 11.03 (C), 11.04 (H) – Seniority 
•Article 11.03 (B) Benefit Entitlement – Regular Part-Time Employees 
•Article 11.04 (A) - Casual Employees 
•Article 11.04 (B) - Off-Duty Rights 
•Article 11.04 (C) (1) - Letter of Appointment and (2) General Availability 
•Article 11.04 (D) - Casual Register 
•Article 11.04 (E) - Procedure for Casual Call-In 
•Article 11.04 (E) (I) (1) 
•Article 11.04 (E) (I) (2) (3) 
•Article 11.04 (E) (I) (4) 
•Article 11.04 (E) (I) (6) - Telephone Call-In 
•Article 11.04 (E) (I) (7) - Block of Work 
•Article 11.04 (E) (II) - Errors in Casual Call-In 
•Article 11.04 (E) (III) - New in 2006: 
•Article 11.04 (F) - Wage Entitlement 
•Article 11.04 (F) (2) - New language in 2006 
•Article 11.04 (G) - Casual Employee - Benefit Entitlement 
•Article 11.04 (G) (4) - Health and Welfare Benefits 
•Article 11.04 (G) (5) - Benefits for Casual Employees in Temporary Appointments 
•Article 11.04 (H) - Seniority 
•Article 11.04 (I) - Overtime Pay 
•Article 11.04 (J) - Casual Employees - Probationary Period 
•Article 11.04 (K) - Employer Approved Education Programs

Article 12 - Anniversary Date and Increments  
•Article 12.01 - Definition 
•Article 12.02 - Anniversary Date

Article 13 - Seniority  
•Article 13.01 - (A) Definition – Regular Full-Time and Regular Part-Time Employees 
•Article 13.01 - (B) Definition – Casual Employee 
•Article 13.02 - Worksite Seniority 
•Article 13.03 - Dovetailed Seniority 
•Article 13.04 - Accommodation of Seniority 
•Article 13.05 - Seniority – Maintained and Accumulated 
•Article 13.06 - Employment in Excluded Positions and Within Other Bargaining Units 
•Article 13.07 - Merged Seniority Lists 
•Article 13.08 - Seniority Lists 
•Article 13.08 (C)

Article 14 - Probationary Period   
•Article 14 (A) - Regular Full-Time and Regular Part-Time Employees 
•Article 14 (B) - Community Based Employees 
•Article 14 (C) - Extension of Probationary Period 
•Article 14 (D) - Failure to Complete a Probationary Period

Article 15 - Termination of Employment   
•Article 15.01 - Employee Termination 
•Article 15.02 - Waiver of Notice 
•Article 15.03 - Notice – Penalty 
•Article 15.04 - Employer Termination

Article 16 - Employee Evaluation   
•Article 16.01 - Employee Rights 
•Letter of Expectation
•Letter of Expectation vs. Letter of Discipline 
•Article 16.03 - Records Removed

Article 17 - Vacancy Posting 
•Article 17.01 – Postings 
•Article 17.02 - Temporary Appointments
•Article 17.03 - Temporary Positions 
•Article 17.04 - Regular Float Positions 109 
•Article 17.05 - Increasing/Decreasing Regular Part-Time Employee FTE Status
•Article 17.06 - Posting of Successful Candidate

Article 18 - Promotions, Transfers & Demotions in the Filling of Vacancies or New Positions 
•Article 18.01 - First Consideration 
•Article 18.02 - Filling of Vacancies 
•Article 18.03 - Qualifying Period (renumbered in 2006 from 18.04) 
•Article 18.04 - Orientation and Training (renumbered in 2006 from 18.05) 
•Article 18.05 - Returning to a Formerly Held Position (renumbered in 2006 from 18.06) 
•Article 18.06 - Salary on Promotion (renumbered in 2006 from 18.07) 
•Article 18.07 - Increment Anniversary Date (renumbered in 2006 from 18.08 )
•Article 18.08 - Temporary Assignment to a Lower Rated Position (renumbered in 2006 from 18.09) 
•Article 18.09 - Voluntary Demotion (renumbered in 2006 from 18.10)

Article 19 - Layoff and Recall  
•Article 19.01 (B) - Displaced Employee's Option 
•Article 19.03 - Benefits Continued (after lay-off) 
•Article 19.04 - Recall 
•Article 19.05 - Recall Period 
•Article 19.06 - Leaves of Absence 
•Job sharing is still an option for nurses 
•BCNU Council Policy on Job Shares

Article 20 - Technological Change  

Article 21 - Creation of New Classification 
•Article 21.01 - Employer Notice 
•Article 21.02 - Implementation 
•Article 21.02 (B) - Job Classification Review Procedure

Article 22 - Change in Classification   
•Article 22.01 - Employer Notice 
•Article 22.02 - Implementation 
•Article 22.03 - Employee Grievance

Article 23 - Job Descriptions

Article 24 - Job Classification and Pay Equity 

Article 25 - Work Schedules  
•Article 25.01 - Master Work Schedule 
•Article 25.02 - Determination of Work Schedules 
•Article 25.03 - Flexible Hours 
•Article 25.04 - Posting of Work Schedules 
•Article 25.05 - Requirements of Work Schedules 
•Article 25.06 - Requirements of Work Schedules 
•Article 25.07 - Requirements of Work Schedules 
•Article 25.08 - Insufficient Notice 
•Article 25.09 - Voluntary Shift Exchange 
•Article 25.10 - Leave of Absence Refused 
•Article 25.11 - Extended Work Day 
•Article 25.12 - Three Different Shifts Worked 
•Process on Creation of a New Rotation

Article 26 – Hours of Work, Meal Periods, Rest Periods  
•Article 26.01 - Hours of Work 
•Article 26.02 - Consecutive Hours of Work 
•Article 26.03 - Meal Periods 
•Article 26.04 - Rest Periods 
•Article 26.05 - On-Call Time 
•Article 26.06 - Standard/Daylight Savings Time Change

Article 27 - Overtime  
•Article 27.01 - Definition 
•Article 27.02 - Authorization 
•Article 27.03 - Employee's Right to Refuse Overtime 
•Article 27.04 - Application 
•Article 27.05 - Overtime Pay Calculation

Article 28 - Shift Premium, Weekend Premium and Super Shift Premium  
•Article 28.01 - Application

Article 29 - On-Call, Call-Back, and Call-In 
•Article 29.01 - Definitions
•Article 29.02 - On-Call Application 
•Article 29.03 - On-Call 
•Article 29.04 - Call-Back 
•Article 29.05 (A) - Functions of Employees on Call-Back 
•Article 29.05 (B) - Employee Option: Time Off or Cash for Call-Back 
•Article 29.06 - Call-Back Travel Allowance 
•Article 29.07 - Call-In 
•Article 29.08 - Insufficient Off-Duty Hours

Article 30 - Responsibility Pay  

Article 31 - Non Discrimination 

Article 32 - Occupational Health and Safety Program 
•Article 32 – Preamble 
•Article 32.01 - Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee 
•JOSH Committees
•Regional Violence Prevention Subcommittees 
•Article 32.02 - Medical Examinations 
•Article 32.03 - Safe Workplace 
•Provincial Violence Education Task Group
•Article 32.04 - Transfer of Pregnant Employees
•Article 32.05 - Provision for Immunization 
•Article 32.06 - Workload

Article 33 - Compassionate Leave 
•Article 33.01 - Application 
•Article 33.02 - Leave – With Pay

Article 34 - Court Appearance

Article 35 Leave - Education – Staff Development Programs 
•Article 35.01 - Transfer of Function 
•Article 35.02 - In-Service Programs 
•Article 35.03 - General Education Programs

Article 36 - Leave – Election

Article 37 – Leave – General 
•Article 37.01 - Application 
•Article 37.02 - Notice 
•Article 37.03 - Increments

Article 38 - Parental Leave 
•Article 38.01 - Natural Mother 
•Article 38.01 - Natural Mother – Parental Leave - (C) Special Circumstances 
•Article 38.01 - (E) Natural Mother – Sick Leave 
•Article 38.01 - (H) Natural Mother – Employment Status 
•Article 38.02 (A) - Natural Father – Parental Leave 
•Article 38.02 (B) - Parental Leave beyond 37 Weeks – Special Circumstances 
•Article 38.03 (A) - Adoptive Parents – Adoption Leave
•Article 38.03 (B) - Adoptive Parents - Parental Leave 
•Article 38.03 - Adoptive Parents - Beyond 37 Weeks – Special Circumstances 
•Article 38.04 - Return to Employment 
•Article 38.05 - Bridging of Service 
•Article 38.06 - Supplemental Employment Benefits (SEB) Plan
•Article 38.06 (1)
•Article 38.06 (2) 
•Article 38.06 (3) 
•Article 38.06 (4) 
•Article 38.06 (5)

Article 39 - Leave – Paid Holidays  
•Article 39.01 - Paid Holiday Entitlement 
•Article 39.02 - Payment for Paid Holidays 
•Article 39.03 - Work on a Paid Holiday
•Article 39.04 - Premium Rates of Pay 
•Article 39.05 - Paid Holiday Coinciding with a Rest Day 
•Article 39.06 - Paid Holiday Coinciding with Vacation 
•Article 39.07 - Scheduling of Paid Holidays

Article 40 - Leave – Professional

Article 41 - Leave – Public Office

Article 42 Leave – Sick  
•Article 42.01 - Accumulation 
•Article 42.02 - Payment 
•Article 42.03 - Proof of Illness 
•Article 42.04 - Benefits Accrue 
•Article 42.05 - Notice 
•Article 42.06 - Expiration of Sick Leave 
•Article 42.07 - Workers Compensation, Leave – Workers Compensation 
•Article 42.08 - Enforceable Legal Claim 
•Article 42.09 - Appointments 
•Article 42.10 - Six Months Service 
•Article 42.11 - Cash-In of Sick Leave Credits 
•Article 42.12 - Sick or Injured Prior to Vacation 
•Article 42.13 - Voluntary Treatment 
•Article 42.07 - Leave – Workers' Compensation

Article 43 - Special Leave 
•Article 43.01 - Accumulation 
•Article 43.02 - Application

Article 44 - Leave - Union  
•Article 44.02 (E) - President of the Union

Article 45 - Leave – Vacation 
•Article 45.01 (A) - Vacation Entitlement 
•Article 45.01 (B) - Cut-Off Date 
•Article 45.01 (C) - Regular Full-Time Employees 
•Article 45.01 (D) - Regular Part-Time Employees 
•Article 45.01 (E) - Employees with Less than One Year's Service by July 1st Cut-Off 
•Article 45.02 - Terminating Employees 
•Article 45.03 - Supplementary Vacation 
•Article 45.04 - Scheduling of Vacation 
•Article 45.05 - Vacation Entitlement Earned During Vacation 
•Article 45.06 - Vacation Pay Advance
•Article 45.07 - Transfer from Other Vacation Accrual Dates

Article 46 - Medical, Extended Health and Dental Coverage, Long Term Disability and Group Life Insurance 

Article 47 - Workers Compensation

Article 48 - Employment Insurance

Article 49 – Pension Plan 
•Article 49.01 - Municipal Pension Plans 
•Article 49.02 - Retirement Scheme

Article 50 - Exempt and Save Harmless

Article 51 - Portability 
•Article 51.01 - Portability 
•Article 51.02 - Portable Benefits

Article 52 - Previous Experience  

Article 53 - Qualification Differential   
•Article 53.01 - Special Clinical Preparation
•Article 53.02 - CHA/CNA and BCIT Courses 
•Article 53.03 - Registered Psychiatric Nurse 
•Article 53.04 - University Preparation 
•Article 53.05 (A) - Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (BSN) 
•Article 53.05 (B) - Other 
•Article 53.06 (A) - Master's Degree in Nursing 
•Article 53.06 (B) - Other
•Article 53.07 - Multiple Payments Prohibited
•Article 53.08 - Approval of Qualifications

Article 54 - Isolation Allowance

Article 55 - Severance Allowance  
•Article 55.02 - Severance Allowance Entitlement
•Article 55.03 - Calculation of Severance Allowance
•Article 55.04 - Portability of Service for Severance Allowance Purposes
•Article 55.05 - Service

Article 56 - Payment of Wages 

Article 57 - General Conditions 
•Article 57.01 - Escort Duty 
•Article 57.02 (A) - Use of a Personal Vehicle on Employer Business 
•Article 57.03 - Personal Property Damage
•Article 57.04 - Laundry 
•Article 57.05 - Registration

Article 58 - Amendments

Article 59 - Professional Responsibility Clause 
•Summary of Contract Language Relevant to PRF Concerns in the Provincial Collective Agreement

Article 60 - Effective and Terminating Dates

Article 61 - Wage Schedule Classifications

Article 62 - Wage Schedules

Appendix B - Long-Term Disability (LTD)​

Duty to Accommodate​

Tools Section​

Joint Nursing Job Classification Manual

 

Updated: 5/9/2016 4:46 PM

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