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Contract Interpretation Manual

The interpretation manual below is intended for the Provincial Collective Agreement between Nurses' Bargaining Association (NBA) and Health Employers Association of British Columbia, April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2022. 

Please use the most current NBA collective agreement to cross reference language in this interpretation manual. 

If you have  questions on current interpretations, please consult a steward. Stewards should consult their Labour Relations Officer before relying on this document.

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.

Introduction 

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

Article 1 - Preamble and 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 - 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 - Stewards 
  • Article 6.05 - Union Representative Visits 
  • Article 6.06 - Superior Benefits
  • Article 6.07 - 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 8.01 - Composition of Committee
  • Article 8.02 - Chair
  • Article 8.03 - Meetings
  • Article 8.04 - Purpose of the Committee 
  • Article 8.05 - Scope of the Committee
  • Article 8.06 - Stewards

Article 9 - Grievances 

  • Article 9.01 - Preamble
  • Article 9.02 - Grievance Procedure 
  • 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 9.08 - Clarification of the Nature of the Dispute
  • Article 9.09 - Deviation from the Grievance Procedure
  • Article 9.10 - Other Processes
  • Article 9.11 - Information sharing and referral to the Registrar
  • Article 9.12 - Case Review Meeting

Article 10 - Arbitration 

  • Article 10.01 - Reference to the BCHOA
  • Article 10.02 - Expedited Arbitration

Article 11 - Definition of Employee Status and Benefit Entitlement 

  • Article 11.01 - Restriction of Employee Status 
  • Article 11.02 - Regular Full-Time Employees 
  • Article 11.03 - Regular Part-Time Employees
  • Article 11.04 - Casual Employees 

Article 12 - Anniversary Date and Increments  

  • Article 12.01 - Definition 
  • Article 12.02 - Anniversary Date
  • Article 12.03 Increments

Article 13 - Seniority  

  • Article 13.01 - Definition 
  • Article 13.02 - Portability of Seniority 
  • Article 13.03 - Seniority - Maintained and Accumulated
  • Article 13.04 - Employment in Excluded Positions and Within Other Bargaining Units
  • Article 13.05 - Merged Seniority List
  • Article 13.06 - Seniority Lists 

Article 14 - 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 - Evaluations
  • Article 16.02 - Employee Rights
  • 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 - Seasonal Part time Positions
  • Article 17.05 - Regular Relief Positions
  • Article 17.06 - Multi-Site Relief Positions
  • Article 17.07 - Regular Flex Positions
  • Article 17.08 - Advance Hire Positions
  • Article 17.09 - Increasing/Decreasing Regular Part-Time Employee FTE Status
  • Article 17.10 - 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 
  • Article 18.04 - Orientation and Training
  • Article 18.05 - Returning to a Formerly Held Position
  • Article 18.06 - Salary on Promotion 
  • Article 18.07 - Increment Anniversary Date 
  • Article 18.08 - Relieving in Higher or Lower-Rated Position
  • Article 18.09 - Voluntary Demotion

Article 19 - Layoff and Recall  

  • Article 19.01 - Displaced Employees 
  • Article 19.02 - Advance Notice
  • Article 19.03 - Benefits Continued 
  • Article 19.04 - Recall 
  • Article 19.05 - Recall Period 
  • Article 19.06 - Leaves of Absence

Article 20 - Technological Change  

  • Article 20.01 - Technological Policy
  • Article 20.02 - Technological Displacement
  • Article 20.03 - Wages on Reassignment
  • Aritlce 20.04 Lay-Off Due to Technological Change

Article 21 - Creation of New Classification 

  • Article 21.01 - Employer Notice 
  • Article 21.02 - Implementation 

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 - Internal Schedule Change
  • Article 25.04 - Self-Scheduling
  • Article 25.05 - Posting of Work Schedules 
  • Article 25.06 - Requirements of Work Schedules 
  • Article 25.07 - Requirements of Work Schedules (Employees on Flexible 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 Memorandum
  • Article 25.12 - Three Different Shifts Worked

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 26.07 - Paid and Shift work

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 27.06 - OT Offered and Accepted
  • Article 27.07 - Overtime By Seniority

Article 28 - Shift Premium, Weekend Premium and Super Shift Premium  

  • Article 28.01 - Application
  • Article 29.02 - Weekend Premiums
  • Article 29.03 - Super Shift Premium
  • Article 29.04 - Working Short Premium
  • Article 28.05 - Short Notice premium

Article 29 - On-Call, Call-Back, and Call-In 

  • Article 29.01 - Definitions
  • Article 29.02 - Application 
  • Article 29.03 - On-Call 
  • Article 29.04 - Call-Back 
  • Article 29.05 - Application of 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 32.01 - Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee 
  • Article 32.02 - Medical Examinations 
  • Article 32.03 - Safe Workplace 
  • Article 32.04 - Provision for Immunization 

Article 33 - Leave - Compassionate Leave 

  • Article 33.01 - Application 
  • Article 33.02 - Leave - With Pay
  • Article 33.03 - Leave  - Without pay

Article 34 - Leave - 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 37.04 - Domestic and Sexual Violence Leave

Article 38 - Maternity and Parental Leave 

  • Article 38.01 - Maternity and Paternal Leave - Birthing parent
  • Article 38.02 - Maternity Leave Allowance
  • Article 38.02 (A)
  • Article 38.03 - Parental Leave - Non-Birthing Parent
  • Article 38.04 - Benefits Continuation
  • Article 38.05 - Notice Requirement
  • Article 38.06 - Return to Employment
  • Article 38.07 - Bridging of Service

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 - 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 43 - Leave - Special and Personal 

  • Article 43.01 - Special Leave
  • Article 43.02 - Personal Leave

Article 44 - Union Leave

  • Article 44.01 - Union Leave of Absence
  • Article 44.02 - Peak Period Restrictions

Article 45 - Leave – Vacation 

  • Article 45.01 - Vacation Entitlement 
  • 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 46 - Medical, Extended Health and Dental Coverage, Long Term Disability and Group Life Insurance 

  • Article 46.01 - Medical Coverage
  • Article 46.02 - Extended Health Care Coverage
  • Article 46.03 - Dental Coverage
  • Article 46.04 - Dependents
  • Article 46.05 - Long-Term Disability Insurance Plan
  • Article 46.06 - Group Life Insurance Plan

Article 47 - Workers Compensation

Article 48 - Employment Insurance

  • Article 48.01 - Coverage
  • Article 48.02 - Rebates

Article 49 – Pension Plan 

  • Article 49.01 - Municipal Pension Plans

Article 50 - Exempt and Save Harmless

Article 51 - Portability 

  • Article 51.01 - Portability 
  • Article 51.02 - Portable Benefits

Article 52 - Previous Experience  

  • Article 52.01 - Regular Employees

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 - Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (BSN) 
  • Article 53.06 - Master's Degree in Nursing 
  • Article 53.07 - Multiple Payments Prohibited
  • Article 53.08 - Approval of Qualifications

Article 54 - Isolation Allowance

Article 55 - Severance Allowance  

  • Article 55.01 - Eligibility for Severance Allownace
  • 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 56.01 - Wages
  • Article 56.02 - Retroactive Pay and Benefits 
  • Artilce 56.03 - Pay Days
  • Aritcle 56.04 - Statement of Wages

Article 57 - General Conditions 

  • Article 57.01 - Transport Duty 
  • Article 57.02 - Use of a Personal Vehicle on Employer Business 
  • Article 57.03 - Personal Property Damage
  • Article 57.04 - Laundry 
  • Article 57.05 - Registration
  • Article 57.06 - Business Allowance

Article 58 - Amendments

Article 59 - Professional Responsibility Clause 

Article 60 - Direct Patient Care Staffing

Article 63 - Wage Schedules

Appendix A.2 - Enhanced Disability Management Program

Appendix EE - Integration of Licensed Practical Nurses into the NBA Provincial Collective Agreement

Joint Nursing Job Classification Manual

 

Updated: 5/10/2021 11:07 AM

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