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UNW Collective Agreement

Appendix A1 – Relief Employees

A1.01 The Employer shall hire relief employees into positions for which there are no established hours on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and may be required to report to work on an as-and-when required basis for facilities where services operate on a daily basis throughout the entire year.
A1.02 (a) An employee may not be appointed as a relief employee to perform a job in the same facility (which includes a hospital, health centre, correctional facility, young offenders facility, or college residence) as the employee performs in the employee’s other position.
  (b) An employee in a nursing position may be appointed as a relief employee in the same facility providing that the position is more than 2 pay ranges apart from the employee’s other position.
A1.03 The Employer shall ensure that a series of relief employees will not be employed in lieu of establishing a full-time position or filling a vacant position.
A1.04 A relief employee shall be entitled to all the provisions of this Collective Agreement with the following modifications:
  2.01(y) "Probation" for relief employees means a period of paid employment of one year from the day upon which an employee is first appointed to or promoted within the Public Service. An employee who is appointed to a position which has the same duties, as his/her previous position shall not serve an additional probationary period. If an employee does not successfully complete his/her probationary period on transfer or promotion the Employer will make every reasonable effort to appoint him/her to a position comparable to the one from which he/she was transferred or promoted.
  24.09(1) A relief employee holding a position for which there is a minimum and maximum rate of pay may be granted increases in pay until he/she reaches the maximum of the pay range for the position. Such pay increases are dependent on satisfactory performance of the duties of the position by the employee for a period of paid time equivalent to the standard yearly hours of work for their position, or two (2) years whichever is less and shall not be granted to the employee until his/her Deputy Head certifies to the Employer that the employee is so performing the duties of his/her position.
  42.02(a)(i) Length of Service
        A relief employee’s entitlement to Ultimate Removal Assistance is based on years of continuous service with the Government of the Northwest Territories. A relief employee’s year of service is equivalent to the completion of the standard yearly hours of work for the position.
A1.05

The following Articles and Clauses contained in this Collective Agreement do not apply to relief employees:

  • Article 16 - Entire Article except Clauses 16.05(a) and 16.08
  • Article 17- Entire Article
  • Article 18 - Entire Article
  • Article 19 - Entire Article
  • Article 20 - Entire Article except Clauses 20.09 and 20.10
  • Article 22.02 (a), (d), (e), and (f)
A1.06 Relief employees are entitled to be paid on a bi-weekly basis for services rendered at the appropriate pay range in Appendix B.
A1.07 The Employer shall make every reasonable effort to allocate relief work on an equitable basis among readily available qualified relief employees.
A1.08 (a) Relief employees whose work is scheduled by the Employer as provided for in clause 22.01 shall be compensated at the applicable overtime rate for work performed in their relief position in excess of the standard or regular hours of work for full-time employees in similar positions, either on a daily or weekly basis.
  (b) i. Relief employees whose work is scheduled by the Employer to fall outside of the standard hours of work as defined in clause 22.01 shall be compensated at the applicable overtime rate for work performed in their relief position in excess of the regularly scheduled hours of work as set out on the shift schedule for full time employees in similar positions on a daily basis.
    ii. Relief employees whose work is scheduled by the Employer to fall outside of the standard hours of work as defined in clause 22.01 shall be compensated at the applicable overtime rate for work performed in their relief position in excess of 150 or 160 hours over a 28 day period depending on their position.
A1.09 Unless otherwise agreed upon by the Employer and the Union, the standard hours of work for relief employees on a daily, weekly and annual basis is based on the standard work week of similar fulltime positions.
A1.10 Relief employees shall earn sixteen percent (16%) of base salary as supplementary compensation in lieu of earning vacation, sick leave, special leave and mandatory leave. This amount shall be liquidated in the month of May or upon three weeks written notice by the employee.