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Posted: December 20, 2016

KAR employees ratify new agreement

Following two days of voting as Kimberley Alpine Resort (KAR) resumed full operations for the new ski season, its 125-unionized staff members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1-405, voted overwhelmingly in favour of accepting a new three-year deal that will expire October 31, 2019.

Here are details of the agreement

–  Wages – five per cent increase over three years (2%, 1.5% and 1.5%);

–  Increase in vacation allotment to four weeks and eight per cent for employees with 10 years’ continuous 
service and at least F/T in Winter Season and P/T in Summer Season;

–  Benefit Rate Increase – A $0.02/hour increase to $0.52/hour;

–  In the event of a partial closure (lift down, run closure, lack of snow) all pro patrollers will be 
utilized before volunteers;

–  Year-round employees do not have to submit notice of recall;

–  Probationary employees will be scheduled and offered work by date of hire;

–  Improved Union Leave language;

kar-summer-chairlift–  Chairlift Operator, Attendant, Summer Grounds Maintenance, Summer First Aid Attendant now 
receive same rate as winter position;

–  Brushing added to Summer Grid at $15.95/hour;

–  Parks Facilities Coordinator Classification – Now receives Chairbase Attendant Rate at 

–  Establishment of EFAP (Employee Family Assistance Program) process;

–  Improvement to Tools and Equipment allowance to $45/season; Cooks and Kitchen Staff eligible 
for same benefit for CSA approved footwear

–  Resort to provide CSA approved helmets for Patrollers at cost;

–  Employee Ski Pass now eligible until end of season at Kicking Horse and Fernie until end of 
those resorts’ season.

The Bargaining Committee would like to thank the membership for their support during this process.

Rob Honeyman, Joann Castle, Karen Paynter and Jeff Bromley

United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1-405

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