In the May 2023 Bargaining Update released earlier this month, Alberta’s jobs, economy, and northern development ministry indicated that a new collective agreement for carpenters had been reached.
Settled on 7 May 2023, the new agreement is between the Construction Labour Relations Alberta and the Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers.
Also known as Alberta Carpenters, the ARCCAW was negotiating on behalf of locals 1325 and 2103 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, which cover Northern Alberta and Southern Alberta respectively.
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Carpenters covered by this new agreement can expect to see 3 wage increases during the life of the contract.
That’s a combined total increase of 15.7%.
By the end of this new contract, non-industrial first-year carpenters—the lowest-paid workers affected by this contract—will be making $30.60 an hour, up from $27.08 an hour.
The new contract will affect nearly 5,000 carpenters throughout the province.
Truth and Reconciliation Day was added to the list of paid general holidays.
Workers under the new contract will also see their transportation reimbursement increase from 52¢ per kilometre to 65¢ a kilometre by the end of the contract.
There will also be an increase to transportation reimbursement to remote sites.
|Up to 200 km||$88||$110|
|Over 475 km||$344||$429|
Employer contributions to the worker insurance benefit plan will increase from $2 an hour to $2.20 an hour by the end of the contract.
Alberta Contractors held a ratification vote on the new contract at the end of April. Turnout at the vote was 42.9%. Of those who came out to vote, a solid majority (78.7%) voted to approve the contract.