On 29 May 2020, local 32BJ and rab agreed on conditions for extending the terms of the interim agreements put in place by the parties during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the MOAs will continue with regard to: 12-hour shifts, immediate notification (1 week) of force reduction, planning of part-time workers, employment of temporary workers, AB Time, better terms, payment of leave to dismissed staff and work-sharing for the duration of the new agreement. The new Extension and Re-entry MOA provides, among other things, a detailed guide to the process: (1) employees are recalled to commercial and residential buildings; (2) how employees are planned, take time off and measure productivity; (3) how the contractors` staff will clash; (4) when and if workers are entitled to severance pay; and (5) by staff to provide to new and other positions. The MOA also extended for a period of 90 days the benefits of the Health, Law and Training Fund for those whose benefits would otherwise end. The MOA also restarts the machine for filing complaints of the parties` agreements, terminates the complaint, and restarts the Joint Industry Grievance Committee complaint hearings and Level II complaints with remote methods. Please contact the RAB directly if you have any questions regarding any of the provisions of this MOA. The MOA refers to the scheduling of regular employees and allows employers to offer schedules of 3 days a week for 12 hours (36 hours in total) without overtime exceeding 8 hours per day, but employers must pay 40 hours of the participating employee`s normal wage and entitlement. In order to make use of this agreement, the employer and the participating worker must approve the amendment. RAB and Local 32BJ have agreed to extend until 18 May 2020 the provisions of the expiring COVID 19 memoranda and tolls. As stated in the attached extension MOA, all provisions of the COVID-19-MOA and toll-MOA remain in effect and the suspension of dumping and termination duties is maintained until May 18, 2020. The parties also clarified that, although urgent circumstances may require a reduction of the claim without notice, every reasonable action should be made to provide seven days` notice.
The parties have also agreed to resume the period for recalling staff after the dismissal, so that it will start to run on 18 May 2020. All other MOAs and expiration dates remain as agreed by the parties. On 22 June 2020, rab and Local 32BJ signed an agreement setting out the terms of a voluntary package of early retirement bonuses (“VERIP”). The program voluntarily encourages people who are 62 years of age or older and who work for at least 15 years under Program A or B to retire early. Overall, verip provides that eligible employees may receive termination compensation as calculated in accordance with the collective agreement applicable to their employment, plus a lump sum contribution to the authorized employee`s SRSP, funded by deviations under the 32BJ Health Fund, of up to $20,000 (subject to the IRS and other legal rules and restrictions). . . .