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Taking your Lunch and receiving Overtime is a negotiated right

Our union met with management on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 for our quarterly Joint Committee Meeting.

One of the issues that was top of mind for many members was unrealistic expectations of what can be achieved within regular working hours, leading many to not take their lunches and to start early or stay late without claiming overtime. We want to remind everyone that these are rights codified in the Collective Agreement, specifically in the following clauses:

9.01 – …and the normal work day will be seven consecutive hours exclusive of a meal period not to exceed one (1) hour.

9.02.  The overtime premium will be one and one-half (1 ½) times an employee’s basic salary or compensating time of one and one-half (1 ½) off at a basic salary, at the option of the employee, for time worked by him in excess of thirty-five (35) hours in  a work week, or seven (7) hours in a work day… All overtime worked in excess of eleven (11) hours on a work day shall be compensated at one-half (1/2) times the basic rate in addition to regular salary and premimums.

There are many reasons for taking the time to take your lunch every day, not the least of which is that it makes for a happy and more productive person.

Also Management stressed that if someone has to work beyond their regular hours they certainly should file overtime, that without it being filed there is no way to quantify that workloads have become too heavy or identify opportunities to fix things, and that any subsequent increase in total overtime paid could support the argument for an increase in Canadian headcount. 

Our union is concerned that people are able to continue doing the work they love at a rate that compensates them fairly for what they’ve produced.

A lot of time and effort has gone into negotiating these overtime rights that you enjoy as part of your compensation package at Thomson Reuters; these are not frills or perks of the job but actual rights that you have and should exercise.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your union representatives.

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