Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Some Quebec Construction Workers to See Overtime Pay Cut Slightly

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Some Quebec Construction Workers to See Overtime Pay Cut Slightly

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Some Quebec construction workers to see OT cut

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MONTREAL - Some Quebec construction workers are about to lose a perk -- double time for their first hour of overtime.

A provincial arbitrator recently ruled the first hour would be paid at a rate of time-and-a-half, with subsequent hours to remain at double time.

Employers had been seeking a change that would have seen the first five hours of OT paid at time-and-a-half followed by double time, with certain exceptions.

Previous negotiations ended three years ago with an agreement in principle but without a deal being reached on the contentious overtime provision.

Arbitrator Francois Hamelin handed down a decision after numerous hearings that began in January 2015 and only ended this past June.

Double time for the first hour of OT is rare in Quebec. …

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