A calendar A may be requested either by a local union or by a contractor who signed the agreement, at the written request of MSCA or AU. A calendar A can also be implemented in the event of termination of a local service agreement. In this case, Calendar A is negotiated by a committee established by the UA/MSCA Joint Working Committee and must be completed within 30 days. If the local committee fails to resolve all issues within this time frame, all unresolved issues will be submitted to the Labour Relations Board (IRC). The members of the supervisory committee are appointed by the Joint UA/MSCA Labor Committee, with contributions from the local MCA-Exec and the international representative. The committee consists of an equal number of local contractors for the management of the company and local business leaders for the work. All local boards within the jurisdiction, local training coordinators, staff officers and the AU international representative, who are associated with the MSCA, should only be invited to each meeting in an advisory capacity. The committee elects its own chairman and secretary. The Chair is responsible for setting up meetings and notifying all committee members. The secretary is responsible for the preservation of minutes and notes. These positions are expected to pass between management and work each year. Meetings should, where possible, take place two to three times a year.
Training coordinators should be invited to meetings at least twice a year to report on local training activities/programs. The Committee should be encouraged to visit local training centres. At the end of each meeting, a report with agenda and minutes should be forwarded directly to the AU President and the Executive Director of the MSCA. The report should also contain information on the date of the meeting, participation in the meeting, the points discussed and possible recommendations for the revision of Calendar A, which should be reviewed by the UA/MSCA Joint Working Committee. Typically, an oversight committee monitors a geographic area that spans several local trade union areas or, in many cases, an entire state. The composition of an oversight committee is therefore broader than any specific local collective agreement committee. The oversight committee is not a local bargaining committee for collective agreements. The standard working day consists of eight consecutive hours and the standard work week is forty hours per week, five consecutive days, from Monday to Saturday. A standard work day/week should not vary from day to day or week, except by mutual agreement. In some situations where work cannot be done during normal working time or on the basis of client needs, a flexible work plan may be established by mutual agreement between the employer, the worker and the local union. The current economic climate has motivated companies to reassess operating expenses. Many of these companies find that the allocation of subcontracting facilities to service companies allows them to eliminate their internal workforce, as well as all the headaches associated with maintaining this workforce and to realize significant savings.
The national agreement gives contractors the tools to adapt an agreement for a given building to the needs of facility management. Once a working relationship has been established with a building owner, it goes without saying that additional service and maintenance, transformation or construction projects go to your business. Therefore, in the event of a local strike, all services within the meaning of Article 11 of the national service and maintenance contract will continue to be performed.