Member Update: Kilo car guarantee 4hr pay conditions

Dear Members;

Please see the attached letter of agreement between BC Emergency Health Services & Ambulance Paramedics of BC, dated June 13, 2017 which essentially ends the era of our members having to carry a kilo pager for days and weeks on end and not actually receiving pay. This four-hour guarantee will be paid to any kilo shift which does not receive at least one other call out. We see this as a positive step in the right direction.

The specifics and particulars are outlined within the agreement which is attached for your reference. 

A few key points:

  • Employees will NOT be required to attend the station to sign into the CAD, car check, etc., in order to claim the pay. 
  • This agreement is in place until either a new delivery model is agreed to, or the next round of bargaining, whichever may be first.
  • Details about how to submit for the pay will be provided before July 1, 2017.
  • The guaranteed 4 hours is pensionable time which counts towards benefit eligibility and the 84 hr limit in the pay period, prior to attracting over time rates as per the collective agreement. 
  • Employees assigned to work a Kilo shift and who complete the shift without a call out, shall receive a supplementary 4hrs pay.
  • Employees shall continue to receive pager pay as per the current practice.
  • Employees who work a partial Kilo shift, or split a Kilo shift with another employee, i.e. do not work the complete Kilo shift, shall not receive the 4hrs pay.
  • The employer reserves the right to activate employees for up to four hours in substitution of the above guarantee, for the purposes of training, which would occur no more than 10 times per year.
  • In the event employees are activated for the purpose of training the following will apply:
    • Any call out received within the first 2 hrs of the training activation will not attract a second call out and will be considered a continuation of the training activation;
    • If this call exceeds 4 hrs from the start of the training activation, employees will be paid as per current practice.
    • Any call out received within the second 2hrs of the training activation will be considered a separate call out and attract a 4hr minimum payment.
    • The employees’ supervisor shall notify employees at least 7 days prior to the training day and the need to report for training.
    • Kilo shifts will continue to be assigned as per the current practice and the Collective Agreement

Should you have any questions, please contact your RVPs directly, they will consult with the Provincial Executive Committee as needed.

To download a copy of the Employer’s proposal, and the letter of agreement; please see attached. 


Provincial Executive Committee
Ambulance Paramedics and Emergency Dispatchers of BC 
CUPE Local 873

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