Please note that this new policy was voted into place by the Board of Trustees, affects ALL members and will be enforced as of January 1, 2017. The new policy is shown below, changes are bold and underlined.
The goals of the ALTTF Course Reimbursement Policy are:
- To allow paid up members to take the specified generic course at a location convenient to them.
- To allow paid up members to increase their safety knowledge, making them more viable employees.
The ALTTF will reimburse the full or partial tuition, whichever applicable, to a paid up member who has successfully completed the following courses as outlined below:
- H2S Alive (up to $150.00)
- Standard First Aid/CPR (up to $150.00)
- Leadership for Safety Excellence (up to $75.00)
- Wildlife Awareness (up to $150.00, level 2 in class only)
- Common Safety Orientation (up to $150.00)
- OSSA Confined Space (up to $200.00)
- OSSA Elevated Work Platform (up to $200.00)
- ESC Fall Protection (up to $200.00)
- ESC Fire Watch (up to $200.00)
- APR & RPE (up to $125.00 combine)
- Gas Detection (up to $125.00)
- Ground Disturbance Level II (up to $150.00, in class only)
In order for a member to be eligible for reimbursement they must contact the ALTTF for approval prior to taking a course from a third party. Approval will only be granted to those members in good standing who do not hold a current ticket (unless they are within 90 days of expiry). Members who live within a 100 kilometer radius of the Edmonton, Fort McMurray or Calgary training centres will not be eligible for reimbursement. Members who reside in these areas are expected to take the courses they require at their nearest training centre. Member residence status will be based on their address as it is recorded in the Local’s database (mtp).
If a member is required by their Union contractor to get a ticket that is not covered in the policy above the member will have to provide a letter from their supervisor, on company letterhead, stating that the course is required to continue their employment in order to be reimbursed.
If a Union contractor pays for a members course the contractor will be reimbursed only if they contact the ALTTF for approval prior to the training.
If a member would like to contest their ineligibility for reimbursement, they may do so by contacting the Director of the ALTTF or by sending written notice to the Board of Trustees by way of the ALTTF. The Board of Trustees will review these requests at the next Board meeting.
The ALTTF will reimburse a contractor two thirds of the cost of the Better Supervision Course when a paid up member has successfully completed the course. The Better Supervision course is by pre-approval only and is limited to ten seats per year. The request must come from the contractor who is recommending the member and must be made to the Business Manager of the Local to which the member belongs. In turn the Business Manager must send the ALTTF his/her recommendation in writing.
The ALTTF will reimburse up to twenty five (25) members a maximum of $1,500.00 for the successful completion of NACE Coating Inspector training program per calendar year. In order to be reimbursed each participant must apply for approval from their Business Manager, the ALTTF requires a copy of the approval letter to be submitted with the receipts & ticket.
The ALTTF will reimburse up to twenty (20) members up to $750.00 towards the cost of the Advanced First Aid or EMR Course per year based on pre-approval and first come first serve basis. The request must be in the form of a letter and accompanied by a resume along with a recommendation from the Business Manager of the Local of which the member belongs.
The ALTTF will reimburse up to twenty five (25) members per year the following courses towards the completion the National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO) program on a pre-approved and first come first serve basis. The request must be in the form of a letter and accompanied by a resume along with a recommendation from the Business Manager of the Local to which the member belongs. The reimbursement will be a maximum of $750.00 and will only be paid at the audit stage of the program.
All course reimbursement is to be paid only if the request is accompanied by the original receipt and the copies of certificates.
If the course has been paid by anyone other than the person making the request for reimbursement then payment will be made to the person whose name is on the receipt.
Members who belong to other Building Trades Unions and are reimbursed for any courses by another Union will not be reimbursed by the ALTTF for those courses.