Now that we’ve broadly identified what kind of union we’re dealing with, we’ll dive into the union agreement. The union agreement tells us what kind of benefits we’ll be paying that union’s members, and how much each benefit will cost.

When Abio has this information it can generate invoices for each union, itemizing each benefit for each union member.

The first step in this process is to set up as many union benefit types as necessary to satisfy the union agreement. Navigate to [c] Payroll, then [u] Set Up, then [c] Union Benefit Entry:

In this example we’ve already set up some benefit types:

[c] Payroll | [u] Set Up | [c] Union Benefit Entry

The Details tab shows us what settings each benefit type has:

[c] Payroll | [u] Set Up | [c] Union Benefit Entry

Let’s look at these settings.

Benefit is Calculated On

The benefit can be calculated on one of the following amounts:

  • Regular, time and a half and overtime hours
  • All hours at base rate
  • Regular, time and a half and overtime earnings
  • All hours at regular rates

Employer/Employee Pays

If the employer pays, the amount of this benefit will be an extra cost to them. If the employee pays, this benefit will be deducted from their gross pay.


Set this to indicate how the benefit should be directed.

Include Holiday Earnings

Union agreements often differentiate between worked hours vs vacation and statutory hours.

Matching RRSP or Pension

To encourage their members to save towards retirement, some unions offer to match the member’s pension or RRSP contributions.


Only active union benefit types can be applied to union setups.