TOWNSHIP OF DENVILLE
DENVILLE PUBLIC WORKS
January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2013
|Section 1||Rights …………………………………………………………………..||2-3|
|Section 2||Applicability …………………………………………………………...||3|
|Section 3||Salary …………………………………………………………………..||4-5|
|Section 4||Longevity Increment …………………………………………………...||5|
|Section 5||Holidays ………………………………………………………………..||6|
|Section 6||Sick Leave ……………………………………………………………...||6-9|
|Section 7||Vacation ………………………………………………………………..||9|
|Section 8||Funeral and Personal Leave ……………………………………………||9-10|
|Section 9||Work Week and Overtime ……………………………………………..||10-11|
|Section 10||Grievance Procedures ………………………………………………...||11-12|
|Section 11||Promotions …………………………………………………………….||12|
|Section 12||Modifications and Alterations …………………………………………||12|
|Section 13||Breaks ………………………………………………………………….||12|
|Section 14||Work Schedule ………………………………………………………… ||13|
|Section 15||Safety Equipment ………………………………………………………||13-14|
|Section 16||Medical Coverage ……………………………………………………...||14-15|
|Section 17||Educational Costs & Reimbursement …………………………………||15|
|Section 18||Agency Shop …………………………………………………………...||15-17|
|Section 19||Death Benefits ………………………………………………………….||17|
|Section 20||Terms of Agreement …………………………………………………...||17|
|Section 21||Future Negotiations …………………………………………………….||17|
|Section 22||Separability of Savings ………………………………………………...||17|
|Section 23||No Waiver ……………………………………………………………||17-18|
THIS AGREEMENT entered into this 12th day of June, 2012 by and between
THE TOWNSHIP OF DENVILLE, a Municipal Corporation of the State of New Jersey, having its principal office at One St. Mary’s Place, in the Township of Denville, County of Morris and State of New Jersey, hereafter designated as “Denville” or “The Township”
DENVILLE PUBLIC WORKS EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION of the Township of Denville, in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey, hereafter designated as “Association” or “Representative”.
WHEREAS, pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 303 of the Laws of 1968 of the State of New Jersey, as amended, the Representatives submitted themselves on behalf of the employees of the Department of Public Works of the Township of Denville, exclusive of Superintendents, Assistant Foreman, Foreman and or Director; and
WHEREAS, the Representatives were recognized as the exclusive bargaining agents for the members of the Department of Public Works of the Township of Denville, exclusive of Superintendents and Director; and
WHEREAS, the Township and the Representatives have reached an Agreement and are desirous of reducing same to writing covering certain of the terms and conditions governing employment, wages. And other matters between the Township and all of the employees of the Department of Public Works.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration for the services performed by the employees of the Department of Public Works, and that mutual covenants hereof, the parties hereto do covenant and agree as follows:
SECTION 1 RIGHTS
The Township, on its behalf and on behalf of the citizens of the Township of Denville, in the County of Morris and the State of New Jersey, does hereby retain and reserve unto itself, without limitation, all powers, rights, authority, duties and responsibilities conferred upon and vested in it by the Constitutions and Laws of the United States of America and the State of New Jersey, including but not limited to the following rights:
To the executive management and administrative control of the Township and its properties and facilities and the activities of its employees.
To hire all employees and, subject to the provisions of law, to determine their qualifications and the conditions for their continued employment, or their dismissal or demotion; and to promote and transfer all such employees.
To determine work schedules, the hours of work and the duties, responsibilities and assignments of all employees, and the terms and conditions of employment.
The exercise of the foregoing powers, right, authority, duties and responsibilities by the Township of Denville, the adoption of policies, rules, regulations and practices in furtherance thereof, and the use of judgment and discretion in connection therewith shall be limited only by the specific and express terms of this Agreement, and so long as they are in compliance with the Constitutions and Laws of the United States of America and the State of New Jersey.
Nothing contained herein shall be considered or construed to deny or restrict the Township of Denville of its rights, responsibilities and authority under municipal and other laws of the State of New Jersey or any other federal, state, county, regional, district or local laws, rules, regulations, directives or others applicable to the operation and performance of its functions.
SECTION 2 APPLICABILITY
The terms and conditions of this Agreement shall apply only to those full-time employees of the Department of Public Works of the Township of Denville, and in the capacities listed in the Section entitled Salary.
Seasonal Employees – an employee hired for a seasonal job classification shall not be subject to the terms of this Agreement. No seasonal employee shall be retained as a seasonal employee of the Township for a period in excess of nine (9) months, the Township, at its sole discretion, shall either terminate the employment relationship or make an appointment to a permanent employment position.
Nothing herein shall prohibit the reemployment from year-to-year of a seasonal employee who is employed for nine (9) months or less in a calendar year. Said employees shall retain temporary status.
All Denville Township Employees must be called for snow emergencies before any outside/independent contractors will be utilized. The rate of pay for contractors will be $15.75 per hour.
SECTION 3 SALARY
|Rate Scale per Hour||2010||2011||2012||2013|
|Equipment Operator||$ 31.93||$ 32.49||$ 33.06||$ 33.63|
|Mechanic||$ 32.66||$ 33.23||$ 33.81||$ 34.41|
|Head Mechanic||$ 34.77||$ 35.38||$ 36.00||$ 36.63|
|Body/Fender Repairman||$ 32.49||$ 33.06||$ 33.64||$ 34.22|
|Step||1||$ 17.11||$ 17.41||$ 17.72$ 18.03|
|2||$ 20.48||$ 20.84||$ 21.21$ 21.58|
|3||$ 25.84||$ 26.30||$ 26.76$ 27.23|
|4||$ 26.46||$ 26.92||$ 27.39$ 27.87|
|5||$ 27.14||$ 27.61||$ 28.09$ 28.59|
|6||$ 27.88||$ 28.37||$ 28.86$ 29.37|
|Step||1||$ 20.48||$ 20.84||$ 21.21$ 21.58|
|2||$ 23.91||$ 24.33||$ 24.76$ 25.19|
|3||$ 28.28||$ 28.77||$ 29.27$ 29.79|
|4||$ 28.99||$ 29.50||$ 30.01$ 30.54|
|5||$ 29.72||$ 30.24||$ 30.77$ 31.31|
|6||$ 30.60||$ 31.13||$ 31.68$ 32.23|
|Step||1||$ 21.35||$ 21.72||$ 22.10$ 22.49|
|2||$ 24.79||$ 25.22||$ 25.66$ 26.11|
|3||$ 29.13||$ 29.64||$ 30.16$ 30.69|
|4||$ 29.81||$ 30.33||$ 30.87$ 31.41|
|5||$ 30.51||$ 31.05||$ 31.59$ 32.15|
|6||$ 31.14||$ 31.68||$ 32.23$ 32.80|
|Step||1||$ 18.32||$ 18.64||$ 18.96$ 19.29|
|2||$ 19.07||$ 19.39||$ 19.71$ 20.04|
*1. In the 2nd year of employment, employee to receive contractual percent increase, plus additional $.75 per hour.
2. After completion of two years of employment, employee to receive Truck Drive 1 Rate.
A. Retention of body/fender and repair category. Any body, fender or repair work done by any other category whether foreman, truck driver or mechanic will be compensated for by a twenty ($.20) cent hourly differential for work out of category.
B. All laborers, truck drivers, and mechanics helpers shall continue to be placed on the step guide set forth herein from date of hire until they reach maximum rate of pay on that guide. Each step represents one year in service and each employee will move one step on his anniversary date with the Township.
C. Any full-time employee required to have a CDL to perform their job duties shall have a salary differential of $300 per annum added to their base salary.
D. Any full time employee carrying the on duty phone (i.e. Road, Water/Sewer) shall receive a One Hundred ($100.00) dollar compensation for that said week. Said employee will be supplied a township vehicle for use on the week designated.
SECTION 4 LONGEVITY INCREMENT
All employees hired prior to October 31, 1998, shall be paid a longevity increment, calculated from the date of employment in the Township of Denville, in addition to base salary for the period beginning January 1, 2006 and ending December 31, 2009, according to the schedule below:
|0 through 3 years||$ 0|
|4 through 7 years ||$ 858|
|8 through 11 years||$ 972|
|12 through 15 years ||$1,087|
|16 through 20 years ||$1,316|
|21 through 24 years ||$1,438|
|25 years and over ||$1,545|
SECTION 5 HOLIDAYS
All employees covered by this Agreement shall be excused from work, with pay, on the following twelve (12) holidays:
New Year’s Day Labor Day
President’s Day Veteran’s Day
Good Friday Thanksgiving Day
Memorial Day Friday after Thanksgiving
Independence Day Christmas Day
Two (2) personal floating holidays
When any of the above-mentioned legal holidays fall on a Saturday or a Sunday, such holiday shall be celebrated on either the Friday before or the Monday after, as designated by the Township. To be entitled to any of the above paid holidays, the employees must work the regular work days before and after such holiday, except if the holiday falls during an employee’s vacation period, in which event the employee will receive an additional day of vacation.
Any time which the Municipal Office is closed at the direction of the Mayor, the Public Works Employees governed by this Agreement will be given equal time off, provided however, that the identity of the individual employee and the date of his day off will be approved by the Superintendent or the Director of Public Works.
Equivalent time off as provided for herein shall also be granted to those employees who have utilized approved vacation or personal leave time on such days.
Request for Floating Holidays must be put in writing to the Superintendent or the Director of Public Works.
SECTION 6 SICK LEAVE
Each regular full-time employee covered by this Agreement shall be entitled to compensable sick leave of fifteen (15) days per year. All new employees will accumulate sick time starting from date of hire.
Effective 01/01/96 and for the duration of this Agreement the following provisions shall be applicable to the sick leave program:
New employees hired on or after execution of this contract shall have the right to accumulate a Terminal Leave Bank with a cap of 50 days or less. New employees must notify the Township Administrator on or before 12/15 as to this option.
Sick time may be taken at a minimum of two (2) hour increments.
No additional time will be earned while on terminal leave.
TERMINAL LEAVE BANK – Employees with less than 75 days in their Terminal Leave Bank may add unused sick leave to their Terminal Leave Bank on a ratio of 1 day for 3 days until their elected cap is reached.
SICK LEAVE BANK – A Sick Leave Bank will be established in 1996 for use by employees while on active employment but to be eliminated upon termination of employment. This Sick Leave Bank will accumulate without limit on the basis of two-thirds (2/3) of unused sick leave per year.
PAYMENT FOR UNUSED SICK LEAVE – Once the Terminal Leave Bank Cap is reached, employees shall be paid for one-third (1/3) of their unused sick leave per year with the balance of such unused sick leave credited to the Sick Leave Bank as set forth above in number 3. When the Sick Leave Bank reached 75 days, the ratio of payment for unused sick leave changed to 50% per year in cash or to the Terminal Leave Bank whichever is applicable, and 50% to Sick Leave Bank.
BUY DOWN OF TERMINAL LEAVE BANK – When the cap on Terminal Leave Bank is reached, vested employees may buy down days in the Terminal Leave bank at a maximum rate of ten (10) days per year. This buy down will be in addition to payment for unused sick leave as set forth above in number 4. Employees become vested after ten (10) years of service with the Township and until such vesting occurs, no payment from the Terminal Leave Bank for any reason, including termination of employment or buy down, shall occur.
ADJUSTMENTS IN TERMINAL LEAVE BANK
Reduction in terminal Leave Bank due to sickness can be restored to the cap in effect as of January 1 of the year when days from the Terminal Leave Bank are first used. This restoration is at the option of the employee and the option must be exercised by notification to the Township Administrator by 12/15 of the year in which days from the Terminal leave Bank are used.
Reduction in terminal leave due to buy down cannot be restored.
To qualify for regular pay under the provision of this Agreement on account of illness, absences for five (5) or more consecutive days must be supported by a physician’s certificate. Failure to provide such a physician’s certificate shall result in the forfeiture of vacation or holiday benefits in the amount of time equal to the absence, or a loss of pay, if the employee’s vacation entitlement has been exercised and used during that year. All payment for sick leave entitlement shall be subject to the approval of the Superintendent or the Director of the Department of Public Works or, if there is non, the Business Administrator or the Township of Denville. The parties agree to cooperate to insure that there is no abuse in the use of sick leave, and the employer has the right to require doctor certification after 5 days to justify the use of sick leave. If the employer exercised its right to require such doctor certification, it shall pay for the cost of the medical examination. This medical certification is in addition to the certification required for five (5) or more days of absence as set forth above.
A member of this unit may choose to add 1/3 of his unused sick days from the immediately preceding year to his vacation time for the current year and 2/3 of the unused sick days will go into the Sick Bank, at the discretion of the Superintendent or the Director of Public Works. However, the amount of vacation time taken in one calendar year may never exceed thirty (30) days.
WORK INCURRED INJURY
(b) If there is a determination by the Division of Workers’ Compensation that an employee has suffered a work related injury, or if the employer stipulates as authorized in writing by the Township Administrator or his/her designee, or otherwise does not contest a workers’ compensation claim that an employee has suffered a work-related injury, then such injury shall receive the compensation benefits as set forth in this Article.
1) A “work-related injury or disability,” as referenced herein, shall be defined by the definitions and regulations of the New Jerseys Workers’ Compensation Act, codified at N.J.S.A. 34:15-1. If the employer disputes the employee’s injury as being a work-related injury or disability, the employee must file a claim with the New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation. The dispute shall be resolved by the Division of Workers’ Compensation and be binding on the employer and employee.
2) Where an employee covered under this Agreement suffers a work related injury or disability, as agreed upon by the employer or as determined by the New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation, and is unable to work in his/her normal position and/or is not able or assigned to light duty if available and receives workers compensation and/or temporary disability benefits, the employee shall continue to receive his/her full pay from the date of the employee’s injury; however, such payment shall not continue for more than one (1) year, during the continuance of the employee’s inability work.
(c) During the period of time when an employee is unable to work due to a work related injury, all temporary disability benefits accruing under the provisions of the Workmen’s Compensation Act or any other insurance paid for by the employer, shall be paid over to the employer.
(d) The provisions in this Article shall apply only to compensation benefits resulting from a work related injury as defined herein. Nothing in this article shall guarantee a right to continued employment after suffering a work related injury or to payment of any other additional benefits unless otherwise provided under the law.
SECTION 7 VACATION
Each regular, full-time employee covered by this Agreement shall be entitles to vacation time as follows:
Over 4 months to 1 year 1 day per month, starting with the fifth
Length of Service Vacation
month of employment
After 1 year to 4 years Two (2) weeks
After 4 years to 14 years Two (2) weeks, plus one day per year of
service after 4th year
After 14 years to 19 years Four (4) weeks, plus one day per year of
service after 14th year
After 19 years Five (5) weeks, plus one day per year for
maximum of 30 working days, for any employee
each year in excess of 19 years up to a
with continuous service
If the anniversary date of employment falls prior to August 1st of the year in question, the additional day of vacation will be granted within that year.
SECTION 8 FUNERAL AND PERSONAL LEAVE
Each member of the Department of Public Works covered by this Agreement shall be entitled to three (3) off-duty days with pay, on the days immediately following the death of spouse, civil union partner, domestic partner, children, mother, father, sister, brother, grandfather, grandmother, grandfather-in-law, grandmother-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, father-in-law, or mother-in-law providing the employee attends the funeral. In special cases, at the discretion of Administration and approval by the Mayor or Administrator, time may be granted when requested by an employee. The township reserves the right to request proof of relationship, in special cases, provided employee attends funeral services.
Employees covered by this agreement shall be entitled to the following personal leave on a per annum basis:
Where possible, employees will provide reasonable advance notice for scheduling personal leave days, but no reason or notice is required for use of personal day entitlement under this section of the Agreement.
After two (2) years of employment 1 day
After three (3) years of employment 2 days
After four (4) years of employment 3 days
SECTION 9 WORK WEEK AND OVERTIME
All regular, full-time employees of the Department of Public Works covered by this agreement, who are paid on an hourly basis, shall work eight (8) hours per day, five (5) days per week.
All regular, full-time employees of the Department of Public Works covered by this Agreement, who are paid on an hourly basis, shall be paid time and one-half for all work in excess of eight (8) hours in a given work day.
All regular, full-time employees of the Department of Public Works covered by this Agreement, who are paid on an hourly basis, shall be paid time and one-half for all work in excess of forty (40) hours in one calendar week. All work on Saturday will be at time and one-half.
All regular, full-time employees of the Department of Public Works covered by this Agreement, who are paid on an hourly basis, shall be paid double time for work performed on Sundays and holidays.
Overtime sewer callout and water main breaks will be at double the regular rate for time worked. This provision is applicable to all employees covered under this Agreement.
CALL-OUT- Any employee called out from his/her home for work shall be compensated with a minimum of four (4) hours call out time at the time an one-half rate for work in excess of forty (40) hours per week or eight (8) hours per day. Any employee that is called out a second time in the same day will be entitled to the actual time worked beyond the expiration of the first four (4) hours call out guarantee. Any employee that is called out a third time shall receive a minimum of four (4) hours call out at the time and one-half rate for work in excess of forty (40) hours per week or eight (8) hours per day for the specific call out, provided the third call out is not within the first four (4) hour call out guarantee.
Call-out time is prorated from the time the individual leaves his residence and returns.
Employees who have worked, exclusive of travel time, the entire four (4) hour period shall receive an additional hour of pay at the straight time hourly rate.
SEWER AND WELL CHECKS – The sewer and well checks will be alternated by a rotating list designated by the employer of at least four (4) men. The responsibility will be to check all sewer and water pumping stations on his designated weekend and to respond to any sewer or pumping station emergency registered at police headquarters light board. Compensation shall be One Hundred ($100.00) dollars for Saturday and One Hundred ($100.00) dollars for Sunday. He shall be supplied a vehicle for use on the week designated. If the emergency requires his work at the emergency for over one (1) hour he will be compensated at regular compensation rate as per the day of the week in addition to stipend above.
SHIFT ROTATION – The number of employees scheduled to work the rotation shift (Thursday through Monday) will be set at a maximum of five (5). When a sixth person is hired, the senior employee on the shift will return to a normal work week of Monday through Friday.
CLARIFYING LANGUAGE ON COMP TIME FOR WORK SUCH AS FLUSHING HYDRANTS- All regular full-time employees of the Public Works covered by this Agreement are required to perform their duties on a night shift (8:00 pm – 6:00 am) for flushing hydrants or sewer lining projects, are to be compensated at one and one-quarter (1-1/4) times regular pay, and they have the option to receive this overtime as pay or in the form of compensatory time-off. The use of compensatory time is at the discretion of the Superintendent or the Director of Public Works in accordance with the scheduling needs of the Public Works Department, and for the health, safety, and benefit of the Township and its citizens.
SECTION 10 GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES
To provide for the expeditious and mutually satisfactory settlement of grievance arising with respect to complaints occurring under this Agreement the following procedure shall be used.
For purposes of this Agreement, the term ‘grievance” means any complaint, difference or dispute between the employer and any employee with respect to the interpretation, application, or violation of any of the provisions of this Agreement or any applicable rule or regulation or policies, agreements or administrative decisions affecting any employee(s) covered by this Agreement.
The procedure for settlement of grievance shall be as follows:
In the event that any employee covered by this Agreement has a grievance within fifteen (15) working days of the occurrence of the event being grieved, the employee shall present the grievance, in writing, to the Superintendent or the Director of Public Works or his designee. The Superintendent or the Director of Public Works or his designee will respond to the grievance filed, in writing, within ten (10) working days of the date the grievance is received.
If the Association wishes to appeal the decision of the Superintendent or the Director of Public Works it shall be presented in writing to the employer’s governing body or its delegated representative within fifteen (15) working days. This presentation shall include copies of all previous correspondence relating to the matter in dispute. The employer’s governing body or its delegated representative may give the Association the opportunity to be heard and will give his decision in writing within twenty (20) working days of receipt of the written grievance.
C. STEP THREE
1. If no satisfactory resolution of the grievance is reached at Step Two then within five (5) working days the grievance shall be referred to the Public Employment Relations Commission for the selection of an arbitrator, pursuant to the rules of said Commission. The decision of the arbitrator shall be final and binding upon the parties. The expense of such arbitration shall be borne equally by the parties.
2. It is agreed between the parties that no arbitration hearing shall be held until after the expiration of at least thirty (30) days after the decision rendered by the employer’s governing body or its representative on the grievance.
3. Employees covered by this Agreement may process a grievance without Association representation but only up to the point of arbitration, except in cases of discipline or discharge where the individual employee may request arbitration if the Association declines to process the grievance through arbitration. It is also understood that the Association shall be notified and shall have the right to be present at all steps of the grievance procedure, including arbitration.
4. The cost of the arbitrator shall be borne equally by the parties but each party shall be responsible for such other costs as he may incur.
SECTION 11 PROMOTIONS
Whenever a vacancy occurs, it shall be the policy of the Township to consider promotions from within the ranks of existing personnel, based on ability, seniority, and past performance. It is specifically understood and agreed that the appointing authority for the Township reserves the sole right to make all final decisions.
SECTION 12 MODIFICATIONS AND ALTERATIONS
No amendments, modifications or alterations to this Agreement shall be binding upon the parties hereto, unless such amendment, modification or alteration is made in writing.
SECTION 13 BREAKS
Each employee shall also be granted a fifteen (15) minute break prior to the commencement of overtime, when such overtime commences immediately following a work period, and after each two (2) hours of overtime. A forty-five (45) minute meal break will be granted to each employee after the completion of four (4) hours of overtime by each employee. When overtime continues in excess of two (2) hours of overtime immediately after the completion of a regular work day, each employee working such overtime shall be granted a forty-five (45) minute supper break.
SECTION 14 WORK SCHEDULE
The regular working hours of each employee covered by the Agreement shall commence at 7:00 AM and terminate at 3:30 PM.
The lunch period shall be from 11:30 AM to Noon. The working schedule shall consist of eight and one-half (8-1/2) hours, inclusive of the “unpaid” one-half (1/2) hour meal period. Any change from the currently existing daily schedule requires a two (2) week notice period by the Employer to the Employees or may be altered on less notice in emergency circumstances.
SECTION 15 SAFETY EQUIPMENT
E. The Employer shall provide the following clothing items on an annual basis:
The Township will furnish to each employee the following safety items:
The employer shall provide a credit to each employee covered by this Agreement in the sum of Two Hundred and Sixty Five ($265.00) dollars per annum for the purchase of hard toe shoes. The employee shall be responsible for any amount in excess of the specified sums. The use of the above safety items will be determined by the Township, and job descriptions shall be prepared by the Township and approved by the Association’s representative. Employees shall be required to wear safety equipment where required and instructed.
Working gloves (provided as needed)
Hard toe shoes (minimum of two (2) pairs as needed)
Any Eyeglasses bent, damaged or broken on the job will be replaces at the expense of the Township.
Safety Clause – Iron coffin will be provided or adequate alternate showing the following circumstances:
C. Health and Safety – A procedure will be implemented to provide backup coverage for employees required to work in a “confined space”, and a system will be established with the Police Department to provide periodic checks with an employee who is working alone in spot sanding assignments during inclement weather.
Trench excavation depth over five (5) feet
Soil with water in it which is sufficient to destroy soil characteristics
D. 1) Each employee designated “mechanic” shall receive Four Hundred and Twenty Five ($425) Dollars as an annual tool allowance. Said designated “mechanic” shall be entitled to receive the $425 annual tool allowance after six (6) months of employment with the Township.
2) Prior to December 31 of each calendar year, each mechanic shall provide to the Department Head an inventory of all tools utilized in the performance of his duties. It shall be the responsibility of each mechanic to advise the Department Head of any additional tools purchased for his employment and included within his inventory.
1) 5 shirts
2) 5 slacks
3) 5 T-shirts
4) 2 light jackets
The employer shall provide two (2) coveralls to present employees who do not have coveralls, and new employees will receive the coveralls after six (6) months of employment. Said coveralls will be replaced on an as needed basis.
One (1) winter jacket will be provided on a biannual basis.
The above items and number of issue can be adjusted by the employee with the consent and approval of the Superintendent or the Director of Public Works.
The items designated herein shall be provided upon approval of the Local Municipal Budget.
F. Shorts will be permitted as work attire from May 1st to September 15th, and with the following restrictions
Lawn Mowers / riding and walking
Tree cutting / brush cutting
Pipe job and basin repair
Working in woods or overgrown right of ways
All shorts must be town issued uniforms.
If an employee is working on a job that allows him/her to wear shorts and the job is changed to one which disallows the use of shorts, pants must be available at work. If the employee must go home for a necessary wardrobe change, it will be on his own time.
SECTION 16 MEDICAL COVERAGE
All full-time employees covered under this agreement and their immediate families (spouse and eligible children) shall be provided with group insurance benefits including hospitalization, major medical insurance, dental insurance, and prescription insurance. Vision care shall be provided to the employee only. All employee shall be required to contribute through direct payroll deduction towards health insurance benefits listed above at the rate as established by the State of New Jersey.
The Township is free to place the insurance with any agency as long as the benefits remain substantially equal to or better than the current coverage.
SECTION 17 EDUCATIONAL COSTS AND REIMBURSEMENT
In addition to base pay, increments thereto and any other payment herein provided shall receive the following payments:
Full reimbursement for the cost of books required by the institution where the approved course was taken, provided evidence of successful completion of said course is submitted to the Administrator of the Township and further provided there is compliance with Subsection C of this section. Employee will be selected by Administrator for taking said courses.
Full reimbursement of tuition costs actually paid to the institution where there has been compliance and successful completion of a course approved by the Township Administrator. Any payment received from any tuition grant directly to the employee or from any other sources shall be credited against the tuition reimbursement and the amount paid by the Township shall be decreased accordingly. Reimbursement shall be subject to the terms and conditions of Subsection C of this section.
To qualify for any reimbursement provided herein, a voucher must be submitted to the Township on the form and in the manner prescribed for payment of all vouchers, to which there must be attached:
The education benefits described in this section shall be payable on or before June 30th of each contract year, and in accordance with past practices, credits will be deemed earned when the course is ended with a passing grade and not when grades are issued.
A certificate from the institution giving the title of the approved course, indicating successful compliance and completion of the approved course; and/or
A receipted voucher for tuition cost indicating that it is payment for the specifically approved course at the institution in question, with a certification by the employee indicating that no reimbursement and the amount due after reimbursement; and/or approved courses by Administration, High School Equivalency, Sewer and Water Licenses, Mechanical Training and Association Management Degree.
SECTION 18 AGENCY SHOP
The Township of Denville shall deduct by payroll deduction a fair share fee for services rendered by the majority bargaining representative and the fair fee for services rendered by the majority bargaining representative shall be in the amount equal to the regular membership dues, less the cost of benefits financed through the dues and available only to the members of the majority bargaining representative, but in no event shall the fee exceed eighty-five (85%) percent of the regular membership dues.
The majority bargaining representative shall provide, sixty (60) days prior to January 1st and July 31st of each year, advance written notice to the Public Employment Relations Commission, the Township of Denville, and to all employees within the unit, and furnished by the Township of Denville, the information necessary to compute the fair share fee for services on the above formula.
Any challenge to the assessment by an employee shall be filed in writing with the Public Employment Relations Commission, the Township of Denville and the majority bargaining representative within thirty (30) days after receipt of the written notice by the employee. All challenges shall specify those portions of the assessment challenged and the reason therefore. The burden of proof relating to the amount of the fair share fee shall be on the majority bargaining representative.
The Township of Denville shall deduct the fee from the earnings of the employees and transmit the fee to the majority bargaining representative quarterly during the term of this Agreement and any successive Agreement so providing.
In the event the challenge is filed, the deduction for fair share fee shall be held in escrow by the Township of Denville pending a decision by the Public Employment Relations Commission pursuant to N.J.S.A. 34:13A5.4 as amended. No fees shall be deducted for any employee sooner than a) the thirtieth (30th) day following the notice of the amount of the fair share fee; b) satisfactory completion of a probationary period or the thirties (30th) day following the beginning of employment, whichever is later; c) the tenth (10th) day following the beginning of employment for employees entering into work in the negotiation unit from reemployment lists; d) the date of satisfactory completion of the probationary period of the completion of a three (3) month period following the beginning of employment, whichever is sooner, for employees in the employ of the Township of Denville at the time an agency shop agreement becomes effective shall be required to tender the fair share fee before the thirtieth (30th) day following the date said agreement becomes effective.
The majority bargaining representative agrees to establish a procedure by which non-member employees in a unit can challenge the assessment as provided in Section 3 of this act. Said procedure shall consist of any appeal of the individual assessment to the Board of Trustees of Denville Public Works Employees Association at a meeting to be scheduled no later than thirty (30) days from the date of the notice of the challenge of the assessment. Upon receipt of a challenge, notice of the challenge and hearing date shall be given to the Township of Denville and the challenging employee by the majority bargaining representative and shall be posted conspicuously at the work sites of the Township of Denville to allow all interested employees to participate. The hearing shall be open to all interested parties and the determination of the Board of Trustees of the Denville Public Works Association shall be made in writing with copies to the Township of Denville and the challenging employee. Any challenging employee who disagrees with the determination of the Board of Trustees of Denville Public Works Association shall have a right, within twenty (20) days of said notice of determination, to appeal the decision to a Board consisting of three (3) members appointed by the Governor, and such other appeal as may be allowed by law.
SECTION 19 DEATH BENEFITS
The estate of an employee who dies while employed by the Township shall be entitled to receive all benefits, including accumulated sick leave pay and his pro rata share of benefits up to the date of his demise (example: vacation pay, holidays, salary, etc.)
SECTION 20 TERMS OF AGREEMENT
Notwithstanding the date of the execution set forth herein the terms and conditions of this Agreement shall be effective January 1, 2010 with retroactive payments prescribed herein for 2010 retroactive to July 1, 2010. This Agreement shall remain in full force and effect until December 31, 2013.
SECTION 21 FUTURE NEGOTIATIONS
The parties hereto do covenant and agree that proposals for a new Agreement shall be exchanged between the Township and the Association by September 2013. It is expressly agreed that the existing contract terms and conditions will remain in full force and effect. All benefits, longevity and promotional increases will be granted on the date earned until a new agreement is reached.
The Township agrees that once the contract has been signed by the members and approved by the Council they will pay any retroactive monies due and owing within thirty (30) days.
SECTION 22 SEPARABILITY AND SAVINGS
If any provision of this Agreement or any application of this Agreement to any employee, member or group of employees or members is held to be invalid by operation of law, by any court, administrative body or other tribunal of competent jurisdiction, then the parties agree to reopen negotiations with the Association (not an individual) with respect to the impact of such invalid provision consistent with the law relating to negotiations as set forth in the N.J.S.A. 34:13A:3, et seq.; however, all other provisions and applications contained herein shall continue in full force and effect, and shall not be affected thereby. However, if the parties are unable to negotiate a satisfactory agreement concerning the impact of any invalidated provision of the contract, such unresolved dispute may be submitted to impasse arbitration.
SECTION 23 NO WAIVER
Except as otherwise provided in the Agreement, the failure to enforce any provision of this Agreement or exercise one’s rights pursuant thereto shall not be deemed a waiver thereof. This Agreement is not intended and shall not be construed as a waiver of any right or benefit to which the employees herein are entitled. This provision does not apply to timeliness requirements contained within this contract or its separate provisions.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused these presents to be signed and sealed the day and first above written.
ATTEST: TOWNSHIP OF DENVILLE
Donna I. Costello, RMC/CMC Steven Ward
Municipal Clerk Business Administrator / Acting Mayor
ATTEST: DENVILLE PUBLIC WORKS
Donna I. Costello, RMC/CMC Rick Blood
Municipal Clerk Association President
Association Vice President