Contract Between
Clifton B/E-Passaic
- and -
Clifton Ed Secy's Assn
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07/01/2001 thru 06/30/2005

CategorySchool District

Contract Text Below














A. Unit Definition 1
B. Employee Definition 1


A. Definition 1
B. Daily Working Hour Requirements 1
C. Vacations 2
D. Additional Days Allowed With Pay 2
E. Summer Work 2


A. Ten Month Secretary 2-3
B. Twelve Month Secretary 2-3
C. Longevity 3


A. Procedure 4
B. Authorized Absences 4
1. Employee Illness 4
2. Bereavement 4
3. Jury Duty 4
4. Marriage 5
5. Personal Reasons 5
6. Maternity Leave 5-7
7. Deductions 7
8. Extended Illness Absence 7


A. Release of Information 7
B. Pay During Negotiations 7


A. Internal Vacancy Notifications 7
B. Discrimination Policy 7
C. Board of Education Policy Relationship 8
D. Possible Unlawful Agreement Terms 8
E. Grade and Pay Reduction Procedure 8
F. Grade Advancement 8
G. Personnel Files 8




A. Definition 9
B. Procedures 10


A. Health Insurance 10
B. Prescription Insurance 11
C. Dental Insurance 11
D. Retirement Benefits Payment in the Event of Death 11
E. Retirement Allowance 11
F. Death Payment 11
G. Estate 11


A. In-service Workshop 12
B. Mileage 12
C. Agency Shop – Representative Fee 12
1. Purpose of Fee 12
2. Amount of Fee/Notification 12
3. Deduction and Transmission of Fee 12-13
D. Overtime 14


A. Unit – The Board recognizes the Clifton Association of Educational Secretaries as the exclusive and sole representative for collective negotiations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the following positions, titled:

TEN- MONTH SECRETARIES - All Secretaries working ten-months.

TWELVE-MONTH SECRETARIES - All Secretaries working twelve-months.

For purposes of seniority the following groupings shall be used:

GROUP II - Payroll Secretaries, Transportation Secretaries, Purchasing
Secretary, Data Entry Secretaries, Accounts Payable Secretary
General Account Secretary.

GROUP I - All others.
      Not more than a total of eight (8) executive and administrative assistants to fill the positions in the offices of the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Business Administrator, Assistant Business Administrator, and Board Secretary are expressly excluded.
Definition of Employee
      Unless otherwise indicated, the term “employee” when used hereinafter in this Agreement shall refer to all employees represented by the Association in the negotiating unit as defined above.

Work Year

A. The work year of employees shall be as follows:
      1. All 10-month elementary secretaries shall not be required to be in attendance for more than two days in excess of the school calendar as it applies to the teaching staff.

      2. All 12-month secretaries shall work from July 1 to June 30 with vacation benefits as indicated.

B. All 10-month employees shall work six and three quarter hours on regularly scheduled full days. All 12- month employees shall work six and one half hours on regularly scheduled full days. All elementary secretaries shall have the same dismissal time as the teaching staff on the last day of the school week except in an emergency situation when required to remain by the principal.


C. Vacations

Employees in this bargaining unit shall receive the following vacation, effective as of their anniversary date:

First year: 1 day per month up to 10 days
After completing two years: 15 days
After completing four years: 20 days
After completing six years: 22 days

D. The following additional days off shall be allowed with pay:

1. Two (2) days during the New Jersey Educational Association convention in the fall.

2. Snow Days – as called by the Superintendent of Schools.

3. Spring Recess

E. Summer Work Hours:

The summer schedule for all 12-month secretaries shall be from 8 A.M. to 3 P.M. with one hour for lunch each workday.

Salary Guides


5 $19,380 $22,148
6 $20,043 $22,907
7 $20,947 $23,939
8 $21,851 $24,972
9 $22,754 $26,004
10 $23,658 $27,038
11 $24,718 $28,250
12 $25,779 $29,462
13 $26,839 $30,674
14 $27,900 $31,886
15 $28,960 $33,098
16 $30,140 $34,446
17 $31,235 $35,698
18 $32,460 $37,097


Salary Guides

2002-2003* 2003-2004 2004-2005

Step 10-month 12-month 10-month 12-month 10-month 12-month

1 19,767 22,591 20,034 22,896 20,435 23,354
2 20,106 22,979 20,685 23,640 21,201 24,230
3 20,795 23,766 21,358 24,409 21,996 25,139
4 21,732 24,837 22,052 25,202 22821 26,081
5 22,670 25,909 22,768 26,021 23,677 27,059
6 23,607 26,980 23,736 27,127 24,565 28,074
7 24,545 28,052 24,745 28,280 25,486 29,127
8 25,646 29,309 25,796 29,482 26,442 30,219
9 26,746 30,567 26,893 30,735 27,499 31,428
10 27,846 31,824 28,036 32,041 28,599 32,685
11 28,946 33,081 29,508 33,723 29,886 34,156
12 30,104 34,405 31,057 35,494 31,381 35,864
13 31,572 36,082 32,687 37,357 32,950 37,657
14 33,677 38,489 35,000 40,000 36,400 41,600

LONGEVITY – Three percent (3%) after six years
Four percent (4%) after thirteen years
Five percent (5%) after twenty years

Longevity adjustments shall be paid on July 1st for those individuals whose anniversary date falls between January 2nd and July 1st and on January 1st for those individuals whose anniversary dates fall between July 2nd and December 31st.

*Salary guide steps are re-numbered so that step 5 becomes step 1. All employees move one step each year. For example, an employee on step 5 in 2001-2002 moves to step 2 in 2002-2003; step 3 in 2003-2004 and step 4 in 2004-2005.


Authorized Absences

A. Procedure – When unable to report to work, the individual employee shall call the answering service (number will be provided at the beginning of the school year) as soon as possible, stating the employee’s name, assignment, reason for and date(s) of absence. Employees traveling within the school district shall also notify the answering service.

B. Authorized Absences

1. Employee Illness
          Fifteen (15) full sick days for 12-month employees and twelve (12) full sick days for 10-month employees. There is no limit to the number of sick days that may be accumulated subject to the provision herein.

          In addition to the foregoing benefits, all employees will be allowed additional benefits as follows: If illness continues beyond the sick days allotted and the accumulations credited to the employee have been exhausted, the employee may petition the Board of grant additional leave time as provided in 18A:30-6.
2. Bereavement

a. Four (4) consecutive school days following the date of death for each herein specified, without salary deduction shall be allowed for the death of a father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, child, grandfather, grandmother, grandchildren, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law and legal guardian. Providing, however, should this leave be interrupted by the end of a ten (10) month work year for a ten (10) month employee, it shall not carry over into the next school year but shall terminate with the end of the ten (10) month work year.

b. A six-month non-paid leave of absence shall be granted upon request to secretaries who need to care for an ill family member, as defined above in 2a, or any other family member as determined by the Board.

3. Jury Duty

All employees who are called to serve on jury duty shall receive their full salary during the period of jury duty less the amount of compensation paid them for jury service.


4. Marriage

A maximum of five (5) school days during the year with a deduction of 1/240 for 12-month employees and 1/200 for 10-month employees of the annual salary for each day.

Military leaves shall be granted on the individual basis in accordance with the existing New Jersey Statutes, without salary deduction. Employees who are members of the Reserve or National Guard shall request his or her superior officer to allow him or her to fulfill his or her military requirements during the summer vacation.

5. Personal Reasons

a. Employees shall be granted three (3) personal days per contract year. These personal days will be noncumulative, except that personal leave days not used in any school year will be converted to sick leave days at the end of the year and added to the secretary’s accumulation.

b. One or more of the following categories are eligible reasons for taking personal days:

1) Death (Except as indicated in Article IV, B, 2 above.)

2) Illness (Except personal illness as indicated in Article IV, B, 1.)

3) Court Order

4) Religious Observances

5) Personal affairs of a non-recreational nature and personal affairs or professional affairs which might not be carried out after school hours or weekends. Conventions of all types are not approved. Exceptions shall be made subject to Board approval.

c. Written notice of intention to utilize a personal day must be given in advance to the Personnel Office except in emergencies, in which case the employee will notify the Personnel Office in writing of the fact that the employee has used a personal day.

6. Maternity Leave

The Board shall grant maternity leave without pay to any secretary upon the request subject to the following stipulations and limitations:

a. The Board may remove any pregnant secretary from her duties on the basis of pregnancy only for one of the following reasons:


1) Her performance substantially declines from the period preceding pregnancy.

2) Her physical condition or capacity renders her incapable of performing her assigned duties, which shall be deemed to exist if, (a) the pregnant secretary fails to produce a physician’s certificate that she is medically able to continue working, or: (b) The Board’s physician concludes that she is unable to continue working at her assigned position.

b. The Board shall grant an unpaid leave of absence for pregnancy and for birth for a period not to exceed one (1) calendar year, plus the current school year, if the following conditions are met.

c. Any secretary seeking such leave shall apply to the Board at least sixty (60) days prior to the beginning of the leave for maternity leave. At the time of application, the secretary shall specify in writing the date upon which she wishes to commence leave and the date upon which she wishes to return to work. Both the secretary and her spouse must certify to the Board that the secretary requesting maternity leave for an extended period must be the child-rearing spouse.

The Board may require any secretary to produce a certificate from a physician in support of the requested leave dates. The physician’s certificate is subject to agreement by the Board’s physician. Where medical opinion is supportive of the leave dates requested, such leave shall be granted by the Board, except that the Board may change the requested date upon finding that the grant of a leave for the dates stipulated and medically confirmed would substantially interfere with the administration of the school.

Following the grant of such leave to any secretary, the commencement and termination dates thereof may be further extended or reduced for medical reasons upon application by the secretary to the Board. Such extension or reduction shall be granted by the Board for an additional reasonable period of time except that the Board may alter the requested dates upon finding that such extension or reduction would substantially interfere with the administration of the school and provided that such change is not medically contraindicated. The Board may require any secretary to produce a physician’s certificate in support of the requested change and is subject to agreement by the Board’s physician.

d. Any secretary granted maternity leave without pay according to the provisio9ns of this section may, at her discretion, elect to substitute all or a portion of her accumulated such time in lieu thereof and receive full pay and benefits for the same, but only to the extent that the absence from school is a result of pre or post birth illness. It should be presumed that such illness exists for one month before and one month after birth. Any departure from this presumption must be medically substantiated.


e. Upon return from a maternity leave of absence, the secretary shall be reinstated in her same position.

f. The Board is under no compulsion to continue the employment of a non-tenured secretary beyond the contracted period so long as the non-renewal of employment is not based solely upon a condition of pregnancy or childbirth.

The maternity leave period shall not be counted for tenure purpose.

g. Advancement on the Salary Guide shall be based upon the date of commencement of the leave of absence. The secretary shall be granted a full Salary Guide step if she/he works more than ninety (90) school days. Working less than ninety (90) days shall result in no advancement on the Salary Guide.

7. Deductions

Any deductions or additions to/from payroll shall be based on 1/240 of annual salary for 12-month employees and 1/200 of annual salary for 10-month employees.

After the fifth day of absence, a physician’s certificate may be requested to substantiate justification for further absence due to medical reasons.

Association Rights

A. The Board agrees to furnish to the Association in response to reasonable requests from time to time any information permissible under law.

B. Whenever any representative of the Association or any employee is mutually scheduled by the parties to participate during working hours in negotiations, grievance proceedings, conferences, or meetings, she shall suffer no loss of pay.

Employee Rights

A. In keeping with the Board’s policy regarding Affirmative Action, and with respect to the laws pertaining to “Openness in Government”, the Board of Education agrees to advertise within the system all vacated secretarial positions within twenty (20) school days of the acceptance of a resignation or retirement of the employee creating the vacancy or approval by the Board of Education of a new secretarial position, so that any secretary may apply for a transfer if desired.

B. The Board and the Association agree that there shall be no discrimination, and that all practices, procedures and policies of the school system shall clearly demonstrate that there is no discrimination in the hiring, training, assignment, promotion, transfer or disciplining of secretaries or in the application of this Agreement on the grounds of race,
color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, domicile, or marital status.
C. Board practice, rules, regulations or policies relating to terms and conditions of employment applicable to employees shall continue in force and effect during the terms of this Agreement except as this Agreement shall otherwise provide.

D. If any provision of this Agreement or any application of this Agreement to any employee or group of employees is held to be contrary to law, then such provision or application shall not be deemed valid and subsisting, except to the extent permitted by law, but all other provisions or applications shall continue in full force and effect.

E. No secretary shall be reduced in grade or suffer loss of compensation or shall be deprived of any professional advantage without just cause. Any such action taken by the Board or any agent or representative thereof shall be subject to the grievance procedure herein set forth.

F. When a secretary is advanced from one grade to another, the employee shall remain at the former salary for a period of sixty (60) days. If the employee’s work provides satisfactory and they remain in the advanced grade, they shall receive the salary for that particular grade and step retroactively for the sixty (60) days.

G. Personnel Files

1. A secretary shall have the right, upon request, to review the contents of the secretary’s personnel file up to twice a year on an appointment bases.

2. A secretary shall be entitled to have a representative of the Association, or designee, present at the time the personnel file is being reviewed by the secretary.

3. A secretary shall have the right to indicate those documents and/or other materials in their file, which they believe to be obsolete or otherwise inappropriate to retain. Said documents shall be reviewed by the Superintendent or his/her designee and, if in the opinion of the Superintendent they are obsolete or otherwise inappropriate to retain, they shall be destroyed.

4. No material derogatory to a secretary’s conduct, service, character or personality shall be placed in the employees personnel file unless the secretary has had an opportunity to review the material. The secretary shall acknowledge that she has had the opportunity to review such material by affixing her signature to the copy to be filed with the express understanding that such signature in no way indicates agreement with the contents thereof. The secretary shall also have the right to submit a written answer to such material within then (10) school days following the conference between both parties involved and the employees answer shall be reviewed by the Superintendent or his designee and attached to the file copies.

5. The Board agrees to protect the confidentiality of personal references, academic credentials and other similar documents.



In the event unit members must be laid off as a result of a reduction in force, said layoff will be
made on the basis of seniority. Seniority within grouping shall be defined as continuous employment time in the Clifton Public School System in grouping a defined in the recognition clause. In Group I, for the purpose of seniority, Ten-month and Twelve-month Secretaries shall be considered as one position, with the exception of those positions in Group II as listed in the recognition clause.

Any effected employee who bumps into a lesser salary classification shall retain her previously held salary in the high classification until the salary guide step in the lesser classification surpasses the salary she was earning in the previously held higher classification. In no event shall the salary paid to an employee in a lesser classification be higher than the salary paid on the same step in a high classification.

In the event a vacancy occurs, laid-off employees shall be entitled to recall in order of seniority in grouping.

No new bargaining unit member may be hired in grouping while unit members are still on layoff, with the exception of positions covered by Statute Title 18A:17-24.

When unit members are recalled to work, they shall be restored to the appropriate step on the salary scale receiving credit for all time served in Clifton. All accumulated sick time and all other benefits said employee has at the time of layoff shall be restored in their entirety, as well as any new benefits acquired by unit members, upon the return of the employee.

Notwithstanding any reference to groupings hereinabove, a nontenured employee shall be laid off prior to any tenured employee being laid off.

Grievance Procedure

A. Definition
      A grievance is a claim by an employee, a group of employees, or by the Association, that the employee or the group has been harmed (or they have been injured) by the interpretation, application or violation of the Agreement, policies of the Board or by its administrative decisions which affect terms and conditions of employment.


B. Procedures
      1. Any employee who has a grievance shall discuss it with the building principal or supervisor in an attempt to resolve the matter at that level.

      2. If, as a result of the discussion, the matter is not resolved, the employee may set forth her grievance in writing with supporting reasons to the principal or supervisor, who shall then communicate his/her decision to the employee in writing with supporting reasons within six (6) work days.

      3. If the aggrieved person is not satisfied with the disposition of her grievance at this point, or if no decision is rendered within six (6) work days, the employee may file the grievance with the Superintendent or his/her designee.

      4. The appeal to the Superintendent or his/her designee shall be in writing, with supporting reasons, and shall set forth the grounds upon which the grievance is based. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall arrive at a decision within ten (10) work days of receipt of written appeal. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall communicate the decision in writing with the reasons for the decision.

      5. If there is no satisfaction with the Superintendent or his/her designee’s decision, the grievance then shall be communicated in writing to the Board of Education. The Board shall hear the grievance in executive session and make a determination within fourteen (14) work days from the date of its receipt and shall furnish its written findings to the association within forty-eight (48) hours thereafter.
Health Insurance

A. Medical Insurance
      The Board agrees to pay full premium for medical insurance provided through the Board’s Health Insurance Provider for each employee and their dependents subject to the following conditions:

      1. The deductible for all employees enrolled in the indemnity program regardless of the first date of employment shall be $200 per individual and $400 for dependent coverage.

      2. Employees whose first day of employment shall be on or after May 1, 1999 shall be enrolled in either individual or dependent Point of Service Program (POS).

      3. Should employees whose first day of employment is on or after May 1, 1999 select medical coverage other than the POS, they shall pay the difference in the cost of premium between the program selected and the POS.


B. Prescription Insurance

The Board shall pay the full premium for prescription insurance for each employee and dependent(s), subject to a $20.00 co-pay for brand name prescriptions and $10.00 co-pay for generic prescriptions. These co-pays shall also pertain to mail order prescriptions.

C. Dental Insurance

The Board agrees to pay full premium for each employee and dependent(s) coverage for a dental plan which includes the following elements:

(1) preventive and diagnostic – 100%
(2) basic services 80/20 co-pay
(3) prosthodontic benefits 50/50 co-pay
(4) orthodontic benefits 50/50 co-pay

The maximum amount of services excluding orthodontic shall be $1800.00 per calendar year. Orthodontic benefits are subject to a $1000.00 maximum per case which is separate from the $1800.00 maximum per year for other covered services.

Retirement Allowance

A. The Board agrees that upon retirement from active service in accordance with the regulations set down by the Public Employee’s Retirement System it shall continue the retiree on the payroll until 34% of the eligible unused sick days has been exhausted, payable at the final year’s salary or at the employee’s option, the Board shall pay the employee 34% of the eligible unused sick days in a lump sum. The Employees taking deferred retirement are not eligible for this benefit.

If the employee wishes the cash benefit, it will be implemented according to the following examples:
      A 12-month employee at retirement having 100 unused sick days shall be entitled to 34% of the 100 days, or 34 days multiplied by 1/240th of the annual salary being paid said employee at time of retirement.

      A 10-month employee at retirement having 100 unused sick days shall be entitled to 34% of the 100 days, or 34 days multiplied by 1/200th of the annual salary being paid said employee at time of retirement.
B. In the event of death while in the employ of the Clifton Board of Education, payment at full salary of unused vacation says shall be made to the estate of the deceased.

C. In the event of death while in the employ of the Clifton Board of Education, payment of retirement benefits shall be paid to the estate of the employee.



A. The Board agrees to allow in in-service workshop for secretarial personnel on day(s) designated for “Teacher Institute” for the purpose of clarification and instruction of procedures established by the Board of Education.


All Secretaries who are required to travel between buildings on a regular basis shall be reimbursed for the use of their own car. Said reimbursement shall be at the IRS rate.


1. Purpose of Fee
      If an employee does not become a member of the Association during any membership year (i.e., from September 1 to the following August 31) which is covered in whole or in part by this Agreement, said employee will be required to pay a representation fee to the Association for that membership year. The purpose of this feel will be to offset the employee’s per capita cost of services rendered by the Association as majority representatives.

      2. Amount of Fee/Notification

      Prior to the beginning of each membership year, the Association will notify the Board of Education in writing of the amount of the regular membership dues, initiation fees and assessments charged by the Association to its own members for the membership year. The representation fee to be paid by moneylenders will be determined by the Association in accordance with the law.

      3. Deduction and Transmission of Fee

      a. Notification
      On or about the 15th of September of each year the Board will submit to the Association, a list of all employees in the bargaining unit. On or about December 1 of each year the Association shall notify the Board of Education as to the names of those employees who are required to pay the representation fee.

      b. Payroll Deduction Schedule

      The Board will deduct from the salaries of the employees referred to in Section C-3-a the full amount of the yearly representation fee in equal installments beginning with the first paycheck in January.


      c. Termination of Employment

      If an employee who is required to pay a representation fee terminates his or her employment with the Board before the Association has received the full amount of the representation fee to which it is entitled under this Article, the Board will deduct the unpaid portion of the fee from the last paycheck paid to said employee during the membership year in questions.

      d. Procedure for Transmission of Fee

      Except as otherwise provided in this Article, the procedure for the transmission of such fees to the Association will, as nearly as possible, be the same as those used for the transmission of regular membership dues to the Association.

      e. Changes

      The Association will notify the Board in writing of any changes in the list provided for in paragraph 1 above and/or the amount of the representation fee, and such changes will be reflected in any deductions made more than (10) days after the Board received said notice.

      f. New Employees

      On or about the last day of each month, beginning with the month this Agreement becomes effective, the Board will submit to the Association, a list of all employees who began their employment in a bargaining unit position during the proceedings thirty (30) day period. The list will include names, social security numbers, job titles, dates of employment and places assigned for such employment. The Board will also notify the Association of any change in the status of an employee regarding transfer, leave of absence, return from leave, retirement, resignation, separation from employment, death.


D. Overtime

Any secretary working over 40 hours shall be paid one and one half times their rate of pay. All hours worked on Saturday or during vacations shall automatically be paid one and one half times the rate of pay.

(New) The parties agree to the withdrawal of the Unit Clarification Petition filed at the Public Employment Relations Commission, Docket No. CU-2001-21 and the Unfair Practice Charge Docket No. CO-2002-81.


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President Date President Date

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Secretary Date Secretary Date


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