Contract Between
Denville Tp-Morris
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Denville Tp Supv Ees Assn
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01/01/2012 thru 12/31/2013

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Contract Text Below
January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013


Article 1Recognition Clause………………………………………………………………......2
Article 2Management’s Rights and Responsibility……………………………………….......2-3
Article 3Sick Leave………………………………………………………………...................3-6
Article 4Bulletin Board………………………………………………………………..............6
Article 5Job Postings……………………………………………………………….................6
Article 6Dues Check Off………………………………………………………………...........6-7
Article 7Personal Leave of Absence………………………………………………………......7-8
Article 8Leave Without Pay………………………………………………………………......8
Article 9Grievance Procedure…………………………………………………………………8-10
Article 10Holidays………………………………………………………………......................10-11
Article 11Health Insurance Benefits……………………………………………………………11-12
Article 12Work Related Equipment and Tuition………………………………………….........12
Article 13Hours of Work……………………………………………………………….............12-13
Article 14Vacation……………………………………………………………….......................13
Article 15Miscellaneous………………………………………………………………..............13-14
Article 16Salaries……………………………………………………………………………….15-16
Article 17Term of Contract………………………………………………………………….....16


THIS AGREEMENT entered into this 14th day of August 2012, for the years, 2012 and 20131, by and between the Township of Denville, a Municipal Corporation of the State of New Jersey, having its principal office at 1 St. Mary’s Place, in the Township of Denville, County of Morris and State of New Jersey hereinafter designated as “Denville” or the “Township” and the Denville Township Supervisory Employees’ Association, hereinafter designated as the “Association.”

WHEREAS, the Township has an obligation, pursuant to Chapter 303 Public Laws of 1968, to negotiate with Association as the representative of employees hereinafter designated with respect to the terms and conditions of employment; and
WHEREAS, the parties through negotiations in good faith, have reached certain agreements which they desire to set forth in this collective negotiation agreement;
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and other good and valuable consideration, the Township and Association agree:

The Township hereby recognizes the Association as the exclusive representative for the collective negotiations on all matters pertaining to wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment for all full time employees of the Township but excluding Police, Public Works employees, Confidential employees, temporary employees, members of the Denville Township Employees Association.
For purposes of this Article, all full time employees are those who work twenty eight (28) hours or more per week on a regular employment basis.

The Township, on its own 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:
          1. To the executive management and administrative control of the Township and its properties and facilities and the activities of its employees.

            a. 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.

            a. 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 orders applicable to the operation and performance of its functions.
      1. Each regular full-time employee covered by this Agreement shall be entitled to compensable sick leave of fifteen (15) days per year. New employees will begin to receive sick time at the rate of 8 hours per month from date of hire.
        New Employees hired after December 1995 shall have the right to accumulate a Terminal Leave Bank with a cap of 50 days. New employees must notify the Township Administrator on or before December 15th as to this option.

        A. Effective July 1, 1995 and for the duration of this Agreement the following provisions shall be applicable to the sick leave program:
      1. No additional time will be earned while on terminal leave.
        1. 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
        2. SICK LEAVE BANK - A Sick Leave Bank was established in 1995 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.
        3. 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 changes to 50% per year in cash or to the Terminal Leave Bank whichever is applicable, and 50% to Sick Leave Bank.
        4. 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 in the amount equivalent to the number of days allocated to the Sick Leave Bank on an annual basis. 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. Eligible employees who seek to buy down terminal leave days must request this option by December 15th of the preceding year and payment is subject to budget consideration. If requests for such payment exceed budget availability, payments shall be prorated among all employees requesting by down on a percentage basis.
              1. 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 December 15th of the year in which days from the Terminal Leave Bank are used.
              2. Reduction in terminal leave due to buy down cannot be restored.
              3. In order 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 as to the specific cause of absence. 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 Business Administrator. 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 five (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.
      1. 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 Leave Bank.
      1. If the unit member is terminated for cause or takes employment where the full member of accumulated sick days are recognized and transferred, the Township will not be obligated to compensate the unit member for same. This option shall not affect the right to compensation for unused sick days at full value upon retirement.
              a) 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.
              b) 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 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 to work.
          2. 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 worker’s 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.
          3. 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.
          4. 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.

The Township shall provide a bulletin board for the use of the Association in a place that is accessible to all employees. This bulletin board may also be used for the posting of official Township Communications.

The Representatives of the Association will be notified of all permanent vacancies or promotion opportunities for full time positions incorporated in this Agreement and a posting for a minimum of five (5) work days will be provided on the Employee’s bulletin board.
All applicants for vacancies and/or promotional positions shall receive an interview as well as a written reply to the status of the position(s) in question.
It is agreed that, where practicable preference will be given to the candidates who qualify from within the bargaining unit for the vacant or newly created position.
It is specifically understood and agreed that the Township reserves the sole right to make all final decisions with regard to promotions or filling vacant positions, including temporarily filling a vacancy for emergency reasons, prior to posting.

      The Township agrees to deduct monthly Association membership dues from the pay of those employees who individually and voluntarily request in writing that such deductions be made on a form agreed upon between the Township and the Association and consistent with applicable law. The amount to be deducted shall be certified to the Township by the Treasurer of the Association and the aggregate deductions of all employees shall be remitted together with an itemized statement to the Treasurer of the Association by the 15th of the month after the month in which such deductions are made.

      Any written dues deduction authorization form may be withdrawn by an employee, in writing and said deduction shall be discontinued as of January 1 or July 1, next succeeding the date on which the Notice of Withdrawal is filed.
      The Association agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Township from any cause of action, claims, loss or damages incurred as a result of this clause.
      The Township agrees to comply with all revisions of the New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act as amended, to establish an “agency shop” in the public sector, effective July 1, 1980. The fair share payment for non-members of the Association shall be 50% of the established dues structure and shall be made payable in accordance with the “Agency Shop Act.”

All employees shall be entitled to the following temporary leaves of absence, with pay:
      Jury Duty: When called for jury duty and for the duration of such service, however, the employee will be expected and required to report for work at such times as his presence as a juror is excused. The Township shall have the right to request certification from the Clerk of the Court setting forth the period of such jury duty service. Employees shall not be required to return payment for service as a juror and/or said amount shall not be deducted from their salary.
      Bereavement Leave: Each employee covered by this Agreement shall be entitled to three (3) off duty days with pay, on the days immediately following the death of an immediate family member, which includes spouse, civil union partner, domestic partner, children, mother, mother-in-law, father, father-in-law, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents and grandchildren providing the employee attends the funeral. Effective upon ratification of this contract, there will be one day off duty with pay for the death of all other family members. The Township reserves the right to request proof of relationship provided employee attends funeral services. In special cases at the discretion of Administration and approval by the Mayor or Business Administrator, additional leave, with or without pay, may be granted when requested by an employee.
      Personal Leave: Each member covered by this Agreement shall be entitled to three (3) personal leave days per calendar year providing the employee gives notice to the Office of the Business Administrator prior to the start of the work day when the employee requests personal leave. Unused personal days will not be carried over to the following year.
      Professional Day: One day will be given to each supervisor for use during the year or if they elect, receive payment for same in the last pay of the year. In order to receive payment, Administration must be notified prior to December 1st of each year.

All employees shall be entitled to the following temporary leaves of absence without pay:
      Marriage Leave: Upon written request, subject to approval by the Mayor, after the recommendation by the Business Administrator, a leave of absence, without pay, for the purpose of being married, may be granted to an employee. Said leave is not to exceed a period of one week.
      Maternity Leave: Both parties agree that a Maternity Clause will be incorporated in this Agreement to conform with the New Jersey State Law.
      Other Leaves Absence: Leave of absence with full loss of salary may be granted by the Township for a limited and definite period. No request for a leave of absence will be considered (1) until written application containing a statement of reasons for leave has been filled with the Business Administrator and (2) until the Business Administrator has submitted to the Mayor and the Council his/her recommendation with respect to the application.

      The term “grievance” means a complaint by an employee that, as to the employee, there has been an inequitable, improper, or unjust application, interpretation, or violation of the agreement.
      An “aggrieved person” is the person or persons making the claim.
      A “party in interest” is the person or persons making the claim and any person who might be required to take action or against whom action might be taken in order to resolve the claim.
      Employee is defined as all employees covered under the terms of this Agreement.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this procedure is to secure, at the lowest possible level, equitable solutions to the problems which may from time to time arise affecting employees as defined in this Agreement, solely restricted to the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Both parties agree that these proceedings will be kept as informal and confidential as may be appropriate at any level of the procedure.
    GRIEVANCE: Should any dispute or difference arise between the Township and the unit representative or its members as to the interpretation, application or operation of any provision of this Agreement, both parties shall endeavor to settle the same in the simplest and most direct manner. The procedure shall be as follows, unless any step thereof is waived by mutual consent:
        FIRST: A meeting shall be held between the grievant, with the unit representative and attorney, if so desired, and the Business Administrator within ten (10) calendar days after the event giving rise to the grievance has occurred. The grievance shall be reduced to writing prior to said meeting. The Business Administrator shall give his/her written answer within five (5) working days after the meeting.
        It is specifically understood and agreed between both parties that failure to act within said ten (10) day period shall be deemed to constitute an abandonment of the grievance.
        An employee processing a grievance shall be assured freedom from restraint, interference, coercion discrimination or reprisal.
        SECOND: If the grievance is not settled at the first step, the grievant or the representative from the Association may make written request for a second step meeting within twenty days (20) after the answer is given at the first step, except that in disciplinary action grievances, the written request for a second step meeting shall be made within five (5) working days after the answer is received at the first step. The Business Administrator shall set a meeting within five (5) working days after the request is received, or for such other time as is mutually agreeable. This second step meeting shall be between the Mayor of the Township acting on behalf of the Township, and the grievant, with the Association’s representative and the grievant’s attorney if the grievant has counsel. The Township’s answer to the second step shall be delivered to the Association with five (5) working days after the meeting.
        A disciplined employee may, at option, proceed initially to the second step of the grievance procedure. Grievances concerning such matters shall be filed in writing with the Mayor within five (5) working days after the discipline or the option under this section shall be deemed waived. The second step grievance meeting on disciplinary matters shall be held within ten (10) working days after a request, unless other arrangements are mutually agreed upon.
        THIRD: If the aggrieved person or the Association representative is not satisfied with the handling or result of the grievance at the second level, he may, within fifteen (15) days, notify the Mayor of the Township, in writing, that he wishes to take the matter to arbitration. It is expressly understood and agreed that the submission of this matter to arbitration under the terms and conditions set forth herein shall be a condition precedent to the institution of any civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction, and that the failure to proceed through the grievance procedure set forth in this Agreement shall be grounds for dismissal of such civic action.
        Within ten (10) working days after such written notice of submission to arbitration the Business Administrator of the Township and the Association’s representative shall attempt to agree upon a mutually acceptable arbitrator to serve. If the parties are unable to agree upon an arbitrator or to obtain such a commitment within the specified period, a request for a list of arbitrators may be made to the American Arbitration Association by the aggrieved party. The parties shall then be bound by the rules and procedures of the American Arbitration Association in the selection of an arbitrator.
        The arbitrator’s decision shall be in writing, and shall set forth his findings of fact, reasoning and conclusions on the issues submitted. The arbitrator shall be without power or authority to make any decision of an act prohibited by law, or which is in violation of the terms of this Agreement. The decision of the arbitrator shall be submitted to the Township and to the Representative and shall be binding upon the parties.
        The costs for the services of the arbitrator, including per diem expenses, if any, and actual and necessary travel, subsistence expenses, and the cost of the hearing room shall be borne equally by the Township and the Association. Any additional expenses incurred shall be paid by the party incurring same.

    All employees covered under the terms of this Agreement shall be entitled to the listed holidays with pay:
    New Year’s Day
    President’s Day
    Good Friday
    Memorial Day
    Independence Day
    Labor Day
    Veteran’s Day
    Thanksgiving Day
    Friday after Thanksgiving
    Christmas Day
    Personal Floating Holiday
    2012 Assigned Floating Holiday (December 24)
    2013 Assigned Floating Holiday (July 5)

    Employees are entitled to the above listed twelve (12) holidays per year, including: ten (10) designated holidays, one (1) consensual Association holiday per year, and one (1) personal floating holiday.
    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, employees covered under the terms of this Agreement will be given a day off with pay.

      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 employees 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.
    The Township shall provide work related equipment such as foul weather gear, shoes or uniform, not to exceed Four Hundred ($400) Dollars with receipts, as necessitated for safety reasons and job requirements, and to be approved by the Business Administrator.
    Tuition for work related course pertaining to the maintenance of licenses, certifications, or credentials that employees must carry in order to perform their duties, will be paid when required and approved by the Business Administrator.
    Supervisors that complete advanced degrees in work related fields shall be entitled to One Thousand Five Hundred ($1,500) dollar increase in base salary upon demonstration/completion of a degree from an accredited university.

    Full time employees covered under the terms of this Agreement shall work seven (7) hours per day, five (5) days per week. In the event that an employee is required to perform duties in excess of thirty five (35) hours in one calendar week, said employee shall be compensated at straight time (1/70) of the biweekly salary per hour to forty (40) hours and in excess of forty (40) hours in one (1) calendar week, at time and one-half (3/140) of the biweekly salary per hour for each hour worked or major fraction thereof, all provided advance approval is granted by the Business Administrator

    CALL OUT: Effective January 1998 the following job titles will be compensated for a minimum of two (2) hours call out.
    Court Administrator
    Superintendent, Buildings & Grounds
    This will be at the regular hourly rate until forty (40) hours have been worked or, at the discretion of the Township Administrator, the employee has maintained their normal work schedule. At this time the rate of pay will be 1-1/2 times their hourly salary. This will be in effect for weekdays from 8 a.m. Monday through 4 p.m. Friday and on weekends from 4 p.m. Friday through 8 a.m. Monday. Holidays will also be paid at a rate of 1-1/2 times their hourly salary.
        In the event that any job title included in this contract is called into work after their normal working day, during any event that is considered a threat to the public safety, health and welfare of the Township of Denville (except for the provisions of snow removal detailed in Article XIII, Section B below), and with the prior approval of the Business Administrator or a representative of the Administration Office, shall be compensated at a rate of pay equal to 1-1/2 times their hourly rate. The employee may have the option to receive the call out compensation as pay or in the form of compensatory time off.
          In the event any job title included in this contract elects to assist in the plowing snow during storm events, the following shall be the rate of compensation:
              Effective January 1, 2012 – $30.00 per hour
              Effective January 1, 2013 – $32.00 per hour
            The above listed rate of compensation shall be paid for the first five (5) hours of snow plowing detail in a given week (Sunday to Saturday). Any snow plowing beyond five (5) hours in a given week shall be compensated at one and one-half (1) times the above listed rate.


      Each regular, full-time employee covered by this Agreement shall be entitled to vacation time as follows:

      Length of Service Vacation
      Over 4 months to 1 year 1 day per month starting with the fifth month of employment

      After 1 year through 4 years 10 working days

      After 4 years through 14th year 10 working days plus 1 day per year of service after fourth year

      After 14th through 19th year 20 working days plus 1 day per year of
      service after 14th year

      After 19 years 25 working days, plus 1 day per year of service for each year in excess of 19 years, up to a maximum of 30 working days

      Vacation eligibility shall be calculated from the date of employment through the 30th day of June.
      Administration reserves the sole right to allow an employee to forego earned vacation.
      The accruing of vacation shall be strictly prohibited unless approved by the Business Administrator. In any event, such accrual shall not exceed the earned days of the previous year.
      Employees may carry over up to 5 vacation days with the approval of the Business Administrator. These carry-over vacation days are to be utilized first in the next calendar year. Employees have the option of being paid for 2 of the 5 days with notification to the Business Administrator by December 1st of each year.

      No agreement or amendment shall be binding on any of the parties hereto unless such agreement is made and executed in writing between the parties.


      The Township and the Association both agree that they shall not discriminate against any employee because of race, color, creed, religion, nationality, sex, age, sexual orientation or Association membership.

      The Association President, or designee, appointed annually, designated in writing shall be allowed released times, without loss of pay, from assigned duties for the investigation of grievances, handling of grievances and arbitration purposes providing that such released time is approved by the immediate supervisor and counter approved by the Township Business Administrator. It is agreed between both parties that if there is an abuse of the aforementioned released time the Township has the sole right to discontinue this practice for the Association President.

      After the signing of this Agreement, the Township, at its expenses, will reproduce this Agreement in sufficient quantities so that each employee in the unit may receive a copy and so that there are sufficient additional copies of this Agreement for distribution to employees subsequently hired.


      All working conditions in effect on the date of the execution of this Agreement shall be continued for the duration of this Agreement.

      All mileage, in lieu of actual expenses of transportation, allowed any employee covered under the terms of this Agreement traveling by the employees own vehicle on approved municipal business away from the designated post of duty shall be at the current IRS rate at the beginning of each contract year.

      Effective August 31, 2012 at 4:00 P.M., the take-home vehicle privileges for the Recreation Director and Construction Official shall be permanently eliminated. In consideration for eliminating said take-home vehicle privileges, the Recreation Director and Construction Official shall both receive a one-time payment in the amount of $500 (in the form of a gas card or check) on or before September 30, 2012. The Association shall notify the Township on or before September 10, 2012 as to which form of compensation are elected by the Recreation Director and Construction Official.


      Employees covered under the terms of this Agreement shall have their salaries increased by the following:
      Effective 01/01/12 there shall be a 1.75% increase
      Effective 01/01/13 there shall be a 1.75% increase

      The Township at its discretion and subject to notification to the Association, shall have the right to make an adjustment in the salary of an employee covered under the terms of this Agreement to increase the salary provided for herein where circumstances of increased workload and responsibility exists. The Association, also, at its discretion may request a review of an employee’s salary for the aforementioned reasons.
      Facilities Manager / IT
      104,591$ 106,421
      Construction Official
      95,121$ , 96,786
      Court Administrator
      71,119$ 72,364
      Tax Assessor
      87,303$ 88,830
      Tax Collector
      65,393$ 66,537
      Purchasing Agent
      Recreation Director
      Senior Citizen Bus Coordinator
      Registrar of Vital Statistics
      Supervisor of Utilities
      Building Sub Code Official

      This Agreement shall be deemed effective as January 1, 2012 and shall remain in full force and effect for a period of two (2) years and shall expire on December 31, 2013 or until a successor agreement has been reached.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have caused this Agreement to be executed and set their hands and seals thereon executing this Agreement by their duly authorized agents this August 14, 2012.


      Thomas W. Andes, Mayor

      Donna Costello, Municipal Clerk


      John Ciardi, President

      Virginia Klein, Vice President

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