THE BOROUGH OF COLLINGSWOOD
CAREER FIRE FIGHTERS OF COLLINGSWOOD
FMBA LOCAL 108
FOR THE YEARS
As of 5/17/02
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I PREAMBLE 3
II LEGAL REFERENCE 4
III RECOGNITION 5
IV EMPLOYEE RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES 6
V MANAGEMENT RIGHTS 7
VI GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE 9
Vii DUES CHECK OFF 12
Viii REPRESENTATIVES 13
Ix WORK WEEK 14
X COMPENSATION 16
Xi RETROACTIVE PAY 17
Xii LONGEVITY 18
Xiii PERSONNEL 19
Xiv VACATION 20
Xv HOLIDAYS 21
Xvi SICK LEAVE 22
Xvii BEREAVEMENT LEAVE 23
Xviii MILITARY LEAVE 24
Xix LEAVE OF ABSENCE 25
Xx RETIREMENT, SEPARATION OR DEATH 26
Xxi LEAVE HOSPITALIZATION AND MEDICAL BENEFITS 28
Xxii PENSIONS 29
Xxiii CLOTHING & UNIFORM ALLOWANCE & MAINT. 30
Xxiv TRAINING/EDUCATION 32
Xxv PERSONNEL RECORDS 33
Xxvi BULLETIN BOARD 34
xvii SEPARABILITY 35
Xxviii FULLY BARGAINED PROVISIONS 36
XXIX DRUG TESTING POLICY 37
XXX DURATION, TERM AND RENEWAL 38
This Agreement, entered into this day 9TH of January 2002, by and between the Borough of Collingswood, hereinafter referred to as the Employer and the members of the Career Firefighters of Collingswood, FMBA Local 108 hereinafter referred to as the Association or Local, has as its purpose the promotion of harmonious relations between the Borough and the Career Firefighters of Collingswood, FMBA Local 108, the establishment of an equitable and peaceful procedure for the resolution of differences, the establishment of rates of pay, hours of work, and other conditions of employment and represents the complete and final understanding of the Rules and Regulations of the Borough of Collingswood.
Nothing contained in this agreement shall alter the authority conferred in by Law, Ordinance, Resolution, or Administrative code, and the Borough's Department Rules and regulations upon any Borough Official or in any way abridge or reduce such authority.
This agreement shall be construed as requiring both the Employer and the employees to follow the terms contained herein, to the extent that they are applicable in the exercise of the responsibilities conferred upon them by Law. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to deny or restrict to any employee such rights as he may have under any other applicable laws and regulations. The rights granted to Employees hereunder shall be deemed to be in addition to those provided elsewhere.
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 of application shall not be deemed valid and subsisting, except to the extent permitted by law, however, all other provisions or applications shall continue in full force and effect. The provisions of this agreement shall be subject and subordinate to and shall not annul or modify existing applicable provisions of State and Local Laws except as such particular provisions of this contract modify existing Local Laws.
The Borough of Collingswood hereby recognizes the Career Firefighters of Collingswood, FMBA Local 108 as the exclusive majority representative for all Permanent Firefighters and Shift Officers employed by Borough's Fire Department.
The Borough further recognizes the departmental representatives of the Association are to act as a liaison between the Firefighters/Shift Officers and the Borough in all matters pertaining to hours of work, wages, and working conditions and said departmental representatives of the Association, hereinafter referred to as representatives shall be free to meet with authorized representatives of the Borough.
EMPLOYEES RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES
1. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to deny or restrict any employee such rights as they may have under New Jersey laws or other applicable laws and regulations. The rights granted to employees hereunder shall be deemed to be in addition to those provided elsewhere.
2. An employee whose actions may give rise to charges by the Borough or any agent or representative thereof, either disciplinary or criminal, shall be advised prior to any hearing.
3. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to deny or restrict any employee such rights as they may have under New Jersey laws or other applicable laws and regulations. The rights granted to employees hereunder shall be deemed to be in addition to those provided elsewhere.
4. No employee shall be disciplined, reduced in rank or compensation without just cause. Any such action asserted by the Borough or any agent or representative thereof shall not be made public and shall be subject to the grievance procedure herein set forth.
5. Whenever an employee is required to appear before the Fire Chief or Borough Commissioners, or Borough representative for a hearing concerning any matter which could adversely affect the continuation of that employee in their position, employment, or the salary or any increments pertaining thereto, then they shall be given prior written notice of the reasons for such hearing, and shall be entitled to have a representative of the Local present to advise them and represent them during such hearing.
6. An employee whose actions may give rise to charges by the Borough or any agent or representative thereof, either disciplinary or criminal, shall be advised prior to any hearing.
The Borough of Collingswood Board of Commissioners hereby retain and reserves unto itself, without limitation, all powers, rights, authority, duties and responsibilities conferred upon and vested in it prior to the signing of this agreement by the laws and Constitution of the State of New Jersey and of the United States, including, but without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the following rights:
The Executive Management Administrative control of the Borough government and its properties and facilities and activities of its employees by utilizing personnel, methods, and means of the most appropriate and efficient manner possible as may from time to time be determined by the Borough.
To make rules of procedure and conduct, to use improved methods and equipment, to determine work schedules and shifts, to decide the number of employees needed for any particular time and to be in sole charge of the quality and quantity of work required.
The right of management to make, maintain, and amend such reasonable rules and regulations as it may from time to time deem best for the purposes of maintaining order, safety, and/or the effective operation of the Department, after advance notice to the Employees, to required compliance by the Employees, as recognized.
To hire all Employees and subject to the provisions of to determine their qualifications and conditions of continued employment or assignment and to promote and transfer employees.
To suspend, demote, discharge, or take any other appropriate disciplinary action against any employee for good and just cause according to law.
To layoff Employees in the event of lack of work or funds or under conditions where continuation of such work should be inefficient or nonproductive.
The Borough reserves the right with regard to all other conditions of employment not reserved, to make such changes, as it deems desirable and necessary for the efficiency and effective operation of the Department.
The exercise of the foregoing powers, rights, authority, duties and responsibilities of the Borough, the adoption of policies, rules and regulations, and practices and the furtherance thereof, and the use of judgement and discretion in connection therewith, shall be limited only to the specific express terms hereof are in conformance with the Constitution and Laws of New Jersey and of the United States.
Nothing contained herein shall be construed to deny or restrict the Borough of its rights, responsibilities, and authority under S.S. 40A, or any other National, State, County of Local Laws or Regulations.
A. The purpose of this procedure is to secure, as the lowest possible level, an equitable solution to the problems which may arise affecting the terms and conditions of employment under this agreement.
B . Nothing herein shall be construed as limiting the right of any employee having a grievance to discuss the matter informally with any appropriate member of the Borough staff.
C. Nothing herein shall be deemed to deny the employees of their statutory or other legal rights concerning discipline. Nothing herein shall be deemed to deny employees of their rights to pursue any lawful or appropriate or other statutory or legal remedies.
The term "grievance" means any controversy arising over the interpretation, application, or alleged violation of policies, procedures, agreements and administrative decisions affecting the terms and conditions of employment and shall be raised by the Association on behalf of an individual or group of employees.
Steps of the Grievance Procedure
In order to resolve grievances covered by this agreement between parties, this procedure shall be followed unless any step is waived by mutual consent.
The Association, on behalf of an aggrieved employee or employees shall institute action under the provisions hereof within Thirty (30) calendar days of the occurrence of the event, giving rise to the grievance. Action shall be instituted by filing a grievance with the Fire Chief with request that the Fire Chief investigate and resolve same. If a resolution of the grievance has not been reached within fifteen (15) working days of the submission to the Fire Chief, the grievance may proceed to Step Two.
A. In the event a satisfactory settlement has not been reached at Step One, the Association may, within ten (10) calendar days, file the written grievance with the Borough Administrator. The written grievance at this step shall contain the relevant facts, the applicable section of the agreement allegedly violated, the remedy requested by the Association on behalf of the grievant. The Association shall have the right to expand its written submission at any step of the grievance procedure.
B. The Borough Administrator or the Borough Administrator's designee shall review the matter and make a written determination within ten (10) calendar days from the receipt of the written grievance.
In the event the grievance has not been resolved at Step Two, Association may, within ten (10) calendar days, file the grievance with the Borough Commissioners. The Borough Commissioners shall review the matter and make a written determination within thirty
(30) calendar days from the receipt of the written grievance.
A. In the event the grievance has not been resolved at Step Three, the Association may, within thirty (30) calendar days of the Borough Commissioners decision, request arbitration. The arbitrator shall be chosen in accordance with the rules of Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC).
B. However, no arbitration hearing shall be scheduled sooner than thirty (30) calendar days after the final decision by Borough Commissioners.
A. The arbitrator shall be bound by the provisions of this Agreement and restricted to the application of the facts relative to the grievance that are presented. In formulating their decision, the arbitrator shall adhere to the statutory and case law of New Jersey and the United State where applicable. The arbitrator shall not have the authority to add to, modify, subtract from or alter in any way, the provisions of this Agreement or any amendment or supplement thereto. The decision of the arbitrator shall be final and binding.
B. The costs for services of the arbitrator shall be borne equally by the Borough and the Association. Any other expenses incurred, including but not limited to the presentation of witnesses, shall be paid by the party incurring same.
C. The Arbitrator shall set forth his findings of fact and reasons for making the award within thirty (30) calendar days after conclusion of the arbitrator hearing unless otherwise agreed to by the parties.
Group grievances, which shall be defined as those affecting "substantially" all of the members the Association shall be filed by the Association, and the Association only.
DUES CHECK OFF
1. The Borough agrees to deduct from the salaries of its employees, subject to this Agreement, dues for the Association. Such deduction shall be made in compliance with Chapter 123, Public Laws of 1974, N.J.S.A. (R.S) 52: 14-15,93, as amended.
2. Checkoff shall commence for each employee who signs a properly dated authorization card, supplied by the Association and verified by a representative of the Borough, during the month following the filing of such card with the Borough.
3. If during the lifetime of this Agreement there shall be any change in the rate of membership dues, the Association shall furnish the Borough with written notice thirty (30) days prior to the effective date of such change and shall furnish the Borough with new authorizations from its numbers showing the authorized deduction for each employee, or an official notification on the letterhead of the Association advising of such changed deduction.
4. The Association will provide the necessary "Checkoff Authorization" form, and the Association will secure the signatures of its members on the forms and deliver the signed forms to Borough.
5. Any such written authorization may be withdrawn at any time by the filing of such withdrawal with the Borough. The filling of notice of withdrawal shall be effective to halt deductions in accordance with N.J.S.A. 52:14-15.9c, as amended.
An aggregate of two (2) representatives shall be elected/appointed by the President of the Association each year to represent the Association in grievances with the Employer. The Association shall notify the Borough, in writing, as to the identity of these two (2) elected/appointed representatives before they are actually assigned by the Association to proceed with an investigation into particular matter.
These two (2) representatives shall suffer no loss of regular pay or compensatory time while processing grievances.
The Borough shall grant the Association reasonable use of the Employer's facilities and equipment for the purpose of conducting Association business in reference to contract negotiations. The Association will hold all responsibility for and all damage to the Employer's facilities and equipment may take place at that time.
The regular duty schedule will provide a basic work week of seventy two (72) hours per week. The employee shall perform his/her duties, as per department guidelines, during each duty tour.
Day Shift: (0800 HOURS TO 1700 HOURS) - 3 DAYS.
There shall be twenty-four (24) hours between the day shift assignment and the night shift assignment. When this is not possible due to manpower problems, compensatory time shall be given at one and half-hours off for every hour worked.
Night Shift: (1700 hours to 0800 hours) - 3 nights.
There shall be seventy-two (72) hours between the night shift assignment and the day shift assignment when this is not possible, due to manpower problems compensatory time will be granted as above.
Straight Day Shift: (0800 hours to 1700 hours) - 5 days.
When a Firefighter or Shift Officer works six (6) consecutive days, he/she shall be granted eighty-seven (87) hours off. When a Firefighter or Shift Officer works five (5) consecutive days, he shall be granted sixty-three (63) hours off. When this is not possible, compensatory time will be granted as above.
1. All Firefighters are expected to assist any other department in the Borough in an emergency situation, under the direction of the Director of Public Safety and/or the Fire Chief.
2. Employees required to work in excess of their regular shift, with the approval or at the request of the Borough or its designee, shall be afforded compensatory time as compensation computed at a rate of time and one half (1 1/2).
3. The Borough or its designee may recall employees to duty for overtime. Employees recalled to duty shall be compensated for such recall by compensatory time computed at a rate of time and one half 1 (1/2). Employees shall be compensated a minimum of one I hour, regardless of actual time recalled to duty.
4. Employees shall be entitled to utilize earned and/or accumulated compensatory time at any date(s) of his/her election with the approval of the Fire Chief. Approval shall be based on staffing requirements and prior time off requests made for said dates and availability of manpower to cover said shifts.
5. Compensatory and holiday time that is not used within the calendar year shall accumulate
to the employees’ credit from year to year. Employees shall have the option to sell back unused accrued compensatory and/or holiday time, up to but not exceeding 36 hours in year 2002 & 2003 and 45 hours in years 2004 to 2006, for cash payment. Payment shall be made at the first pay in December of each year.
1. It is acknowledged by and between the parties that the regular salary for the Firefighters and Shift Officers are as follows:
A Firefighters Hired prior to 1/1/02:
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
$48,603 $50,547 $52,569 $54,672 $56,859
B. Firefighters Hired after 1/1/02:
2002 1St Step $32,000.00
2003 2nd Step $36,244.00
2004 3rd Step $40,488.00
2005 4th Step $44,488.00
2006 5th Step $48,732.00
2007 6th Step $53,220.00
C. Shift Officers will be paid as follows
Hired after 5/1/94 $52,468 $54,567 $56,750 $59,020 $61,381
Hired prior to 5/1/94 $58,301 $60,633 $63,058 $65,580 $68,203
D. Any Firefighter acting as a Shift Officer shall receive a ten (10) percent differential above full salary Firefighter
E . Any Firefighter acting, as a Shift Officer on a temporary basis shall be paid differential of (10) percent for the shift worked.
F. Any member hired after 5/1/94 and prior to 2/1/02 will receive a 10% reduction in base salary.
2. The Borough agrees to pay the above salaries to the Firefighters on a biweekly basis, providing all Borough of Collingswood Employees are paid in the same manner.
3. All movement on the compensation guide in effect at the time shall be on the employee's calendar each year as set forth by this agreement.
It is understood and agreed by all parties to this Agreement that all provisions referred to in this Agreement will be retroactive to January 1,2002. When this contract has been settled and signed by all parties, all salaries will be adjusted to the current rate of this contract and all monies due will be paid to all employees within thirty (30) days of said signing.
(Not applicable for this contract period)
1. All bargaining unit employees shall be entitled to longevity payments as follows:
A. Completion of six (6) months through one (1) year of service, $100.00.
B. Beginning of one (1) year through five (5) years of service, $200.00
C. Beginning of six (6) years through seven (7) years of service, 2% of annual base salary.
D. Beginning of eight (8) through eleven (11) years of service, 4% of annual base salary.
E. Beginning of twelve (12) through fourteen (14) years of service, 5% of annual base salary.
F. Beginning of fifteen (15) through nineteen (19) years of service, 6% of annual base salary.
G. Beginning of twenty 20 years and over, 6 1/2-% of annual base salary.
2. Any employee hired after 1/1/1999 shall receive a capped longevity rate as follows:
A. One year (1) through five (5) years of service shall receive $200.00
B. Six years (6) through ten (10) years of service shall receive $500.00
C. Eleven years (11) through fifteen years (15) of service shall receive $750.00
D. Sixteen years (16) through twenty years (20) of service shall receive $1,200.00
E. Twenty years (20) of service and up shall be $1,500.00
3. Said longevity payments shall be added the employee’s annual base salary for pension only, payable in bi-weekly increments together with said salary.
4. If an employee leaves the service of the Borough prior to December 1st of the current year, longevity will be based on his/her length of service as of December 1st of the current year, prorated and paid at the time of separation.
The Collingswood Fire Department shall have a minimum of seventeen (17) personnel, to include Firefighter/EMT’s, Officers, and a Chief. Per shift, there shall be a minimum of four- (4) Firefighter/EMT’s, Officers, and a Chief, or any combination of these, on duty 24 hours a day.
1. Each employee shall be entitled to annual vacation leave with pay in accordance with the following schedule:
A . Commencing with the seventh (7) month through the first year, one (1) week vacation.
B . Commencing with the second (2) year through the fourth year inclusive, two (2) weeks vacation.
C. Commencing with the fifth (5) year through the eighth (8) year inclusive, two (2) weeks and two (2) days vacation.
D. Commencing with the ninth (9) year through the tenth year inclusive, two (2) weeks and three (3) days vacation.
E. Commencing with the eleventh (11) year through the twelfth (12) year inclusive, two (2) weeks and four (4) days vacation.
F. Commencing with the thirteenth (13) year through the fourteenth (14) year in conclusive, three (3) weeks vacation.
G. Commencing with the fifteenth (15) year and every year thereafter, four (4) weeks vacation.
2. One week shall equal six day shifts.
3. Vacation scheduling will be the responsibility of the Fire Chief.
4. The summer vacation schedule shall be posted on or before March first of the current year.
5. Vacation time not used will be prorated for the current year and paid to any Firefighter who is retiring or resigning, in good standing, and will be a part of his final paycheck.
6. Vacation time shall be determined by length of employment as of date of hire.
1. Each Firefighter/Shift Officer covered under this contract shall receive a total of 144 hours of holiday time added to the yearly schedule at the time the schedule is prepared.
2. Day work is equal to nine (9) hours off. Night work is equal to fifteen (15) hours off.
3. Any employee leaving the Borough employment during the course of the year shall be entitled to be paid for the holidays accrued, less any holiday time taken.
1. Employees of this bargaining unit shall be entitled to up to one calendar year sick leave.
2. Sick leave is defined as a temporary inability to perform one's duty by reason of personal injury, illness or disease.
3. Sick leave shall not be charged to the employee when the Borough is reimbursed for the employees salary by Workman's Compensation.
4. A. Each employee shall accumulate five days per year incentive to be received when the
employee does utilize any sick leave during a calendar year.
B. Employees utilizing sick leave will have the duration of the utilized sick leave deducted from their incentive for the year the leave is taken. The incentive will be charged until the five days incentive for the year the leave is taken is exhausted.
C. Accumulated incentive days from previous calendar years will not be charged in cases when an employee exhausts their incentive days.
5. Employees shall, upon separation, death or retirement, receive cash payment for all accumulated incentive days. Said payment shall be made with the employee's final pay Payment will be made at the rate of pay being received at the time of the separation, death or retirement.
6. Request for sick leave shall be at the discretion of the Fire Chief or his designee.
7. No reasonable employee request for sick leave shall be denied.
8. An employee shall be required to furnish a Doctor's Certificate to substantiate a request for approval of sick leave when leave exceeds 3 consecutive work days. At any time, the Borough reserves the right to send employee to visit the Borough physician.
In the event of death in the Employee's immediate family, the Employee shall be granted time off without loss of pay for six (6) constructive calendar days or nights commencing with the day of death.
The term "immediate family" shall include, Mother, Father, Mother-in-Law, Father-in-Law, Spouse, Children, Foster Children, and Step-Children.
Employees will also be excused three (3) days without loss of pay if death occurs to any of the following relatives: Sister, Brother, Grandmother or Grandfather, Sister-in-Law, or Brother-in-Law.
Employees will also be excused one (1) day without loss of pay if death occurs to any of the following relatives: son-in Law, daughter-in-law, Aunt, Uncle and Grandchild.
Bereavement leaves maybe extended for sufficient cause at the discretion of the Borough or its designee.
1. Military leave shall be granted pursuant to State and Federal Statutes and Regulations.
LEAVE OF ABSENCE
1. Leave of Absence without pay shall be granted for good cause to any employee who has been employed for a period of ninety (90) days.
2. Any leave of absence may be extended by the Borough but, not any period to exceed more than one (1) year when added to previously granted leave of absence.
3. During an employee's leave of absence, the Borough will not be responsible to provide the said employee benefits. However, if the employee wishes Health and Dental coverage to be extended to him/her during that leave, the Borough will provide said coverage. The fee for the coverage must be reimbursed by the employee when the Borough is being billed.
4. No reasonable leave of absence request will be denied without good cause.
RETIREMENT, SEPARATION OR DEATH
1. Employees shall retain all pension rights available to them under the applicable laws of the State of New Jersey and the ordinances of the Borough of Collingswood.
2. Employees retiring after twenty-five 25 years of service pursuant to N.J.S.A. 43:16A-11.1 or as a result of a disability pension, whether work related or not, shall be paid for all accumulated holidays, vacation, sick leave days, personal leave days as provided in this Agreement. Said payments shall be computed at the rate of pay and prorated at the time of his/her retirement based upon the base annual compensation. Said payment shall be made within thirty (30) days of retirement.
3. In the event of an employee's death, his/her estate or legal representative shall be paid for all accumulated holidays, vacation, sick leave days, personal leave days as provided in this Agreement. Payments shall be made at the employees rate of pay and prorated at the time of his/her death. Said payment shall be made within thirty (30) days of the employees death.
4. In the event of an employee's separation or termination from service for any reason not set forth in sections 2 & 3 above, all accumulated holidays, vacation, sick leave days, personal leave days shall be paid to the employee, at the employees rate of pay and prorated, at the time of separation. Said payment shall be paid in one lump sum. Payment shall immediately follow the separation or termination.
5. For benefits payable in the then current year in all cases of separation, death while not in the line of duty or retirement, all vacation, holidays, sick leave days, personal leave days shall be prorated.
6. For benefits payable in the then current year in all cases where the employee died while in the line of duty, all holiday, vacation, sick leave days, personal leave days accrued shall be payable to the employee's estate or legal representative. Payment for accrued time shall be made within thirty days (30) days of the employees death.
7. Separation shall be defined as a permanent cessation of employment but shall not be deemed to include temporary leaves of absence, vacations, or other temporary leaves.
8. An employee who has been terminated shall receive payment for all unused accrued time such as, holiday, vacation, and personal, and sick time. Payment shall be computed at the prevailing salary rate at the time of termination and pro- rated. Said payment shall be paid to said employee(s) within thirty (30) days of termination.
9. Death in the Line of Duty – “If a firefighter dies in the line of duty as determined by New Jersey State Law, the surviving spouse and dependents shall be covered by medical benefits until his/her status in life changes (remarried, employment, etc.) or for five (5) years, whichever is first.”
This will change to seven (7) years in year 2006.
HOSPITALIZATION AND MEDICAL BENEFITS
1. All health benefits currently provided to employees and their families by the Borough shall be retained and remain in full force and effect during the term of this Agreement. Any changes in the current plans must be negotiated with both parties. The employees shall not have any reduction in their current coverage.
2. Upon retirement, after twenty five (25) years in pension all health benefits and hospitalization currently provided to employees and their families shall be provided for retiree and his/her family until the death of the retiree.
Co-Pays are as follows:
$10 – Generic
$15 – Name Brand
$35 – Formulary
$10 – Generic
$20 – Name Brand
$35 – Formulary
1. All employees shall retain all pension rights afforded to them under the Police and Firefighters Retirement System.
CLOTHING AND UNIFORM ALLOWANCE AND MAINTENANCE
1. The Borough will issue to all newly hired employees all uniforms and turnout gear according to the clothing allowance as set forth below. All clothing shall meet N.F.P.A. and O.S.H.A. requirements.
2. Each successive year, every employee will receive re. placement items if, in the opinion of the Fire Chief, an item requires replacement.
3. The Borough will be responsible for the cost of changes in uniform and turnout gear, required by law, and replacing any turnout gear damaged or contaminated in the line of duty.
4. When working in and around stations and grounds, the uniform shirt may be removed (but employee must wear department issued undershirts). The Fire Chief shall determine the proper uniform for the work being performed.
5. Each Firefighter shall receive $510.00 for 2002, $525.00 for 2003, $540.00 for 2004, $555.00 for 2005 and $570.00 for 2006 to maintain or buy other personal equipment used by Firefighters. He shall receive the following: three (3) pair of pants, three (3) shirts (short sleeve) and three (3) shirts (long sleeve) and (6 )100% cotton “Collingswood Fire Department” issued tee shirts.
6. The checks shall be issued in separate check within thirty (30) days of passage of the current year's budget.
7. Firefighters and Shift Officers shall receive the following dress uniform articles at he completion of their probation period:
1 pair dress pants
1 long sleeve dress shirt
1 short sleeve dress shirt
1 dress blouse/jacket
1 garrison belt
1 bell cap
2 breast badges (1 jacket size, 1 shirt size)
1 black tie
1 tie clip
1 name badge with “serving since” undertag
1 pair scramble collar brass (silver/fire fighter & blue/shift officer)
8. Gear- Starting in 2003, two sets of running gear will be replaced per year on
9. Boots – The Borough will contribute the amount it pays for rubber boots towards
the purchase of leather boots by employees who desire to purchase them, limited
to one pair every five years.
10. Names – Names will be sewn on the back using Velcro to all members running
TRAINING/ EDUCATION PROVISIONS
Whenever the Fire Chief requires schooling or training, any duty member that is attending the school/training and any member that covers for on duty personnel shall receive compensation at the rate of one and a half times his regular rate each hour worked. Employees shall have the option of selecting compensatory time off in lieu of payment. Said time shall be credited at one and one half hours for each hour worked.
The time will be returned at the discretion of the Fire Chief, schedule permitting, upon successful completion of the course.
Any approved, job-related courses (inspection, instruction classes, etc.), that require recertification and is not mandatory as determined by the Chief, the employee shall be compensated $200.00 at the time of the renewal of the license.
All courses must be pre-approved by the Chief of the department.
The Borough will reimburse college tuition for any fire-related course taken by an employee as long as a “C” average or better is achieved. The Chief of the Department prior to attendance must approve said course.
1. A personnel file shall be established and maintained for each employee covered by this Agreement. Such files are confidential records and shall be maintained by the Borough or its designee.
2. Upon advance notice and at reasonable times, any employee reviews his/her personnel file. However, this appointment for review must be made through the Fire Chief or his designee.
3. Whenever a written complaint concerning an employee or his/her actions is to be placed in his/her file, a copy shall be made available to him/her and he/she shall be given the opportunity to rebut the complaint if he/she so desires.
4. All personnel files will be carefully maintained and safe-guarded permanently. Nothing placed in any files shall be removed.
5. Maintenance of personnel files will be in accordance with Archive Laws of the State of New Jersey.
1. The Borough agrees to supply eight (8) square feet of bulletin board space, within an area accessible to all bargaining unit employees to be exclusively for the us of the Career Fire Fighters of Collingswood FMBA Local 108.
Each and every clause of this agreement shall be deemed separate from each and every other clause, to the extent that in the event of any clause or clauses shall be finally determined to be in violation of any law, then in such event, such clause or clauses, only to the extent that any may be in violation, shall be deemed of no force and effect and non-enforceable without impairing the validity and enforceability of the rest of the agreement, including any and all provisions on the remainder of any clause, sentence, or paragraph in which offending language may appear.
FULLY BARGAINED PROVISIONS
1. This Agreement Incorporates the entire understanding of the parties in all matters which were or could have been the subject of negotiations. During the term of this Agreement, neither party shall be required to negotiate with respect to any such matter unless otherwise herein specifically provided for whether or not within the knowledge or contemplation of either or both parties at the time they negotiated and executed this Agreement.
DRUG TESTING POLICY
1. The members agree to participate in a mutually agreed drug testing policy between the membership and the Borough of Collingswood.
2. Any changes to the drug testing policy shall be negotiated through the membership
DURATION, TERM AND RENEWAL
1. This Agreement shall be effective _______________________ and shall remain in full force and in effect January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2006 without any reopening date. This agreement shall continue in full force and effect from year to year thereafter, until one party or the other gives notice, in writing no sooner than one hundred and fifty 150 days nor no later than one hundred and twenty 120 days prior to the expiration of this agreement of a desire to change, modify, or terminate this agreement.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have hereto their hands and seals at the Borough of Collingswood, New Jersey on this________day of _________________,
BOROUGH OF COLLINGSWOOD FMBA Local 108