BY AND BETWEEN
CITY OF MARGATE CITY
ATLANTIC COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
MARGATE CITY EMPLOYEES' ASSOCIATION
January 1,2013 through December 31, 2015
ARTICLE ARTICLE NAME
I PURPOSE 5
II EMPLOYEE REPRESENTATIVE 6
III GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE 7
IV NON-DISCRIMINATION 12
V BULLETIN BOARD 13
VI STRIKES 14
VII HOLIDAYS 15
VIII VACATIONS .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
IX MANAGEMENT RIGHTS 19
X SICK LEAVE 22
XI FUNERAL LEAVE 23
XII INJURY LEAVE 24
XIII LIMITATIONS ON LEAVE 25
XIV RETIREMENT 26
XV SALARIES 27
XVI ON CALL/OVERTIME PAY 33
XVII LONGEVITY 34
XVIII HOSPITALIZATION INSURANCE 35
XIX SAFETY APPAREL……………………………………………………………………………………………..42
XX CONTINUATION OF BENEFITS NOT
COVERED BY THIS AGREEMENT 43
XXI SAVINGS CLAUSE 43
XXII FULLY-BARGAINED AGREEMENT 44
XXIII DURATION OF AGREEMENT 45
THIS AGREEMENT effective as of the 1st day of January 2013, by and between the City of Margate, in the County of Atlantic, a Municipal Corporation of the State of New Jersey, hereinafter called the "City", and Margate City Employees' Association, duly appointed representative of the Employees' Association of the City of Margate City, hereinafter called the "Association", represents the complete and final understanding on all bargainable issues between the City and the Association.
This Agreement is entered into pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 303, Laws of 1968 (N.J. Rev. Stat. 34:13A-5.1 et seq.) of the State of New Jersey and all other applicable statutes to promote and ensure harmonious relations, cooperation, and understanding between the City and employees; to prescribe the rights and duties of the City and employees; to provide for the resolution of legitimate grievances, all in order that the public services shall be expedited and effectuated in the best interests of the people of the City of Margate City.
A. MAJORITY REPRESENTATIVE
The City recognizes the Majority Representative of employees as the exclusive negotiating agent for these titles:
Assistant Tax Assessor, Assistant Tax Collector, Clerk Typist, Heavy Laborer, Laborer, Mechanic, Senior Clerk Typist, Senior Meter Reader, Water and Sewer Account Searcher, and any others listed under Article XV on page 27 through 31
The employee must notify the City of the names of the Steward. No more than one (1) Steward and alternate is to be designated.
When used in this Agreement, the word employee means any person who works full-time for the City of Margate, whether or not said person is a Civil Service Employee. In computing sick leave, vacation time, and longevity, the date said employee began his continuous full-time employment is the relevant date. The status of the employee as a permanent employee under Civil Service is not relevant.
A. The purpose of this procedure is to secure, at 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 department.
C. With regard to employees, the term "grievance" as used herein means an appeal by an individual employee or the Association on behalf of an individual employee or group of employees, from the interpretation, application or violation of policies, agreements, and administrative decisions affecting them. With regard to the City, the term "grievance" as used herein means a complaint or controversy arising over the interpretation, application or alleged violation of the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
With respect to employee grievances, no grievance may proceed beyond Step Three (3) herein unless it constitutes a controversy arising over the interpretation, application or alleged violation of the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Disputes concerning terms and conditions of employment controlled by statute or administrative regulation, incorporated by reference in this Agreement, either expressly or by operation of law, shall not be processed beyond Step Three (3) herein.
D. The following constitutes the sole and exclusive method for resolving grievances between the parties covered by this Agreement and shall be followed in its entirety unless any step is waived by mutual consent:
E. The parties direct the arbitrator to decide, as a preliminary question, whether he has jurisdiction to hear and decide the matter in dispute.
Step One: The aggrieved or the Association shall institute action under the provisions hereof within five (5) calendar days after the event giving rise to the grievance has occurred, or knowledge thereof, and an earnest effort shall be made to settle the differences between the aggrieved employee and the immediate Supervisor or any representative designated by him for the purpose of resolving the matter informally. Failure to act within said five (5) calendar days shall be deemed to constitute an abandonment of the grievance.
Step Two: If no agreement can be reached orally within five (5) calendar days of the initial discussion with the immediate Supervisor, the employee or the Association may present the grievance in writing within five (5) calendar days thereafter to the immediate Supervisor. The written grievance at this Step shall contain the relevant facts and a summary of the preceding oral discussion, the applicable section of the contract violated, and the remedy requested by the grievant. The immediate Supervisor will answer the grievance in writing within ten (10) calendar days of receipt of the written grievance.
Step Three: If the Association wishes to appeal the decision of the immediate Supervisor, such appeal shall be presented in writing to the Commissioner of Public Works within five (5) calendar days thereafter, this presentation shall include copies of all previous correspondence relating to the matter in dispute. The Commissioner of Public Works shall respond, in writing, to the grievance within ten (10) calendar days of the submission.
Step Four: If the grievance is not settled through Steps One, Two and Three, either party shall have the right to submit the dispute to arbitration pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Public Employment Relations Commission. The costs for the services of the arbitrator shall be borne equally by the City and the Association. Any other expenses including, but not limited to the presentation of witnesses, shall be paid by the parties incurring same.
The arbitrator shall be bound by the provisions of this Agreement and the Constitution and laws of the State of New Jersey, and be restricted to the application of the facts presented to him involved in the grievance. The arbitrator shall not have the authority to add to, modify, detract 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.
F. Upon prior notice to an authorization of the Mayor, the designated Association Representatives shall be permitted as members of the Grievance Committee to confer with employees and the City on specific grievances in accordance with the grievance procedure set forth herein during work hours of employees, without loss of pay, provided the conduct of said business does not diminish the effectiveness of the City of Margate City or require the recall of off-duty employees.
G. The time limits expressed herein shall be strictly adhered to. If any grievance has not been initiated within the time limits specified, then the grievance shall be deemed to have been abandoned. If any grievance is not processed to the next succeeding step in the grievance procedure within the time limits prescribed thereunder, then the disposition of the grievance at the last preceding step shall be deemed to be conclusive. If a decision is not rendered within the time limits prescribed for decision at any step in the grievance procedure, then the grievance shall be deemed to have been denied. Nothing herein shall prevent the parties from mutually agreeing to extend or contract the time limits for processing the grievance at any step in the grievance procedure.
H. In the event the aggrieved elects to pursue remedies available through Civil Service, the grievance shall be cancelled and the matter withdrawn from this procedure. It is agreed between the parties that no arbitration hearing shall be held until after the expiration of at least thirty (30) calendar days after the decision rendered by the Governing Body on the grievance. In the event the grievant pursues his remedies through Civil Service, the arbitration hearing, if any, shall be cancelled and the filing fees and expenses incurred thereby shall be paid by the grievant or the Association.
A. The City and the Association agree that there shall be no discrimination against any employee because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin or political affiliation.
B. The City and the Association agree that all employees covered under this Agreement have the right without fear of penalty or reprisal to form, join, and assist any employees organization or to refrain from any such activity. There shall be no discrimination by the City or the Association against any employee because of the employee's membership or non-membership or activity or non-activity in the Association.
A. The Association shall have the use of the bulletin board located in City Hall for the posting of notices relating to meetings and official business of the Association only.
B. Only material authorized by the signature of the Association President, Steward or alternate shall be permitted to be posted on said bulletin board.
A. The employees assure and pledge to the City that their goals and purposes are such as to condone no strikes by employees, nor work stoppages, slowdowns or any other such method which would interfere with services to the public, or violate the Constitution and laws of the State of New Jersey; and the members or employees will not initiate such activities nor advocate or encourage other members to initiate the same, and the members of employees will not support anyone acting contrary to this provision.
A. All employees covered by this Agreement shall receive the following fourteen (14) holidays:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Day
General Election Day
Friday following Thanksgiving Day
Friday following Christmas Day (2014 only)
B. If an employee is required to work on any of the above-named holidays, or if any of the above-named holidays falls on a day which an employee does not work, such employee shall receive, in addition to his regularly accumulated vacation time, one (1) extra day vacation time for each holiday so worked or on which he is regularly off and does not work.
C. The effect of this Article is to give all employees in addition to two (2) days off each week, and in addition to their regular vacation time, an additional fourteen (14) days off per year, unless exceptions are indicated.
D. All employees covered by this Agreement shall receive two (2) personal days per year during the period of this Contract.
A. Vacation leave for employees hired after November 1, 1990 shall be:
B. Vacation leave for employees hired prior to November 1, 1990 shall be:
(1) Up to one (1) year of service, one (1) working day for each month of employment;
(2) After one (1) year and up through the fourth (4th) year of continuous service, twelve (12) working days;
(3) After four (4) years and up through the tenth (10th) year of continuous service, fifteen (15) working days;
(4) After ten (10) years and up through the thirtieth (30th) year of continuous service, twenty-one (21) working days;
(5) After thirty (30) years of continuous service, twenty-five (25) working days.
C. It is the intent of this Article to assure personnel covered by this Agreement that they shall receive the maximum amount of actual vacation days to which they are entitled. Days on which they are normally scheduled off that fall during the vacation period shall not be computed as part of the vacation days.
(1) Up to one (1) year of service, one (1) working day for each month of employment;
(2) After one (1) year and up through the tenth (10th) year of continuous service, fifteen (15) working days;
(3) After ten (10) years and up through the thirtieth (30th) year of continuous service, twenty-one (21) working days;
(4) After thirty (30) years of continuous service, twenty-five (25) working days.
D. After the first year of service, all vacation days will accumulate on the first of January for the ensuing year.
E. If an employee is permitted to but does not use, his vacation time (including fourteen (14) days granted as compensating time for holidays described in Article VIII) during the year in which earned, he will lose the days not used. If, however, an employee is not permitted to use his vacation time (including fourteen (14) days granted as compensating time for holidays described in Article VIII) during the year in which earned, he shall then be paid for each such days unused. The pay for such unused days shall be computed at the straight time daily rate of pay, including longevity, based upon a five (5) day work week, fifty-two (52) weeks per year.
F. It is each employee's responsibility to see that his vacation is planned well in advance of year end so that he will not have any unused days.
G. In order for an employee to qualify to be paid for unused vacation days, the following procedure must be followed:
1. Calendar is to be posted and employees (in order of seniority) will mark off vacation days planned for current year. This procedure is to be complete before April 1st of the current year.
2. If days selected are unsatisfactory, in discretion of supervisor, then supervisor shall give employee alternate days, which days must be accepted by employee.
3. If supervisor cannot give employee alternate days, he is to notify employee, who must then write memorandum to City notifying City of employee's intent to claim to be paid for such unused vacation days. This memorandum must be received by City prior to July 1st of current year.
4. If Steps 1, 2 and 3 are complied with and employee does not, in fact, use days earned and so rejected, during current year, he shall then be paid for same during January of the following year.
A. The City of Margate City hereby retains 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:
B. In the exercise of the foregoing powers, rights, authority, duties and responsibilities of the City, the adoption of policies, rules, regulations and practices and the 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 then only to the extent such specific and express terms hereof are in conformance with the Constitution and laws of New Jersey and of the United States.
1. The executive management and administrative control of the City 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 City.
2. 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 the work required.
3. 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 thereof to the employees to require compliance by the employees is recognized.
4. To hire all employees, and subject to the provisions of law, to determine their qualifications and conditions of continued employment or assignment, and to promote and transfer employees.
5. To suspend, demote, discharge or take any other appropriate disciplinary action against any employee for good and just cause according to law.
6. The City 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.
C. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to deny or restrict the City of its rights, responsibilities and authority under R.S.40A or any other national, state, county or local laws and regulations.
A. Sick leave is hereby defined to mean absence from post of duty by an employee because of illness, exposure to contagious disease, attendance upon a member of the employee's immediate family, seriously ill, requiring the care or attendance of such employee.
B. Any employee who shall be absent from work for three (3) or more consecutive working days due to illness, or leave and attendance of a member of the employee's immediate family shall be required to submit acceptable medical evidence substantiating the illness.
C. In case of sick leave due to exposure to contagious disease, a certificate from the family doctor shall be required.
D. Sick leave shall accrue for regular full-time employees at the rate of one (1) day per month during the first calendar year of employment and fifteen (15) working days in every calendar year of employment thereafter, and shall accumulate from year to year.
E. If an employee is absent from work for reasons that entitle him to sick leave, the immediate Supervisor or his designated representative shall be notified as early as possible. Failure to so notify may be cause of denial of the use of sick leave for that absence and constitute cause for disciplinary action.
A. In the event of death in the employee's immediate family, the employee shall be granted time off without loss of pay, from the day of death up to and including the day of the funeral, but in no event to exceed four (4) working days.
B. The term "immediate family" shall include only father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, grandparents, sister, brother, spouse, child and step and/or foster child of an "employee and relatives residing in his household.
C. Funeral leave may be extended beyond the four (4) working day period without pay at the sole discretion of the Commissioner.
D. The above shall not constitute sick leave and shall not be deducted from the employee's annual sick leave.
E. If there is a death of an aunt or uncle of an employee, employees shall be granted one day off without loss of pay. ARTICLE XII
A. Injury leave shall be granted with full pay to employees disabled through injury or illness as a result of, or arising from, and in the course of their respective employment.
B. Any amount of salary or wages paid or payable to employees because of leave granted pursuant to Section A above shall be reduced by the amount of Workmen's Compensation award under Chapter 15 of Title 34 of the revised statutes made for disability because of the same injury or illness requiring such leave. It is the intention of the City to supplement any temporary disability payment made under Workmen's Compensation to employees so that said employees receive their full salary or wage. Upon the cessation of payment of temporary disability by the carrier to the employee, the City supplemental payments will also cease and the employee will be expected to return to work.
LIMITATIONS ON LEAVE
A. No leave of absence or combination of leaves of absence for any cause whatsoever, including sick leave, injury leave, funeral leave, etc. shall exceed one (1) year. In the case of continuous absence from duty of any employee, for any cause whatsoever, of more than one (1) year duration, such employee so absent shall be automatically retired from the Department on the first anniversary date from the date such absence began.
A. Upon an employee's retirement or death after having served at least five(5) full years, (or having completed ten (10)full years for employees hired after January 1, 2013)and terminates honorably said employee shall receive terminal leave up to a maximum of one hundred (100) days of the employee's accumulated sick leave computed at his rate of pay for the year immediately preceding said termination. Any employee who is separated for cause arising from any disciplinary action shall not be entitled to the benefits above. Any employee with less than five (5) full years of service shall not be eligible for pay for sick leave upon termination.
B. Other yearly benefits upon retirement, death, resignation or honorable termination otherwise due shall be prorated based upon the number of months the employee has worked in the calendar year. If the employee terminates employment and is not in good standing, according to civil service regulations, no benefit shall be paid. ARTICLE XV
A. All employees hired prior to January 1, 2013 shall receive raises of 3% for 2013, 2.5% for 2014 and 2.5% for 2015 effective January 1, 2013. The annual salary to be paid the following employees of the city of Margate shall be as follows and shall be paid bi-weekly.
Senior Clerk 56,710 58,127 59,581
Pumping Station Operator 62,029 63,580 65,169
Deputy Municipal Clerk Typist 49,924 51,172 52,451
3rd year of service & thereafter
Deputy Municipal Clerk Typist 46,333 47,491 48,679
2nd Year of service
Assessing Clerk 49,924 51,172 52,451
3rd year of service and thereafter
Assessing Clerk 46,333 47,491 48,679
2nd year of service
Clerk Typist 49,924 51,172 52,451
3rd year of service & thereafter
Clerk Typist 46,333 47,491 48,679
2nd year of service
Water Meter Foreman 67,227 68,907 70,630
Bldg. Service Worker 43,809 44,904 46,026
Mechanic 71,931 73,729 75,572 3rd year of service
Mechanic 61,499 63,343 66,509
2nd year of service
Assistant Supervisor of 54,674 56,314 57,721
Water Meter Repair 49,225 50,455 51,716
Senior Acct. Clerk 52,833 54,153 55,506
Stenographer 3rd year
of service & thereafter
Senior Acct. Clerk 46,333 47,491 48,678
Stenographer 2nd year
Senior Acct. Clerk Typist 52,833 54,153 55,678
3rd year of service
Senior Acct. Clerk Typist 46,333 47,491 48,678
2nd year of service
Water & Sewer Accts. 52,833 54,153 55,506
Assistant Municipal 58,762 60,231 61,736
Assistant Municipal 58,762 60,231 61,736
1/1/13 1/1/14 1/1/15
Laborer 218 223 229
3rd year of service
Laborer 206 211 216
2nd year of service
Senior Water Meter 235 241 247
Reader & Repairer
Heavy Laborer with more 238 244 250
than 3 years experience
as a Laborer
Heavy Laborer with 231 237 243
3 years or less
experience as a Laborer
B. All employees hired after January 1, 2013 shall be paid a base salary according to the following scale:
9. Assistant Tax Assessor, Assistant Tax Collector
Laborer, Water Meter Reader
Years 10 and above 49,920
Years 1-3 $39,520
Years 7-9 52,924
Years 10 and above 59,626
Heavy Laborer, Mechanic, Senior Meter Reader
Years 1-3 $60,320
Years 4-6 63,967
Years 7-9 67,655
Years 10 and above 71,363
Years 1-3 $66,560
Years 7-9 77,654
Years 10 and above 83,201
Clerk Typist Assessing Clerk, Building Services Worker (30 hours per week)
Years 1-3 $37,440
Years 4-6 41,600
Years 7-9 45,760
Clerk Typist, Assessing Clerk, Building services Worker (35 hours per week)
Years 1-3 $43,680
Years 7-9 53,388
Years 10 and above 58,242
Senior Clerk, Senior Clerk Typist, Water and Sewer Account Searcher (30 hours per week)
Years 1-3 $42,120
Years 4-6 46,280
Years 7-9 50,540
Years 10 and above 54,600
Senior Clerk, Senior Clerk Typist, Water and Sewer Account Searcher (35 hours per week)
Years 1-3 $49,140
Years 4-6 53,944
Years 7-9 58,848
Years 10 and above 63,702
Assistant Tax Assessor, Assistant Tax Collector
Years 1-3 $ 49,251
Years 7-9 57,575
Years 10 and above 61,700
(35 hours per week)
Years 1-3 $ 56,382
Years 4-6 61,582
Years 7-9 66,787
Years 10 and above 71,983
C. All 30 hour employees hired prior to January 1, 2013 may apply by November 1, 2013 to be considered to work a 35 hour work week.
D. All office employees hired after January 1, 2013 may be offered at the option of the City a 30 hour or 35 hour work week.
E. All 40 hour employees as of January 1, 2013 shall continue to work a 40 hour work schedule.
OVERTIME AND ON CALL PAY
The City and the Association agree that during the term of this Agreement the City may promote according to law or award onetime bonus payments to employees when in the sole opinion of the City such promotions or bonus payments are deemed appropriate to recognize changes in responsibility or special meritorious performance provided that such promotion or bonus is in accord with applicable law and city policy and is disclosed to the Association and to the public within 30 days of occurrence. In no event shall the promotion or bonus result in pay in excess of that provided for in this contract for the appropriate title. This provision creates no obligation whatsoever on the City to make any supplemental change in salary.
The City and the Association recognize that three
Employees claim to have compensation and /or time deferred as the result of accumulated time from prior years. In order to address this issue, the Association agrees to select a committee of no more than three persons to meet with appropriate City Officials at least monthly until such time as a negotiated settlement can be reached or the wording of Article XV G is revised. ARTICLE XVI
A. Overtime shall consist of all hours worked in excess of eight (8) hours in a day or forty (40) hours in a week.
B. All employees covered by this Agreement shall, in addition to their basic salary, be paid one and one-half (1 1/2) times their straight time hourly rate of pay, including longevity in accordance with their service for all overtime hours worked. All overtime payments shall be paid no later than on the pay day for the pay period which immediately follows the pay period in which the overtime occurs.
C. On Call Pay shall consist of eight hours straight time pay for any 24 hour period.
A. Each employee in addition to his or her annual base salary shall receive additional compensation based upon the length of his or her service in the Margate City Employees Association as fixed and determined by the following schedule:
YEARS OF SERVICE LONGEVITY PAYMENT
5 years 2.5%
10 years 4.5%
15 years 6.5%
20 years 8.5%
25 years 13%
B. The aforementioned additional salary or compensation shall be paid in equal bi-weekly installments at the same time as the base pay. In computing overtime pay and vacation pay and other pay rates set forth in this Agreement, the basic pay of any employee shall include his base pay plus his longevity.
C. In computing longevity, an employee's length of service will be figured from the date said employee began full-time employment. For example, if an employee began his full-time employment on July 15, 1971, he will have worked five (5) years for the City and be entitled to his two percent (2.5%) longevity increase beginning on July 15, 1976.
D. Any employee hired for full time status after January 1, 2013 will not be entitled to the fifth year longevity. Said employee shall be entitled to longevity after their full ten years of full time service.
HOSPITALIZATION INSURANCEA. The City agrees to provide comprehensive medical and hospitalization insurance through the New Jersey State Health Benefits Plan, as it exists or as modified by the State Health Benefit Program (or any substantially similar health benefits plan), including any changes in co-pays or deductibles that may be implemented by the New Jersey State Health Benefits Program, for all employees and eligible dependents covered by this agreement. The City will offer a selection of plans available under the New Jersey State Health Benefits Program. Except as provided by law, the City agrees to pay the full cost of the NJSHBP plan selected by the employee for employees and their eligible dependents.
B. The City further agrees that the continuance of coverage after retirement of any Employees shall be provided at such rates and under such conditions as shall be prescribed in the contract subject, however, to the requirements hereinafter set forth in this subsection. The contribution required of any retired Employee toward the cost of such coverage shall be paid by him/her directly to the insurance agent.
C. Retired Employees shall be required to pay for the entire cost of coverage for themselves and their dependents at rates which are deemed to be adequate to cover the benefits, as affected by Medicare, of such retired Employees and their dependents on the basis of the utilization of services which may be reasonably expected of such older age classifications, provided, however, that the total rate payable by such retired Employee for himself/herself and his/her dependents for coverage under the contract and for Part B of Medicare, shall not exceed by more than twenty-five (25%) percent the total amount that would have been required to have been paid by the Employee and his/her Employer for the coverage maintained had he/she continued in office or active employment and he/she and his/her dependents were not eligible for Medicare benefits. Nothing herein shall be construed as compelling and Employer to pay any portion of the premiums or charges attributable to such contracts. D. The city agrees to provide a co-pay prescription plan for employees and dependents through the New Jersey State Health Benefits Plan. The co-payments shall be determined by the New Jersey State Health Benefits plan and may be subject to future changes to reflect the then applicable NJSHBP prescription co-pays.
E. The City agrees to provide Bargaining Unit Employees with a Five Thousand ($5,000.00) life insurance policy.
F. The City agrees to provide Bargaining Unit Employees and their eligible dependents with a dental health plan.
G. The City agrees to provide Bargaining Unit Employees and their eligible dependents an optical plan through Horizon Eye Care.
H. Opt-Out Provision
Single Coverage $3,000.00
1. The City agrees to establish in accordance with Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code an opt-out provision for the purpose of allowing an employee otherwise entitled to health insurance coverage to voluntarily opt-out of such coverage in exchange for receiving from the City a cash payment in lieu of health insurance coverage. If an employee selects the cash option, it shall be included in the employee’s gross income as compensation. If an employee selects the insurance coverage the value of such coverage is excluded from the employee’s gross income as compensation. The terms of the opt-out provision shall be as follows:
a. An employee otherwise entitled to health insurance coverage shall have the option to voluntarily not participate in the Medical & Prescription Plans and withdraw from any such coverage. The employee will still participate in the Dental and Optical Plans. The decision to exercise this option rests solely with the employee. In the event an employee elects to opt-out of the Medical and Prescription Plan coverage, the City Shall pay to the employee 25% of the amount saved by the City because of the employee’s waiver of coverage, or $5,000.00, whichever is less, in accordance with P.L. 2010, Chapter 2.
b. Employees that have elected to waive health coverage prior to P.L. 2012, Chapter 2 shall be compensated as follows:
Parent/Child Coverage $4,000.00
Husband/Wife Coverage $5,000.00
Family Coverage $7,500.00
These payments to the employee are in lieu of the yearly premium costs for the Medical and Prescription Plans. Such cash payment shall be in the form of a stipend and shall be paid by separate checks in twelve (12) equal monthly installments in the calendar year in which the non-participant occurs.
c. In order for an employee to be eligible to elect the cash option for the medical and prescription insurance plans as stated above, an employee must provide documentation to the City that they are covered under an alternative health insurance plan.
d. All withdrawals shall be for a full year (January 1 through December 31). Written notification of an employee’s intent to elect the withdrawal option must be filed with the City during the normal enrollment period. Employees may either re-elect the option of the withdrawal during each enrollment period or elect to re-enroll in the insurance plans offered by the City. Prior to each re-enrollment period, the City’s insurance carrier and/or representative shall hold a meeting with the employees considering to elect to withdraw from the City’s insurance plan(s) and shall apprise them of any and all benefits and/or risks involved should the employee elect such waiver.
2. Notwithstanding the above, an employee who has a change in status (e.g. termination of employment, death, separation, divorce, etc.) which causes the employee to lose his/her alternate health insurance coverage shall be entitled to re-enroll in the health plans during the year provided the employee supplies the City with notice of the change of status within sixty (60) days of the event causing such change. The City’s obligation to pay the cash option shall be prorated for the employee subject to a change in status. If the City’s health plans do not accept the employee, the City will find a comparable plan and pay the premium up to the current amount paid for employees in the City’s plan. Additional costs above the current cost incurred will be the responsibility of the employee. The employees will be re-enrolled in the City’s plan at the first permissible date.
3. Return to the medical and prescription plans for reasons other than a change in status is subject to the terms of the carrier.
I. Flexible Spending Account
The City shall provide at no additional cost to the employee a flexible Spending Account (FSA) in accordance with Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code, allowing a maximum of $2,500.00 for medical expenses and a maximum of $5,000.00 for child/dependent care. The option of enrolling in the FSA shall be that of the employee.
J. Change in Plans and Providers
The City may, at its option, change any of the existing insurance plans or carriers providing such benefits so long as the benefits which are provided to the employees and their eligible dependents are the same or equivalent to the coverage s and benefits as were being provided on December 31, 2012. The City further reserves the right, at its option, to self-insure any of the plans or coverage so long as the benefits which are provided to the employees and their eligible dependents are the same or equivalent to the coverages and benefits as were being provided on December 31, 2012. Disagreements regarding coverage changes can go to the grievance process and to arbitration. The City will notify the Association at least thirty (30) days before any change is to happen. Selection of the carrier or carriers is a managerial prerogative not subject to the terns of this collective bargaining agreement. The Margate City Employee’s Association shall be provided with copies of the Master Plan documents in both the current and proposed plan prior to the implementation of the proposed plan.
K. Cost Contribution
Employees shall be required to contribute to the costs of the health Insurance Plan as may be mandated by law, including P.L. 2011, Chapter 78. Such payments shall be withheld in equal installments throughout the year from an employees’ pay check. The City shall establish and adopt a Section 125 Plan so that said contributions would be “pre-tax”.
All employees are required to be familiar with appropriate safety rules of the workplace and to follow directions provided by Management, Supervisors and workplace standards. The City particularly recognizes risks to feet and toes for employees working outdoors in traditional public works titles associated with machinery, equipment and vehicles. Where it is determined that Safety Shoes are required as part of the job, the city will pay, in addition to salary, a supplemental allowance of $300 in 2013 and $400 in 2014 and 2015 for those employees required to wear safety shoes (payable within 45 days of execution of the contract or within 45 days of any new calendar year).
CONTINUATION OF BENEFITS NOT COVERED BY THIS AGREEMENT
A. All conditions not covered by this Agreement shall continue to be governed, controlled and interpreted by reference to the City's Charter and ordinances, and any present benefits which are enjoyed by employees covered by this Agreement, that have not been included in the contract, shall be continued.
A. Each and every clause of this Agreement shall be deemed separable from each and every other clause of this Agreement to the extent that, in the event 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 so in violation shall be deemed of no force and effect and unenforceable 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.
continued. ARTICLE XXII
A. This Agreement represents and incorporates the complete and final understanding and settlement by the parties of all bargainable issues which were or could have been the subject of negotiations. During the term of this Agreement, neither party will be required to negotiate with respect to any such matter, whether or not covered by this Agreement, and whether or not within the knowledge or contemplation of either or both parties at the time they negotiated or signed this Agreement.
DURATION OF AGREEMENT
A. This Agreement shall be in full force and effect as of January 1, 2013 and shall remain in effect to and including December 31, 2015 without any reopening date except as provided by law.
B. This Agreement shall continue in full force and effect from year to year thereafter, until one part or the other gives notice, in writing, no sooner than one hundred fifty (150) nor no later than one hundred 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 hereunto set their hands and seals at the City of Margate City, New Jersey, on this _____ day of ________,2013.
CITY OF MARGATE CITY MARGATE CITY EMPLOYEES' ASSOCIATION