TOWNSHIP OF STAFFORD
THE UTILITY WORKERS UNION OF AMERICA
AFL-CIO AND ITS LOCAL 503
Effective January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2012
TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE
ARTICLE 1 UNION RECOGNITION -4-
ARTICLE 2 GRIEVANCE AND ARBITRATION PROCEDURE -4-
ARTICLE 3 MANAGEMENT RIGHTS -5-
ARTICLE 4 PROBATIONARY PERIOD -6-
ARTICLE 5 CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS -7-
ARTICLE 6 SUCCESSOR CLAUSE -7-
ARTICLE 7 VACATION -7-
ARTICLE 8 HOLIDAYS -9-
ARTICLE 9 MILITARY LEAVE -9-
ARTICLE 10 SICK LEAVE -10-
ARTICLE 11 WAGE SCHEDULE -13-
ARTICLE 12 BEREAVEMENT LEAVE -14-
ARTICLE 13 JURY DUTY -15-
ARTICLE 14 BENEFITS -15-
ARTICLE 15 HOURS OF WORK/OVERTIME -16-
ARTICLE 16 BULLETIN BOARD -17-
ARTICLE 17 CALL OUT/PAGER -17-
ARTICLE 18 UNION SECURITY -18-
ARTICLE 19 PERSONNEL RECORDS -18-
ARTICLE 20 LEAVES OF ABSENCE -19-
ARTICLE 21 PROMOTIONS AND VACANCIES -19-
ARTICLE 22 SENIORITY -19-
ARTICLE 23 SAFETY COMMITTEE -20
ARTICLE 24 UNION ACTIVITY -20-
ARTICLE 25 EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVES -21-
ARTICLE 26 UNIFORMS -21-
ARTICLE 27 LONGEVITY -22-
ARTICLE 28 COMPLETE AGREEMENT -22-
ARTICLE 29 MEAL PERIOD -23-
ARTICLE 30 PRECEDENCE OF LAW AND REGULATIONS -23-
ARTICLE 31 NON-DISCRIMINATION -23-
ARTICLE 32 GENERAL -23-
ARTICLE 33 LIGHT DUTY/RETURN TO WORK -24-
ARTICLE 34 PERSONAL LEAVE -24-
ARTICLE 35 WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION LEAVE -24-
ARTICLE 36 LICENSING -25-
ARTICLE 37 RETIREMENT -25-
ARTICLE 38 CERTIFICATION FOR MECHANICS -25-
ARTICLE 39………………………………………………………………………DURATION -26-
Agreement entered into this day of June, 2009 by and between the Township of Stafford Water & Sewer Utility Department hereinafter referred to as the “Employer” and the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO and its Local 503, hereinafter referred to as the “Union”.
WHEREAS, it is the intent and purpose of the parties hereto to promote and improve the harmonious and economic relations between the employer and its employees and to establish a basic understanding relative to the rates of pay, hours of work and other conditions of employment consistent with the law and established practices.
NOW THEREFORE, the parties hereto, in accordance with the following covenants, conditions and agreements, mutually agree as follows:
1.1 Bargaining Unit. The Employer agrees to recognize the Union as the exclusive representative with respect to wages, hours and other conditions of employment for the employees of the Employer in the following collective bargaining unit:
All full-time and part-time blue-collar employees employed by the Employer, but excluding all managerial executives, confidential employees, supervisors within the meaning of the Act; All other employees, craft employees, casual employees, police, professional employees, white collar employees, superintendent and clerical employees. For purposes of clarification only full-time and part-time blue-collar employees employed by the Employer shall be included in the bargaining unit.
1.2 The Employer agrees to allow representatives of the Union, to enter the premises of the Employer, at reasonable times, for the purpose of individual and collective discussions with the Employer and/or employees. Proper notification must be given to the Employer and the time scheduled will be mutually acceptable.
GRIEVANCE AND ARBITRATION PROCEDURE
2.1 In the event that any differences arise between the Employer and any of its employees affected by this Agreement, and concerning the interpretation, application or compliance with the provisions of this Agreement, such difference shall be deemed to be a grievance, provided that the grievance is presented within fourteen (14) days of its occurrence. There shall be no suspension of the work by either party on account of a grievance, and an earnest effort shall be made to settle grievances at an early date. The procedure for settlement of grievances shall be as follows:
and Supervisor within two (2) working days after the grievance is submitted in
- The aggrieved employee shall discuss the grievance with his/her Union steward
writing. Every reasonable effort shall be made towards a proper disposition and settlement of the grievance. The supervisor shall render a written decision.
B. If no satisfactory settlement of the grievance is reached within five (5) working days, the Superintendent of the Sewer & Water Utility Department (designee) and a representative of the Union, grievant(s) shall meet to discuss the grievance and attempt to resolve the grievance. The Superintendent shall issue a decision in writing.
C. In the event the grievance is not satisfactorily resolved as set forth above, the Union or the Employer shall within fifteen (15) days, set up a meeting with the Township Administrator and the union grievance committee and a national representative from the Union in an attempt to resolve the dispute and satisfactorily settle the grievance.
D. Either party may request the American Arbitration Association submit a list of arbitrators, from which the parties shall mutually select an arbitrator, or follow the rules of the American Arbitration Association for selection of an arbitrator. The decision of the Arbitrator shall be final and binding upon the parties. The expense of such arbitration shall be borne equally by the Employer and the Union.
The Employer hereby retains and reserves unto itself without limitation, all powers, rights, Township, duties and responsibilities conferred upon and vested in it prior to the execution of this agreement by the laws and Constitution of the State of New Jersey and United States, including, but without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the following rights.
- The executive management and administrative control of the Township and its properties and facilities and the activities of its employees.
- The hiring of all employees, promoting, transferring, and assigning employees. Further, to determine the number of employees necessary and to layoff employees if necessary.
- Disciplinary action including but not limited to suspension, demotion, discharge or take other appropriate disciplinary action against any employee for good and just cause.
- The sole and exclusive right to determine the manner and method of work to be performed including procurement, design, engineering, and if necessary, contracting with others, except as may be otherwise specifically limited by this agreement.
- The sole and exclusive right to draft and adopt reasonable rules and regulations pertaining to the Employer’s operations and employee code of conduct for the purpose of establishing efficient operations and promoting safety for the general health and welfare of the community.
- The sole and exclusive right to determine the number and location of facilities, the work to be performed therein, amount of supervision necessary, type of machinery and equipment to be utilized, schedules of work, and the type and number of employees to be assigned to complete the tasks of work.
3.2 The exercise of the foregoing powers, rights, Township, duties, or responsibilities of the Employer, the furtherance thereof, and the use of judgment and discretion in connection therewith shall be limited only by the specific and expressed 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 the State of New Jersey and rules and regulations.
3.3 The Employer, its successors and assigns agrees to a position of neutrality, the Employer shall not hinder the Union in an organizing campaign, nor shall it comment on the Union’s motives, integrity, character or performance at anytime. Also the Employer shall not provide any support or assistance of any kind to any person or group who is attempting to organize opposition to the Union. The Union representative shall be allowed access to the Employer’s facilities for the purpose of distributing literature and meeting with employees. Any time the Union has 55% authorization cards signed or more the parties agree to have a mutually agreed upon third party (AAA, a religious leader, etc.) to certify the cards, once certified the Employer agrees to recognize the Union and commence bargaining within thirty days.
4.1 There shall be a probationary period of ninety (90) working days for all newly hired employees. During that probationary period, employees may be warned, disciplined, suspended or discharged, and such action shall not be subject to the grievance or arbitration procedure of this Agreement. After ninety (90) days, the said new employees shall be placed on the seniority list retroactively beginning from their first day of employment.
CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS
It is recognized that the need for continued and uninterrupted operation of the Employer’s business is of paramount importance to the users of the system and the citizens of Stafford Township, and there should be no interference with said operation.
The Union, its officers, members, agents or principals agree not to engage in, encourage, sanction or suggest strikes, slow-downs, job actions, lock-outs, mass resignations, mass absenteeism, or other similar actions which would involve suspension of or interference with the normal employer’s business. The Employer agrees not to lock out employees.
The Employer shall have the right to discipline or discharge any employee engaged or causing a strike, slow-down or other such interference.
6.1 This agreement shall be binding on any private or semi-private successors and assigns of the Employer, whether by sale, transfer, merger, acquisition, consolidation, or otherwise, of the department or part of the department. The Employer shall make it a written condition of transfer that all terms, provisions and intents shall bind the successor or assigns of this Agreement of any private or semi-private entity.
6.2 The Employer shall notify the Union, in writing within a reasonable period of time, or as soon as practical, of any agreement to convey, or otherwise transfer or assign to another entity, any of the operations covered by this Agreement.
The following annual vacations with pay shall be granted to employees:
- During the first year of employment: employees shall be entitled to one (1) vacation day for each of the 3rd through 12th month of employment, for a total of ten (10) vacation days.
- During the second year of employment: employees shall be entitled to one (1) vacation day for the 13th through 21st month of employment, and two (2) vacation days for the 22nd, 23rd and 24th month of employment, for a total of fifteen (15) vacation days.
- Upon completion of 2nd year 16 vacation days
Upon completion of 3rd year 17 days
Upon completion of 4th year 18 days
Upon completion of 5th year 19 days
Upon completion of 6th year 20 days
Upon completion of 7th year 21 days
Upon completion of 8th year 22 days
Upon completion of 9th year 23 days
Upon completion of 10th year 24 days
Upon completion of 11th year 25 days
Upon completion of 12th year 26 days (maximum number of days)
The maximum annual amount of vacation for employees hired after 1/1/09 shall be 20 days.
Note: Time served as a full-time employee with the Stafford Municipal Utilities Authority shall count toward years of service for the purpose of calculating an employee’s vacation allotment. Further, employees who have greater than twelve (12) years of service as of July 1, 2001 shall not have their vacation allotment reduced.
- Employees may sell back up to five (5) vacation days per year. Employees must provide written notice to the Township by April 1st of each and every year with an estimate of the number of unused vacation days to be sold to the Township. The Township reserves the right to reject any requests for the sale of unused vacation days for employees who have not filed this annual notice. If the provision contained in the Teamsters Local 97 contract with respect to sell back of vacation time is changed to increase the amount of days that may be sold back, the parties agree to amend this collective bargaining agreement to match that provision. Employees hired after 1/1/09, may sell back up to five (5) vacation days per year at 50% of the value of those days.
Employees are required to take at least one (1) week of vacation each year.
7.3 Employees may accumulate a maximum of 65 vacation days; however, the maximum payment for accumulated and unused vacation at retirement shall not exceed one year’s vacation allocation.
Employees will receive the day off at their regular rate of pay for each holiday. The following are paid holidays:
New Years Day Labor Day
Martin Luther King’s Birthday Columbus Day
President’s Day General Election Day (Nov)
Good Friday Veteran’s Day
Memorial Day Thanksgiving Day
Fourth of July Christmas Day
8.2 Each such holiday shall be observed on the day established for its observance. If a holiday occurs during an employee’s vacation period, the employee will be given an additional day of paid vacation.
9.1 When a full-time employee (either permanent or temporary) who is a member of the reserve component of any United States armed force or the National Guard of any state including the Naval Militia and Air National Guard is required to engage in field training or is called for active duty, the employee will be granted a military leave of absence for the duration of the service. The first thirty (30) workdays of the leave shall be with full pay except that a member of the New Jersey National Guard shall receive full pay for the first ninety (90) days. (Thereafter, the leave shall be without pay but without loss of time.) or (Thereafter, the employee shall be paid the difference between military salary and the employee’s regular salary.) The paid leave will not be counted against any available time off including but not limited to vacation, sick or personal time. A full-time temporary employee who has served less than one-year shall not be entitled to paid leave but shall be granted non-paid military leave without loss of time.
Employees on military service will also continue to receive paid health insurance coverage during the period of the paid leave plus an additional thirty days calendar days after the paid leave is exhausted. After this period has expired, employees may continue coverage for themselves or their dependents under the (local unit type) group plan by taking advantage of the COBRA provision. Members of the State administered retirement systems (PERS and PFRS) will continue accruing service and salary credit in the system during the period of paid leave.
Pursuant to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, any employee released from active duty under honorable circumstances shall return to work without loss of privileges or seniority within the following time limits: for service less than thirty-one (31) calendar days, the employee must return to work on the beginning of the first regularly scheduled workday or eight (8) hours after the end of military duty, with reasonable allowances for commuting; for service of thirty-one (31) to one hundred eighty (180) calendar days, the employee must submit an application for reinstatement within fourteen (14) calendar days after completing military duty; for service greater than one hundred and eighty (180) calendar days, the employee must submit an application for reinstatement within ninety (90) calendar days after completing military duty.
10.1 Sick leave shall be defined as absence of an Employee from post or duty because of illness, accident, or exposure to contagious disease. An Employee shall not be eligible for sick leave under this Agreement if the accident or injury suffered which caused the request for sick leave occurs while the Employee is being employed by a company or organization other than the Township of Stafford.
10.2 Immediately following a 90 day probationary period employees shall earn sick leave at the rate of 1.25 days per month for each month worked up to a maximum of 15 days each year. Sick leave may accumulate from year to year to be used if and when needed by the Employee.
10.3 If an Employee is absent for reasons that entitle him/her to utilized sick leave, the Employee is responsible for notifying his/her supervisor promptly by the Employee’s usual reporting time. Failure to notify the supervisor may be cause for denial of the use of sick leave and may constitute cause for disciplinary action.
10.4 Absence without proper notice for 5 consecutive days shall constitute a resignation under N.J.A.C. 4:1-16.14.
10.5 The Township may require proof of illness from an Employee on sick leave when such a requirement appears reasonable. Abuse of sick leave shall be cause of disciplinary action. In addition, in cases where illness is of a reoccurring or chronic nature, causing reoccurring absences of one day or less, the Township reserves the right to require competent medical evidence to be submitted prior to the reinstatement of said Employee, and also reserves the right to have the Employee examined by the Township’s physician before returning to duty. In all cases of reported illness or disability, the Township reserves the right to send the Employee to the Township’s physician to investigate the report.
10.6 When an absence due to an illness does not exceed 2 consecutive working days, normally the Employee’s statement of the cause for the absence will be accepted without a supporting statement by the attending physician. The Township reserves the right to have the employee examined by the Township’s physician before returning to work. Any absence in excess of 2 consecutive working days shall require a written statement from the employee’s physician certifying to the employee’s absence from work due to illness.
10.7 Employees who are unable to report to work because of illness or injury and who have notified their supervisor in accordance with the Article shall be responsible for notifying their Supervisor as to their place of confinement.
10.8 Employees retiring under the PERS guidelines shall be eligible for payment for accumulated and unused sick leave pursuant to the following formula. Employees with less than 30 years of uninterrupted work experience with the Township of Stafford (including the Stafford Municipal Utilities Authority) and employees hired after 1/1/09 shall be eligible for reimbursement for accumulated an unused sick leave to a “cap” payment of $15,000. Employees with 30 years or more of uninterrupted work experience with the Township of Stafford shall be eligible for reimbursement for accumulated and unused sick leave up to a “cap” payment of $30,000.
10.9 Employees shall be permitted to “sell back” accumulated an unused sick leave on an annual basis subject to the following regulations:
Employees hired after 1/1/09 may sell back sick leave in accordance with the above-referenced conditions, however, the sell back shall be capped at 50% of the value of the days sold.
● Employees must notify the Superintendent of Water and Sewer in writing by 11/1 of each and every year of the amount of sick leave they would like to sell back in the ensuing fiscal year in accordance with the following formula.
All employees may sell back up to 5 sick days per year regardless of sick leave usage during the year provided that written notice is given by 11/1 of each year. Payment will be made during the first pay of February of the ensuing year.
In order for an employee to sell back more than 5 days with a maximum sell back of 10 days, he/she must meet the following criteria.
♦ If an employee uses less than 2 days of sick leave, he/she may sell
back up to an additional 5 days for a total of 10 days
♦ If an employee uses 2 to 5 days of sick leave, he/she may sell back up to an additional 2 days for a total of 7 days
♦ No additional sell back over and above 5 days if employee uses more than 5 days
10.11 Employees shall be entitled to utilize sick leave as a supplement to Worker’s Compensation or Temporary Disability payments. Payments received by an Employee shall either be remitted to the Township or used as an offset to full salary payments.
10.12 The minimum amount of sick leave permitted to be taken at one time is ½ day.
10.13 The beneficiaries of any Employee who dies while employed by the Township will be entitled to receive the Employee’s accrued sick, vacation and personal day benefits up the maximum amounts as provided in the collective bargaining agreement.
10.14 Temporary Disability:
A. All Employees shall be enrolled in the State of New Jersey Temporary Disability Plan effective 1/1/01 and shall be subject to all the terms and conditions of the Plan including any copay required by the State of New Jersey. Employees are required to utilize eight (8) sick days in advance of receiving any temporary disability payments under the State Plan.
B. Employees shall not accumulate any sick leave while on disability.
C. Illness or injury occurring during employment for another employer shall not qualify for paid disability absence.
New Rate Scales With Cost of Living Increases Each Year as noted:
11.2 Pay periods will be determined by the Employer but shall be no less frequently than bi-weekly.
11.3 Employees in the classification of Operators shall advance to the next level/class in the wage scale upon successful completion of the NJDEP course and issuance of the appropriate NJDEP certification.
11.4 The parties recognize the following wage classifications in the contract:
Operator (Level 1, 2 and 3)
Mark Out Person
Senior Meter Specialist
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE 12.1 Bereavement leave benefits are intended to provide the employee with the time necessary to grieve the passing of a loved one and to attend services as desired. To that end, the parties agree that the provisions contained in the Bereavement Leave policy are not to be abused and/or utilized as a subterfuge for taking additional time off unrelated to the employee’s need to grieve or attend services as desired.
12.2 Employees shall receive five (5) working days off with pay (commencing the day of death) for the following individuals: father, mother, grandparent, spouse, son, daughter, brother, sister, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchild and spouse’s grandparents.
12.3 Employees shall receive one (1) day off with pay (day of burial only if funeral services are attended) for the following: uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, or cousin of the first degree. When the deceased is buried in another city and the employee would be unable to return in time for duty with the leave granted in this section, exceptions to the above may be granted upon verification to the Employer.
13.1 An employee called for jury duty will be excused from work for the period that the employee is called for jury duty and he/she will be paid the difference between jury duty compensation received and his/her regular daily compensation.
14.1 The Township agrees to provide the following benefits only to all full time permanent
- Hospitalization, Major Medical Coverage, through the NJ State Health Benefits Plan (Family Coverage, if necessary)
- Prescription Coverage through Benecard.
- Dental Coverage through Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield (Family Coverage, if necessary)
- Vision Coverage through Vision Services Plan (Family Coverage, if necessary)
- Workers Compensation Coverage through the Ocean County Joint Insurance Fund
- Retirement Plan through the State of New Jersey Public Employees Retirement System
The parties acknowledge and agree that the prescription coverage provided by the township is through the Benecard. The current co-pay amounts are $5.00 generic and $10.00 for name brand prescriptions.
14.1(a) Employees hired after 1/1/09 shall receive hospitalization/major medical coverage through the NJSHBP Direct 15 plan only (or equivalent coverage if the township changes health insurance carriers).
14.1(b) Employees hired after 1/1/09 shall receive dental coverage through the BC/BS Horizon Dental Choice Plan only (or equivalent coverage if the township changes health insurance carriers).
Effective 7/1/05, all employees shall be subject to the following premium co-pay amount through bi-weekly payroll deduction:
● $30.00 per pay period for all full time employees with benefit coverage for 2009; $40 per pay period for all full time employees with benefit coverage for 2010; and $40 per pay period for all full time employees with benefit coverage earning under $100,000 in 2011. Employees earning at least $100,000 shall pay $50 per pay period beginning on 1/1/2011.
New Provision: Effective 7/1/05, employees may voluntarily choose to participate in a medical flexible spending account program to be implemented by the township. The program permits employees to have a specified amount of pre-taxed salary to be deducted from their payroll check each pay period for the purpose of being reimbursed for eligible “out of pocket” medical expenses. Employees electing to participate in the program will be charged $3.00 per month and must comply with all aspects of the program. This program is strictly voluntary.
HOURS OF WORK/OVERTIME
15.1 The hours of work shall be 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM with a 30 minute lunch on the job, which will constitute an eight (8) hour working day, Monday through Friday. A fifteen (15) minute break in the morning shall be permitted. Scheduling of lunch and break times shall be at the discretion of the employer so as to not interrupt the work schedule.
15.2 Any work required outside of these hours will be paid at the rate of 1.5 times the regular straight time. Employees who are called out to work on an emergency, other than operators who are “on-call”, shall be entitled to a minimum of four (4) hours pay. Operators who are “on-call” shall be entitled to a minimum of two (2) hours pay for an emergency call out occurring prior to 10:00 PM. Operators who are “on-call” shall be entitled to a minimum of four (4) hours pay for an emergency call out occurring after 10:00 PM. Employees are not permitted to “pyramid” overtime during multiple emergency call outs on the same shift. Employees called out in case of an emergency shall be limited to the actual hours worked in excess of the minimum call out times stated above in the case of multiple call outs on the same shift.
15.2.1 After having worked 12 hours prior to the start of the normal work day (7:00 AM) any and all additional hours are to be paid at the rate of time and one-half until the end of the work day, after which time the rate shall be double-time, AND if an employee is required to work on Sunday or a holiday, he/she shall receive double time for all hours worked on a Sunday or holiday consistent with the provisions contained in the collective bargaining agreement with Teamsters Local 97.
15.3 Time spent by an employee in waiting for and receiving medical attention for an illness that began on the job or a work related injury shall be considered hours worked for pay purposes, until the end of the scheduled shift.
Unless an emergency has been declared by the Mayor of the Township due to an imminent health hazard, employees who have completed an extended continuous work period of sixteen (16) or more consecutive hours, excluding authorized time off for meals, shall be permitted at least eight (8) hours off duty time before they are required to start work again. If the required eight (8) hours off extends into the employee’s next regularly scheduled work day, they shall be excused with pay at the straight time rate for that part of their regular work schedule necessary to make up the eight (8) hours off.
16.1 The Employer shall provide sufficient space for a Union bulletin board, all notices shall be posted by a Union representative. Any bulletin deemed controversial must have approval by the Employer. The Township reserves the right to remove the material from the bulletin board that is defamatory or objectionable, upon proper notice to the Union.
17.1 Employees who are called out or are scheduled to work a Sunday shall be entitled to double (2) times their normal rate of pay.
17.2 Employees who are scheduled for on call shall receive eight (8) hours pay for Saturday and Sunday at the applicable rate and a minimum four (4) hours pay at the applicable rate for carrying a pager and doing rounds, during the evening hours.
17.3 The Township agrees to distribute overtime evenly within job classifications whenever possible.
The parties acknowledge that in an effort to monitor the conditions in the township water and sewer utility system, the township has established an on-call rotation schedule that includes the four licensed operators in Local 503 and one licensed operator in Teamsters Local 469. The parties agree that from time to time operators may wish to switch schedules, which would be permitted if approved in advance by the Superintendent. Scheduling of the on-call rotation shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent; however, if all five operators are physically able to perform their job, the on call rotation shall be distributed as evenly as possible among the five operators. The parties also acknowledge that there may be unforeseen conditions that arise which result in an operator or more than one operator being off from work for health reasons for a prolonged period of time. If the employee is reasonably expected to return to work within a six month period, and/or if more than one operator is off from work, then the Superintendent may schedule himself in the rotation for one of those employees. For extraordinary circumstances defined as periods of time greater than six months in duration, and in circumstances where only one operator is out, the additional open shift shall be rotated among the four operators.
18.1 The Employer agrees that it shall require as a condition of employment that all present employees and all new employees hereafter employed by the Employer in any class of work to which this agreement applies, shall no later than thirty (30) days after they are hired (1) become members of the Union or (2) maintain agency service fee status.
18.2 Any employee exempted from the provisions of this agreement who is transferred while this agreement is in effect to a class of work which is subject to the Union membership requirement, shall become a member of the Union or maintain agency service fee status within thirty (30) days after the effective date of such transfer.
18.3 Any employee of the Employer who at any time has been performing in a class of work which is subject to the Union membership requirements of this agreement, but who is subsequently transferred or promoted to a class of work which is not subject to the Union membership requirement of this agreement, shall have the right to withdraw from Union membership.
18.4 The Employer agrees to deduct from earned wages and remit to the Union (UWUA Local #503, Secretary Treasurer) the initiation fee, agency service fee and dues of employees. Certification shall be given to the Employer by the Union in writing on the amount of the deduction.
19.1 Employees and the Union with written approval from an employee shall have the right to review their personnel files upon reasonable written notice to the Employer. Copies of any documents will be provided upon payment of a reasonable charge for such copies.
LEAVES OF ABSENCE
20.1 Employees shall be subject to the provisions of the New Jersey Family Leave Act (2008). Under the provisions of the act, the Township is required to grant eligible employees time off of up to 12 weeks in a 24-month period. from work in connection with (1) the birth or adoption of a child or (2) the serious illness of a parent (including parent-in-law and step-parent), child, civil union partner, or spouse. In order to be eligible employees must have been employed with the township for at least 12 months and must have worked at least 1,000 base hours in the preceding 12 months. Employees shall be required to pay any contribution as required under the act for participation in the state-funded program.
PROMOTIONS AND VACANCIES
21.1 Vacancies in any positions or in newly created positions shall be posted for ten (10) working days in places accessible to employees. Applicants desiring to fill such vacancy or position shall apply in writing. The Employer shall post notice(s) of applicant(s) who have been chosen within thirty (30) days after the ten (10) day posting.
21.2 Employees bidding for a position or vacancy shall be considered on the basis of seniority and qualifications, which determination shall be made by the Employer. If qualifications are equal seniority shall be the determining factor.
22.1 Employee (s) seniority shall be defined as continuous service with the Employer. By mutual agreement of the parties, full-time service with the Stafford Municipal Utilities Authority shall be counted toward seniority.
22.2 An employee’s length of continuous service and all employment rights shall terminate if he/she:
b. Is discharged or terminated for just cause;
a. Quits or resigns his/her employment;
f. If Employer declares his/her position vacant for cause.
d. Is absent from work for fourteen (14) or more consecutive working days without notifying the Employer or without adequate reason if he/she does notify the Employer;
e. Fails, without adequate reason, to report for work upon recall at the time specified by the Employer or to report for work at the expiration of a leave of absence granted by the Employer.
22.3 When a reduction in forces becomes necessary the Employee with the least employee seniority shall be demoted or laid off first, within job classification. An employee displaced from a classification shall have the right to bump any employee with less employee seniority and keep their current rate of pay. Employees shall be recalled with the employee with the most employee seniority being recalled first.
23.1 A Safety Committee has been established by the Township in accordance with the requirement of the Ocean County Joint Insurance Fund. The Township agrees to appoint a member of the bargaining unit to the Township Safety Committee.
24.1 Union Officers and Stewards, Union officers and/or Stewards will be excused from duty, without pay, when required to conduct Union business other than with this Employer. Such excused absences will be in periods of half days or whole days unless the management determines in a particular case that the employee can be productively employed for a portion of such periods. Union officers and/or Stewards shall give management reasonable advance notice of their desire to be absent to conduct such Union business so that work schedules may be arranged accordingly. In no event will more than one (1) employee be absent from work at any one time to conduct such Union business. Union representatives and grievant will be allowed to attend jointly scheduled grievance meetings with management during working hours without loss of pay, for meetings and grievances. The parties agree that if emergent conditions arise, union officers and/or stewards cannot be released and/or may be called back to work to address the emergent conditions.
24.2 Joint Meetings. When meetings are held during regular working hours, there shall be no deduction from the regular straight-time pay of grievants and/or Union officers and Stewards on account of time, spent by them attending such meetings. When such mutually agreed upon meetings are held outside regular working hours no employee shall receive any compensation on account of time spent by them attending such meeting.
24.3 List of Officers and Stewards. The union shall furnish the Employer with a written list of its local officers and Shop Stewards and shall promptly notify the Employer in writing of any changes therein. Only such listed Officers and Stewards shall be recognized by the Employer for purposes of joint meetings except that the Union may, in its discretion, be represented by counsel or other representatives of the National Union.
25.1 The Employer would like to encourage all Employees to continue to improve their knowledge base and work skills. To that end, Employees may take courses directly related to their area of job responsibility if approved in advance by the Employer. The Employer shall furnish forms to Employees for submitting written requests. Employees may request that the Township pay the tuition /registration fee in advance. The Employee must attain a passing grade and must submit proof of the passing grade to the Employer. If the Employee does not attain a passing grade, he/she must reimburse the Employer within six months. If the Employee does not reimburse the Township within six months, the Township shall have the right to withhold the reimbursement due from the Employee from the Employee’s payroll checks. The Employer may furnish transportation or may authorize reimbursement to the Employee for transportation costs to and from school in accordance with the Township’s travel policy. If the Employee has paid the cost/registration fees in advance, he/she shall submit to the Employer evidence of a passing grade, at which time the Employer will authorize reimbursement to the Employee. This policy includes tuition and transportation costs for Licensed Operators who are required to attain Continuing Education Units (CEU) each year.
Each employee will receive the following allotment of clothing in lieu of a monetary stipend:
- Eleven (11) pair of dark blue pants
- Eleven (11) light blue shirts
- Five (5) pair of shorts
- Five (5) tee shirts
26.2 The shoe allowance shall be $750.00 per employee per year. This amount shall be paid either directly to a township-approved vendor or to the employee to reimburse him/her for the costs advanced as evidence by a paid receipt and as approved by the township administrator. The shoe allowance shall be expanded to cover all costs for shoes/boots, socks, and inclement weather gear including gloves and hats.
27.1 The following schedule of benefits shall apply to employees hired after July 1, 2001:
Beginning on the 1st day of the 5th year $ 500.00
Beginning on the 1st day of the 9th year $1,000.00
Beginning on the 1st day of the 13th year $1,275.00
Beginning on the 1st day of the 17th year $2,000.00
Beginning on the 1st day of the 20th year $2,500.00
27.2 Employees hired before the effective date of this Agreement, July 1, 2001, shall be paid in addition to and together with their wages, additional compensation based upon the length of service with the Employer, as fixed and determined according to the following schedule:
Commencing on the 1st day of the 5th year 2% of employee base wages
Commencing on the 1st day of the 9th year 4% of employee base wages
Commencing on the 1st day of the 13th year 6% of employee base wages
Commencing on the 1st day of the 17th year 8% of employee base wages
Commencing on the 1st day of the 20th year 10% of employee base wages
Commencing on the 1st day of the 24th year 12% of employee base wages
27.3 Longevity pay shall be applied on the basis of employee’s anniversary date of employment (date of hire) and shall commence at the adjusted rate of the pay period immediately following said anniversary date. Longevity shall be paid together with and in addition to the employee’s base wages. Time served as a full-time employee of the Stafford Municipal Utilities Authority shall count toward years of service for the purpose of calculating longevity.
28.1 This Agreement contains and constitutes the complete and entire Agreement between the parties. No additions, waivers, deletions, changes or amendments of this Agreement shall be made during the life of this Agreement except by mutual written consent of the parties. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid by a Court or administrative agency of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.
When an employee has been called out for emergency work OR if the employee is required to “work through” their scheduled lunch or dinner break without corresponding time off at the end of the day, the township agrees to reimburse the employee for any meals that fall within that working time period at a rate of $8.25 for breakfast, $11.00 for lunch and $25.00 for dinner. Receipts shall only be required when the employee does not receive corresponding time off at the end of the day.
PRECEDENCE OF LAW AND REGULATIONS
30.1 This Agreement is subject to all applicable laws of the State of New Jersey as amended.
31.1 Neither the Union nor the Employer will discriminate against any employee because of sex, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or political status, affectional or sexual orientation, domestic partnership status, civil union status, atypical heredity, cellular or blood trait, genetic information, disability (including AIDS or HIV infection), liability for service in the United States armed forces, gender identity or expression, and/or any other characteristic protected by law.
Employees in the following job classifications who are assigned to do work in one of the
higher classifications shown in parentheses shall receive an additional stipend of $1.00 per hour provided that they work at least four (4) hours in the higher classification:
Laborer (Working as a Mark Out Man, Meter Man or Backhoe Operator.)
Mark Out Man (Working as a Backhoe Operator.)
Meter Man (Working as a Backhoe Operator.)
If employees meet the four (4) hour minimum threshold they shall be paid the additional stipend for the entire workday.
LIGHT DUTY/RETURN TO WORK POLICY
33.1 The Township has adopted an Alternate Duty/Return to Work Policy which is designed to facilitate an employee’s return to work. If an employee has secured a written release from his/her physician to return to work under “light duty” circumstances, the Township reserves the right to determine whether or not that employee should return to work under “light duty” or whether that employee is able to work on a full time basis. The Township reserves the right to require the employee to be examined by the Township’s duly authorized and appointed physician in order to determine the ability of the employee to work on a full time basis.
34.1 Personal days: All employees shall be entitled to seven (7) personal days per year which shall be used for personal business. Personal days shall not be accumulated from year to year and shall not be earned while on sick leave or disability leave, and shall be prorated to time worked in the current calendar year. Employees hired prior to 1/1/09, shall be permitted to redeem up to two (2) unused personal days per year. Written requests for utilization of personal days must be submitted to the superintendent on forms supplied by the township at least 5 working days in advance, unless in cases of unforeseen emergencies.
WORKERS COMPENSATION LEAVE
35.1 Payment of benefits under worker’s compensation are designed to assist an employee in recovering from injuries sustained on the job. Employees are provided the right to utilize portions of their previously accrued sick days in order to then receive 100% of salary, coupled with benefits received because of Workers Compensation law. Those sick days utilized by the employee shall be duly noted and credited to the Township. The employee however must request in writing utilization of sick days, on a one-half (1/2) day per basis minimum, in order to supplement Workers Compensation benefits.
36.1 Any employee who receives or currently has a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) shall receive a yearly stipend of $500.00 to compensate for the Township’s ability to benefit from that training. Further, the Township agrees to reimburse employees for annual NJDEP licensing fees for employees who currently hold licenses as water and/or sewer operators.
37.1 The Employer shall provide, upon retirement, paid medical benefits to all employees who have successfully completed twenty-five (25) years of service, or are eligible for disability retirement, under the New Jersey Public Employees Retirement System. It is further understood that said insurance shall cover the spouse of said retiring employee, and dependents who are considered eligible for benefits under said medical and prescription plan. Prior continuous and uninterrupted service with the Stafford Municipal Utilities Authority is considered as work service credit with Stafford Township for purposes of qualifying for paid benefits upon retirement.
Public Employees Retirement System: It is compulsory that all employees of the Employer enroll in the Public employee’s Retirement System.
CERTIFICATIONS FOR MECHANICS
38.1 Effective 1/1/05, the township will agree to an additional stipend of .60 per hours for any township mechanic that has earned the license of “Master Auto Technician” from the Automotive Service National Institute (A.S.E.) which includes the following 8 “Master” certifications in Engine Repair, Auto Trans/Transaxle, Manual Drive Train, Suspension and Steering, brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Heating & Air Conditioning, Engine Performance.
39.1 This Agreement shall be in effect as of and applied retroactively to the first day of January, 2009 up to and including the 31st day of December, 2012. In the event that a new written contract has not been entered into between the Employer and the Union on or before the first day of January, 2013, then all of the terms and conditions of this Contract shall be in full force and effect unless and until a Contract has been entered into subsequent to January 1, 2013.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto sign this Agreement on this ______
day of _____________, 2009.
TOWNSHIP OF STAFFORD UTILITY WORKERS UNION OF
AMERICA, AFL-CIO, LOCAL 503
CARL W. BLOCK, Mayor Bargaining Committee
PAUL J. SHIVES, Director Bargaining Committee
Water & Sewer Utility Department
BERNADETTE M. PARK, Municipal Clerk