COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT
JULY 1, 2007 - JUNE 30, 2010
TOWNSHIP OF WINFIELD
WINFIELD POLICEMENS' BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION
LOCAL # 360
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. RECOGNITION .1
II. TERM OF AGREEMENT .1
III. SALARIES .1
IV. WORK SCHEDULES & OVERTIME .1
V. EXPENSES OF TRAINING .3
VI. EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS .4
VII. MEDICAL BENEFITS .6
VIII. DEATH BENEFITS .6
IX. STRIKES PROHIBITED .7
X. GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE .7
XI. LEGAL ASSISTANCE & OTHER PROTECTION .9
XII. ENTIRE AGREEMENT .9
XIII. SEVERABILITY .9
XIV. NO WAIVER .10
XV. PERSONNEL FILES .10
SIGNATURE PAGE .11
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This AGREEMENT entered this 1st day of July 2007 between the Township of Winfield (hereinafter referred to as "Township") and the Winfield Police Benevolent Association (hereinafter referred to as the "PBA") is the agreement between the parties for the term indicated.
The Township maintains a police department for the protection and security of its residents. This agreement will establish the terms and conditions of employment for all members of the department listed in the recognition clause.
In consideration of the mutual undertakings set forth in this agreement, it is agreed as follows:
The Township recognizes the PBA as the exclusive representative for all officers with the rank of patrolman and corporal but excluding the sergeants and the Chief of Police.
II. TERM OF AGREEMENT
This agreement shall be for a period of three (3) years beginning July 1, 2007 and continuing until June 30, 2010 and until a new agreement is negotiated.
The following salaries shall be in effect for the grades and time periods listed:
Corporal Increment (to anyone so appointed): $1000.00
7/1/07 7/1/08 7/1/09
New Patrolman until
Graduation $30,167 $31,675 $33,259
1st Year 35,367 37,165 38,992
2nd Year 47,848 50,240 52,752
3rd Year 53,327 55,993 58,793
4th Year and Over 58,798 61,738 64,825
IV. WORKSCHEDULES AND & OVERTIME
The normal hours of work for all officers shall consist of shift work, eight hours per day and forty hours per seven-day work shift.
Each Officer who is assigned by the Chief of Police, or his designee, to work prior to or subsequent to the normal work hours shall be compensated on the basis of one and one-half times the additional hours worked. Such compensation shall be made in the form of the following at the option of the officer:
Compensatory time off shall be taken before the end of the contract year except that it may be denied because of scheduling considerations in which case the officer shall be allowed to take said compensatory time off prior to the end of the same calendar year.
Cash payments shall be made in the next regular paycheck at the rate of time and one-half of the officer's base pay.
In the event an officer is called into work at other than his regularly scheduled shift, which call-in shall be at the discretion of the Chief of Police, or his designee, the officer shall be entitled to a minimum payment of three (3) hours at the rate of straight time or at time and one-half, whichever is greater.
Court time - Any officer who is requested or required to appear in court to testify shall be compensated with three (3) hours at straight time or at time and one half whichever is greater. Such time is for court time only and no officer shall be held after his court case(s) is (are) over.
Pay Jobs - Winfield Police Officers may be hired by outside agencies for pay jobs within or outside of the Township of Winfield. Those accepting such pay jobs still fall under the jurisdiction of the Winfield Police Department and are representatives of the same and subject to all rules and regulations of the Winfield Police Department.
All pay jobs shall be subject to the approval of the Chief of Police or his representative and such approval shall not be unreasonably withheld.
The setting of the rate for pay jobs is the responsibility of the Winfield Police P.B.A. and shall be at a rate of ($45) Forty-five dollars per hour unless another negotiated rate is agreed upon between the agency and the Winfield P.B.A.
An assessment of $3.00 per hour will be deducted from the hourly rate to recompense the Township of Winfield finance department to compensate for FICA payment and processing.
No member of the Winfield Police P.B.A. shall be forced to work a pay job.
Shift assignments shall be made annually in accordance with a seniority bidding system. Shift selection shall be made by an officer by written notification to the Chief or his designee and shall not be unreasonably denied. Each officer shall list a first and a second preference for shift assignment, consistent with the operations of the Department, assignments will be made based upon seniority. The procedure to be used will provide an employee with the highest shift preference in accordance with seniority and the efficient operation of the department.
In order to meet specific needs of the department, either for training, schooling utilization of a special skill, shift assignments may have to be altered. In these cases, changes by the Chief of police or his designee in shift assignments shall be made by giving the employee timely notice, generally one week in advance. Such changes shall last until the specific needs have been met. The affected employee shall be returned to his or her shift in a timely manner. The efficient operation of the Police Department shall at all times be a paramount concern of the Chief of Police or his designee; shift assignments shall be based on this premise. This proviso shall not, however, be used solely for the avoidance of overtime.
For clarification the Winfield Fire Department's Carnival is a non-emergency function and falls within the meaning of a pay job.
Nothing herein shall be construed as limiting in anyway the jurisdiction of the Winfield Police Department, and the obligation of Winfield Police Officers to abide by the rules and regulations of the Winfield Police Department, with respect to pay jobs outside the Township of Winfield.
V. EXPENSES OF TRAINING
The Township agrees to pay for the necessary training for accreditation as a police officer. Such training will ordinarily be provided at the Union County Police Chiefs' Academy. Such training is provided at Township expense with the expectation that the Township is obtaining the long-term services of a trained and qualified police officer.
In the event that any officer shall leave the service of the Township, other than as a result of a disciplinary action by the Township or other cause attributable to the Township, the officer shall be liable for repayment to the Township for all or part of the cost of the training aforesaid in accordance with the following schedule:
At the conclusion of the training at the Union County Police Chiefs' Academy or other similar training, the Township shall certify to the officer the total cost of such training including tuition expenses, salary, if any, and any other cost attributable to such training.
If the officer leaves the services of the Township, as recited above, during one year from the date of appointment, the officer shall pay to the Township the entire cost of the training.
If the officer leaves the services of the Township, as recited above, during the second year from the date of appointment, the officer shall pay to the Township two-thirds (2/3) of the cost of training.
If the officer leaves the services of the Township, as recited above, during the third year from the date of appointment, the officer shall pay to the Township one-third (1/3) of the cost of training.
After three years from the date of appointment, there shall be no obligation of repayment with respect to the cost of training.
VI. EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
Each officer, subject to this agreement, shall be entitled to the following:
Each officer shall be entitled to eight (8) excused absences a year due to illness or injury, with an additional three (3) sick days to be added to each officers sick bank per year. These days if not used may be accrued up to a total of forty-five (45) days. This agreement acknowledges that prior accrued time is exempt from the 45 day maximum on accrued time set out in this agreement.
The Township shall pay from the thirty-first day of any illness or injury 90% of the employee's base salary up to one year upon certification of the Township physician. Any insurance reimbursement received by the employee from a policy paid for by the Township, which is in excess of 90%, shall be deducted from future compensation paid by the Township to the employee.
Shall an employee acquire 45 sick days; that employee may elect to take any remaining days or any portion thereof for illness or as additional vacation time for that funding year only. No additional accrual of sick time shall be allowed beyond that permitted by this agreement. Payment for unused sick days for that year may be in the form of additional vacation time or cash at the option of the employee.
An officer shall be entitled to receive approval from the Chief of Police, or his designee, for leaving his place of recuperation while on sick leave of periods in excess of three (3) days upon the officer supplying the Chief of Police, or his designee, with a note from his physician indicating that the period of recuperation is in excess of three (3) days. Such approval by the Chief of Police, or his designee, shall not be unreasonably denied.
In the event an officer is injured or becomes ill while on vacation leave, so that it is unlikely that the officer will be able to return to duty at the scheduled completion of his vacation, said officer shall immediately notify the Chief of Police and may, at his request, have his status changed from vacation to sick leave subject to approval of the Chief of Police and provided satisfactory evidence of injury or illness is provided, if requested.
An Officer shall be entitled to receive full pay for the first 120 calendar days from which he is absent for any sickness or injury incurred in the line of duty and one half pay for the following 90 calendar days that he is absent for any sickness or injury incurred in the line of duty.
Upon retirement, the Township will pay the officer for all accrued and unused personal, vacation, holiday and sick leave at the rate of one day's pay for one day of unused time due. A payout schedule shall be provided to the Township at the time of notification by the employee and the employee’s anticipated retirement date.
Each officer, subject to this agreement, shall be entitled to fourteen (14) paid holidays per annum. All officers subject to this agreement shall have the option to work a maximum of seven holidays for compensation of two times their daily rate of pay or if they choose to take all holiday time off, two of these fourteen (14) holidays shall, at the discretion of the officer, be compensated at time and one half (1 ½) their rate of pay. Payment for unused holiday(s) shall be reimbursed by the Township Committee within four (4) weeks of the annual date of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Each officer, subject to this agreement, shall be entitled to three (3) personal days, with pay, for personal business which shall not be deducted from any other leave. Seventy-two (72) hours notice for said leave shall be given to the Chief of Police, or his designee. The Chief reserves the right to deny requests for personal days, as conditions warrant, but approval shall not be unreasonably withheld. Two of the three personal days, if not used, shall be paid to the Officer at his regular rate of pay.
Each officer, subject to this agreement, shall be entitled to vacation leave in accordance with the following schedule.
6th thru 13th Year .3 Weeks
Years of Experience Number of Weeks
1st thru 5th Year. .2 Weeks
14th thru 20th Year .4 Weeks
Beginning with 21st Year .5 Weeks
In addition, it is agreed that all officers subject to this agreement will be allowed to redeem one week of this scheduled vacation leave in increments of individual days, subject to the prior approval of the Chief of Police or his designee. All officers subject to this agreement shall notify the Chief of Police or his designee in a reasonable time of his or her desire to redeem these days, but in no event less than 72 hours. The Chief of Police reserves the right to deny this request as conditions warrant. Approval shall not be unreasonably withheld.
An officer shall be permitted up to five (5) days funeral leave, with pay for the death of a Spouse, Child (including Stepchildren & Adopted children), Mother, Father, Mother-In-Law and Father-In-Law.
Mother-In-Law/Father-In-Law proviso is based on the Officer and his or her Spouse, living together as a family unit.
Three days bereavement will be provided for Brothers, Sisters, Brother-In-Law, Sister-In-law, Grandparents and Grandparents-In-Law.
Each officer, subject to this agreement, shall be entitled to yearly clothing and maintenance allowances as set forth below. In addition, in the event that an officer's uniform, clothing, accessories or equipment is lost damaged or destroyed in the line of duty, and without fault on the part of the officer, the Township shall reimburse said officer for the cost of replacing or repairing the item or items of uniform, clothing, accessories or equipment.
Years of Contract Clothing Maintenance
2007/08 775.00 750.00
2008/09 800.00 750.00
2009/10 825.00 750.00
Bulletproof Vests. The Township shall provide to each officer a new bulletproof vest at intervals not to exceed six (6) years.
Clothing Vendor. The Township shall assure each officers right to purchase uniforms and supplies from the vendor of their choice with the understanding that said vendor would provide quality of clothing and supplies acceptable to the Chief of Police.
VII. MEDICAL BENEFITS
13. Any officer shall, upon written request, be entitled to have deducted from his pay, by the Township, such amount as is designated, which amount shall be paid to the New Jersey Officers' Federal Credit Union.
The Township will provide the following medical benefits for each officer, covered by this agreement, and for the members of the officer's family (Legal Dependants):
Hospital and medical insurance provided through the NJ State Health Benefits Plan. Additionally, each Officer has the option to choose any plan offered by the State. Furthermore, each Officer has the option to change from one State Plan to any other plan offered by the State Health Benefits Program, during the annual Open Enrollment period.
In the event coverage is no longer available though the NJ State Health Benefits Plan, the Township will make every reasonable effort to obtain coverage equal to or better than the existing coverage.
Prescription Drug Plan.
Complete physical examination for the Police Officer at the Officer’s option, annually to be provided by an examiner or facility designated by the Township at the sole cost of the Township.
Vision Care. The Township shall provide for a full family eye-care allowance of a total amount not to exceed four hundred ($400.00) per year for the Officer and his dependants to be paid upon presentation of receipts to the Township.
VIII. BENEFITS PAYABLE IN THE EVENT OF DEATH
On the death of any officer while a member of the Winfield Police Department, in addition to payment of all pay and allowances to which the officer would have been entitled, his widow or estate shall be entitled to the following:
1. Vacation leave earned as of the date of death at the rate of one day's pay for each day of earned vacation not used as of the date of the officer's death.
2. Payment of accrued compensatory time off converted to cash by multiplying the officer's rate of pay as of the date of death by the number of hours accrued.
IX. STRIKES PROHIBITED
There shall be no strikes, work stoppages or slowdowns of any kind during the life of this agreement.
X. GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
A grievance is hereby defined to be any complaint arising under this agreement with respect to wages, hours of work and other conditions of employment and may be raised by an individual unit employee, group of unit employees, or the PBA on behalf of any such individual or group (hereafter referred to as the "grievant").
A Grievance must be filed within fifteen (15) working days from the date on which the act that is the subject of the grievance was known, or should have been known, whichever is later. The grievance shall be submitted in writing, to the Chief of Police, or his designee, and the parties shall meet to try to resolve said grievance within five (5) working days thereafter. The Chief of Police, or his designee, shall answer the grievance, in writing, within five (5) working days after said meeting. Failure to submit the written grievance with the aforementioned time period will be cause to reject the aggrieved claim.
If the grievance is not satisfactorily resolved in Step 1, the matter may be referred by the aggrieved party, or his/her representative, to the Commission of Public Safety in writing, within five (5) working days after the decision in Step 1. A meeting on the grievance shall be held between the aggrieved party, and/or representative, the Chief of Police and the Commissioner of Public Safety within five (5) working days from the day of referral. The parties may be represented at this meeting. This meeting shall not be held publicly unless the parties so agree in writing. The Commissioner of Public Safety shall render a written decision within ten (10) calendar days from the date of the meeting.
If the grievance is not satisfactorily resolved at Step 2, the matter may be referred by the representative to the Township Committee within fifteen (15) calendar days after the decision in Step 2 or fifteen (15) calendar days after the meeting provided for in Step 2 if no decision has been rendered. Meeting on the grievance shall be held within fifteen (15) calendar days of receipt of grievance by the Township Committee.
If the grievance is not satisfactorily resolved at Step 3, the representative may refer the matter to arbitration pursuant to the provisions hereinafter set forth. It is understood and agreed, however, that if the representative refers the matter to arbitration, this shall constitute an election of remedies and waiver of right to have the matter reviewed in any other forum, including the courts, since neither the representative nor the aggrieved party shall be entitled to two hearings on the same matter. If the representative refers the matter to court, this shall also constitute an election of remedies and waiver of right to have the matter referred to arbitration or reviewed in any other forum.
If the representative elects to refer a matter to arbitration, he/she must file a written request with the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) for each such arbitration, with a copy of the request to the Township, within fifteen (15) calendar days from the date of the decision by the Township Committee under Step 3.
The time limits specified in the grievance procedure are mandatory and shall be construed as maximum unless extended by mutual agreement in writing. If no appeal is taken from any disposition of a grievance made by the Township within the time limits specified in the grievance procedure, the grievance shall be considered settled and further action under the grievance and arbitration provisions of this agreement shall be forever barred. Any disposition of a grievance made by the Township, which is accepted by the PBA, shall be final, conclusive and binding upon the aggrieved employee, the Township and the representative. If a meeting is not held within the time limit as set forth in Steps 1, 2 or 3, the grievance shall be deemed denied.
The grievant may be represented at all stages of the grievance procedure by a representative of the PBA but, should a grievant elect to represent himself, any resolution reached on the grievance shall be in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement between the parties and agreed to by the PBA.
Each grievance shall be subject to a separate and individual arbitration, provided that required grievance procedures in Section 1-4 have been complied with.
The arbitrator shall be selected in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC).
The arbitrator's decision shall be in writing and shall be issued not later than thirty (30) calendar days after the close of the arbitration hearing. The decision shall set forth the arbitrator's findings of fact, reason and conclusions on the issues submitted.
The arbitrator's decision shall be binding on all parties.
The costs for the services of the arbitrator shall be borne equally by the Township and the PBA. All other expenses incidental to and arising out of the arbitration shall be paid by the party incurring same.
The arbitrator shall be bound by the provisions of this agreement and 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 the agreement or any amendment or supplement thereto.
XI. LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND OTHER PROTECTION
Whenever a member or officer of a municipal police department or force is a defendant in any action or legal proceeding arising out of or incidental to the performance of his duties, the governing body of the municipality shall provide said member or officer with necessary means for the defense of such action or proceeding, but not for his defense in a disciplinary proceeding instituted against him by the municipality or in a criminal proceeding instituted as a result of a complaint on behalf of the municipality. If any such disciplinary or criminal proceeding instituted by or on complaint of the municipality shall be dismissed or finally determined in favor of the member or officer, he shall be reimbursed for the expense of his defense. (N.J.S.A. 40A:14-155)
The Township shall provide personal injury liability insurance and false arrest insurance coverage up to $300,000 for all officers.
The Township shall provide worker's compensation coverage for all permanent employees.
XII. ENTIRE AGREEMENT
This agreement constitutes the complete understanding and settlement by the parties on 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 of the parties at the time they negotiated or signed this agreement.
The Township Committee shall hereafter approve all other terms and conditions of employment which have been negotiated between the parties and which require implementation in accordance with the terms of this agreement by ordinance or resolution as appropriate.
This agreement shall not be modified in whole or in part by the parties except by an instrument in writing duly executed by both parties.
If any provision of this agreement or any application of the agreement to any officer or group of officers is held invalid by operation of law or by a court or other tribunal of competent jurisdiction, such provision shall be inoperative but all other provisions shall not be affected thereby and shall continue in full force and effect and the parties shall meet and negotiate concerning any such invalidated provision to replace it with a mandatorily negotiable substitute
XIV. NO WAIVER
Except as otherwise provided in this agreement, the failure to enforce any provision of this agreement shall not be deemed a waiver thereof.
XV. PERSONNEL FILES
Only one (1) personnel file shall be maintained for each officer. No document or report shall be placed in an officer’s personnel file without notice to the officer. Officers shall be permitted to examine their own personnel files upon giving the Township at least twenty-four hours notice. A representative of the PBA may be present when requested by the officer concerned. Officers may copy anything that is in their files.
In the case of derogatory material, the officer shall affix his signature to the copy to be filed with the express understanding that such signature in no way indicates agreement with the contents thereof. The officer shall also have the right to submit a written answer to such derogatory material and his answer shall be reviewed by the Chief of Police, or his designee, and attached to the file copy. The Chief of Police shall also be required to sign any submission by the officer.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Township and the PBA have caused this agreement to be signed by their duly authorized representatives.
Township of Winfield Winfield Police Benevolent
Association, Local #360
David P. Wright, Sr., Mayor John Wright, PBA President
Witness: S. George Lowrey Witness: Jeffery Kleinsorgen
Public Safety Commissioner
Attest: Laura Reinertsen, Twp. Clerk