The University of Massachusetts/Amherst
The American Federation of
State, County And Municipal Employees
Council 93, Local 1776, AFL-CIO
July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017
This Agreement entered into by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, hereinafter referred to as the Employer, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 93, Local 1776, AFL-CIO, hereinafter referred to as the Union, will set forth procedures for the equitable resolution of grievances, the terms of employment with respect to wages and working conditions, and means by which the parties may consult periodically on mutually perceived problems and has as its purpose the promotion of harmonious relations between the Employer and the Union.
All parties are committed to the creation and maintenance of a work environment where employees and supervisors treat each other with dignity, respect and civility.
1.BOARD - The term "Board" shall mean the Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts.
2. CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) - The term "Chief Executive Officer," hereinafter in this Agreement as "CEO," shall mean the Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, or his/her designee.
3. CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER DESIGNEE - shall be the Employee/Labor Relations Administrator or his/her designee.
4. DAY - Except as is otherwise provided in this Agreement, the term "day" shall mean a calendar day inclusive of any Saturday, Sunday, skeleton day, or holiday.
5. DOMESTIC PARTNER - A person of the same sex with whom the unit member has a committed relationship, which involves a personal and economic bond.
6. EMPLOYER - The term "Employer" shall mean the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
7. IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR - The term "Immediate Supervisor" shall mean the immediate work supervisor, designated by the CEO or designee, who may or may not be a unit member.
8. INSTITUTIONAL PERSONNEL OFFICER - shall be Manager of Total Compensation/Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources or designee.
9. SENIORITY - Except as is otherwise provided in this Agreement, the term "seniority" shall be defined as length of continuous full-time equivalent service as a full-time or regular part-time employee, regardless of source of funds, since the last date of hire by the University.
10. TOUR OF DUTY - The term "Tour of Duty" shall mean that period of time regularly assigned to an employee as his/her regular daily work period.
11. UNION - The term "Union" shall mean Local 1776 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 93, AFL-CIO.
12. WORKWEEK - The term "Workweek" shall mean a calendar week, i.e., a week extending from Sunday to Saturday inclusive.
The Employer recognizes the Union as the sole and exclusive bargaining agent for the purposes of establishing wages, hours, standards of productivity and performance and other terms and conditions of employment for all full-time and regular part-time employees in the bargaining unit certified as of November 1, 1997, and any and all amendments since that date. A regular part-time employee is defined as an employee who is expected to work 50% or more of the hours in a work year of a full-time employee in the same title.
Should any new classified classification(s) be added to the work force, the Employer shall notify the Union of such new classified classification(s). The Employer shall determine if such new classified classification(s) shall be added to the bargaining unit and the Employer shall notify the Union of its determination. If the Union disagrees with the Employer's determination, the matter may be referred to the State Labor Relations Commission by the Union, with a request that the Commission make a determination. In the event it shall be finally adjudicated that the classified classification(s) be added to the bargaining unit, the classified classification(s) shall then be subject to the provisions of this Agreement.
The Employer will not aid, promote or finance any labor group, organization or individual which purports to engage in collective bargaining, or negotiate with any individual unit member or make any agreement with any individual for the purpose of undermining the Union or changing any condition in this Agreement.
The Employer agrees to apply applicable provisions of this Agreement to those employees who receive all contractual benefits, whose funding source is derived from institute, grant or contract funds and who perform the functions of those positions covered by this Agreement to the extent that the terms of their respective institute, grant or contract funding source and the level of funding there under so allow, as determined by the CEO.
The parties agree that this Agreement in all respects supplants and replaces all particular provisions of the following General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Rules and Regulations thereto and any future rules and regulations promulgated there under namely: the Second Paragraph of Section Twenty-Eight of Chapter Seven (Red Book); Section Twenty-Four A; Paragraphs (4) and (5) (Gray Book), formerly paragraphs (5) and (6) of Section Forty-Five; Paragraphs (1), (4) and (10) of Section Forty-Six, and Section Fifty-Three of Chapter Thirty; Sections Thirty to Forty-Two, inclusive, of Chapter One Hundred and Forty-Nine.
The parties agree that during the negotiations of the terms of this Agreement, they were afforded the unrestricted right to negotiate all matters covered by Chapter 150E; that they shall be governed exclusively by and limited to the terms and provisions of this Agreement and that neither shall have any other obligation or be obligated to negotiate with respect to any matter pertaining to wages, hours, or other terms and conditions of employment whether or not specifically included in this Agreement or discussed during the negotiations preceding the execution of this Agreement.
No addition to, alteration, modification, or waiver of any term, provision, covenant or condition or restriction in this Agreement shall be valid, binding or of any force or effect unless mutually agreed to, in writing, by the parties to this Agreement.
Any prior Agreements covering employees covered by this Agreement shall be terminated and of no effect, upon the effective date of this agreement and shall be superseded by this Agreement except for those benefits that are specifically continued into the new Agreement by mutual consent.
The Union and the Employer agree that the provisions of this Agreement shall be expressly limited to conditions of employment covered by this Agreement, and no provision shall be construed to restrain the University from the management of its operations, including but not limited to the determination of the standards of service to be provided and standards of productivity and performance of its employees; the right to determine the size and composition of the work force; to determine educational and work standards; to decide the location and number of its offices, administrative buildings, residence halls, facilities, and physical plant; to determine the quantity and type of equipment to be used in its operation; the speed of such equipment and the manning requirements of such equipment or any job; to determine the content of job classification; to promulgate reasonable rules and regulations; to select supervisory and managerial employees; to discipline, demote and discharge employees; to contract out work; to control and determine the state of products which may be used by employees; to restructure and combine jobs or to organize work teams or groups as it determines the operational needs of the organization warrant; to determine the time for work, staffing pattern and work area; to determine the method and place of performing work including the right to determine that the University's work force shall not perform certain work; to transfer employees from one administrative area to another; to schedule work, shifts, and work breaks; to determine the method of performing work including the introduction of improved methods and facilities; to determine whether such work shall be performed by bargaining unit employees or others; to fix standards of quality and quantity for work to be done; to determine whether any part of the whole of its operations shall continue to operate; to establish, to change, or abolish any service; to maintain order and efficiency in its facilities and operations; to determine the duties of employees; to hire, layoff, assign, transfer, retrench; to determine the qualifications of employees; to promote employees; to upgrade, allocate, reallocate, or classify employees; to determine the starting and quitting time; to require overtime; and all other rights and prerogatives including those exercised unilaterally in the past, subject to such regulations and restrictions governing the exercise of these rights as expressly provided in this Agreement, statute or law. Any management right set out in this Article shall be subject to the Grievance and Arbitration provisions herein.
The Union shall have the exclusive right to the checkoff and transmittal of Union dues on behalf of each employee.
An employee may consent in writing to the authorization of the deduction of Union dues from his/her wages and to the designation of the Union as the recipient thereof. Such consent shall be in a form acceptable to the Employer/Union and shall bear the signature of the employee. An employee may withdraw his/her Union dues checkoff authorization by giving at least sixty (60) day's notice in writing to the Office of Human Resources and the Secretary/Treasurer of the Union.
An employee may consent in writing to the authorization of the deductions of an agency service fee from his/her wages and to the designation of the Union as the recipient thereof. Such consent shall be in a form acceptable to the Employer/Union and shall bear the signature of the employee. An employee may withdraw his/her agency service fee authorization by giving at least sixty (60) day's notice in writing to the Office of Human Resources and the Secretary/Treasurer of the Union.
The Employer shall deduct biweekly dues or any agency service fee from the pay of employees who request such deduction in accordance with this Article and transmit such funds in accordance with University policy to the Treasurer of the Union together with a list of part-time and full time employees whose dues or agency service fees are transmitted, provided that the Employer is satisfied by such evidence that it may require that the Treasurer of the Union has given to the Union a bond in a form approved by the Employer for the faithful performance of his/her duties, in a sum and with such agency or securities as are satisfactory to the Employer.
Each employee who elects not to join or maintain membership in the Union shall be required to pay as a condition of employment, beginning thirty (30) days following the commencement of his/her employment, an agency service fee to the Union in an amount that is equal to the amount required to become and remain a member in good standing of the exclusive bargaining agent.
This Article shall not become operative until this Agreement has been formally executed, pursuant to a vote of a majority of all employees in that bargaining unit present and voting.
The union shall reimburse the Employer for any expenses incurred as a result of being ordered to reinstate an employee terminated at the request of the Union for not paying the agency service fee. The Union will intervene in and defend any administrative or court litigation concerning the propriety of such termination for failure to pay the agency service fee. In such litigation, the Employer shall have no obligation to defend the termination.
Disputes between the parties concerning this Article shall be resolved in accordance with the grievance procedure contained in this Agreement. In the event such a dispute is submitted to arbitration, the arbitrator shall have no power or authority to order the Employer to pay such agency service fee on behalf of any employee. If the arbitrator decides that an employee has failed to pay or authorize the payment of the agency service fee in accordance with this Article, the only remedy shall be the termination of the employment of such employee if the employee continues to refuse to pay or authorize payment of the required agency service fee after having sufficient time to do so.
It is specifically agreed that the Employer assumes no obligation, financial or otherwise, arising out of the provisions of this Article, and the Union hereby agrees it will indemnify and hold the Employer harmless from any claims, actions or proceedings by an employee arising from the termination of an employee hereunder.
Union Staff representatives shall be permitted to have access to the premises of the University for the performance of official Union business, provided that there is no disruption of operations. Requests for such access will be made in advance and will not be unreasonably denied. The Union will furnish the Employer with a list of staff representatives and their areas of jurisdiction.
Except, as hereinafter provided, Union business shall be conducted by Union officials on off-duty hours. Designated Union officials shall be permitted to have time off without loss of pay for the investigation and processing of grievances and arbitrations. Grievants shall be permitted to have time off without loss of pay for processing their grievance through the contractual grievance procedure, except that for class action grievances, no more than three (3) grievants shall be granted such leave. Requests for all such time off shall be made in advance and shall not be unreasonably denied. Union officials and representatives shall conduct Union business in a manner, which shall not be disruptive to the University's operations or any employee's work. The Union will furnish the Employer with a list of the designated Union officials.
Section 3. Paid Leave of Absence
A. Leaves of absence without loss of wages, benefits or other privileges may be granted to elected delegates of the Union to attend conventions of the State, Regional and Parent Organization. Such leave will require the prior approval of the CEO. Persons designated, as alternate delegates shall not be granted paid leave of absence to attend such conventions.
B. Leaves of absence without loss of wages, benefits or other privileges may be granted to the Union negotiating committee members for the attendance at negotiation sessions with the Employer and related Union caucuses. Such leave will require the prior approval of the CEO.
C. Leaves of absence without loss of wages, benefits or other privileges may be granted for attendance at joint labor management meetings. Such leave will require the prior approval of the CEO.
D. Leaves of absence without loss of wages, benefits or other privileges may be granted to Executive Board members for attendance at not more than twelve (12) Executive Board meetings per year. Such leave will require the prior approval of the CEO. The number of paid attendees and the duration of the meetings shall not exceed past practice.
Section 4. Unpaid Union Leave of Absence
Upon request of the Union, an employee may be granted a leave of absence without pay to perform full-time official duties on behalf of the Union.
Such leave of absence shall be for a period of up to one year and may be extended for one or more additional periods of one year or less at the request of the Union. Advance approval of the CEO is required for all such leaves of absence or extensions thereof.
Section 5. Attendance at Hearings
A. Designated Union officials may be granted leave of absence without loss of wages, benefits or other privileges to attend hearings before the Legislature and State agencies concerning matters of importance to the Union and the Employer. Such leave will require prior approval of the CEO.
C. All leave granted under this section shall require prior approval of the CEO.
Section 6. Union Use of Premises
A. The Union shall be permitted to use the same or similar facilities of the University for the transaction of Union business during working hours which have been used in the past for such purpose, and to have reasonable use of the University's facilities during off-duty hours for Union meetings subject to appropriate compensation if required by law. This section shall not be interpreted to grant an employee the right to carry on Union business during his/her own working hours not granted elsewhere in this contract.
B. Unit members shall continue to be permitted access to the same or similar facilities as approved and provided in the past.
C. The Employer shall provide a Union office.
The Union may post notices on designated bulletin boards or an adequate part thereof in places and locations where notices are usually posted by the University for employees to read. All notices shall be on Union stationery, signed by an official of the Union, and shall only be used to notify employees of matters pertaining to Union affairs. The notices may remain posted for a reasonable period of time. No material shall be posted which is inflammatory, profane or obscene, or defamatory of the Commonwealth or its representatives, or which constitutes election campaign material for or against any person, organization or faction thereof.
Section 8. Employer Provision of Information
The Employer shall be required to provide the Union with the fol lowing information:
1. Every month, a list of all new employees in the bargaining unit and their date of employment and classification.
2. Every month, a list of all unit employees who have been terminated.
3. A list of unit employees who withdrew checkoff authorizations within two months of such withdrawal.
4. Every six months, a list of all unit employees and their title and last date of hire.
5. Every month, a list of all unit employees not on dues or agency fee checkoff and who are off payroll for any reason the week of deduction.
6. Provide the name and change of title for all individuals who received a management review or individual appeal.
7. Every other year, a copy of that portion of the EEO-6 Form or equivalent that covers unit employees.
8. The Union recognizes that requests for information made on behalf of members or the bargaining unit can require substantial time, effort and cost to the University in collecting information for a response. For information sought by the Union from the employer, not described in Sections 10 and 13 of this article, it is understood that the employer may respond to the Union that the request is excessive, burdensome or otherwise impractical to respond provided such response is made within ten (10) working days of receiving the request in the Labor Relations Office. If the employer so responds the information request shall be considered to be in abeyance and no action regarding it shall be taken by either party until a joint labor-management meeting described in this provision is held. As soon as possible, a labor-management meeting will be held to discuss the request for information including alternative approaches to provision of the information and the relevancy and need for such information. Management will provide at this meeting a written estimate of the time of completion. If the parties do not mutually agree upon a method for responding to the information request the employer shall then have ten (10) working days to determine if it will provide the information or decline to provide it, though the Union recognizes that in respect to some requests the actual time needed to assemble and transmit may be longer and reasonable periods of time for such activity shall be allowed.
Where the Employer has been providing this or other information to the Union at more frequent time intervals, the information shall continue to be furnished at such intervals.
Section 9. Orientation
Where the Employer provides an orientation program for new employees, one-half hour shall be allotted to the Union and to the new unit employees during which time a Union representative may discuss the Union with the employees.
The parties agree not to discriminate in any way against employees covered by this Agreement on account of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, age, mental or physical handicap or veteran status.
The parties agree that when the effects of employment practices, regardless of their intent, discriminate against any group of people on the basis of race, religion, age, sex, national origin, mental or physical handicap or veteran status, specific positive and aggressive measures must be taken to redress the effects of past discrimination, to eliminate present and future discrimination, and to ensure equal opportunity in the areas of hiring, upgrading, demotion or transfer, recruitment, layoff or termination, rate of compensation, and in-service or apprenticeship training programs. Therefore, the parties acknowledge the need for positive and aggressive affirmative action.
This Article shall be in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws.
The Board and the Union recognize and affirm their commitment to the policy of non-discrimination with regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, age, religious affiliation (if any), sex, marital status, handicap status or sexual orientation. The parties agree that no employee shall be subjected to sexual harassment. The terms of this Agreement shall not be applied in an arbitrary or capricious manner.
Nothing contained herein shall be construed to deny or restrict to any unit member rights he/she may have under applicable laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its regulations or other applicable provisions of state or federal law.
The Union shall represent all persons in the bargaining unit without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, age, religious affiliation (if any), sex, marital status, handicap status, sexual orientation or participation in the activities of the Union.
The Employer and the Union, recognizing that the health of an employee greatly affects the quality of his/her work, shall encourage unit employees to take advantage of any new or existing programs and facilities that will help to maintain their mental and physical well-being. In addition, the Employer will continue to plan programs aimed at serving Union members.
Section 1. Definitions
1. Physical Plant
a. Custodial Services
Service Area I - Physical Plant
Service Area II - Goodell
Service Area III - Herter Hall
Service Area I - Goodell
Service Area II - Thompson Hall
Service Area III - Knowles
Service Area IV - Western Mass. Public Health - Morrill
b. Customer Service and Work Management
Utilities Dept (Power Plant, Water Treatment, Dig Safe Utility Mechanical and Utility Electrical) - CHP
d. Building Maintenance
Zone 1 - Polymer Research Center
Zone 2 - Aggie Engineering
Zone 3 - Boyden Gym
Zone 4 - Physical Plant
Zone 5 - Tilson Farm
Zone 6 - Old Paint Shop
f. Grounds Management
Fleet Services - Physical Plant
Constructive Services - Tilson Farm
Waste Mgt-Intermediate Processing Facility
Landscape Services Management
Grounds Maintenance Facility
g. Administrative Services
2. Residential Life
2. Maintenance - non licensed
3. Licensed Trades
Commonwealth Honor's College Residential Community
Southwest/South(includes Lincoln Apartments)
2. Maintenance - non licensed
Commonwealth Honor's College Residential Community
Southwest/South(includes Lincoln Apartments)
3. Licensed Trades
c. Rental Properties (Family Housing)
d. Central Services
3. Auxiliary Services
a. Dining Services
Worcester Dining Common
Hampden Dining Common
Franklin Dining Common
Hampshire Dining Common
Berkshire Dining Common
Kosher Dining Room
Trade and Maintenance
Retail Food and Catering
b. Campus Center
Trade and Maintenance
Book Store Loading Docks
Campus Center Loading Docks
4. Parking Services
5. Department of Public Safety
6. Office of Information Technology
7. University Health Services
9. Environmental Health and Safety
10. Transit Services
11. Campus Distribution Services
12. Academic Departments
b. Animal Care
d. Plant and Soil Sciences
In other areas, each division is a work location. New work locations may be created during the term of this agreement upon thirty (30) days notice to the union subject to impact bargaining if requested.
D. Transfer. -A movement of an employee between work locations.
Management has the right to assign work to those employees who report to each work location. Employees who wish a new or different assignment shall notify their supervisor of such interest. Consideration shall be given to such requests in making assignments. In unusual circumstances, employees may have work assigned in other work locations, without notice.
Whenever the Employer determines that a change in the number on a shift is needed or a vacancy arises on a shift due to transfer or promotion, shift choice shall be awarded in order of seniority with first preference for the shift going to the senior employee within the Department. Departments are defined as follows: Physical Plant, Housing Services, Auxiliary Services, Parking Services, Department of Public Safety, Office of Information Technology, University Health Services, Athletics, Environmental Health and Safety, Transit Services, Campus Distribution Services, Academic Departments. No employee shall be involuntarily moved between shifts except for cause and with twelve (12) working days notice except in cases of emergency and otherwise in accordance with Section 6.B.1. These same provisions shall apply to changes in days off .and shift changes. If the employee is not satisfied with the days off or shift change, he/she may elect to return to his/her former shift and /or days off within ten (10) working days.
Employees may apply for voluntary transfer in the same title outside their work location. Employees wishing to transfer to another work location may apply to do so on a form provided by the Employer. The Employee shall deliver that form to the department head of the work location. Such forms shall be retained to the end of the calendar year following their delivery. Applications for transfer shall be considered prior to the posting of vacancies. Applications for voluntary transfers shall be considered in order of campus seniority. Where practicable, the employee with greater seniority shall be assigned to the position. Campus seniority shall be subject to bypass for just cause and reasons for denial, if requested, shall be given in writing. Voluntary transfers may not be used during the employee's probationary period pursuant to Article 27. Following a voluntary transfer or appointment an employee cannot apply for a transfer for six calendar months. If the employee is not satisfied with the lateral transfer he/she may elect to return to his/her former location within ten (10) working days
A. An involuntary transfer, made to adjust the number of employees on shifts or due to changes in workload, volunteers will be sought first. If there are no volunteers, such transfers shall be made in reverse order of seniority and otherwise in accordance with Section 6.B.1. Employees who are involuntarily transferred in this way shall file a voluntary transfer form with the department head in order to preserve their right of return to their original location in priority over others regardless of seniority.
B. Where the operational or personnel needs are best served in management's determination by the transfer of a specific employee from one work location to another within a department such transfer may be made for cause. The reasons for such involuntary transfer shall be in writing.
Except as otherwise specified in this Agreement, the regular hours of work for full-time employees shall be forty (40) hours per week, including meal periods as has been established for that job title at the particular job location. The employees shall take their meal break at the work site and be on call at all times during the meal break.
A. When the CEO desires to change the regular work schedule of an employee, the affected employee shall receive at least a twelve (12) working day written notice of such contemplated change, except in cases of emergency involving the protection of the property of the Employer or involving the health and safety of those persons whose care and/or custody have been entrusted to the Employer. The work schedule of an employee shall not be changed to avoid the payment of overtime of five (5) days or less.
1. Where practicable, assignments in shift, days off, or work location with no change in job title and no change in grade shall be filled by qualified volunteers in order of seniority. If there are no volunteers, assignments shall be made in inverse order of seniority with the affected employee having priority to return to the original shift, days off, or work location.
2. The work schedule, both starting times and quitting times, of employees shall be posted at least ten (10) working days in advance on a bulletin board at each work location and also made available to employees and Union stewards.
B. To the extent practicable, the normal work week shall consist of five (5) consecutive days, Monday through Friday, with the regular hours of work each day to be consecutive except for meal periods. Similarly, to the extent practicable, employees in continuous operations shall receive two (2) consecutive days off in each seven (7) day period. This sub-section shall not apply to employees in authorized flexible hours programs. The starting and quitting time for each employee shall be uniform and consistent unless changed in accordance with the provisions of this Article. Regularly scheduled work shifts shall have at least sixteen (16) hours between quitting and starting time.
C. Each employee shall be required to record his attendance in accordance with procedures, which may be established, in writing, from time to time by the CEO. Thirty (30) days prior to any change in the existing method of recording attendance, the CEO will notify the Union of such change and will meet and confer with the Union to discuss such change.
In the event an employee reports to his/her place of work at his/her regularly scheduled time, s/he shall not be sent home if his/her tour of duty was rescheduled without a ten (10) day notice; s/he shall be allowed to work the regularly scheduled tour of duty. D. In order to provide flexible staffing to address the changes in staffing needs, a floating pool will be created effective July 1, 2001 in Dining Services. A reasonable number of employees, constituting a selection of titles needed to provide staffing support, shall constitute the floating pool. Members of the floating pool will be chosen as follows. First, volunteers will be sought. Second, employees hired into the Dining Services after July 1, 2001 may be assigned to the floating pool. If the Employer determines that insufficient number of employees have volunteered or been hired after meeting with the Union to discuss the appropriate level of staffing for this float pool, employees may be assigned in reverse order of seniority to the float pool.
E. Employees wishing to swap their days off, in a given week, may do so by mutual agreement of the employees involved with the consent of their supervisor and the approval of the Institutional Personnel Officer or designee.
A. An employee shall be compensated at the rate of time and one-half his/her regular rate of pay for authorized overtime work performed in excess of eight (8) hours per day or forty (40) hours per week of actual work (excluding sick time and family sick time).
B. An employee whose regular workweek is less than forty hours shall be compensated at his/her regular rate for authorized overtime work performed up to forty (40) hours actual work (excluding sick time and family sick time). per week that is in excess of his/her regular workweek.
C. An employee shall be compensated at the rate of time and one-half his/her regular hourly rate of eight (8) hours in his/her regular workday except that an employee whose regular workday is more than eight (8) hours shall be compensated at the rate of time and one-half his/her regular hourly rate of pay for authorized overtime work performed (excluding sick time and family sick time) in excess of his/her regular workday. Compensatory time off, computed at time and one-half in lieu of overtime compensation may be authorized by the CEO upon request of the employee.
D. The CEO shall not, for the purpose of avoiding overtime, curtail or modify the scheduled hours of an employee during the remainder of the work week in which the employee has previously worked hours beyond his/her normally scheduled workday.
E. With the of exception sick time and family sick time, all time for which an employee is on paid leave status shall be considered time worked for the purpose of calculating overtime. If sick leave is taken in a week of mandatory overtime, an employee may substitute three (3) days per year of alternate time (vacation, holiday, compensatory or personal and up to two (2) days per year of sick time (with medical evidence provided per Article 11, Section 1, Subsection E, Items 1 through 4). This provision shall take effect on January 1, 2016. The parties shall meet in the meantime if needed to discuss the implementation of this language on that date
F. There shall be no duplication or pyramiding of the premium pay for overtime work provided for in this Agreement.
G. Overtime shall be distributed as equitably and impartially as practicable among employees in each work location who ordinarily perform such work in the normal course of their workweek. Department heads and Union representatives at each location shall work out procedures for implementing this policy of distributing overtime work. Such policies shall be approved by the CEO.
H. The CEO shall make every effort to send out checks for overtime work no later than the first payroll period following the payroll period of the overtime work, but in no event later than the second payroll period thereafter. The parties recognize that implementation of a bi-weekly payroll in 2002 makes timely submission of overtime data even more crucial to avoid delays in payment of overtime. Human Resources will make every reasonable effort to pay reported overtime in the next feasible payroll and to fully inform departments of their obligation to report overtime in the week it is earned to permit payment.
I. Overtime worked by members of the bargaining unit shall, on a monthly basis, be posted or made publicly available, and provided to the Union's appropriate Chapter Chair.
J. An employee may not refuse to perform compulsory overtime except for reasons acceptable to the CEO when it is determined by the CEO that the work must be performed on an overtime period or involves the protection of persons or property of the Employer. Prior to invoking compulsory overtime, if safety and security permits, the CEO will solicit volunteers using the procedures developed by the Employer in Part G of this section. If volunteers are not available, the CEO will order in an employee to perform such work in the order of inverse seniority. Failure on the part of an employee to work an overtime assignment as described above without such reason shall be wrongful and may result in the imposition of disciplinary measures.
K. The provisions of this section shall not apply to employees on full travel status.
L. For each three and one-half (3 ½) hours of overtime an employee shall be entitled to a one-half (½)hour paid time or meal break.
A meal period shall be scheduled as close to the middle of the shift as possible considering the needs of the Employer and the needs of the employee.
A rest period of a maximum of fifteen (15) minutes shall be given to employees in each one-half (½) tour of duty. Where employees are working at a site that is too remote from their normal break facility to practically take their breaks there in the available time allowed, employees will be allowed to take breaks in the nearest suitable facility. In those limited occasions where absence from the work site would cause a hazardous condition, cause a significant campus impact, or it is not reasonably feasible to travel to the nearest break site in the break time, the supervisor will send an employee to bring coffee and other break items to the job site. Any grievance concerning the application of this subsection shall within 20 calendar days be heard at a single 3rd step meeting. If not heard within prescribed time or resolved the case shall be moved to expedited mediation/arbitration before a mediator/arbitrator from the Massachusetts Board of Conciliation and Arbitration or another neutral agreed by the parties as soon as such a meeting can be practically scheduled.
An employee who has left his/her place of employment after having completed work on his/her regular tour of duty and is called back to work prior to the commencement of his/her next scheduled tour of duty shall receive a minimum of four (4) hours pay at his/her regular hourly overtime rate. This section shall not apply to any employee who is called in to start his/her shift early and who continues to work that shift.
A. An employee who is ordered by the department head to be available on a stand-by basis to report to duty when necessary shall be reimbursed at a rate not to exceed twenty dollars ($25.00) for such stand-by period.
B. The stand-by period shall be fifteen (15) hours in duration for any night stand-by duty and shall be nine (9) hours in duration for any daytime stand-by.
C. Stand-by duty shall mean that a department head has ordered any employee to be immediately available for duty upon receipt of a message to report to work.
D. Employees hired into or appointed into trades after July 26, 2001 may be assigned to stand-by on a weekly basis for a compensation of $175.00 per week. The employer will inform employees who are subject to such assignment of that possibility during the hiring process. In addition, employees may volunteer for such standby assignment and volunteers will be assigned standby as needed. There will be a labor-management committee at the Physical Plant to discuss and provide input to management in making the determination of the reasonable numbers of employees for standby rotation on a weekly basis in those work areas where such assignments are made.
A. Employees of the Commonwealth rendering service on a second or third shift as defined in Section 1.B. shall receive a shift differential of seventy-five cents per hour ($.75) for each hour worked.
B. The above hourly shift differential shall be paid in addition to regular salary for eligible employees when their entire workday is on a second or third shift. Eligible employees who are required to work a second or third shift or any portion thereof on an overtime basis replacing a worker who normally works such second or third shift will receive an hourly differential pursuant to paragraph A of this section.
C. Bakers who are regularly scheduled to work between 4:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, shall be eligible for shift differential.
D. For Employees who are required to work a second or third shift as governed by paragraph B of this section, overtime shall be compensated at the rate of time and one half (1½) of the regular salary rate and the shift differential for the number of hours in excess of forty (40) hours per week worked on such second or third shift.
Employees rendering service on a weekend shift as hereinafter defined shall receive a weekend differential of seventy-five cents ($.75) per hour for each hour worked. For the purposes of this section, a weekend shift shall be defined as a shift that commences on or after 11:00 p.m. on Friday and concludes on or before 12:01 am on Monday. The above weekend differential shall be paid in addition to regular salary for eligible employees when their entire workday is on a weekend shift.]
Paid details are addressed in the Supplemental Agreement Regarding Campus Security.
Employees working in jobs which are especially dirty or which require clean-up for reasons of safety or health shall be granted up to a maximum of ten (10) minutes, depending on the need, to be used as personal clean-up time prior to meal period and at the end of a work shift.
Those employees whose 1980-1983 collective bargaining agreement includes the following items on the date of the signing of this Agreement shall continue to retain these provisions through the term of this Agreement:
A An employee shall normally be assigned duties by his/her regular supervisor.
B. Each employee shall have access to all materials, equipment, foods, work areas and telephones necessary to perform duties and as required to take care of emergency situations.
C. The Employer shall enter into full discussion with the Union prior to engaging in on-the-job time-study projects.
D. The Employer shall endeavor to supply each employee with adequate locker facilities convenient to his/her work area.
E. Biweekly paychecks shall be made available to employees as early as possible on Fridays, or before.
F. No managerial employee, as defined by the Massachusetts Public Employee Collective Bargaining Law (Chapter 150E), who is excluded from the terms of this Agreement, shall perform the work of any employee covered by this Agreement, except in the case of an emergency, excessive absence of employees from work, lack of an adequate number of employees or for the purpose of providing instruction or training of employees.
A. In the event that classes and other activities are cancelled due to adverse weather or hazardous conditions (those which adversely affect the health and safety of employees in the University environment) only personnel designated as essential will be required to work.
B. Employees designated as essential may be required by the CEO to work during a weather or other emergency. Such employees who are employed for fewer than fifty-two weeks per year may be awarded compensatory time at the rate of one hour of compensatory time for each hour worked in addition to their regular pay. Employees working hours outside of the regular shift during periods that the University is closed, shall be compensated at two (2) times their regular rate of pay for all hours worked.
C. Any employee who is not at work due to authorized vacation, sick or personal leave will not be granted excused time for the delayed opening, early closing. or cancellation in place of vacation, sick or personal leave.
D. Employees, who are described as essential in Article 10, Section 17, who report on days on which there is an emergency closure, shall receive, in addition to their base pay, additional pay in the same amount or double straight time for all hours worked, inclusive of overtime hours for those hours during which the University is officially closed. Those employees, who elect to and are eligible to receive compensatory time for this work, shall continue to receive such time at the rate in effect prior to this Agreement. The closure of the University shall be determined by the hours stated in the official closure announcements. The double time payment, provided herein, should be the full payment they receive. Once the period of closure comes to an end, they shall revert to their regular pay.
A. A full-time employee shall accumulate sick leave with pay credits at the rate of one and one-quarter ( 1¼) workdays for each full payroll month of employment for a total of fifteen (15) days per year. An employee on any leave with pay or industrial accident leave shall accumulate sick leave credits.
B. A regular part-time employee shall accumulate sick leave credits in the same proportion that his/her part-time service bears to full-time service.
C. Sick leave shall be granted at the discretion of the CEO and shall not be unreasonably denied to an employee only under the following circumstances:
1. When an employee cannot perform his/her duties because he or she is incapacitated by personal illness or injury;
2. When the spouse, domestic partner, child or parent of either an employee or his/her spouse, or a relative living in the immediate household of an employee, is ill, the employee may utilize sick leave credits up to a maximum of sixty (60) days per fiscal year except in cases of demonstrated medical emergency or life threatening/terminal illness the sixty (60) day maximum may be waived by the CEO or designee.
4. To keep appointments with health care professionals. In such instances the normal requirement of advance notice will be at least five (5) working days. However, the parties recognize that an unforeseen complication may arise from a regularly scheduled appointment with such a health care professional.
E. Where the Employer has reason to believe that sick leave is being abused; the Employer may require satisfactory medical evidence from the employee. This request shall be reduced to writing and shall cite specific reasons for the request. When medical evidence is requested, such request shall be made as promptly as possible. To the extent practicable, the employee shall receive prior notice that the Employer believes he/she is abusing sick leave and that he/she may be required to produce medical evidence for future use of sick leave.
1. Satisfactory medical evidence shall consist of a signed statement by a licensed Physician, Physician's Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Chiropractor or Dentist that he/she has personally examined the employee and shall contain the general nature of the illness or injury, a statement that the employee was unable to perform his or her duties due to the specific illness or injury on the days in question; and the prognosis for employee's return to work. In cases where the employee is absent due to a family or household illness or injury, satisfactory medical evidence shall consist of a signed statement by medical personnel mentioned above indicating that the person in question has been determined to be seriously ill and needing care on the days in question.
2. A medical statement provided pursuant to this Article shall be on the letterhead of the attending physician or medical provider as mentioned above, and shall list an address and telephone number. Failure to produce such evidence within seven (7) days of its request may result at the discretion of the Appointing Authority, in denial of sick leave for the period of absence.
3. If an employee's physician identifies an illness or injury as being confidential and the Employer challenges that determination the issue shall be submitted to the Medical Director of the University Health Service. The employee's physician shall submit to the Medical Director a description of the illness or injury, which the Medical Director shall review and determine if it is appropriately confidential. The Medical Director will notify the supervisor and employee only of the determination of whether the claim of confidentiality is appropriate and destroy the medical note. The determination of the Medical Director shall not be subject to grievance and arbitration under this Agreement.
F. The CEO may require that an employee be examined by a physician of the employee's choosing and at the employee's expense, following absence by reason of illness or injury for more than ten (10) consecutive working days. The sole purpose of such examination shall be to determine the employee's fitness to return to his/her regularly assigned duties. An employee absent by reason of illness or injury for more than ten (10) consecutive working days shall provide the CEO with reasonable notice of his/her intent to return
G. Any employee having no sick leave credits, who is absent due to illness, shall be placed, unless otherwise notified by the employee, on personal leave; if no personal leave credits, then on vacation leave. If no sick leave credits or other accumulated leave credits are available, the employee shall be placed on an unpaid leave of absence. Such leave shall be charged on the same basis as provided in subsection G.
H. An employee who is reinstated or re-employed after an absence of less than three (3) years shall be credited with his/her sick leave credits at the termination of his/her prior employment. An employee who is reinstated or re-employed after a period of three (3) years or more shall receive prior sick leave credits, if approved by the CEO, where such absence was caused by:
1. Illness of said employee;
2. Dismissal through no fault or delinquency attributable solely to said employee; or
3. Injury while in the employment of the Employer in the line of duty, and for which said employee would be entitled to receive Workers' Compensation benefits.
A person whose employment by the Commonwealth is uninterrupted shall retain all accrued sick leave credits. Sick leave earned in towns, cities, counties, districts, the federal government, etc. shall not be transferred to state service.
I. A regular part-time employee shall not accrue sick leave credits for any payroll month in which he/she was on leave without pay or absence without pay in the same proportion that his/her service bears to one (1) day of service of a full-time employee.
J. Notification of absences under this Article must be given to the designated representative of the CEO at least one (1) hour prior to the beginning of the scheduled tour of duty. If such notification is not made, such absence may, at the discretion of the CEO be applied to absence without pay. In circumstances beyond the control of the employee such notification shall be made as early as possible on the day of absence. Within ninety (90) days after execution of this Agreement, and upon any change in the method of reporting during the term of the Agreement, the University Personnel Officer shall notify each employee of the method by which such employee shall report such absence.
K. No employee shall be entitled to sick leave under the provisions of this Article in excess of the accumulated sick leave credits due such employee, excluding any extended Sick Leave provisions.
L. Employees whose service with the Employer is terminated shall not be entitled to any compensation in lieu of accumulated sick leave credits. Employees who retire shall be paid twenty (20) percent of the value of their unused accrued sick leave at the time of their retirement. It is understood that any such payment will not change the employee's pension benefits.
M. Sick leave credits earned by an employee following a return to duty after a leave without pay or absence without pay shall not be applied to such period of time.
N. An employee who, while in the performance of his/her duty, receives bodily injuries resulting from acts of violence, and who, as a result of such injury, would be entitled to benefits under Chapter 152 of the General Laws, shall, if entitled under Chapter 30, Section 58 of the General Laws, be paid the difference between the weekly cash benefits to which he/she would be entitled under said Chapter 152 and his/her regular salary without such absence being charged against available sick leave credits, even if such absence may be for less than six (6) calendar days.
O. The Employer may require a bargaining unit member to report to a health care provider named by the Employer in the following circumstances:
1. Where the Employer reasonably needs a medical examination to determine the employee's current fitness for work.
2. There is an issue about the employee's ability to perform some or all of the functions of the job they are employed in and the Employer reasonably needs a medical examination to determine if the employee can perform that function or what reasonable accommodation must be made.
3. An employee, reporting for such examination, shall cooperate with the health care provider conducting the exam and provide needed medical records to enable the examiner to review the condition at issue. All such examination shall be held under the following conditions:
4. The unit member shall receive written notice of the proposed examination at least ten (10) days in advance of their report time. Such notice shall give information about the reason(s) for the examination and of what health records the employee should try to bring with them. The employee, receiving such a notice, may supply to the administrator issuing the medical information which, if reasonably found by that administrator to be sufficient to assure them of the fitness of work of the employee, shall result in cancellation of the examination.
5. The actual time going to and from and participating in the exam shall be paid at the employee's applicable rate for those hours.
6. The manager or administrator responsible for directing the MBU and one (1) of the following administrators: the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Manager of Total Compensation, Labor Relations Administrator, or Deputy Provost for Faculty Relations or their successor in title has approved the directive in writing.
7. This language shall become effective on January 1, 2002. The Union and the Employer agree to meet and discuss issues involving the application of this language to persons determined to be covered by the American's with Disabilities Act prior to such implementation. The referral to and examination of an employee by a medical provider does not constitute a waiver of that employee's right to challenge any action by the Employer arising from such examination in any forum which is otherwise available to the employee.
1. A bargaining unit member may voluntarily elect to join a Sick Leave Bank, providing that overall twenty per cent (20%) of unit members so elect.
2. Any member who chooses to join shall, effective January 1, earn one sick day per month. The three days difference in annual full-time sick leave accrual between 12 days for Bank members and 15 for those not in the Bank shall be, as of January 1, distributed in the following manner:
a. Two (2) days shall be contributed to the Sick Leave Bank;
3. An employee wishing to join the Sick Leave Bank shall so elect by November 1 for each succeeding calendar year.
4. The Sick Leave Bank shall be governed by a Board consisting of two (2) members appointed by AFSCME Local 1776, two (2) members appointed by the CEO, and a Chair designated by the other four members, who shall vote only in the event of a tie. 5. The Board shall develop guidelines for the operation of the Sick Leave Bank by November 1, 1996. Such guidelines shall include special considerations that may apply to 35 week and part-time employees.
7. An employee must have been absent from work for at least ten (10) working days (with or without using accrued time) prior to drawing from the sick leave bank.
8. Employees who elect to join the Sick Leave Bank shall also be eligible, if they so choose, to cash in their annual unused sick leave credits, effective January 1, 1998 and each January 1 thereafter, up to a maximum of six (6) days at 50% of their value as outlined in the table below:
Sick Leave Used Sick Leave Cashed-In Cash-In Value
0 days 6 days 3 days
1 days 5 days 2.5 days
2 days 4 days 2 days
3 days 3 days 1.5 days
4 days 2 days 1 days
5 days 1 days 0.5 days
6 days 0 days 0 days
In order to exercise this option an employee must cash in all sick days that are earned and accrued during the previous twelve (12) months in excess of six (6) days.
The decision to cash in sick time must be made by the employee by November 1,1997 and each November 1 thereafter. Sick days cashed in shall be deducted from the employee's sick leave balance.
A. On the first day of the first full payroll cycle of the first payroll week of the new calendar year, full-time employees will be credited annually with four (4) paid personal leave days, which must be taken during the following twelve (12) months, at a time or times requested by the employee and approved by the CEO, provided that such request complies with prior existing contractual language. Any employee, who intends to take personal leave, except in cases of emergency, shall provide written notification to his/her immediate supervisor, as soon as possible, but at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the day on which such leave is to be used. Any paid personal leave not taken, by the last day of the last payroll week of a calendar year, will be forfeited by the employee. Personal leave days for regular part-time employees will be granted on a pro-rata basis. Personal leave days may be used in conjunction with vacation leave. Full-time employees, hired into the bargaining unit from off-campus or from a non-benefitted position on-campus on or after the beginning of each calendar year, will be credited with personal leave days in accordance with the following schedule:
Date of hire into unit Personal leave days credited
Beginning of calendar year to March 30 4
April 1 to June 30 3
July 1 to September 30 2
October 1 to end of calendar 0
B. An employee who is promoted or transferred into the bargaining unit from a benefitted position on campus shall transfer with them the amount of personal days they had prior to the transfer and shall not receive any additional days.
C. In the event a part-time employee moves to full-time status, he/she shall be credited with the amounts above based upon date of entry into full-time status minus the time already credited for that fiscal year.
Upon evidence, satisfactory to the CEO, of the death of a spouse, domestic partner, child, parent, brother, sister, grandparent, or grandchild of an employee, or parent of spouse, or person living in the immediate household, an employee shall be entitled to leave, without loss of pay, for a maximum of five (5) consecutive working days. In the event of the death of an employee's son-in-law or daughter-in-law or of the spouse's or domestic partner's brother, sister, grandparent, grandchild, step-parents, step-child, step brother/sister, or step grandparent, a maximum of free (3) consecutive working days shall be available for use by an employee..
In the event that the internment of, or memorial service for, any of the above-named relatives is to occur at a time beyond the bereavement leave granted, the employee may request to defer one of the days to the later date. Such request shall be made at the time of notification to the CEO of the death of one of the above-named relatives, and shall not be unreasonably denied.
An employee whose hours of work preclude him/her from voting in a town, city, state or national election shall upon application, be granted a voting leave with pay, not to exceed two (2) hours, for the sole purpose of voting in the election.
A. Employees summoned for jury duty will be granted a leave of absence with pay for time lost from their regular work schedule while on said jury duty upon presentation of the appropriate summons to the department head by the employee.
B. An employee who receives jury duty fees for jury service upon presentation of the appropriate court certificate of service shall either:
1. retain such jury fees in lieu of pay for the period of jury service if the jury fees exceed his/her regular rate of compensation for the period involved; or
2. remit to the Employer the jury fees if less than his/her regular rate of compensation for the period involved.
C. Jury fees, for the purpose of this Article, shall be the per diem rate paid for jury duty by the Court, not including the expenses reimbursed for travel, meals, rooms or incidentals.
D. An employee summoned as a witness in court on behalf of the Commonwealth, or any town, city or county of the Commonwealth (including on behalf of District Attorneys) or on behalf of the Federal Government, shall be granted court leave with pay upon filing of the appropriate notice of service with his/her department head except that this section shall not apply to an employee who is also in the employ of any town, city or county of the Commonwealth or in the employ of the Federal Government or any private employer and who is summoned on a matter arising from that employment.
E. All fees for court service except jury fees paid for service rendered during office hours must be paid to the Commonwealth. Any fees paid to an employee for court services performed during a vacation period may be retained by the employee. The employee shall retain expenses paid for travel, meals, rooms, etc.
F .An employee on court leave who has been excused by the proper court authority shall report to his/her official duty station if such interruption in court services will permit four or more consecutive hours of employment. Court leave shall not affect any employment rights of the individual.
G. No court leave shall be granted when the employee is the defendant or is engaged in personal litigation, unless such litigation arises out of the legitimate performance of his/her assigned responsibilities.
A. An employee shall be entitled, during the time of his/her service in the Armed Forces of the Commonwealth, under Section 38, 40, 41, 42, or 60 of C.33 of the General Laws, to receive pay therefore, without loss of his/her ordinary remuneration as an employee.
B. An employee shall be entitled, during his/her annual tour of duty of not exceeding seventeen (17) days as a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States, to receive pay therefore, without loss of his/her ordinary remuneration as an employee under Section 59 of C.33, General Laws as amended.
C. An employee who is a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States and who is called for duty other than the annual tour of duty of not exceeding seventeen (17) days shall be subject to the provisions of Chapter 708 of the Acts of 1941 as amended, or of Chapter 805 of the Acts of 1950 as amended, or Chapter 671 of the Acts of 1966, and amendments thereto.
D. In accordance with Chapter 708 of the Acts of 1941, as amended, an employee who, on or after January first, nineteen hundred and forty, shall have tendered his/her resignation or otherwise terminated his/her service for the purpose of serving in the military or naval forces of the United States who does serve or was or shall be rejected for such service, except as otherwise provided by Chapter 708 of the Acts of 1941, as amended, be deemed to be or to have been on military leave, and no such person shall be deemed to have resigned from the service of the Commonwealth or to have terminated such service until the expiration of two (2) years from the termination of said military or naval service by him/her.
A. A full-time employee who has completed the probationary period, or, if there is no such probationary period, has been employed for at least three (3) consecutive months, and who is absent from employment with the Employer for a period not exceeding eight weeks for the purpose of giving birth or adopting a child, shall be granted a maternity leave without pay if the request for such leave is made to the CEO at least two (2) weeks in advance of the anticipated date of departure. If an employee has accrued sick leave or vacation credits at the commencement of the maternity or adoptive leave, the employee may use such leave credits for which he/she may be eligible under the sick leave or vacation provisions of this Agreement.
B. At the expiration of the maternity or adoptive leave, the employee will be restored to his/her previous position or similar position with the same status, pay and length of service credit as of the date of his/her leave. If during the period of the leave, employees in the same or similar position in the department have been laid off through no fault of their own, the employee will be extended the same rights and benefits, if any, extended to employees of equal length of service in the same or similar position in the department.
C. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Agreement to the contrary, the maternity or adoptive leave granted under this Article shall not affect the employee's right to receive any contractual benefits for which he/she was eligible at the time of her leave. Upon the expiration of a maternity or adoptive leave, an additional eight (8) weeks leave may be granted at the discretion of the CEO. The leave shall be unpaid unless the employee chooses to use any accrued vacation, personal leave or compensatory time to cover this period of absence. The period of such unpaid leave shall not be included in any computation of contractual benefits, rights, or advantages. Not later than two (2) weeks prior to the expiration of the eight-week maternity or adoptive leave, an employee may request a return to work at reduced time. If approved by the CEO, said employee will accrue benefits in the same proportion that such part-time service bears to full-time service.
D. An employee on maternity or adoptive leave may have his/her group health insurance benefits continued for the period of time the employee is absent on such leave. The employee, while on leave, is required to pay the same monthly premium he/she would have paid had such leave not been taken.
E. During the first ten (10) days, not including scheduled days off and holidays, of maternity leave, birth of a baby leave, adoptive leave, or foster care leave, the employee shall receive his/her regular salary. When an eligible full-time or part-time employee and his/her eligible spouse are both employees of the University, they shall jointly be entitled to a combined total of not more than ten (10) days paid, per instance, under this provision.
Upon written application to the CEO, including a statement of any reasons, any employee who has completed any applicable probation period and who has been employed at least three (3) consecutive months, and who has given at least two (2) weeks prior notice of his/her anticipated date of departure and who has given notice of his/her intention to return, may be granted parental or adoptive leave for a period not exceeding six (6) months. Such leave shall be without pay for such period. The purpose for which an employee may submit his/her application for such unpaid leave shall be limited to the need to care for, or to make arrangement for care of, a minor dependent child of the employee, whether or not the child is the natural, adopted or stepchild of such employee.
An employee who requests and is granted parental leave for the purpose of caring for the employee's minor dependent child under three years of age, may have his/her group health insurance benefits continued for a period of ten (10) weeks while the employee is absent on such leave. The employee, while on leave, is required to pay the same monthly premiums as she/he would have paid had such leave not been taken.
A. Upon written application to the CEO, including a statement of any reasons, any employee who has completed his/her probationary period, or, if there is no probationary period, who has been employed at least three (3) consecutive months, who has given at least two (2) weeks prior notice of his/her anticipated date of departure and who has given notice of his/her intention to return, may be granted Family Leave for a period not exceeding twelve (12) weeks. Such leave shall be without pay or benefits for such period. The CEO may, in his/her discretion, assign an employee to back fill for an employee who is on Family Leave. Such assignment may not be subject to the grievance procedure. The purpose for which an employee may submit his/her application for such unpaid leave shall be limited to the need to care for, or to make arrangements for the care of, the employee's spouse, domestic partner, parent, grandparent, grandchild or relative living in the same household.
B. Ten (10) days of family leave may be taken in not less than one-day increments. However, such leave requires the prior approval of the CEO.
C. If an employee has accrued sick leave, personal leave, or vacation leave credits at the commencement of his/her family leave, that employee may use such leave credits for which she/he may be eligible under the sick leave, personal leave or vacation leave provisions of this Article.
D. Between periods of family leave, where an employee returns to the payroll for a period of less than two weeks, when a holiday falls during that time, no holiday pay or compensatory time shall be granted for such holiday.
Unpaid personal leave, other than herein before specified, may be granted by the CEO, upon the written request of the employee, at least thirty (30) days in advance. Approval may not be unreasonably denied.
Leave of absence without pay may be granted to a unit member or members who are delegates to state or national conventions of fraternal and/or civic organizations. Leaves of absence with pay may be granted to a unit member to participate as an Honor Guard in Funerals of Deceased Veterans.
Leave of absence without pay may be granted to unit members who are Civil Defense Officers for the purpose of participating in local, state-sponsored and federal seminars and programs designed to improve his/her knowledge and understanding of Civil Defense.
Leave of absence with pay may be granted for the purpose of donating blood, not to exceed two (2) hours.
The parties agree that they are governed by the provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act and where those provisions are more generous than the contract the Family and Medical Leave Act will prevail.
Section 15. Transitional Work Assignment When an employee has been injured and cannot perform the primary functions of his/her job due to medical restriction the University or its agent may, in their sole discretion, require that employee to accept a transitional work assignment for up to ninety (90) calendar days performing any tasks within the University which need to be performed and can be performed within the restrictions medically determined for such employee. A grievance contesting the availability of transitional work assignment may be processed but only through mediation, issues of the availability of transitional work are deemed by the parties substantively inarbitrable. An employee required to perform a transitional work assignment shall be compensated either at the rate of the position which they held immediately prior to their injury or at the compensation level of a position in the bargaining unit of the same grade as the position in which they have been assigned during this transitional period to work. Upon medical verification of ability to perform their normal duties an employee shall be returned to their regular position.
Five (5) working days after a unit member has exhausted all of his/her sick leave, vacation leave, and personal leave, he/she shall be eligible for an extension of sick leave; provided that such unit member has been employed a minimum of twelve (12) consecutive months (or twelve (12) months for those subject to a periodic layoff) prior to the commencement of such extension of sick leave.
In anticipation of the exhaustion of all paid leave, a unit member shall forward a request to the CEO on the form entitled Request for Extension of Sick Leave. He/she shall act upon such request and forward the decision in writing to both the unit member and the appropriate union official of the member's unit within ten (10) days of receipt. The approval of such request will be effective at the beginning of the sixth (6th) day of unpaid leave. The granting of an extension of sick leave shall be subject to the sole discretion of the CEO. All requests for an extension of such leave shall be given due consideration and shall not be grievable.
Such extensions shall be available only for illness of the unit member and not for illness of his/her immediate family. Further, an employee on an industrial accident leave shall not be eligible for an extension of sick leave.
Extensions may be available for a period of up to sixty (60) days annually beginning on the date of the first extension. Unit members, having been granted an extension of sick leave, shall be required to submit a physician's statement after each twenty (20) calendar days of granted leave.
Notwithstanding the above, in extraordinary circumstances, and in accordance with the terms and conditions governing the application and granting of leaves as such are set forth in Section 1 of this Article, a unit member may be granted an additional fifteen (15) days of extension of sick leave during the twelve (12) month period commencing upon the granting of the first such extension. Such additional extension of sick leave may commence immediately upon the conclusion of an earlier extension of sick leave or may be granted at any time during the remainder of the applicable twelve (12) month annual period. A unit member need not serve a period of unpaid leave prior to being eligible for this fifteen (15) days additional extension of sick leave.
Understanding that the health and welfare of unit members is of mutual concern, the CEO of the Campus, in evaluating a request, shall consider the following:
Cost: Consideration shall be given to the projected cost incurred to implement the request, including the temporary filling of the position, if necessary.
History of sick leave usage: Consideration shall be given to the previous use and/or abuse of leave benefits. Input must be sought from the employee's supervisor(s) and pertinent attendance or personnel records.
Length of request: The provision is not intended to provide for long term or permanent disabilities. There should be a reasonable expectation of return to full-time duties as evidenced by a physician's statement.
During the period of an extension of sick leave, an employee shall not be entitled to accrual of vacation or sick leave as provided for in Articles 10 and 12 of this Agreement.
A. Beginning at the end of the first full payroll month (hereinafter in this Article "month") of employment, vacation leave with pay shall be credited to full-time employees at the end of each payroll month of employment, as follows:
Length of continuous full-time
creditable service of each
applicable month. Vacation Leave Accrued
Less than fifty-four (54) months 5/6 day per month
(Less than 4 ½ years). (total of 10 days per yr.)
Fifty-four (54) months, but less
than one hundred fourteen
(114) months 1¼ days per month
(4 ½ - 9 ½ years). (total of 15 days per yr.)
One hundred fourteen (114) months,
but less than two hundred thirty- four
(234) months 1 ⅔ days per month
(9 ½ - 19 ½ years). (Total of 20 days per yr)
Two hundred thirty-four (234)
months or more 2 ½ days per month
(19 ½ or more years). (total of 25 days per yr.)
B. For determining vacation status under this Article, "creditable service" shall be used. All service beginning on the first working day of the first full payroll month, and all service thereafter becomes "creditable service" provided there has not been any break of three (3) years or more in such service as referred to in Section 12 of this Article. In computing an employee's vacation status, all "creditable service" from the first working day up to the end of each full payroll month of service rendered shall constitute the "creditable service" which shall be used to establish vacation credits for such month. Anything in the foregoing to the contrary notwithstanding, an employee shall, on the effective date of this Agreement, be deemed to have that "creditable service," if any, which he/she had at the termination of the predecessor Agreement.
A regular part-time employee shall be granted vacation leave in the same proportion that his/her part-time service bears to full-time service.
Vacation leave accrued during any payroll month shall be credited on the last day of the payroll month based on the employee's full-time equivalent status on that date and shall be available for use the following day.
A full-time employee on leave without pay and/or absent without pay for two (2) or more cumulative days in any month shall not accrue vacation leave for such month. Such month shall not be deemed to be "creditable service."
A regular part-time employee who is absent without pay and/or on leave without pay for that number of hours that his/her service bears to the service of a full-time employee as described in Section 4, shall not accrue vacation leave for such month. Such month shall not be deemed to be "creditable service."
An employee who is reinstated or re-employed after less than three (3) years shall have his/her prior service included in determining his/her continuous service for vacation purposes.
An employee may request vacation leave when it becomes available. Vacation leave request shall only be granted with a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours notice for use of one (1) vacation day and five (5) calendar days' notice for use of two (2) or more vacation days unless in the CEO's opinion it is impossible or impracticable to do so because of work schedules or emergencies. The CEO shall make reasonable efforts to insure that an employee, having requested vacation leave, is granted such in order to prevent the loss of earned vacation credit.
An employee wishing to exercise his/her seniority for vacation preference must apply in writing not more than sixty (60) calendar days nor less than forty-five (45) calendar days in advance of the first day requested. (An employee wishing to file such request earlier than sixty (60) days prior to the first day requested may do so but preference will be determined as of the 45th day in advance of the first day requested.) The CEO shall respond to this request in writing, indicating whether it can reasonably schedule such vacation, at least thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the first day requested.
When vacation requests are submitted less than forty-five (45) calendar days in advance such requests shall be processed in the order in which they are received without regard to seniority. Responses shall be given to unit members in writing within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of such request.
Effective January 1, 1991, no employee shall carry more than sixty-four (64) days of vacation leave credit.
An employee who has available unused vacation leave, and who because of the provisions of Section 7 of this Article would lose such vacation leave, shall have such leave converted to sick leave on the last day of the month in which vacation would be lost if not taken.
Absences on account of sickness in excess of the authorized sick leave provided in this Agreement (or for personal reasons not provided for under said sick leave provisions) may be charged, unless otherwise notified by the employee, to personal leave, if any, then to vacation leave, if any.
Charges to vacation leave credit may be allowed in units of one-half (½) hour.
Upon the death of an employee who is eligible for vacation under this Agreement payment shall be made in an amount equal to the vacation leave which had been accrued prior to the employee's death but which had not been used by the employee up to the time of his/her separation from payroll, provided that no monetary or other allowance has already been made therefore. The CEO shall authorize payment of such compensation upon the establishment of a valid claim therefore, in the following order of precedence:
Second: If there be no such designated beneficiary, to the estate of the deceased.
An employee who is eligible for vacation under these rules, whose services are terminated for any reason, shall be paid an amount equal to the vacation that had been accrued prior to such termination but which had not been used, up to a maximum of sixty-four (64) days, provided that no monetary or other allowance had already been made therefore.
An employee who is reinstated or re-employed shall be entitled to his/her vacation status at the termination of his/her previous service; provided, however, that no credit for previous service may be allowed where reinstatement occurs after absence of three (3) years unless approval of the CEO is secured for any of the following reasons:
A. Illness of the employee.
B. Dismissal through no fault or delinquency attributable solely to the employee.
C. Injury while in the service of the Commonwealth in the line of his/her duties and for which the employee would be entitled to receive Workers' Compensation benefits.
An employee who is granted a leave of absence to enter service in the Armed Forces of the United States, under the provisions of Chapter 708 Acts of 1941 as amended, and who, upon honorable discharge from such service in said Armed Forces, returns to the service of the Employer, shall be paid an amount equal to the vacation leave which had been accrued prior to his/her entry into such service in said Armed Forces but which had not been used prior to military leave, provided that no monetary or other allowance has already been made therefore.
An employee who is reinstated after military leave, as referred to in Section 13, may be granted vacation allowance up to the equivalent of twelve (12) months' accrual as of the date on which he/she returned or returns, provided that prior to such military leave, vacation had not been used or compensation paid in lieu thereof for the same year. Neither the above usage, nor absence due to military leave, shall in any way affect vacation credits accrued by such employee in any full payroll month of employment after he/she returns from military service.
Vacation leave shall accrue to an employee while on leave with pay status or on industrial accident leave, excluding employees on extended sick leave in accordance with Article 12.
Vacation leave accrued following a return to duty after leave without pay or absence without pay shall not be applied against such leave or absence.
Vacation status previously earned by an employee while in the employ of the Commonwealth or any of its cities, towns or municipalities prior to employment as a member of one of the bargaining units shall be retained by such employee, provided that no break in service of three (3) years or more occurred between termination of such prior employment and the commencement of employment by the Board. An employee, in order to retain such previously earned status, must submit to the CEO, within thirty (30) calendar days of employment, evidence attesting to such prior employment and such status.
The following days shall be holidays for employees:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Day
A part-time employee shall earn pay for a holiday in the same proportion that his/her service bears to full-time service. Such pay for a holiday shall be paid whether or not the holiday falls on the employee's regularly scheduled workday. Part-time employees who work less than five (5) days per week may use vacation or personal time to make up a full day's pay if the holiday falls on their regularly scheduled day of work.
When a holiday occurs on a day that is not an employee's regular workday, if the employee's usual workweek is five (5) or more days he/she, at the request of the employee, may receive pay for one (1) day at his/her regular rate of pay or one (1) compensatory day off with pay within one hundred and twenty (120) days following the holiday, to be taken at a time approved by the CEO.
An employee required to work on a holiday shall be compensated at the rate of two (2) times his/her regular rate of pay, or upon the sole discretion of the CEO when requested in writing and approved may receive pay for one (1) day at his/her regular rate and one (1) compensatory day off with pay within two hundred and seventy days (270) days following the holiday, to be taken at a time approved by the CEO. Less than fifty two (52) week employees may continue at their discretion to be awarded compensatory time for holidays worked.
In addition to the holidays listed in Section 14.1, bargaining unit members shall not be required to work on the immediate two (2) work days preceding the day on which the New Year's Day holiday is celebrated. Employees assigned to work shall be given an alternate day(s) off. Use of such time shall conform with the existing requirements in the collective bargaining agreement .
Whenever any holiday falls on a Sunday, such holiday shall be deemed to fall on the day following. Whenever any holiday falls on a Saturday, such holiday shall be deemed to fall on the day preceding. Such holidays shall be granted in accordance with and subject to the foregoing provisions of this Article. However, if an employee is scheduled to work on such a Saturday or Sunday, that workday shall be deemed to be the holiday in accordance with the preceding Section 4.
Whenever the CEO has been informed that any workday has, in whole or in part, been declared a skeleton day he/she shall determine, who among the employees shall be released with pay from the regularly scheduled duties for the duration of the skeleton day.
An employee who is on an authorized leave without pay for any of his/her scheduled workday immediately preceding or immediately following a holiday or is on authorized leave without pay for the entire workday immediately preceding and immediately flowing the holiday, shall not receive pay or a compensatory day off for that holiday. On the fourth occurrence of the calendar year, an employee who calls in to use any portion of, or all accrued sick leave the workday immediately preceding or immediately following the holiday shall submit satisfactory medical evidence pursuant to Article 11, Section 1, Subsection E, Items 1 and 2 in order to receive pay for the day(s) in question. Denial of authorization for such leave shall not be arbitrary or capricious.
A unit member scheduled to work on a holiday and who fails to report as scheduled shall be recorded as absent without pay unless the unit member properly notifies the CEO at least one hour prior to the beginning of the scheduled tour of duty. In circumstances beyond the control of the employee such notice shall be made as early as possible on the day of absence. An employee who is granted paid leave for a holiday on which he/she is scheduled to work shall not receive holiday pay or a compensatory day off for that holiday
Employees rendering service on New Year's Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, or Christmas Day shall receive a holiday differential of fifty cents ($.50) per hour for each hour worked between the hours of 11:00 p.m. on the holiday eve and 11:00 p.m. on the holiday.
Holidays Trades Personnel Required
Commencement Plumbers (2)
(Friday& Saturday) Electricians (2)
By July 1 of each year, qualified employees in the above respective trades, who would like to volunteer to work in any or all of the above holidays may do so; however, trades, in which no volunteers come forward, shall be filled by the least senior employee(s).
It is further agreed that all the above proposals shall have an effective date of July 1, 2010.
When official business for the Employer takes an employee out of the employee's officially assigned workplace, the employee is said to be in travel status and shall be reimbursed in accordance with the University of Massachusetts Employee Travel Policy and Guidelines (T92-031). A copy of the University's policy may be obtained from the office of Human Resources at each of the campuses.
The employer will make readily available current code-books and licensing manuals for licensed positions, and all other codes related to the building trades, at places designated by the CEO.
Within sixty (60) days upon the execution of the successor collective bargaining agreement, a labor-management committee will be established with the purpose of reviewing the reimbursement policies of various departments for all required licensing for bargaining unit members. The committee will present recommendations to the parties.
The Employer shall endeavor to maintain adequate lighting in all parking areas.
The CEO agrees to discuss with the Union any proposed changes in the Parking Program at which time the Union can make recommendations for changes and the CEO will inform the Union and all employees prior to implementing any such changes.
Representatives from the Employer and the Union agree to meet to discuss any increases in parking fees which affect bargaining unit members, and shall forward their recommendations for review to the Board of Trustees and the applicable University governing bodies prior to implementing any such increase.
A reasonable number of rows in the North End of Lot 21 (Lot 21A) shall be reserved for bargaining unit employees.
Duration July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017
A. Effective the first pay period in July 2014, all eligible bargaining unit members, who are on the payroll as of July, 2014, shall receive a one and one-half percent (1.5%) base rate salary increase.
B. Effective the first pay period in January 2015, all eligible bargaining unit members, who are on the payroll as of January 2015, shall receive a one and one-half percent (1.5%) base rate salary increase.
C. Effective December 31, 2014, (0.25 of 1% of the total salaries of all members) shall be available to be applied differentially to address specific operational needs and may not be applied across the board. The funds described in this section shall be applied to increase the employer's contribution to the Health and Welfare Trust by fifty ($0.50) cents. A joint labor management committee consisting of equal numbers of Management and Union representatives shall meet to bargain and agree upon the distribution of balance of the funds described above throughout the life of the Agreement.
A. Effective the first pay period in July 2015, all eligible bargaining unit members who are on payroll as of July 2015, shall receive a one and one-half percent (1.5%) base rate salary increase.
B. Effective the first pay period in January 2016, all eligible bargaining unit members who are on payroll as of January 2016, shall receive a one and one-half percent (1.5%) base rate salary rate increase.
C. Effective December 31, 2015, (0.25 of 1% of the total salaries of all members) shall be available to be applied to address specific operational needs and may not be applied across the board. The funds described in this section shall be applied to increase the employer's contribution to the Health and Welfare Trust by fifty ($0.50) cents. A joint labor management committee consisting of equal numbers of Management and Union representatives shall meet to bargain and agree upon the distribution of the balance of the funds described above throughout the life of the Agreement.
A. Effective the first pay period in July 2016, all eligible bargaining unit members who are on payroll as of July 2016, shall receive a one and one-half percent (1.5%) base rate salary increase.
B. Effective the first pay period in January 2017, all eligible bargaining unit members who are on payroll as of January 2017, shall receive a one and one-half percent (1.5%) base rate salary increase.
C. Effective December 31, 2016, (0.25 of 1% of the total salaries of all members) shall be available to be applied to address specific operational needs and may not be applied across the board. The funds described in this section shall be applied to increase the employer's contribution to the Health and Welfare Trust by fifty ($0.50) cents. A joint labor management committee consisting of equal numbers of Management and Union representatives shall meet to bargain and agree upon the distribution of the balance of the funds described above throughout the life of the Agreement.
All economic changes shall be effective on the first Sunday following the date denominated except when the date denominated is a Sunday, in which case they shall be effective on that date.
A. An employee shall advance under the terms of this Agreement to the next higher step in his/her job group until the maximum salary rate is reached, unless he/she is denied such step rate by his/her CEO. An employee shall progress from one step to the next higher rate after each fifty-two (52) weeks of creditable service in a step commencing from the first day of the payroll period immediately following his/her anniversary date or promotion date as determined within this article.
B. In the event an employee is denied a step rate increase by his/her CEO, he/she shall be given a written statement of reasons therefore not later than five (5) days preceding the date when the increase would otherwise have taken effect. Time off the payroll is not creditable service for the purpose of step rate increases.
An employee who is promoted shall move to the step in the new classification based on step for step. The anniversary date for such employee shall become the date of promotion.
C. An employee, who is promoted, shall move to the step in the new classification based on step for step. The anniversary date for such employees shall become the date of promotion.
D. Effective July 1, 2010, or when the Agreement is funded by the Legislature, an employee, who is voluntarily or involuntarily appointed to a position in a lower salary grade, shall be placed on the appropriate biweekly step rate in the lower salary grade that is as close to but not equal to or greater than the employee's biweekly step rate in their current position.
The University does not agree to any retroactive salary adjustments for those previously impacted by the above proposed language, i.e., Arthur Girard, Robert Lisciotti, Ryan Feyrer and Baitao Wang. The University is agreeable, pending the effective date of an Agreement, to moving Ryan Feyrer and Baitao Wang forward to make them whole as indicated below:
Baitao Wang Currently Grade 7- Step 7 to Grade 7- Step 9
Ryan Feyrer Currently Grade 14 - Step 5 to Grade 14- Step 8
Should there be any step adjustments for either employee prior to the effective date of an Agreement, such transactions will be considered in the calculations to make each employee whole.
Section 3. General Provisions
A. Salary rates of full-time employees are set forth in the Appendices to this Article which are attached hereto and hereby made a part of this Article.
B. The salary rates set forth in said Appendices shall remain in effect during the term of this Agreement. Salary rates shall not be increased or decreased except in accordance with the provisions of this Article.
C. Employees shall be compensated on the basis of the salary rate for their official job classification.
A regular part-time employee shall be entitled to the provisions of this Article in the proportion that his/her service bears to full-time service.
A. An employee entering a position within the bargaining unit covered by this Agreement, without a break in service from a position in another Commonwealth of Massachusetts public employer, in a bargaining unit not covered by this Agreement, from a position determined by Human Resources to be of a type with similar duties and responsibilities to the positions in this unit, in the Grade level of the position which they are being hired into, shall be placed at the first step-in-grade up to the maximum of the grade, which at least equals the rate of compensation received immediately prior to his/her entry into the bargaining unit.
B. An employee entering a position within the bargaining unit covered by this Agreement, without a break in service from a position in another Commonwealth of Massachusetts public employer, in a bargaining unit not covered by this Agreement, from a position determined by Human Resources to be of a type with similar duties and responsibilities to the positions in this unit, which are at a lower grade level than the position which they are being hired into, shall be placed at a step-in-grade in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of this Article.
C. An employee entering a position within the bargaining unit covered by this Agreement, without a break in service from a position in another Commonwealth of Massachusetts public employer, in a bargaining unit not covered by this Agreement, from a position determined by Human Resources to be of a type with similar duties and responsibilities to the positions in this unit, which are at a higher grade level than the position which they are being hired into, shall be placed at a step-in-grade within his/her new job grade based upon the employee's creditable years of service in the equivalent new job grade or higher job grade, provided that in no event shall the employee be placed in a step-in-grade which results in the employee receiving a salary rate equal to or greater than the average salary received by the employee for the preceding six (6) months.
D. Upon written request the Union shall be provided information concerning the basis on which this decision was made including qualifications and length of state service of the incoming employee.
The salary increases as provided for in this article shall apply only to those employed on the execution date of this agreement. However, former bargaining unit members who died, retired or transferred out of the bargaining unit but remained in the employ of the University during the time from June 30, 1998, and the execution date shall receive appropriate increases as provided in this Article for their period of employment.
A. The Commonwealth and each covered employee shall pay the monthly premium rate for the Group Health Insurance Plan in a percentage amount determined by the General Court for the type of coverage that is provided for him/her and his/her dependents under the Plan. The current pre-tax treatment of group health insurance contributions shall continue.
A Creation of Trust Agreement
The parties have established a Health and Welfare Fund under an Agreement and Declaration of Trust drafted by the Employer and executed by the Union and the Employer. Such Agreement and Declaration of Trust (hereinafter referred to as the "trust agreement") provides for a Board of Trustees composed of an equal number of representatives of the Employer and the Union.
The Board of Trustees of the Health and Welfare Fund shall determine in their discretion and within the terms of this Agreement and the Agreement and Declaration of Trust such health and welfare benefits to be extended by the Health and Welfare Fund to employees and/or their dependents.
Effective July 6, 2003, the Employer agrees to contribute on behalf of each full-time employee a total of eleven dollars ($11.00) per calendar week. Furthermore, should the Health and Welfare Trust choose out of its reserves to operate a day care reimbursement program for eighteen months the eleven dollars ($11.00) shall be raised to twelve dollars ($12.00). The program involves reimbursement up to five hundred ($500.00) per member for approved day care costs each year.
Effective January 1, 2008, the University will contribute an additional One Dollar ($1.00) per week per FTE to the Health and Welfare Trust.
Effective on the first pay week in January 2011, an additional $0.50 per calendar week per full-time employee equivalent shall be paid to the Mass Public Employees Health & Welfare Fund.
Effective on the first pay week in January 2012, an additional $0.50 per calendar week per full-time employee equivalent shall be paid to the Mass Public Employees Health & Welfare Fund.
Effective the first pay period in January 2014, the University agrees to contribute on behalf of each full-time-equivalent unit member an additional fifty cents ($0.50) per calendar week to the appropriate Health & Welfare Fund.
Effective the first pay period in June 2014, the University agrees to contribute on behalf of each full-time-equivalent unit member an additional ($0.50) per calendar week to the appropriate Health & Welfare Fund.
The amount of contributions for each year shall be based on the number of full-time equivalent employees as of the October payroll period during such fiscal year; or as of the last payroll period in the month of October for those on a weekly payroll; provided however that for non-state funded employees, the number of full-time equivalent employees may be surveyed quarterly. The contributions made by the Employer to the Health and Welfare Fund shall not be used for any purpose other than to provide health and welfare benefits and to pay the operating and administering expenses of the fund. The contributions shall be made by the Employer in an aggregate sum within forty-five (45) days following the end of the calendar month during which contributions were collected.
No dispute over a claim for any benefits extended by this Health and Welfare Fund shall be subject to the grievance procedure established in any collective bargaining agreement between the Employer and the Union.
D. Employer's Liability
It is expressly agreed and understood that the Employer does not accept, nor is the Employer to be charged with hereby, any responsibility in any manner connected with the determination of liability to any employee claiming under any of the benefits extended by the Health and Welfare Fund. The Employer's liability shall be limited to the contributions indicated in Section 2 above.
A. All vacancies in positions subject to this Agreement as soon as possible after the Employer determines they are available to be filled, shall be posted for not less than seven (7) calendar days, and said posting shall be on the so-called yellow sheet under the procedures of the Employment Office The appointing authority is recognized as the sole authority to appoint an applicant to a vacant position. When the appointing authority determines that a vacancy is to be filled it will be made public on a website designated for that purpose and through which applications shall be submitted. Bargaining unit employees who cannot use computers shall be provided a location at which they may use a computer to search job vacancies and make applications.
B. The notice of vacancy shall include the following:
1. Job Title
2. Grade and/or Salary Range
3.Application Closing Date
4.Department of Personnel Administration job specifications, or location where such description can be obtained.
5. If Grant Funded, the termination date, source of funding and length of funding, if known
7. Notice of any written or practical test that may be required.
C. All notices of vacancies at the University shall be posted in at least one conspicuous place and other places customarily used for such purposes.
D. Notice of vacancies will be sent to the designated Union official upon posting.
E. Any employee seeking to be considered for any such vacant position shall submit an application through the designated website in accordance with the procedures and within the time limits prescribed by this Agreement. The pool of candidates for such vacant position shall include every employee and every other person who shall have applied for such position in accordance with the terms of such notice.
Section 2. Selection
Vacant positions in the bargaining unit will be posted as internal campus job postings on the University's on-line applicant tracking system for a minimum of five (5) business days before being posted for external (off-campus) applicants. Applications submitted on-line by internal (on-campus) applicants and received during the internal campus job posting period by the hiring department will be considered prior to interviewing any external applicants for the position. Internal applicants may also submit a written application form for such internal campus job postings under procedures of the Employment Office. Such written application forms will be mailed to the department and/or hiring authority for the position through campus mail. Hiring departments will not be required to hold internal campus job postings if the written application form is received after the five (5) business day internal posting period
Section 3. Criteria
A. For the purposes of this Article, promotion shall be defined as an appointment to a position of a higher job grade; a change in job title without a change in job grade shall be considered a lateral appointment. Any employee who applies for a lateral transfer shall be subject to the same criteria and shall not be disadvantaged in comparison to/with employees seeking a promotion. A demotion shall be defined as an appointment to a position of a lower job grade. Upon written request from an employee his/her test results will be provided within five (5) days of the request.
B. The following criteria shall be used by the CEO in selecting a candidate to fill a vacancy. Each of the criteria will be applied to all candidates for a vacant position.
1. Ability to perform the requirements of the position.
2. Work History and Performance.
3. Experience in Related Work.
4. Education and/or Training related to the Position.
C. If in the judgment of the CEO there are two (2) or more candidates who are approximately equally best qualified, then among such candidates, preference shall be granted to the employee in the bargaining unit who has the most seniority at the University.
A. An employee who is promoted, or laterally appointed shall serve a three (3) month trial period from the effective date of such promotion, or lateral appointment. In no case, however, shall this trial period expire prior to the completion of six (6) months continuous employment from the most recent date of hire.
B. During this trial period, if the employee's work performance in the new assignment is not satisfactory to the CEO, said employee shall revert back to his or her former position. Following management's decision to return an individual to his/her former position, the employee may request in writing to discuss the reason(s) for this action. This discussion will take place at the level the decision was made. If the employee is not satisfied with the reason(s) given for his/her return, he/she may file a grievance at the next higher level of the grievance procedure. Provided however, that there shall be at least one formal grievance hearing held at a campus level.
C. If the employee is not satisfied with the new position, he/she may elect to return to his/her former position within thirty (30) days after said new appointment.
D. All appointments made pursuant to this section shall be temporary or provisional appointments at least until the completion of the trial period or the completion of the grievance procedure. All vacancies resulting from an employee's appointment pursuant to this section shall be filled temporarily or provisionally at least until the appointed employee has completed his/her trial period or the completion of the grievance procedure. An employee who has been promoted pursuant to this Article and whose promotion is overturned by the Grievance Procedure shall not be terminated but shall return to his/her former position.
At the employee's written request, on the attached form, he/she will be entitled to attend a meeting with management to discuss the reasons for non-selection. At the employee's option, he/she may be accompanied by the local designated union. If the employee is not satisfied with the reason(s) for non-selection, he/she may file a grievance at the next higher level of the grievance procedure. Provided, however, that there shall be at least one formal grievance hearing held at a campus level. Late notice shall not preclude the filing of a grievance for non-selection.
Section 6. Extension of Seniority
In the case of institute, grant or contract employees, seniority for the purpose of applying for vacant positions shall be extended three (3) months beyond the actual expiration date of the then current funding source.
Section 7. Reduction in Grade
Any employee in a grade higher than that announced in the vacancy notice, may submit an application for the posted vacancy in accordance with the provision of this Article. If the applicant is successful, the reduction in grade will be concurrent with the appointment to the new position.
Section 8. Maintainer
A Dietary Worker seeking appointment to a Maintainer I, and a part-time Maintainer I seeking a full-time appointment, within or without his/her current work location, shall both be considered a voluntary transfer, and be governed by the terms of Article 10, section 4.
Bargaining unit members promoted into positions determined by the Employer to involve the exercise of supervisory responsibilities may be required to attend and to successfully complete a course of instruction designed to provide employees with the basic introductory skills of supervision. Whenever practicable, training sessions will be scheduled during the 90-day trial period.
Measurement standards for course evaluation shall be determined by the instructor and conveyed to participants at the beginning of the course. The evaluation of the employee by the trainer shall be evidence of the employee's qualification in the supervisory area.
The decision to enroll the employee in a supervisory training program is not grievable.
The University may hire or promote an employee temporarily only under the following conditions. The termination of a temporary employee at the end of their service shall not be considered a layoff and shall if they were not previously employed by the University constitute a complete and final separation from employment. If the employee was previously employed by the University they may be returned to their prior position. A temporary employee or a temporarily promoted employee may not grieve or arbitrate the termination of their temporary employment. Upon written request from the Union a labor-management meeting shall be held to review the status of and prospective circumstances of a temporary position provided that such meeting shall not occur more often then once in each year of the temporary appointment. Temporary promotion and employment shall be limited to the following circumstances:
1) An employee may be hired to fill a vacancy on a temporary basis. Such appointment shall not exceed the end of the fiscal year in which the appointment is made or six (6) months whichever is longer.
2) An employee may be hired to fill a vacancy when an employee is on leave due to illness, injury or any other approved leave. Such position may be filled for the duration of such leave.
3) Employees may be hired for a specific project or a specific need provided the duration of the appointment is announced on the job posting. A term appointment may not to exceed two (2) years.
4) Temporary appointment shall be made under the following conditions:
Appointments determined to be of thirty (30) working days duration or longer shall be advertise on the yellow sheet. In all cases appointments which last more then thirty (30) working days shall be advertised on the yellow sheet.
The employer shall provide the Union with a list of the names, requisition numbers and bargaining unit vs non bargaining unit status of employees hired into vacancies s described on this provision.
In the event of a reduction of personnel, the parties shall endeavor to maintain as near as possible the same percentage of minority and female employees as existed immediately prior thereto, where under-utilization or under representation exists. Subject to this understanding, those employees having least seniority within classification would be considered first for release.
B. Notice to Union
The Union shall be notified of all layoffs in the bargaining not more than twenty-four (24) hours after the employee receives notice.
C. Meeting with Union
Within three (3) working days of management notice to the Union of an impending layoff, management shall meet with the Union and discuss the impact of the layoff on the affected employee(s).
This discussion shall include, but shall not be limited to the following:
1. Availability of similar positions within the University.
2. Availability of training or retraining programs, which may be applicable to the affected employees.
3. In reviewing these placement possibilities, every effort will be made to seek matches of worker skills and qualifications with available comparable positions.
D. Notice to Employee
In the event of an actual layoff, management will notify the affected employees in writing as soon as possible, but not less than fifteen (15) working days in advance of the layoff date and will send a copy of such notice to the Union. Where notices are sent by first class mail, the time shall begin to run one day after the date of the mailing of the notice. Failure by the employer to provide such notice to less than fifty-two (52) week employees shall not result in any payment of monies to those employees.
A. Selection for Layoff
In the event that the CEO shall lay off employees because of a reduction in force, layoff shall be conducted by job classification on the basis of the employee's campus seniority provided the employee retained has the ability to perform the job. In the event of a layoff within a job classification, probationary employees within that job classification shall be laid off first.
In the event an employee is scheduled to be laid off and there exists a vacant position which has been certified for filling in an equal or lower-graded classification, upon timely application by the employee, campus seniority shall prevail in permitting such an employee to fill such position provided the employee has the ability to perform the work in a competent manner.
In the event an employee is scheduled to be laid off, the employee may bump into a position held by the least senior employee at the University in an equal or lower-graded classification for which management has determined the employee meets qualifications. An employee will have ten (10) working days in which to exercise his/her bumping options, following notification to the employee.
Layoffs shall be conducted within each division with all other provisions of this Article applicable. The divisions at shall be as follows:
1. Auxiliary Services
a .Dining Services (includes those listings under Article 10, Section 1.C.3)*
b. Campus Center (includes those listings under Article 10, Section 1.C.3)*
2 University Health Services
3 Physical Plant
4 Parking Services
6 Public Safety
7 Office of Information Technology
9 Distribution Services
10 Environmental Health and Safety
11 Housing Services
12 Other Academic areas.
13 Facilities and Planning
*1a and 1b for purposes of this agreement shall be treated as divisions.
A. The CEO shall maintain a recall roster from which laid off employees will be recalled to positions to be filled in accordance with their seniority within classification.
B. A laid off employee will remain on the recall roster for three (3) years, provided that an employee who is offered recall to a position in the same job classification as the position for which he/she was laid off and who fails to accept such offer within five (5) calendar days or three (3) working days, whichever is greater, shall be removed from the recall list and his/her recall rights and seniority shall terminate at that time. The recalled employee may delay his/her return to work for a period of up to fourteen (14) calendar days except in emergency situations after the date of acceptance of recall.
A. As used in this Article, seniority shall mean all continuous service since the last date of hire at the campus.
B. In computing seniority as defined in this Article, any break in service or any time off the payroll in excess of twenty-eight (28) consecutive days shall be excluded from total seniority except approved military, maternity, industrial accident leave, and a layoff of up to three (3) months.
Those employees, who are subject to periodic layoffs within a calendar year and who have less than a fifty-two (52) week employment commitment, shall enjoy layoff rights at the times indicated in their individual employment contracts in accordance with this Article except that their rights under Section 2C shall be limited to that of bumping other limited term of employment employees. At other times, the layoff provisions of this Article shall apply.
Less than fifty-two (52) week employees shall not be considered laid off during their periods of non-responsibility. They shall receive notice of an upcoming period of non-responsibility as provided in Supplemental Agreement C.
This Article shall not apply to employees paid from institute, grant or contract funds. Such employees shall retain their seniority for three (3) months after their termination for the purpose of applying for vacant positions.
Notwithstanding their position on the seniority list, in the event of a layoff the president and the ten (10) chief stewards of the Union shall continue to be employed at all times, provided they can perform the duties of any available positions
In the determination of selecting unit employees to be laid off in accordance with this Article, management shall make all reasonable efforts to first lay off 03 and similar type employees who normally perform those duties performed by bargaining unit members in classifications affected by the layoff.
The Employer shall investigate the possibility of identifying appropriate work for certain employees who are in a temporary lay-off status. Such work may or may not be within the job specifications of the employees concerned.
Prior to issuing any RFP for consultants or outside vendors, the Employer shall notify the Union. The Labor/Management Committee shall meet within five (5) working days at the Union's request and may discuss alternatives to contracting out.
When contracting out is contemplated which will result in a layoff, but prior to its implementation, there shall be established, at the campus level, a Special Labor/Management Committee. The Committee shall consist of persons designated by the appropriate Union officials and persons designated by Management. Said Committee's review may include, but is not limited to, the cost effectiveness of one system compared to the other (AFSCME unit members vs. outside vendor); the quality of work and the impact on career development. Within a reasonable amount of time the Committee shall develop and recommend alternatives.
The parties shall establish a Special Labor/Management Committee to address general areas of concern relating to the contracting out of services.
Notwithstanding the forgoing in instances in which the Union identifies a vendor performing work that has normally been performed by AFSCME employees the Union may request a copy of the vendor contract or agreement under which the particular work is being preformed and copies of a summary of payment made under that contract or agreement. In addition the, Union may request a meeting with Management concerning the possibility that bargaining unit members might provide the same service at lower cost or greater efficiency. Nothing in this provision shall alter the authority of the employer in this area provided for in Article 3 of this agreement or in any other section of the Contract.
A. When an employee is assigned by his/her supervisor to perform the duties of a position classified in a grade lower than that in which the employee performs his/her duties, he/she will be compensated at his/her regular rate of pay as if performing his/her regular duties.
A. Effective July 1, 2014, or when the Agreement is funded by the Legislature, any employee, clearly directed by his supervisor to perform work in a higher classification for a period of one (1) or more up to fifteen (15) consecutive work days, shall receive, in addition to his or her regular salary, Twelve ($12.00) Dollars per day. If after fifteen (15) consecutive workdays, the employee continues to perform work in a higher classification, said employee shall receive pay at the step determined by the established method of calculating step placement for promotions. Whenever any employee is assigned to any vacant higher rated position, s/he shall complete and transmit to his/her supervisor the form attached. The supervisor shall thereupon complete the applicable portion of the form and transmit the same to the CEO who shall thereupon determine whether the work assignment is or is not out of title work.
B. An employee who is assigned by his/her supervisor to perform overtime work in a higher classification shall receive, in addition to their regular overtime compensation, eight ($8.00) dollars for each consecutive four hours worked. The employee shall complete and transmit to his/her supervisor, the form attached (Appendix C-1). The supervisor shall thereupon complete the applicable portion of the form and transmit the same to the CEO who shall thereupon determine whether the work assignment is or is not out of title work
The Union hereby agrees to permit the following positions to be filled at a special recruitment rate which shall be defined as and restricted to the positions' current grade and at step 6 within that grade.
Physical Plant Utilities
Power Plant - Lead Operator/2nd Class Power Plant Engineer
Power Plant - Operator/3rd Class Power Plant Engineer
Utility Plant Operator Series
Physical Plant Building Maintenance and Housing and Residence Life Controls and Refrigeration System Specialist
When a recruitment rate is utilized and an appointment made at the special recruitment grade and step 6, all employees encumbering the same position shall be reallocated at the time the new appointment is made to a step 6 in the grade to which the new employee is hired.
Section 1. Class Specifications
A. The Employer shall provide the Union with a copy of the class specification of each title covered by this contract for which such a specification exists.
B. Each employee in the bargaining unit shall be permitted by the Employer to have access to examine his or her class specification.
C. The parties to this Agreement acknowledge that the classification structure and the accompanying job specifications have been created by the Commonwealth through its Department of Human Resources for the purpose of describing the duties and responsibilities of each job title.
The parties agree that any appeal pertaining to reclassification or reallocation shall continue to be governed by the provisions of Section 49 of Chapter 30 of the Massachusetts General Laws and shall not be subject to the grievance and arbitration procedure herein.
An employee in a "trust-funded" position who seeks a reclassification shall adhere to the following procedure:
1. An employee in a "trust funded" position who seeks a reclassification of that position may request an audit of the position on the form attached hereto.
2. The employee shall file said form with the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources or designee and shall forward a copy of same to the Union.
3. The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources or designee shall conduct a job audit within 90 calendar days of receipt of the request.
4. Within ten working days of completion of the job audit, the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources or designees shall hold a hearing. In the case of a request for an individual reclassification, the hearing officer shall not be in the supervisory chain of the employee seeking the reclassification. The Union may participate in the hearing if the employee so requests.
5. The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources or designee shall make a final determination within 30 calendar days of the hearing.
6. The decision of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources or designee may be appealed within 10 calendar days to the CEO or designee who shall issue a decision within 30 calendar days of receipt of the appeal.
7. The decision of the CEO or designee may be appealed within ten (10) calendar days to the University President or designee who shall issue a decision within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt of the appeal.
8. When such reclassification request is granted, the moneys necessary to fund such reclassification shall be budgeted for the following fiscal year, and if funds are available such reclassification shall be effective at the beginning of the payroll week next following the date of the appeal to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources or designee.
9. The above procedures shall also govern requests for class reallocations of "trust funded" positions.
10. The parties agree that the procedure herein provided shall be the sole procedure for reclassification and reallocation of "trust funded" positions and the grievance and arbitration procedures of Article 29 shall not apply.
Class reallocations may be requested by the Union whenever it believes a reallocation is justified by the existence of an inequitable relationship between the positions covered by the reallocation requests and other positions covered by this Agreement. If the Employer agrees that such an inequity exists, the Employer and the Union agree to jointly petition the General Court for such reallocation. If, however, the parties are unable to reach agreement, the matter shall not be subject to the grievance procedure.
The Employer and the Union agree that the procedure provided in Section 1 shall be the sole procedure for class reallocation for all classes covered by this Agreement and no other class reallocations shall be granted.
Effective July 1, 2001, the positions of Electrician, Grade 14, shall be upgraded to Grade 15, and the positions of Steam Fireman I, Grade 13, shall be upgraded to Grade 15, and the positions of Steam Fireman II, Grade 15, shall be upgraded to Grade 17.
Section 1 Tuition Remission
1. Full-time Employees Eligibility:
A. All full-time employees of a public college or university who have completed at least six (6) months of service as of the date of enrollment shall be eligible for system-wide tuition remission benefits. Employees on paid leave of absence or industrial accident leave remain eligible during the period of any such leave. Employees on unpaid leave shall remain eligible for a maximum of one calendar year. Retired or former employees shall not be eligible; however, the spouse and dependent children of retired, former, or deceased employees may retain eligibility under certain conditions (see c, d, and e below).
B. The spouse and dependent child or children of any eligible employee shall also be eligible for system-wide tuition remission benefits. A "dependent child" shall mean any natural, adopted or step child who is claimed as a dependent on the eligible employee's Federal Tax Return for the tax year immediately preceding enrollment.
C. No employee's child beyond the age of twenty five (25) shall be eligible for tuition remission; provided, however, that in exceptional circumstances and for good reason the President of the public college or university granting the tuition remission may waive this age limitation for an employee's child who continues to meet the IRS standards of dependency.
D. If an eligible employee retires while a child or spouse is enrolled in a program of study or degree program, the child or spouse may complete such program with tuition remission, provided that enrollment is continuous.
E. If an eligible employee who has completed at least five (5) years of full-time equivalent service dies, the surviving spouse and children shall be eligible to enter
and/or complete one full program with tuition remission. The term "program" as used in this Section d and the above Section c shall include, but not be limited to, any program of study begun at a Community College and continued without interruption through the bachelor's degree at a State College or University.
F. If an eligible employee leaves the employment of public higher education under conditions other than those described in c and d above while a spouse or child is enrolled in a course/program, the spouse or child may complete the semester already begun. At the end of the semester his/her eligibility for tuition remission terminates.
Tuition remission shall be provided to eligible employees, their spouse and dependent children as follows:
A. For enrollment in any State-supported course or program at the undergraduate or graduate level at any Community College, State College or University, excluding the M.D. Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, full tuition remission shall apply.
B. For enrollment in any non-State-supported course or program offered through Continuing education, including any community service course or program at any Community College, State College, or University, fifty percent (50%) tuition remission shall apply.
C. Tuition remission shall apply to non-credit as well as credit bearing courses.
A. Employees (or their spouse or dependent children) receiving tuition remission are responsible for the payment of all other educational costs, including fees (application, laboratory, etc.), books, and supplies.
B. Employees (or their spouse or dependent children) must apply for admission and meet all admissions standards for the desired course/program.
C. Admission to all courses/programs in continuing education is on a space available basis. Further, each local campus administration reserves the right to cancel any continuing education course in which a minimum number of full tuition-paying students, as determined by the administration, has not enrolled.
D. Tuition remission benefits are non-transferable.
4. Certification Process
To qualify for tuition remission, an employee must take the following steps:
A. Apply for, and be admitted to, the desired course/program.
B. Complete a "Certificate of Eligibility for System-wide Tuition Remission" (Appendix E) and have it signed by his/her Department Head or Supervisor and by the Chief Personnel Officer of the college or university at which he/she is employed. If the tuition remission is to be used by the employee's spouse or dependent child, the name and relationship of this individual should be indicated on the certificate. The certificate should be completed as far in advance of the date of enrollment as possible.
C. Submit the completed Certificate of Eligibility with his/her tuition bill to the college or university at which he/she plans to enroll. The employee (or his/her spouse or dependent children) must remit payment at the same time for costs not covered by tuition remission.
D. It is the responsibility of the employee to insure that the Certificate of Eligibility is approved in a timely fashion. Retroactive tuition rebates will not be made except in unusual circumstances beyond the control of the employee.
5. Continuation of Existing Benefits
The implementation of this policy shall not limit or preclude any tuition remission benefits currently enjoyed by higher education employees under the terms of applicable collective bargaining agreements or personnel policies.
6. Interpretation of this Policy
The Chancellor or his designee shall have the sole authority to resolve any dispute
concerning the interpretation and application of this policy. The Chancellor may amend or modify this policy from time to time as he deems appropriate and necessary. No dispute or claim of benefits arising from this policy shall be the subject of a grievance or arbitration procedure.
B. Part-time Employees
A. All part-time employees who are members of a collective bargaining unit, who are paid from the 01 or 02 Subsidiary Account, and who have completed at least six months of full-time equivalent service as of the date of enrollment, shall be eligible for system-wide tuition remission benefits. No other part-time employees shall be eligible for system-wide tuition remission.
B. The spouse and dependent child or children of any eligible part-time employee shall also be eligible for system-wide tuition benefits. The age limitation and IRS dependency standards set forth in the Regent's System-wide Tuition Remission Policy shall apply to children of eligible part-time employees.
Tuition remission shall be provided to eligible part-time employees, their spouse and dependent children as follows:
A. For enrollment in any State-supported course or program at the undergraduate or graduate level at any Community College, State College, or University, excluding the M.D. program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, fifty percent (50%) tuition remission shall apply.
B. For enrollment in any non-State course or program offered through continuing education, Including any community service course or program, at any Community College, State College, or University, twenty-five percent (25%) tuition remission shall apply.
C. Tuition remission shall apply to non-credit as well as credit-bearing courses. In all other respects, the provisions of the Regent's System-wide Tuition Remission Policy shall be applicable to eligible part-time employees.
Section 2 University Tuition Waiver
Employees, Spouses, Domestic Partners and Dependent Children
A. All classified employees of the University are eligible for tuition waivers. Classified employees of the University shall be defined as those individuals who are state, trust, or grant-funded employees receiving University benefits and salary through the regular University of Massachusetts payroll.
B. Employees on sabbatical leave, professional staff leave or leave of absence without pay are employees and should be considered eligible. Employees on disability or sick leave are employees and should be considered eligible. Any individual who has ceased employment and is on insurance--?covered disability should not be considered eligible. Retirees are not eligible.
C. A spouse, domestic partner, and/or dependent children of full-time employees shall be eligible for tuition waivers, except that no employee's dependent child beyond the age of twenty five (25) shall be eligible for tuition remission benefits; provided, however, that the President of the University may, in exceptional circumstances and for good reason, waive this age requirement for individual students who, although beyond the age of twenty five (25), nonetheless meet the tests of dependency established by the Internal Revenue Service. Further, tuition remission benefits shall be of no application to any student enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in courses leading to the M.D. degree.
D. An employee's length of service should not affect the eligibility of his or her spouse, domestic partner or dependent children, with the following exceptions:
If an employee leaves the employment of the University while a spouse, domestic partner or child is enrolled in a program of study, the spouse, domestic partner or child may complete the semester course already begun. At the end of the semester his/her eligibility ceases.
If an employee who has completed at least five years of full-time service (or equivalent, as determined by the campus), dies, his/her spouse, domestic partner or dependent child shall remain eligible for the program of study or degree program in which they are enrolled, and any spouse, domestic partner or dependent child not currently enrolled in a program of study or degree program at the University shall be eligible for one such program of study or degree program. This five year length of service requirement does not apply to full-time faculty members or librarians except for those in the rank of lecturer or instructor.
In the case of a spouse, domestic partner or dependent child of an employee of the University who retires, such spouse, domestic partner or dependent child who has begun a program of study prior to the official retirement date may complete his or her program providing the program of study is continuous.
The benefits herein apply only to employees who are specified and are non-transferable.
A. The tuition waivers herein apply to all existing undergraduate and graduate programs at the University, with the exception of Continuing Education Programs.
B. Tuition waivers do not cover such fees as lab and application fees. The waiver of related fees is at the discretion of the campus according to existing campus guidelines for all students.
3. Application and Administration
A. Admission shall be governed by campus admission policies; spouses, domestic partners and dependent children shall meet all admission criteria to enroll and shall meet campus program standards and requirements to continue.
B. The request for tuition waiver must be approved by an employee's Department Head or Supervisor and the appropriate Admission's Office (employees with a Baccalaureate degree must register through the Graduate School). An application for admission must be processed through the appropriate admissions office prior to registration.
C. Waivers shall be granted on a semester-to-semester basis. Waivers shall be granted in the case of a spouse, domestic partner or dependent child only after the spouse, domestic partner or dependent child has met admission criteria, been admitted, and been billed for the courses for which he or she has enrolled.
5. Specific Benefits and Procedures
A. Full-time employees who enroll in one or more courses may be granted complete tuition waivers for each course. For employees employed on at least half-time basis but less than Full-time, no more than seven tuition-free credits may be approved for any one semester or summer. Employees employed less than one-half time are not eligible for tuition waivers.
B. An employee shall be allowed to take one (1) job related course per semester during said employee's regular hours of work. The determination of whether a course is job related shall be made by the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources or designee.
C. An employee may be allowed to take one (1) course per semester during said employee's regular hours of work. As a consequence of taking a course during regular work hours, an employee's tour of duty shall be adjusted so that in addition to the time during which an employee is released to take such course, said employee will be scheduled for a complete tour of duty. In calculating the tour of duty under such circumstances an employee must take a minimum of fifteen (15) minutes as a regular meal break and must include sufficient time, as determined by the University Personnel Officer, to travel to and from the work area to the class location.
6. Implementation of Tuition Waiver Policy
The Chancellor of each campus, who will retain the authority for implementing this policy and for the ongoing collection of adequate data concerning distribution of tuition waivers, may delegate this authority to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. In addition, the Office of the President shall assume lead responsibility for establishing a timetable for policy implementation.
Section 3 University Fee Waiver Policy for Employees, Spouses, Domestic Partners and Dependents
University Fee Waiver for Employees
A. Eligibility: All employees receiving a University Tuition Waiver as per Article 23.2 shall automatically receive the University Fee Waiver.
B. Coverage: The full (100%) curriculum/operating fee and fifty percent (50%) of the costs of Continuing Education courses are waived for all eligible employees, for both undergraduate and graduate courses. Fee waivers do not cover such fees as lab and application fees.
A. This policy shall take effect at the beginning of the fall semester, 2015.
B. The contractual benefit as per Article 26 of the AFSCME collective bargaining agreement for July 1, 2012-June 30, 2014 shall be in effect until this new policy takes effect.
University Fee Waiver for Employees' Spouses, Domestic Partners and Dependent Children
1. Eligibility: All employees' spouses, domestic partners, and dependents are eligible for a University Tuition Waiver as per Article 26 shall automatically receive the University Fee Waiver, with the following exceptions:
a) An employee's spouse, domestic partner, and/or dependent children shall be eligible for fee waivers in the semester following the employee's completion of Two (2) years of full-time equivalent benefitted service (e.g. 4 years at 50% time) at any of the UMass campuses or UMass System Office.
b) Dependents and spouses of benefitted employees on unpaid leave, other than Military Leave, Workers' Compensation and FMLA, are not eligible for this benefit.
2. Coverage: Fifty percent (50%) of the curriculum/operating fee for undergraduate courses and fifty percent (50%) of the costs of Continuing Education courses are waived. Fee waivers do not cover such fees as lab and application fees.
3. Effective Date
A. This policy shall take effect at the beginning of the fall semester, 2015.
B. The contractual benefit as per Article 26 of the AFSCME collective bargaining agreement for July 1, 2012-June 30, 2014 shall be in effect until this new policy takes effect.
4. If the benefit per the AFSCME collective bargaining agreement of 2012--2014 which provides for a tuition waiver and fee freeze for spouses, domestic partners and dependents enrolled in graduate courses is maintained for any UMass bargaining unit, both parties agree that this section of the contract shall be reopened upon either party's request.
Section 4 Tuition Retention
If UMass and the Commonwealth reach agreement on a tuition retention plan whereby UMass retains in-state tuition, the parties will renegotiate terms in a System-wide multi-union labor--management committee with all unions which choose to participate; such terms shall not be less favorable to bargaining unit
members than under this current agreement. Such negotiations shall begin within sixty (60) days of UMass and the Commonwealth's agreement on a tuition retention plan, and the tuition/fee waiver policy adopted here shall remain in place until the parties to the labor-management committee reach agreement on
new terms, which shall provide a benefit not less valuable to bargaining unit members than this plan.
Section 5. Labor/Management Workplace Education Program
A. The Employer and the Union recognize that the development of employee basic skills is linked to customer service, employee advancement and employee retention.
B. The success of the Labor/Management Workplace Education Program (LMWEP) of the Training and Development Unit is a testament to the commitment of both the University and AFSCME to qualify employee basic skills services. Since 1987 both the University and the Union have committed considerable good will, time and resources to this award winning joint effort.
C. By supporting and continuing LMWEP the Employer and the Union recognize the critical importance of maintaining on-going opportunities for employees to improve such workplace basic skills as writing, reading, math, English, communication, diversity and leadership. More, both employer and union affirm the worth of working together on this collaborative, joint labor/management effort. Investment in human resources is a priority for both Employer and Union.
D. It is therefore agreed that LMWEP shall be managed and operated under the following provisions:
1. Employees of LMWEP shall be University employees within the Division of Human Resources. The program of LMWEP shall reflect the subject areas noted in subsection C above. The goal of LMWEP shall be to provide effective services to the largest possible number of employees in the most cost efficient manner.
2. During the life of this agreement the parties shall investigate and develop a trust fund to provide support to this program. When this trust fund is developed, the LMWEP program shall be overseen by a joint-labor management committee consisting of five (5) members nominated by the University and five (5) members nominated by the exclusive representatives of the certified bargaining units on the Amherst campus. All actions of this joint labor-management committee shall be by majority vote. In the event of a tie, the parties may agree upon an additional member who shall serve as a tie breaker. The trust fund, when established, shall consist of all funds appropriated for purposes of supporting the LMWEP which are not provided through the campus base budget process. Moreover, there may be constituted an advisory committee consisting of an equal number of members nominated by the Employer and exclusive representatives of the certified bargaining units on the Amherst
3. A committee is not to exceed sixteen (16) members which shall advise the director of the program and the trustees of the LMWEP fund on the program provided by LMWEP.
4. During the life of this contract, any funds appropriated and received for support for LMWEP prior to establishment of a trust fund shall be used for that purpose and expended through the University budget process.
5. Following establishment of a trust or other separate fund, any funds appropriated by the General Court of the Commonwealth for the purposes of supporting LMWEP shall be placed in a separate fund denominated for that purpose. The University and the exclusive representatives of the certified bargaining units on the Amherst Campus shall continue to explore approaches and methods for providing ongoing support for LMWEP.
6. It is the goal, of the parties, that during the life of this agreement, they will develop a trust fund agreement and seek establishment of the trust fund funding for the trust in the next collective bargaining agreement following this, for an amount of money for each employee for each week, which shall be placed in the LMWEP Trust Fund to support the activities of that program on an ongoing basis.
Section 6. Training and Career Ladders
A. The Employer and the Union recognize the importance of training programs, the development of career ladders and of equitable employment opportunity structures and seek here to establish a process for generating such program recommendations and their implementation.
B. Toward these ends the Employer and the Union agree to establish a Training and Career Ladders Committee consisting of three (3) persons appointed by the Union and three (3) persons appointed by the Employer. Such committee shall function continuously throughout the life of this Agreement. The committee shall meet within sixty (60) days to draw up rules and regulations. The committee shall determine the content and priority of training and/or retraining programs and the criteria for selection of participants.
C. Career Ladder Training Fund
The Employer agrees to contribute Thirty-Five Dollars ($35.00) per fiscal year, effective July 1, 2001, for each full-time equivalent employee to establish a Career Ladder Training Fund to be available for all members of the unit. The parties recognize the need to provide members of the bargaining unit with opportunities to advance to more responsible positions within the bargaining unit. Such funds may be utilized for unit members to pay for individual educational and training programs in order to improve working skills and knowledge beyond the normal requirements for the position presently held by such employee. Trust funded employees shall be fully eligible for participation in all training programs.
A program must be given advanced approval and certified by the Career Ladder Training committee. Such committee will develop guidelines to review proposed programs and internal committee procedures during the initial year of this agreement.
These funds may not be used to enhance salary rates or as a salary bonus. In addition to the programs above, a bargaining unit member may request reimbursement from or expenditure of such funds for any educational or training purpose, including, but not limited to travel, supplies, and equipment. The Employer will hold title to any materials and equipment purchased in whole or in part with such funds. All requests must indicate the specific purpose for the expenditure and no payment shall be made without all documentation required by University policies and procedures. Preference in such training will be given to programs, which benefit the University's implementation of new administrative systems.
Any funds not expended prior to January 1, 2004 shall be placed into a Career Ladder Training account to be expended on programs, training seminars, and other such services as agreed upon by the labor-management committee for bargaining unit members.
The parties agree that this provision in Section C shall be suspended for the duration of this agreement and acknowledge that the University shall have no obligation to seek funding under this agreement for the purposes of this section.
The University will adjust the fund for the duration of this contract (July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2008) exclusively by Ten Thousand ($10,000.00) Dollars effective July 8, 2007.*
* Effective thirty (30) days after the legislature, for Fiscal Year 2007, approves the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Campus shall make available to the Training and Career Ladders Committee a sum of money equivalent to 0.5% percent of the state funded payroll of employees in this bargaining unit. These funds shall be expended not later than June 30, 2008. The parties understand this is a one (1) time provision of funds and will not be included in subsequent collective bargaining agreements unless agreed to by the parties in those subsequent negotiations.
C. The Union is hereby provided additional monies in the amount of Forty-Eight Thousand Nine Hundred Ninety Dollars and Fifty Cents ($48,990.50) to be used for training and development pursuant to and determined by existing contract
The Employer shall comply with any and every applicable statute, federal and state, and with any such rules and regulations as may be promulgated there under, that govern the conditions of health and safety in the place of work of its employees. The Employer may promulgate and enforce any such rules and regulations as it may deem appropriate from time to time to provide for the safety of its employees and to ensure compliance with any such statute or with the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.
Prior to the promulgation of any such rules and regulations by the Employer the CEO shall consult with representatives of the Union regarding such rules and regulations and their enforcement; provided however, consultation shall not be required in respect of such rules and regulations in force at any Campus on the date of this Agreement.
All work related injuries shall be reported to the appropriate administrator immediately upon their occurrence or when the employee has knowledge of such injuries in accordance with the procedures in effect at the University. When an employee is injured while at work, the Employer shall complete and process the standard form for Employer's first report of injury within two (2) days from the filing of said report with a copy to the employee.
Grievances involving the interpretation or application of the provisions of this Article not resolved at Step 3 of the Grievance procedures set forth in Article 29 of this Agreement may be referred to a three (3) member review committee within seven (7) days of receipt of the Step 3 decision. Said committee shall be comprised of the Director of Environmental Health and Safety or equivalent, one union-designated representative and one management-designated representative to review and make recommendations to the Chancellor. The committee shall meet within fifteen (15) working days of said referral and shall make recommendations within ten (10) working days of the meeting. Time limits may be extended by mutual agreement of the parties.
There shall be established a committee to be known as the Union/Management Safety Committee. Such Committee shall be composed of twelve (12) members, six (6) representing the Employer and six (6) representing the Union. Such Committee may reduce their number by mutual agreement. The purpose of the Committee shall be to promote a safe, clean and wholesome environment, the development of safety programs and procedures and shall focus attention on any injuries, which have resulted and would serve to alter or revise any such programs or procedures. There shall be at least four (4) meetings of the Committee each year. Additional meetings shall be arranged at the request of either party.
Any health and safety issue which cannot be resolved by the local level Safety Committees may be referred by mutual agreement of both parties to the University Level Labor/Management Committee for discussion.
Where uniforms, protective clothing, safety shoes, safety glasses or any type of protective device are necessary and required in the performance of an employee's duties, or where employee's clothing is subject to excessive wear and tear because of chemicals, abrasives, pollutants, etc., and need to be frequently replaced, such uniforms, protective clothing or any type of protective device will be provided by the Employer.
A. Employees shall have a First Aid kit available in their work area.
B. No employee shall be required to lift unreasonable weights without adequate assistance.
C. No employee shall be required to operate defective equipment.
D. Where it is currently the practice, at least two employees shall be assigned when working underground, in tunnels, in crawl spaces, in hazardous areas where steam, sewage, electrical, or other systems exist, in trenches with a depth of five or more feet, or when working more than ten feet above the floor or the ground. For other institutions, appropriate precautions (i.e. additional staffing, close supervision, etc.) will be taken to ensure the safety of employees working in these hazardous areas.
E. No employee shall be assigned to work from ladders, staging, or rigging unless such equipment meets all safety regulations.
F. The provisions of all applicable rules, standards, regulations and codes promulgated under the provision of the General Laws shall apply to all apparatus, materials, equipment and structures, their installation, maintenance and operation within this University. The Employer and the Union shall endeavor to conform to such rules, standards, regulations, and codes.
G. Employees shall notify the appropriate office of the University (i.e. Office of Employee/Labor Relations or the Physical Plant Division) prior to notifying any administrative agency of the Commonwealth of any condition or situation concerning work orders, or work performed requiring a license, a certificate of competency, certificate of registration, or a permit.
H. Employees shall not work in areas, known by management, where toxic or radioactive materials are present unless they are made aware of the hazards. All such hazards shall be posted and identified.
I. The Employer agrees to take positive action to eliminate pets and stray animals on campus and the problems arising from the keeping of pets.
K. Employees shall not be assigned excessive or unreasonable workloads.
L. All work shall be performed under safe and sanitary conditions; provided, however, the workforce may be used to correct an unsafe or unsanitary condition.
M. The Employer shall endeavor to keep each women's restroom equipped with a sanitary napkin dispensing machine which shall be kept supplied and in working order.
N. Those institutions that currently provide a cot suitably equipped and a chair and/or furnish adequate rest area facilities for the use of employees shall continue to do so. The issue of providing an adequate rest area will be a permanent agenda item for the Campus Safety Committee established by the terms of Article 26.
O. The Employer shall supply chemicals to eliminate nauseous odors.
P. The first aid area shall be equipped with a cot and necessary first aid supplies.
R. Power tools and saws shall be sharpened by competent individuals.
S. An occupational health and safety program is available to employees for emergency care.
T. The Employer shall comply with the rules and regulations of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which apply to the University. The Employer agrees to endeavor to arrange for transportation to a medical facility for any employee requiring medical treatment. When an employee is separated from the payroll because he/she has exhausted his/her sick leave, the Employer shall furnish the necessary forms for requesting group insurance coverage on a current premium basis.
U. No employee shall be assigned to work in areas where heavy moving machinery, high voltage current, or nauseous gases are present unless he/she is accompanied by one or more other employees.
V. Except at campuses where it is currently the practice of the custodial force to wash windows on the outside of buildings where it is necessary to use extension ladders, safety belts, boatswain chairs, staging, and power lifts, no member of the custodial force shall be required to perform such tasks using said equipment.
W. Any grievance which cites an alleged violation of Article 26 and which remains unresolved following the Step 2 decision may be referred to the campus Department of Environmental Health and Safety for an evaluation and recommendation in writing prior to proceeding to Step 3.
X. With all reasonable speed, areas found to contain friable asbestos-containing materials shall be posted, and all reports of suspected areas of asbestos hazard shall be promptly investigated.
Y. The issue of asbestos generally will be a permanent agenda item for the Campus Safety Committee established by the terms of this Article 26. The Committee shall periodically review standards for adequacy with respect to current research and recommend additions to the standards where shown to be necessary.
A. In order to promote and establish a safe environment within the workplace the parties hereto agree that health and safety issues relative to VDT's shall be an appropriate item for discussion by the labor/management committee as established in Article 32.
B. VDT operators shall not be required to perform continuous duties at the work screen for periods in excess of two (2) hours at a time. For each consecutive two (2) hour period worked at his/her station, the employee shall be entitled to be away from the screen for a contiguous period of fifteen (15) minutes. Such fifteen (15) minute period may consist of an alternative job assignment or any break or lunch period otherwise authorized by this Agreement.
C. The CEO/designee shall make reasonable efforts to reduce Repetitive Strain Injuries within the institution.
D. Pregnant employees who work on VDT systems may request temporary reassignment within their job description or a comparable position, and be reassigned within two weeks of notification for the duration of the pregnancy. Such work assignment shall be determined by the CEO. This request must be in writing to the CEO with verification from the employee's physician.
Employees who are required to wear safety shoes by Management shall be supplied with such shoes. The safety shoes supplied shall comply with all applicable regulations. A joint labor-management committee shall be established consisting of three representatives of each party to assess which jobs require safety shoes. The decision of management as to who wears safety shoes shall be final and is not subject to the grievance and arbitration provision of this Agreement.
A. Employees, hired from outside the bargaining unit into the positions below, must be certified as food handlers by the end of their six (6) month probationary period through a recognized program approved by the University of Massachusetts (i.e. ServSafe).
Baker I and Baker II
Culinary Worker, U of M
Cook I, II and III
Assistant Snack Bar Manager
Snack Bar Manager
Dining Hall Supervisor
Storekeeper II and Storekeeper III (Aux. Services only)
B. If an employee, who is hired from outside the bargaining unit into the positions above, fails his/her first attempt to pass the exam, they shall be offered one (1) retake of the exam within three (3) months of their original exam date. If an employee, who is hired from outside the bargaining unit into the positions above, then fails the retake exam they shall be terminated immediately upon notification of their second test results. Employees, in the above titles, must be recertified as food handlers through a recognized program approved by the University of Massachusetts (i.e. ServSafe) as required by the certification program before their current certification expires (ServSafe is every five (5) years). Should one (1) of these individuals fail his/her first to pass the exam to become recertified, they shall be offered one (1) retake of the exam within three (3) months of their original exam date. After failing their first attempt at becoming recertified, they may not be promoted to any position which requires individuals to be certified as food handlers through a recognized program approved by the University of Massachusetts (i.e. ServSafe) until they do have a valid certification through a recognized program approved by the University of Massachusetts (i.e. ServSafe). If these individuals then fail the retake exam, they shall be demoted immediately upon notification of their test results to Dietary Worker I.
C. Employees of the titles below are not required to be certified as food handlers through a recognized program approved by the University of Massachusetts (i.e. ServSafe), but may pursue the exam if they want to:
Dietary Worker I
Head Dishroom Attendant
D. Current employees, in the above three (3) titles, may be promoted to a position in Section 1 without initially being certified as food handlers through a recognized program approved by the University of Massachusetts (i.e. ServSafe), but must be certified as food handlers by the end of their six (6) month probationary period through a recognized program approved by the University of Massachusetts (i.e. ServSafe). Should one (1) of these individuals fail his/her first attempt to pass the exam to become certified, they shall be offered one (1) retake of the exam within three (3) months of their original exam date. If these individuals then fail the retake exam, they shall be demoted immediately upon notification if their test results to Dietary Worker I.
E. Any bargaining unit employees, who are not certified as food handlers through a recognized program approved by the University of Massachusetts (i.e. ServSafe) and are in a title in Section 1 above at the time of execution of the this Agreement, must be certified as food handlers through a recognized program approved by the University of Massachusetts (i.e. ServSafe) within six (6) months of the execution of this Agreement. Should one (1) of these individuals fail his/her first attempt to pass the exam to become certified, they shall be offered one (1) retake of the exam within three (3) months of their original exam date. If these individuals then fail the retake exam, they shall be demoted immediately upon notification of their test results to Dietary Worker I.
F. If an employee fails his/her first attempt to pass the exam there will be a meeting held prior to taking the retake exam to discuss to the score analysis sheet and clarify what sections of the exam the individual needs to further study to pass the retake exam.
G. The Union shall be informed in writing of a failing status of any individual's first and second attempt to pass the exam.
H. The Employer shall pay for the first certification test, as well as for one (1) subsequent test if necessary. Any other tests will be the financial responsibility of the employee.
I. Missing a test for any reason shall be considered a failed test, unless satisfactory medical documentation is provided.
J. Courses/tests will be offered in December and during March.
New employees hired into the bargaining unit shall be considered as probationary employees for the first six (6) months of their continuous employment.
The purpose of the new hire probationary period is to provide for the evaluation of an employee over a period of six (6) months. Should that period be interrupted to a significant degree, the new hire probationary period shall be extended to compensate for that absence.
At the completion of the first three (3) months and within one (1) month prior to the completion of such probationary period, each probationary employee shall be evaluated by his/her supervisor. Such evaluation shall be recorded in writing by the supervisor. The supervisor shall also indicate his/her recommendation for the retention or termination of such employee. Such employee shall receive a written copy of the supervisor's evaluation and recommendation and shall, upon written request submitted within seven (7) days of receipt, be entitled to meet with the supervisor to discuss the evaluation and recommendation prior to their transmittal to the CEO.
During the new hire probationary period, an employee may be disciplined or terminated without recourse to the grievance and arbitration procedures provided herein, except discipline or discharge for lawful and protected union activity.
An employee whose employment is severed with the University must serve an additional probationary period upon re-employment, whether in the same or a different job title.
During the Probationary Period an employee may not laterally transfer or seek lateral appointment. Nothing contained in this section shall deny an employee the right to a promotion pursuant to Article 19.
A. The parties agree that corrective and disciplinary action, when imposed, shall be implemented in progressive stages from minor to severe. Such action is intended to be from a less severe to more severe corrective action in order to bring about the necessary change in work habits. An employee having successfully completed the required probationary period shall not be discharged, suspended or demoted or given a written reprimand (the parties have agreed to exclude oral reprimands from the purview of just cause review) for disciplinary reasons without just cause.
B. The provisions of this Article shall not be applied in an arbitrary or capricious manner. However, in some circumstances, actions or omissions, which have resulted or will result in harm to the institution, academic community, or members thereof, may require imposition of severe sanctions in the first instance.
C. Progressive disciplinary actions may include, but are not limited to oral reprimand, oral reprimand with notation to the personnel file, written reprimand, suspension with pay, suspension without pay, demotion, and discharge
Just cause may include, but shall not be limited to the following with each discipline being treated on a case by case basis:
A. Willful neglect or non-performance of one or more assigned duties;
B. Demonstrated incompetence in the performance of one or more assigned duties;
C. Behavior that seriously interferes with the normal operation of the institution, the department or any members of the workforce;
E. Dishonesty in the performance of assigned duties;
F. Chronic absenteeism or tardiness without reasonable excuse;
G. Unauthorized possession or use of alcohol or an unprescribed controlled substance during any period of assigned work;
H. Institutional theft.
I. Permitting another to use one's University identification, or using another person's identification or altering a University identification care (not UCard);
J. Threatening and intimidating or bullying an employee(s) or a supervisor.
When terminating a unit member, the CEO shall inform the member in writing with the reasons therefore.
The Union shall receive a concurrent notice of all disciplinary charges, hearings and decisions.
When an investigation may lead to the discipline of an employee, the supervisor shall advise the employee that he or she may be accompanied by a Union representative.
The University recognizes its responsibility to seek all measures considered necessary to ensure the safe and efficient operations of its facilities and vehicles. This responsibility, which demands comprehensive safety measures, extends not only to the protection of the well-being of our employees and facilities, but in particular, to the community we serve as well as the general public. Our commitment to the protection of our students, employees, operations and the public is evidenced by the implementation of programs and procedures which ensures compliance with appropriate safety measures and all applicable laws and regulations, including but not limited to the Drug-Free Workplace Act.
As a matter of law and general practice, the University has the responsibility to implement reasonable work rules governing the conduct of employees on University property or off University property while engaged in University business. The unlawful manufacture, dispension, distribution or unauthorized use of or possession of alcohol, drug and controlled or illegal substances or the paraphernalia associated with its use on University premises, including parking areas, or outside University premises on University business is absolutely prohibited. Because of the growing concerns of alcohol and drugs in the workplace, and their potential impact with respect to the safe and efficient operation of our facilities, vehicles and equipment, the following represents the University's NON DOT Alcohol and Controlled Substances Abuse Policy.
Goals and Objectives
In accordance with the above, the University of Massachusetts Amherst's NON DOT Alcohol and Drug Testing/Screening Program employs five (5) principles as a means to achieve the goals of providing public safety, a workplace free from the effects of alcohol and drug use, and to ensure the fair treatment of employees.
The first principle is a commitment by the University and the Union to fairness in testing, free from undocumented and unsubstantiated instances of ordering an employee to be tested, and free from harassment by any supervisor. While only a supervisor can order testing, the parties recognize that all employees have a duty/responsibility to report suspicious abuse of alcohol and/or controlled substances. Where there is a complaint that a supervisor has harassed an employee(s) through the ordering of tests, said supervisor may be subject to investigation and possible disciplinary action.
The second principle emphasizes deterrence from the effects of drug use. As such, the University will make education and training available for all employees regarding the effects of substance abuse on individuals and on the workplace. Supervisors and managers will receive specialized training in detection, early intervention and enforcement. The Union may select up to three (3) representatives per session to voluntarily attend this specialized training, at the Union's expense, depending on space availability.
The third principle is detection. The University will employ alcohol and drug testing in post-incident situations and testing based on reasonable suspicion. All testing will be done by a laboratory certified under the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (FDHHS) Mandatory Guidelines for federal workplace alcohol and drug testing programs.
The fourth principle is treatment and rehabilitation. The University supports rehabilitation for those employees whose job is in jeopardy yet who sincerely desire rehabilitation services. All employees are encouraged to receive help for alcohol and drug problems through participation in a recognized, certified rehabilitation program.
The fifth principle is enforcement, which is essential if deterrence, rehabilitation and detection are to be successful. All employees must be fit for duty, as defined within this program. As required by the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, this NON DOT Alcohol and Drug Testing/Screening Program proactively notifies all employees that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession and/or use of a controlled substance is strictly prohibited at all times, on institution property, and in the conduct of institutional business.
Employees found to be in violation of any of the provisions contained in this NON DOT Alcohol and Drug Testing/Screening Program shall be subject to discipline in accordance with the disciplinary authority set forth in this Agreement.
Alcohol: The intoxicating agent in beverage alcohol, ethyl alcohol, methyl, or isopropyl alcohol.
Alcohol Concentration: Also called alcohol content.
Breath(alyzer) Alcohol Technician (BAT): An individual who instructs and assists individuals in the alcohol testing process.
Confirmation Test: In alcohol testing, a second test with a result of 0.02 or greater that provides a quantitative measurement of alcohol concentration.
Controlled Substances: In this policy, the terms drugs and controlled substances are interchangeable and have the same meaning. Unless otherwise provided, in accordance with MGL Chapter 94C, all drugs will consist of determinations of the presence of five (5) drugs, classes of drugs, or their metabolites: marijuana metabolites, cocaine metabolites, opiate metabolites, phencyclidine (PCP), and amphetamines. In the course of testing, other drugs or their metabolites, as found in MGL Chapter 94C, may be tested for if particular use is suspected. Such other drugs or their metabolites include, but need not be limited to: lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), methaqualone, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines.
Designated Employer Representative: Usually the Human Resources Manager/Coordinator for the area or the employee so designated to administer or oversee the process in a specific area/department of the University.
FSAP/EAP (Faculty Staff/Employee Assistance Program): Programs available on campus or in the adjacent area to assist an employee among with, other counseling services, addressing alcohol and/or drug related issues either prescribed or recommended by an MRO, SAP or both. An employee may access such services on their own initiative without having tested positive for with alcohol or controlled substances. The University's FSAP office is located in the University Health Services Building, Ground Floor. Any other information and/or resources may be obtained from your Department's Human Resources Representative.
Medical Review Officer (MRO): A licensed physician (MD or OD) responsible for interpreting lab results from the Alcohol and Drug Testing/Screening Program. The MRO has knowledge of substance abuse disorders and can interpret and evaluate an individual's confirmed positive drug test results together with his/her relevant biomedical information. The MRO performs the following: receives drug test results from the laboratory, conducts administrative review of control and custody forms, reviews and interprets confirmed positive tests, requests laboratory to retest if appropriate, notifies each employee that has a positive test, has the authority to cancel a test and reports all verified test results to the Designated Employer Representative.
Screening Test: In alcohol testing, the initial test performed to determine if an individual has a prohibited concentration of alcohol in his/her system. In controlled substance testing, a procedure to eliminate negative urine specimens from further consideration.
Substance Abuse: Refers to patterns of alcohol or controlled substances use that result in negative health consequences, impairments in social, psychological, and/or occupational functioning.
Substance Abuse Professional (SAP): A licensed physician (MD or OD) or a licensed certified psychologist, social worker, or addiction counselor with experience in diagnosis and treatment of alcohol and substance problems.
What Are the Alcohol and Drug Prohibitions?
A. Alcohol Prohibitions: Employees may NOT report for duty or stay on duty:
1. With an alcohol concentration of 0.02 (*see screening and confirmation tests) or greater; or
2. If in possession of alcohol (unless it is being transported as cargo);
3. If using alcohol; or
4. Within four (4) hours of using alcohol (if not on standby, no penalty shall result from declining a call-in until at least four (4) hours has passed since the last consumption of alcohol).
Employees, who have had an on-duty accident, may not use alcohol until initial post-accident investigation or they are released from work.
Employees, who have had an on-duty accident, must submit to a breath alcohol test, if the incident investigation indicated the employee is at fault or may have been at fault.
Employees may not refuse to submit to alcohol testing. Refusal shall be considered a positive test.
B. Drug Prohibitions: Employees may NOT report for duty or stay on duty while using any illegal drug(s), or controlled substances except when said controlled substance has been prescribed by a physician, provided to the designated employer representative before any incident and does not interfere with one's ability to perform the functions of his/her position in a satisfactory manner.
Employees shall not report to duty or stay on duty if he/she has tested positive for illegal drugs and/or controlled substances.
Employees, who have had an on-duty accident, must submit a urine sample for testing, if the incident investigation indicates the employee is at fault or may have been at fault. If the post-accident investigation determines the employee is not at fault, any urine sample provided will be destroyed, except on written request of the unit member that the sample be tested.
Employees may not refuse to submit to drug testing. Refusal shall be considered a positive test.
What Tests Are Required and When Will I Be Tested?
There are particular situations where testing of employees can be done to determine the presence of alcohol and/or drugs.
1. Post-Incident: Any employee shall be subject to an immediate post-incident alcohol and drug test when involved in a "critical incident."
A "critical incident" may be defined as:
a) The actions of any at-work employee which results in the death of a person by any means;
b) One that results in bodily injury to the employee, co-workers, student(s) or staff, damage to University equipment, vehicles or causes the vehicles to be towed.
2. Reasonable Suspicion: An employee may be subjected to reasonable suspicion testing, if the University believes the employee has violated the policy and is suspected of impairment by use of alcohol or controlled substances. Two (2) duly certified managers/supervisors shall make a determination that reasonable cause exists to require the employee to undergo an alcohol or drug testing based on specific contemporaneous, articulable observations concerning appearance, behavior, speech, or body odors of the employee. Alcohol testing for reasonable suspicion must take place within eight (8) hours of the observations. Employees may not report for duty or stay on the job while under the influence of alcohol. The University will not allow any employee to perform any job duties until his/her alcohol concentration is less than 0.02 or twenty-four (24) hours have passed from the time of the initial testing.
Managers/Supervisors charged with the responsibility of determining reasonable suspicion must have a minimum of sixty (60) minutes of training on controlled substances and a minimum of sixty (60) minutes of training on alcohol misuse. The training must cover the physical, behavioral, speech and performance indications of probably use of controlled substances.
Testing for reasonable suspicion shall require thorough documentation. A written record of the observations leading to alcohol and controlled substances testing must be created by the managers/supervisors making the observation within twenty-four (24) hours of the observed behavior.
All alcohol and drug abuse suspected violations on site (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) shall be thoroughly documented and monitored by at least two (2) certified personnel.
What Happens If I Refuse to Be Tested?
Employees must submit to alcohol and drug testing either post-incident or if reasonable suspicion has been determined. If a unit member refuses to be tested, it shall be considered to be a positive test, the consequences of which are enumerated later in the policy. Refusal to test is defined as any time the employee either fails to provide enough breath for alcohol testing or enough urine for controlled substances testing (without a valid medical excuse previously provided to the designated employee representative) after being notified of the test, failure to remain available for testing, leaves the scene of an accident/incident before the test is administered, or if the employee otherwise obstructs the testing process.
How Is Alcohol Testing Done?
Alcohol testing* is done by analyzing an employee's breath alcohol. The test is given by a Breathalyzer Alcohol Technician. The results are reported immediately to the employee and the MRO. If the blood alcohol concentration is 0.02 or higher, the employee will be asked to take a second breathalyzer test. The first test is called a screening test and the second test is referred to as a confirmation test.
If the confirmation test confirms a blood alcohol concentration of 0.02 or greater but less than 0.04, the employee shall be sent home for the balance of the work day and placed in a no pay status. Separate successive incidences, by the same employee, will subject him/her to the disciplinary process enumerated in the existing collective bargaining agreement. If an employee tests negative, except for the noted requirements above, the testing provider will inform the employee and the Designated Employee Representative that the employee is eligible to return to work.
If the employee refuses to be tested or to sign the testing form, the test is considered positive and the laboratory will immediately notify the appropriate Designated Employee Representative.
*Alcohol Testing: Under the University's current CDL Alcohol and Controlled Substance Testing Policy, CDL drivers shall only be tested for alcohol immediately prior to performing, during, or immediately after performing safety sensitive functions. Under this NON DOT policy, CDL drivers, when not performing safety sensitive functions, may be tested anytime for reasonable suspicion while the employee is at work. If a CDL driver is not performing safety sensitive functions and is tested for alcohol pursuant to this NON DOT policy, he/she must be so advised that the testing shall occur pursuant to this NON DOT policy.
How Is Drug Testing Done?
Controlled Substances Testing is done by analyzing a urine sample which is collected in a private location.
1. In accordance with MGL Chapter 94C, all drug tests will consist of determinations of the presence of five (5) drugs, classes of drugs, or their metabolites: marijuana metabolites, cocaine metabolites, opiate metabolites, phencyclidine (PCP), and amphetamines. In the course of testing, other drugs or their metabolites, as found in MGL Chapter 94C, may be tested for if particular use is suspected. Such other drugs or their metabolites include, but need not be limited to: lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), methaqualone, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines.