K6 Unit – ART. 8: Hours of Work

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ARTICLE 8

HOURS OF WORK

A. Work Schedule

1. The workweek for employees shall be from 12:01 a.m. Sunday morning to 11:59 p.m. the following Saturday. Workweeks beginning and ending on a day other than the above may be scheduled by the University.

2. The standard work schedule for full-time employees shall be forty (40) hours per workweek, normally scheduled in shifts of either eight (8) or ten (10) hours, excluding a meal period, except for employees in continuous operations whose workweek may be altered to accommodate regular rotation changes in shifts.

B. Alternate Work Schedules

1. The University and Teamsters Local 2010 will review the feasibility of implementing alternate work schedules in those work units in which employees have indicated an interest in such schedules.

2. Nothing in this Section B. shall infringe upon, interfere with or diminish in any way the University’s right to ensure adequate staffing and coverage to meet operational requirements and necessities in an efficient and orderly manner.

C. Meal Periods

1. Employees shall be permitted to take a meal period not to exceed thirty (30) minutes scheduled at or near the middle of the shift. Such meal period shall not count as time worked nor time on pay status.

2. An employee who is required to return to work during a scheduled meal period and whose meal period is not rescheduled shall be paid for the meal period.

3. An employee required to stand watch and remain on the job at their work station for their full shift period shall be permitted to take a meal period, not to exceed thirty (30) minutes, when and as their duties permit. Such meal period shall be counted as time worked.

4. An employee, except a watch stander, who works a period of six (6) continuous hours or more from the last scheduled meal period, shall be permitted to take a meal period not to exceed thirty (30) minutes, if conditions permit.

5. The University agrees to reimburse employees who are traveling on official University business for meals, under the same terms and conditions as provided to non-represented staff employees who are not managerial, supervisorial or confidential.

D. Notice of Work Schedule

All work schedules showing employees’ work shifts shall be prepared in written form and normally posted ninety (90) days in advance of the scheduled shift. Employees shall be notified of changes in work schedules at least ten (10) working days in advance except for emergencies and/or to meet unusual operational requirements.

E. Rest Periods

1. A rest period not to exceed fifteen (15) minutes may be granted to employees for each half shift worked. Rest periods should, when possible, be taken at or near the midpoint of the shift.

2. The rest period shall not be taken at the beginning or end of a work period or combined with a meal period. Rest periods not granted or granted and not used shall not be accumulated. Rest periods shall be granted unless operational necessity requires that they be denied.

F. Clean Up Time

1. Employees shall be permitted a fifteen (15) minute clean up period at the end of each work shift, which shall include timekeeping duties.

2. A longer clean up period shall be granted when necessary upon the approval of the designated supervisor to employees whose job involves excessive contact with dirty or greasy tools, objects, or equipment.

G. Trading of Shifts

An employee may trade shifts only upon written request and approval of supervisor.

H. Premium Pay

1. Call-Back Time

a. Call-back refers only to those instances when an employee is ordered back to work without prior notice or in those instances when prior notice is given but the work begins at least three (3) hours after the completion of the regular work schedule.

b. An employee who is called back shall receive credit for a minimum of four (4) hours compensation at the employee’s straight time rate of pay.

2. On-Call

On-call is time during which an employee is not required to be at the work location or at the employee’s residence but is required to restrict activities and be available for return to work. An employee placed on-call shall be compensated at twenty-five (25) percent of their hourly rate for each hour on call. If called to work, the time actually worked is regular time or overtime as appropriate. An employee in on-call status is not eligible for minimum call-back payments.

3. Off-Shift Call and Text

An employee who is contacted off work hours to provide telephone support, subject to supervisor approval, shall be paid a minimum of one (1) hour of their hourly rate, subject to Article 9, Overtime, for the initial call or text. Thereafter, for subsequent calls taken on the same shift and/or day, the employee shall be paid for the actual time worked in fifteen (15) minute increments. This shall be treated as hours worked for all purposes under this agreement.

4. Time off Between Shifts

Each Maintenance Systems Operator, Maintenance Mechanic, and Central Utilities Plant Operator shall normally have a minimum of twelve (12) hours off before the start of his/her next regularly scheduled shift. When an employee has less than twelve (12) hours off between such shifts, e.g., an employee who changes from the day shift to the graveyard shift because the employee is changing from an assigned shift to another assigned shift, the employee shall be paid at the rate of one and one-half (1 1/2) times the regular hourly rate for all hours worked within the twelve (12) hours between the old and new assigned shift (e.g., an employee who has only seven and one-half (7 1/2) hours off between such shifts shall be paid one and one-half (1 1/2) times the regular hourly rate for the first four and one- half (4 1/2) hours of the shift).

I. When operationally feasible, assignment to a Watch Stander position shall be made by first asking for volunteers. If there are no volunteers, the assignment shall be made by inverse seniority.