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DIV A INDEX

* A.   Working Status of Employees in Case of Breakdown

* B.   Division A Overtime Procedure

* C.   Division A Mixed Three - Four-Shift Operating Guidelines

* D.   Division A Hours of Work - Sunday Night Start-up

* E.   Division A Seniority

* F.   Division A/E Scheduling Agreement

* G.   Division A/E Four Shift Crewing Flexibility

* H.   Division A/E Posting Policy

 

A.     Working Status of Employees in Case of Breakdown

         Standing Committee Meeting - September 26, 1968             

 

         It was agreed that the following procedure would be followed in determining working status of employees in case of breakdown of converting units:

 

         1.      employees working on the unit prior to breakdown who wishes to go home voluntarily rather than transfer to another unit could do so.

 

         2.      should employment not be available for the remainder of the employees, spare employees working in the department would be replaced by posted employees.

 

         3.      should employment not be available for remaining employees, following steps (a) and (b), senior employees qualified would replace junior employees.

 

 

 

B.     Division "A" Overtime Procedure

         Department Agreement - June 4, 1992

 

         1.      Spareboard employees who are trained to perform the job and who will not have worked 40 hours in the week will be given the first opportunity to work.  This priority applies for overtime on one full shift or more than one shift.

 

         2.      The person regularly scheduled (incumbent) on the job on the shift in question is to be given the next opportunity.

 

         3.      If this person does not volunteer, then the other persons on that shift who are competent in doing the job will be asked in order of seniority.

 

         4.      If sufficient volunteers are still not available, then volunteers are to be taken from other shifts in order of seniority provided they are competent.

 

         5.      If a volunteer has an assigned overtime shift, he/she will not be considered for a second overtime shift unless, after following steps one through four above, no one is available.  They then will be considered by virtue of seniority, competency, and availability.

 

                  Item #5 deals with weekend overtime only.

 

         6.      If there are still not sufficient volunteers, the spareboard and other departments will be used for recruits, if possible.

 

         7.      Does not apply to weekend students.

 

  

 

C.     Division "A" Mixed Three - Four-Shift Operating Guidelines

         Department Agreement - July 16, 1991                                             

 

         1a)    The person moving from the three shift operation (to cover for the four-shift requested time off person) has the option of completing the shift he/she is moved to with added premium costs for all work in excess of eight hours.  The person being moved to the tour worker's job is to receive day worker's rate of pay for the job in question.

 

         1b)    The spareboard employee who is called in to allow for the move up will be paid at straight time when notified of having to work 12 hours.  If a spareboard employee works eight hours, he/she is to receive day worker's rate of pay -- tour rate if they work 12 hours.

 

 

 

D.     Division "A" Hours of Work - Sunday Night Start-Up

         Standing Committee Meeting - May 16, 1971                       

 

         The following is an agreement between the Company and the Local which came into effect Sunday, May 16, 1971.  This program can be cancelled on two weeks' written notice by either party.

 

         Converting and allied departments on a three-shift schedule will work Sunday graveyard in place of Friday graveyard.

 

         If a statutory holiday falls on a Monday, the terms of this agreement do not apply -- i.e., the last shift worked by the three-shift schedule in the converting and allied departments during that week will be Friday graveyard.

 

         If a statutory holiday falls on a Friday, the last shift worked by the converting and allied departments will be Thursday afternoon shift.

 

         Converting mechanics on Sunday graveyard shift will come in two (2) hours early to prepare the machines for Sunday graveyard start-up.

 

 

 

E.      Division "A" Seniority

         Memorandum of Agreement - April 22, 1988

 

         1.      Seniority shall be on departmental basis.

 

                  Departmental seniority shall override machine seniority in cases of cutbacks in personnel because of automation, reduced activity, or breakdowns, except where specific ability or experience is required.

 

         2.      On some occasions (vacation, heavy demands, etc.), posted employees may be scheduled on other units (on which they have been trained) in order to adequately operate the department.  This will be kept to a minimum and, wherever possible, shall be within the same shift schedule.

 

         3.      Relief Q.A. Testers, after passing their 90-day trial period, will retain their departmental seniority in Division "A" but will not be eligible to apply for departmental machine postings.


 

 

F.      Division A / E Scheduling Agreement

 

         1.      Holiday allotment will be restricted to a maximum of fifteen (15) Division A employees off at any one time.  All holidays will be granted on seniority rights until confirmation date.  The list will be up by March 1st and will come down by 7:00 a.m. on April 1st.  The Supervisor on Day Shift – April 1st will take the list down.

 

                  First confirmation  - The Division A employees can only apply for two (2) weeks during prime time June 15th – September 15, 2000.

 

                  Second confirmation – Once the two weeks have been confirmed (approximately April 5th) the list will be re-posted again for a period of 8 days, during which time those Division A employees who do not have two weeks confirmed will have an opportunity to choose from any remaining time.  Indicate your vacation preferences by number.  Please keep in mind Seniority will prevail.  Second confirmation will be finalized by approximately April 20th.

 

                  Further holidays beyond the confirmation date will be approved on the first request first approved system.  If too many people are off (due to holidays) on any one shift, some Division A employees may be disrupted in order to maintain runnability.  Every attempt will be made to grant extra holidays whenever possible.  However, long-term disability and absenteeism are the main governing factors concerning the granting of extra holidays.

 

         2.      Trading of shifts will be permitted provided the individuals trading having approval from their scheduled shift supervisors.  Trading of shifts may only be approved provided that the individuals who are requesting the trade are scheduled on equal job rates.

 

         3.      Operators and packers from division “E” will continue to exercise their seniority rights in the event of reduced shift activity.  This may mean short shifting for some people at times.  Shift continuity in Division “E” will be granted to those submitting in writing that they wish to do so.

 

         4.      Four shifting crews will be selected as dictated by seniority rights for the job at the time of scheduling.  These crews will complete a full four-shift cycle (eight weeks) once scheduled.  This procedure will repeat itself every eight weeks.  Holiday relief for all four-shift schedule employees will be by seniority rights regardless of which shift the relief employee is on.

 

         5.      In any event, management reserves the right to disrupt continuous shift rotation in order to maintain runnability as deemed necessary.

 

 

 

G.     Division A/E Four-Shift Crewing Flexibility

 

         The following rules will be used as guidelines when Division A and E are scheduled to operator during a three and four-shift mixed schedule:

 

         1.      Whenever four-shift crewing is required on any unit in Division A or E, the incumbent that is entitled to the job will be scheduled.

 

 

         2.      Should any of the four-shift scheduled incumbents prefer “not to work on the four-shift operation,” they have the option to trade with a scheduled three-shift employee in order of line of progression seniority for operators and departmental posted seniority for packers.

 

         3.      Once a trade has been agreed to, the duration of the trade will be no less than one complete four-shift cycle of eight weeks.  Both incumbents that agree to a trade must sign the applicable form letter.

 

         4.      The individual’s involved in the trade will continue to maintain seniority and departmental posted seniority rights at all times.

 

                  a)   Should the individual trading onto the three-shift schedule have less seniority than the other person in the trade, then he/she will be scheduled according to his/her own seniority.

 

                  b)   Should the individual trading onto the three-shift schedule have more seniority than the other person in the trade, then he/she will be scheduled according to the other person’s seniority.

 

         5.      The incumbents who agree to trade job assignments must be capable of doing the job without additional cost to the Company.

 

         6.      Trading between three and four-shift scheduled employees must first be approved by the Division A and E Scheduler(s).

 

         7.      This agreement may be cancelled by either party by providing thirty (30) days written notice, or it may be cancelled within one week where mutual agreement is reached.

 

 

 

H.     Division A/E Posting Policy

         Standing Committee May 20, 1997

 

         Date:         May 30, 2000 Revision #6

                          May 29, 1996, Original

 

         Guiding Principles

 

         1.      Divisions A/E will exist as one department.

 

         2.      There does exist an operating line and a packing line within the department.  Open positions are filled on the basis of department seniority.  In the future, posted spare department postings will be to the entry-level position (brokeman).  The brokeman position is the only entry level into the department.  Any Division A posted employee who has entered the department after June 23, 1998 has entered on an entry-level posting.

 

         3.      Individuals may apply for a permanent position in either line based on their department seniority.

 

                  a)   Postings for a job opening on a machine shall be for personnel within the department only.

 

                  b)   A job opening will be posted for seven days.  Only applications received during that time shall be considered.

 

                  c)   Selection shall be based on department seniority, ability, and other records (absenteeism, past performance, etc.).

 

         4.      For future postings, department seniority will govern.  Employee must complete 90-day evaluation period within one year of posting close.

 

         5.      All future postings will require a 90-day probationary period.  Applicants must successfully complete a 90 calendar day/or 90 working day probationary period before a new position is posted.  The company and employee can mutually agree to waive the 90 days.

 

         6.      The department manager will consult with the department representative on future department postings for entry into Division A.

 

         7.      Mechanical breakdown/option to go home continues as per contract.

 

         8.      Every effort will be made to supply full crewing on 272 Winder.  I.E.  Overtime/moving from other positions or using a brokeman for barring up.  If no trained operator is available the unit will only run one side with a brokeman.

 

 

         Posting

 

         Spare core machine operators have no automatic seniority rights for future core machine postings.  *Spare senior complex packers have no automatic seniority rights for future senior complex postings.

 

         236/238/246/250 packing positions will be posted by machine but exist as a block for scheduling purposes only.

 

         246/250/251 senior operators will be posted by machine but exist as a block for scheduling purposes only.

 

         246/250 junior operators are posted by machine but are considered a block for scheduling purposes.

 

         272/239/252 senior complex packers are posted by individual machines but for scheduling purposes they are considered a block.

 

         272/239/252 senior operators are posted by individual machines but for scheduling purposes they are considered a block.

 

         272/239/252 junior operators are posted by individual machines but for scheduling purposes they are considered a block.

 

         236/238 operators are individual postings but are considered as a block for scheduling purposes.

 

         Temporary 8-Week Postings

 

         There is an expectation by the Company and the Union that if employees take an 8-week posting, they will complete the full 8-week cycle.

 

 

         If a packer or operator is scheduled on a unit that goes down due to mechanical problems or absenteeism, the packer or operator bumps to the lowest job available (in their line).  The packer or operator continue to receive his/her scheduled rate of pay.

 

         Relief Procedure For Vacations Or Long Term Absence, Greater Than One Week

 

         Relief for 252, 239, 272, 250, and 246 senior operators will come from the junior operators on the same unit and same shift.

 

         Relief for 251 operator will come from the brokeman (if trained) on the same shift.

 

         Relief for 236, and 238 operators will come from the brokeman (if trained) on the same shift.

 

         Relief for 252, 239, 272, 246, and 250 junior operators will come from the brokeman (if trained) position.

 

         Relief for packer positions will come from the next senior posted packer on the same shift and in the same block.

 

         Absences greater than 30 days

 

         Relief for 252, 239, 272, 250 and 246 Senior Operators will be offered to all Junior Operators on the unit by seniority.

 

         Long-Term Absences (greater than 6 months)

 

         Once the Medical Department deems the absence to be long-term (anticipated to be greater than 6 months), a temporary posting will be put up.  The expectation is that the temporary posting must be held for a minimum of 6 months.

 

         Clarification for move-ups from the Broke position:

                     If one move-up:  broke moves (unless not trained)

                     If two move-ups:  senior employee goes to senior position (rate of pay)

 

         Cutbacks / Move-Ups

 

         For cutbacks of less than 5 days, operators move into any open posted position or bumps the next available position.  If no positions are available, they bump the broke person on the same shift.

 

         For cutbacks of less than 5 days, packers move into any open posted position or bumps the next available packing position.  If no position is available, packers bump the junior packer on the same shift.

 

         For cutbacks of 5 days to 8 weeks, operators and packers move to an open posted position (in their line) on the same shift, if available.  If no work is available in the rate block, they bump to the next lower position in their line on the same shift.

 

         For cutbacks of more than 8 weeks, operators and packers bump down (in their line) by virtue of department seniority, regardless of shift.

 

         Departmental seniority shall override machine seniority in cases of cutbacks in personnel because of automation, reduced activity, or breakdowns, except where specific ability or experience is required. 

 

         In the event of long-term illness, retirement, etc., move-ups will occur at the start of a new 8-week cycle.

 

         All Division A posted employees working on a stacking position will receive the bottom Division A posted rate.

 

         Posted rate of pay goes with employee move.

 

         Overtime Clarification

 

•        The overtime policy for four shifts remains the same -- i.e., the incumbent is chosen from the appropriate shift people on their scheduled days off.

 

•        For day workers, the incumbent is the person scheduled that week -- e.g., if the 239 operator is on vacation, the 239 junior operator who is scheduled to replace him for that week becomes the incumbent for overtime.  If he/she refuses, the overtime goes by seniority and training on the same shift.

 

•        Seniority call-ins from spareboard.

         -        The senior spareboard employee called in will dictate the move from the bottom position, (regardless of gender).

 

 

         Continuous Operation Clarification

 

         For units temporarily scheduled on four shifts, a fourth shift temporary posting will be filled once every eight-week cycle.  Your original posting is not affected.  Any unit scheduled on four shifts for six months or longer will be posted by overall seniority on a voluntary basis.  Your original posting is not affected.

 

         The decision to permanently post any unit will be jointly decided by the department manager and department representative.

 

         To qualify for an 8-week cycle posting you must be trained to do the job that you are applying for.

 

         Permanent postings are determined by overall department seniority.  Individuals may apply for a position in either line based on their departmental seniority.

 

 

         Conflict Resolution

 

         An unresolvable conflict between crew members will be reviewed by the Department representative and the Department management to determine what alternatives are available to resolve the conflict.  Where appropriate, and at the discretion of management, crew moves will be made to resolve a conflict.  The intent is to achieve a satisfactory resolution to all parties if possible.

 

 

         Other

 

         For continuous operation less than 8 weeks; i.e., a short cycle, posted employees will be allowed to return to their unit.  Operators and packers will be canvassed by seniority within the block.

 

 

         Posting Committee

 

•        Will continue to be an active group.