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QA & TC LAB INDEX

Q.A. Lab

* A. First Aid Bonus

* B. Line of Progression in T.C. Lab

* C. Spare Postings - Q.A. Lab

* D. First Aid Training

* E. Department Posting Policy

T.C. Lab

* A. Line of Progression in T.C. Lab

* B. Line of Progression T.C. Tester to Glue Operator

A.    First Aid Bonus

        Standing Committee Meeting - February 21, 1985

 

       The Company stated that effective March 1, 1985 the first aid ticket bonus for Testing Station Operators would be included in the rate of pay.

 

 

B.    Line of Progression - T.C. Lab

        Standing Committee Meeting - July 4, 1984

 

       Senior Spare Tester

 

       The senior spare tester in the T.C. Lab will accumulate seniority in the Lab from the date of the posting.  When not working for the Lab, he/she will return to the department that he/she came from and will be frozen at the numerical seniority that he/she had at the time of becoming the senior spare.  The application of departmental seniority will be used in the case of lay-off from that department, however.

 

       Junior Spare Tester(s)

 

       The junior spare tester will accumulate seniority in the Lab from the date of the posting.  When not working for the Lab, he/she will return to the department that he/she came from and will continue to accumulate seniority in that department.  When he/she becomes the most senior of the T.C. spares, the above paragraph will apply.

 

       When scheduling vacation, the spare must satisfy the conditions in both departments.

 

       If the spare is needed in both departments, then the T.C. Lab will have priority.

 

 

C.    Spare Postings - Q.A. Lab

        Memorandum of Agreement - May 1, 1991

 

        The following was taken from the Standing Committee Meeting held July 4, 1985 which defines the line of progression relating to the T.C. Lab.

 

        Subsequent to a meeting held April 24, 1991, it was determined that the same rules will apply to the Q.A. Department (Lab) Testing Station Operators.

 

        Two Senior Spare Testing Station Operators (TSOs)

 

        The two senior spare TSOs in the Q.A. Lab will accumulate seniority in the Lab from the date of the posting.  When not working for the Lab, he/she will return to the department that he/she came from, and will be frozen at the numerical seniority that he/she had at the time of becoming a senior spare.  The application of departmental seniority will be used in the case of lay-off from that department.

 

        Two Junior Spare TSOs

 

        The two junior spare TSOs will accumulate seniority in the Lab from the date of the posting.  When not working for the Lab, he/she will return to the department that he/she came from, and will continue to accumulate seniority in that department.  When he/she becomes a senior TSO spare, the above paragraph will apply.

 

 

        When scheduling vacation, the spare must satisfy the conditions in both departments.

 

        If the spare is needed in both departments, then the Q.A. Lab will have priority.

 

        This agreement will be in effect as of May 1, 1991.

 

 

D.    First Aid Training

        Standing Committee Meeting - February 18, 1992

 

       For posted positions requiring a First Aid Ticket, the following guidelines will apply for employment and re-testing should any employee fail to meet the standards of either the practical or written First Aid examinations.

 

       Employee Status

 

       Newly Posted - (trying for their first Level II Ticket)

 

       If there is a failure in either the written or practical exams following the one-week First Aid course, the candidate must attend a ten-hour remedial upgrade at first opportunity, followed by a second test.

 

       If the second test is failed, the candidate will be required to attend another full one-week First Aid course and a third test.

 

       If the third test results in failure, the candidate will lose the posting effective immediately.

 

       Existing Posted Employee - (renewing existing First Aid Ticket)

 

       If there is a failure in either the written or practical exam following the one-week First Aid course, the incumbent will attend a ten-hour remedial upgrade and complete a second testing at the first opportunity.

 

       If the second test results in failure, the incumbent may at his/her expense take the course again, followed by a third test.  This must be done at the earliest opportunity.

 

       If the third test results in failure, the incumbent will lose their department posting immediately.

 

       Time Off

 

       A total of max 48 hours (1 tour) of study time will be given to all employees performing jobs requiring a First Aid ticket.  This is in addition to the max 48 hours (1 tour) for the First Aid training, plus eight hours to write the exam.  (2 graveyard shifts maximum).

 

       When re-testing is required, paid time off will be given for the ten-hour remedial upgrade and the day of the re-test.

 

       All time off for First Aid training will be paid at straight time and cannot be used in the further computation of overtime.

 

       Persons scheduled for First Aid renewals will not be considered available for overtime call-in. 

 

 

       Trial Period

 

       In the case of a newly posted employee, extensions to the normal 90-day probationary period will be automatic to the end of the study and testing or re-testing process.

 

       Interim Working Status

 

       When incumbents are following the re-testing process due to failure of either the initial First Aid course or other re-testing, interim employment in the department will be at the discretion of the Department Manager.

 

       For the purpose of scheduling overtime (should employment continue in some form within the department), incumbents will have no seniority rights to positions or overtime.

 

       If an incumbent is successful in acquiring their First Aid ticket within the stated guidelines, full position and seniority rights will be immediately reinstated.

 

       Future Postings

 

       Candidates who have previously failed to achieve or maintain their First Aid ticket at the Company's expense will be required to have acquired a valid Industrial First Aid ticket at their own expense prior to re-applying for another posting that requires a ticket.

 

 

E.    Departmental Agreement – Posting Policy

       Standing Committee – July 28, 2004

 

       Postings :

 

        1.   On the date of implementation of the posting system in the Q.A. Department, the current position the employees are in (per the line of progression) will become their posted position.

 

        2.   The position of Spare Q.A. Technician will be created, and the most senior qualified applicant will fill the posting.  Only permanent department employees are eligible for the position.  The posted Spare Q.A. Technician must be available to provide relief when needed.

 

        3.    If the permanent Q.A. Department employees do not apply for the Spare Q.A. Technician position, the senior Spare TSO will be required to fill this posting.  The Spare Q.A. Technician will be used first for relief in the Auditor position, when not needed in the Q.A. Technician position.

 

        4.    The Spare Q.A. Technician will have the first rights to permanent openings in the Q.A. Technician position.

 

        5.    All vacated positions will be posted within the Q.A. Department.  Postings will be offered to the permanent Q.A. Department employees first.  If no permanent Q.A. Department employees apply for the posting, the senior Spare TSO will be required to take the posting.

 

        6.    Employees accepted for the position of Q.A. Technician, Auditor, or Spare Q.A. Technician will be subject to a sixty (60) working day probationary period.  Once accepted, the employee must remain in the position for a minimum of 12 months.

 

 

        Cut-Backs:

 

        In the event of curtailment of work or job elimination, department seniority shall be the governing factor.  Employees will bump down according to their department seniority.

 

        Relief Scheduling:

 

        1.    Q.A. Technician Relief

 

              Short Term:

              Will be provided by the Spare Q.A. Technician.  If not available, relief will be provided by the Auditor position.  It is a requirement of the Auditor position that they are able to relieve into the Q.A. Technician position for short term relief.

 

              Long Term:

              Will be provided by the Spare Q.A. Technician.

 

        2.     Auditor Relief:

 

               Short Term:

               Will come from the Spare TSO position.  If the Spare TSO is not trained in the position, the day shift TSO will cover the job for the first 8 hours of their 12 hour shift, and the Spare TSO will cover the TSO position for the eight hours.

 

               Long Term:

               Will be provided by the Spare Q.A. Technician when available, otherwise will be provided by the Spare TSO’s in order of seniority.  If relief is projected to be required for 45 or more working days, there will be a temporary posting for the Auditor position.  If the Q.A. Department employees do not apply for this temporary posting, the Spare TSO with the most seniority will fill the position provided they have sufficient department seniority to retain it.  The employee accepted for the temporary posting will be required to continue in the position for the duration of the required relief.

 

        3.     Other:

 

               For positions where relief is required for 2 weeks/tours or more the Spare TSO with the most seniority available at the time will be scheduled to that position regardless of rates of pay.  The Spare TSO scheduled to the job for the period will keep that position for the duration of the relief provided they have sufficient department seniority.  When relief is required for up to 2 weeks, the Spare TSO’s will be scheduled by rates of pay.

 

              Provisions:

 

§         It is understood by both parties that concerns could arise after this posting policy is implemented.  If this should occur, the parties will meet to discuss the concern and will attempt to reach a satisfactory solution.

 

§         This policy will be reviewed by the Joint Standing Committee.

 

§         Either party reserves the right to cancel this policy with sixty (60) days notice. 

 

       Relief explanation examples:

 

       Scheduling is done on a calendar week basis.

 

        1.     A shift TSO takes 2 weeks of vacation starting on Tuesday, November 4th.  The Spare scheduled to replace the TSO is the third Spare (first Junior) because the first Senior Spare is also on vacation and the second Senior Spare is replacing the Auditor in the second week; ie. he/she has been relieving the Auditor for the weeks of October 27th and November 3rd.

 

               The following week (week of November 9 – 15) another shift TSO is starting vacation.  In this case, the second Senior Spare would then take the TSO relief starting and would have no rights to the relief that the third Spare (first Junior) has been scheduled for.

 

 

        2.     Two vacation relief’s are required for a calendar week.  The first is the Auditor job for 40 hours, and the second is the Shift TSO job starting on the Friday (only 2 days) and continuing for 2 weeks after that.  No other vacations are scheduled in the following calendar week.

 

               The Spare TSO with the most seniority is the first Senior Spare, who would be scheduled in the Auditor job for the 40 hours, and the next Spare in seniority (second Senior Spare) would pick up the Friday and Saturday shifts.  On the first day of the following calendar week, the first Senior Spare would bump the second Senior Spare and take over the balance of the relief period.

 

 
 

SECTION II – T.C. LAB

 

 

 

A.    Line of Progression - T.C. Lab

        Standing Committee Meeting - July 4, 1984

 

       Senior Spare Tester

 

       The senior spare tester in the T.C. Lab will accumulate seniority in the Lab from the date of the posting.  When not working for the Lab, he/she will return to the department that he/she came from and will be frozen at the numerical seniority that he/she had at the time of becoming the senior spare.  The application of departmental seniority will be used in the case of lay-off from that department, however.

 

       Junior Spare Tester(s)

 

       The junior spare tester will accumulate seniority in the Lab from the date of the posting.  When not working for the Lab, he/she will return to the department that he/she came from and will continue to accumulate seniority in that department.  When he/she becomes the most senior of the T.C. spares, the above paragraph will apply.

 

       When scheduling vacation, the spare must satisfy the conditions in both departments.

 

       If the spare is needed in both departments, then the T.C. Lab will have priority.

 

 

B.    Line of Progression T.C. Tester to Glue Operator

        Memorandum of Agreement - December 1990

 

 

        1.       T.C. Tester - this position will be filled by departmental posting.

 

        2.       T.C. Tester (Spare) - this position will be filled by mill-wide posting.  Candidates to be chosen after passing an existing, qualifying test.