Hours & Wages
SECTION 1. The normal work week shall consist of five (5)
consecutive days of eight (8) consecutive hours in each day,
except for time scheduled for lunch period and two (2) fifteen
(15) minute breaks. A working day (for purposes of giving notice)
is Monday through Friday where the employee is scheduled
to work, excluding holidays. The standard lunch period in the
Distribution Department is from 12:00 Noon to 12:30 P.M. Work
requirements may require occasional changes, but under all
circumstances, lunch will be allowed between 11:30 A.M. and
1:30 P.M., or the employee will be paid through lunch. If the
Company finds it necessary to schedule shifts of greater than
eight (8) hours per day up to a maximum of ten (10) hours,
whereby overtime would not be paid beyond eight (8) hours in a
day, such shifts being filled on a voluntary basis by seniority and
qualifications, it will discuss such change with the Union; the
Union shall not be arbitrary or capricious in disagreeing with the
Company’s request. If no agreement is reached, the Company
can put into effect such changes. Only those employees hired
after December 1, 1987 will be required to fill such shifts if not
already filled on a voluntary basis. The hours outlined above,
apply to all employees, except for those Customer Service field
employees, Fitter Division field employees, and Distribution field
employees covered by the 2001 Lunch Settlement Agreement.
Effective the first pay period of July 2014, employees will be
paid on a bi-weekly basis. Employees will be offered a payroll
advance prior to the transition to bi-weekly payments.
SECTION 2. Any work over eight (8) hours in one (1) day
except as stated under Section 1 above, or forty (40) hours
in any one payroll week shall be paid as overtime at the rate
of time and one-half (1 ½). However, time and one-half (1 ½)
shall not be paid for work over eight (8) hours in any day where
an employee requests and it is agreed by the Company to
schedule two (2) shifts or parts thereof on any one (1) day in
order that such employees may obtain more consecutive and
convenient days off. The Company agrees not to be arbitrary
or capricious in denying a shift swap. Call outs paid at the four
(4) hour straight time rate as provided in Section 4 below will
be added to the overtime list as two and one-half (2 ½) hours of
overtime. The emergency and overtime work shall be distributed
equally among the qualified employees so far as practicable. No
employee shall be deprived of his/her customary work because
of such overtime.
The existence of different overtime assignment procedures
(by agreement with the Union) in different Departments will
not be used by the Union to suggest the Company violated its
obligation under Article III, Section 2 to assign overtime work
equally, so far as practicable. Employees who are on active
discipline for attendance who call in sick during the week will not
be paid overtime for work performed on a Saturday until such
time as the 40 hour requirement has been met. Overtime Status
Lists will be posted in each Department and will be renewed
every January 1.
SECTION 3. The minimum and maximum rates paid for the
various classifications of jobs shall be as appears in the Wage
Schedule, attached hereto, and will not be changed by the
Company without notice to and agreement with the Union.
The Company will maintain a complete list of the most current
version of each classification contained in the Wage Schedule
of the Agreement. The Company will make such list available
to the Union upon written request or upon modification of a
classification. Additionally, the Company will provide the Union
in a timely manner with any job description which is the subject
of discussion between the Company and the Union and any
new classifications which may be added to the Wage Schedule
during the life of the Agreement.
a. In the event the Company institutes a new job
classification or any new mode of operation, or new
machinery, or office equipment within the bargaining unit
that would warrant an increase in the rate of the job, the
Company and the Union will negotiate to establish a pay
rate, and name classification for any job. If the parties
disagree on the rate, the Company may put the rate into
effect and the matter can be subject to the grievance and
arbitration procedure. If the arbitrator rules in favor of the
Union, the rate will be paid retroactive to the date the
changed job was put in effect. The Company agrees not
to raise timeliness issues when the cumulative effect of
additional duties in a job classification is grieved. A list of
additional duties shall be maintained and shared among
b. The Company will review employees’ performance of
their work each six months before granting an increase,
until the employee has reached the maximum of his/her job
grade. Should an increase be withheld at that time, the
employee and the Union will be notified of the reasons.
In the event the Company issues an unsatisfactory
appraisal (less than 2.0) and a wage progression
increase is denied, the employee will be eligible for
re-evaluation in six (6) months. The Union may grieve
the unsatisfactory appraisal under Article VII. When
an employee achieves proficient1 performance, normal
progression through job classifications listed in the Wage
Schedule of this Agreement is 36 months.
Employees will automatically receive their incremental
increase on the date due if the supervisor does not
complete the job performance review within 30 calendar
days of each six month anniversary period. The amounts
of the incremental increases are shown on the chart in
the Appendix of this Agreement.
Step increases can be accelerated for superior
performance by mutual agreement between the
Company and the Union.
1 Proficient Performance is an appraisal of 2.0 or above
Exceptions to this progression are listed below:
1 . Distribution Fitter B: 24 months progression to
Distribution Fitter A.
2. Service Representative C: 18 months progression to
Service Representative B.
3. Service Representative B: 18 months progression to
Service Representative A.
4. Service Representative A: 24 months progression to
the top of the rate with training for dual fuel/high input
burners and air conditioning.
5. Storeroom Attendant B: 24 months progression to Store
room Attendant A.
6. Chief Storeroom Attendant: 24 months progression to top
7. Engineering Technician: 36 months progression to the top
of Engineering Technician, then move to 24 month step of
Senior Engineering Technician.
8. Senior Engineering Technician: 18 months progression to
the top of Senior Engineering Technician.
9. Pipe Fitter A/B: 18 months progression to the top of Pipe
Fitter B; then 18 month progression to the top of Pipe
10. Regulator Technician A/B: 18 month progression to top
of Regulator Technician B rate; then 18 months to top of
Regulator Technician A rate.
SECTION 4. An employee called after his/her scheduled shift
hours to work on any emergency by a responsible authority of
the Company shall receive as compensation not less than four
(4) hours straight time pay. If however such call does not result
in the employee reporting to a job site, he/she shall receive no
less than one (1) hour of pay at time and one half (1.5) in lieu of
the four (4) hour straight time pay. An employee called to report
to work less than ten (10) hours prior to the starting time, will be
paid up to thirty (30) minutes to report to work.
Employees called shall call in for further emergency work
before going home if the first assignment is finished within
the respective minimum guaranteed period. Any further like
emergency assignment within said period shall be deemed part
of the original call out.
The Company will utilize any and all qualified available voluntary
employees before requiring mandatory department wide
overtime. An employee may refuse mandatory overtime due to
non-availability of alternate care for a minor child under the age
of sixteen (16), which may require documentation.
SECTION 5. Employees “on call” will be paid one and onehalf
(1½) hours of pay per weekday and two and one-quarter
(2¼) hours of pay on Saturdays and Sundays. An employee
“on call” who goes out on an emergency call shall also receive
compensation for such emergency work as hereinafter provided.
All employees, under the age of forty-eight (48), hired or who bid
into the Distribution Division on or after December 1, 1985, who
are qualified, will be “on call”. The present minimum of sixteen
(16) employees will continue in effect.
SECTION 6. (a) Street Division employees will not be required
to lose normal daytime work because of stormy weather. Only
that outside work which is of an emergency nature will be
done on such days; otherwise, the Street Division employees
will be provided inside or other employment primarily related
to the Street Division operations. The Company may seek
and the Union will cooperate in soliciting volunteers for non-
Street Department work. If, however, there should be two (2)
consecutive working days of stormy weather, and there is
no further work related to the Street Division operations, the
Company may assign them to other employment deemed
essential by the Company.
(b) In the event of a weather emergency declared by the
Governor, the Company will determine which classifications
and employees are required to work. Employees who are
not required and who are released by their supervisor or an
authorized Company representative will be paid for the balance
of the scheduled workday, provided they reported to work,
or who were instructed by their supervisor or by a General
Announcement issued by the Company, declaring a weather
emergency and instructing employees not to report to work
due to the weather emergency. Consistent with past practice
employees who are required to work must report to work at the
beginning of their shift and remain at work for all scheduled
hours. Employees who work all scheduled hours during a
weather emergency will later receive an equal amount of paid
time off as approved by the Company.
Distribution All (excluding Inst. Inspectors
and Tool Maint.)
CRC 4 (volunteers by seniority)
Store Room 1
Meter Shop 0
Building Maintenance 0
SECTION 7. All employees when scheduled to work on the
evening shift shall be paid at the basic rate for the job plus a
premium of six percent (6%) of the employee’s base pay rate.
A regularly scheduled evening shift shall not start prior to 12:00
noon, and for ten (10) hour shifts not before 10 a.m.
All employees who are scheduled to work on a Saturday as part
of their regularly scheduled shift will receive a 6% base pay rate
premium irrespective of their hours of work.
Such premiums, or shift differential pay, shall apply to time
allowed for sickness, accident, vacation, or holidays to
employees assigned to permanent shifts.
When an employee is scheduled to work on Sunday, and work
is performed, time and one-half (1½) shall be paid for such
scheduled hours worked. Under this provision, any vacation or
sick time shall be paid at the employee’s basic hourly rate.
SECTION 8. The Company agrees that there will be no change
in the regularly scheduled shifts and shift hours during the term
of this Agreement without notification to, and discussion with,
the Union at least ten (10) working days prior to the effective
A definite reporting time and place shall be established by the
Employer and the Union covering all employees. If the Employer
necessitates a change in a new permanent reporting place, it
shall be discussed by the Employer and the Union in advance of
The Union shall not arbitrarily or capriciously disagree that the
Company may necessitate such change. If no agreement is
reached, the Company can put into effect such changes, subject
to the grievance and arbitration procedure as spelled out in this
In the event a change in the regularly scheduled hours or shifts
becomes necessary, the following procedure shall apply:
The senior employee in the classification shall be given the first
choice, and should he or she refuse, then the Company shall go
down the seniority list. Should no senior employee accept the
change of hours or shifts, then the person or persons with least
seniority shall be assigned.
Service Representatives qualified for shift schedule coverage
include employees in Service Representative A and B
If a temporary shift change is required because of absence of an
employee, the Company will give three (3) working days notice
to the junior qualified employee that he/she will be required to
fill the vacant shift if no volunteers are available. The Company
will cover the three (3) working day period by overtime, first by
volunteers and then by junior qualified employees.
Employees affected by shift changes who advise their
supervisors that such change will affect their ability to meet
their child care responsibilities will be given up to twenty
(20) additional working days to meet their shift coverage
requirements. In such event, the Company will attempt to fill the
shift temporarily on a voluntary basis, prior to assigning the shift
to the next junior qualified employees.
SECTION 9. Two (2) employees presently performing
commercial and industrial service work shall continue with this
as their primary assignment until death, retirement, incapacity,
or until they bid out of the assignment. In the event of any
of these conditions, the Company will post the vacancy.
Commercial and industrial work in excess of the two (2)
employees will be distributed among employees in the Service
SECTION 10. A. An employee bidding to a higher pay
classification shall receive a minimum increase of twenty-five
cents ($.25) per hour up to the top of the rate.
B. An employee bidding to a lower pay classification will
receive the rate equivalent to the maximum of the lower grade,
except for progressive job classifications where they will receive
the Max rate for the “B” job classification and progress upward
in accordance with the Wage Schedule. The only exception
will be for employees who have previously held the position
bid; they will receive the top of the “A” rate or, the equivalent
step in the rate if they were not at the top, unless the job
has substantially changed. An employee bidding to an equal
classification will maintain their rate of pay.
SECTION 11. An employee temporarily assigned by supervision
to a higher paying job will receive the rate of the employee
whom he or she replaces for that day. Coverage for coffee
breaks, lunch periods, and answering telephones is not to be
considered an assignment under this section. In the event an
employee is assigned by supervision to perform work in a higher
classification, he or she shall receive the mid-point of rate range
or one dollar ($1.00), whichever is higher, up to the rate range
maximum of the classification for that day.
A street department employee temporarily upgraded to a Chief
Distribution Fitter will receive a minimum of one dollar ($1.00)
per hour when upgraded.
A. If an employee is unable to perform the essential
functions or fundamental duties of his/her job and is
transferred to a job where he/she is able to perform the
duties, his/her current rate of pay, if higher than his/her
new job rate, will be red-circled and the employee will not
receive any general increase until the rate of the new job
catches up to his/her red-circled rate.
B. If the Company transfers an employee or an employee
bids to another job because of work reduction or other
reasons including job elimination, and if the employee’s
rate is greater than the rate of the new job rate, his/her
rate will be red-circled until such time that the employee
is transferred or bids out of that job into another job. The
employee will receive all general rate increases.
Under paragraph A, transferred employees with twenty (20) or
more years of service will be red-circled no more than three (3)
job rates below their former job rate, and employees with thirty
(30) or more years of service will be red-circled no more than
one (1) job rate below their former job rate. The Company will
give the Union ten (10) working days notice of such transfers.
Transfers under section B due to work reductions, job
elimination, and “other reasons” as stated in this Section will be
made by seniority and will adhere to the bumping procedures
described in Article VI of the Agreement. In the event of a work
reduction employees who have been displaced from a position
shall be returned to their formerly held position when such
becomes available within a thirty (30) month period, by order of
seniority. Returned employees who were at the top of their rate
will return to work at the top of the current rate range. Similarly,
returned employees who were below the top of the rate range
will return at the same percentage of the current rate range as
the percent of the rate range they had achieved when they were
transferred. Employees who elect not to return to their formerly
held position shall be awarded the current position at the same
step as previously held in their former position and Labor Grade
for the chosen position.
An employee temporarily assigned to perform work in a lowerrated
classification shall retain his or her regular rate of pay.