ARTICLE IV
Vacations

SECTION 1. All employees of the Company to whom this
contract applies who shall have completed six (6) months of
continuous service between April 1 and November 1 shall
receive one (1) week vacation with pay.

SECTION 2. All employees of the Company to whom this
contract applies who shall have completed one (1) year of
continuous service between April 1 and November 1 shall
receive two (2) weeks vacation with pay.

SECTION 3. All employees of the Company to whom this
contract applies who shall have completed five (5) years of
continuous service between April 1 and November 1 shall
receive three (3) weeks vacation with pay.

SECTION 4. All employees of the Company to whom this
contract applies who shall have completed ten (10) years of
continuous service between April 1 and November 1, shall
receive four (4) weeks vacation with pay.

SECTION 5. All employees of the Company to whom this
contract applies who shall have completed twenty (20) years
of continuous service between April 1 and November 1 shall
receive five (5) weeks vacation with pay.

SECTION 6. The third (3rd), fourth (4th), and fifth (5th) weeks of
vacation periods may or may not be consecutive to each other,
or to the first two (2) weeks, depending upon the requirements
of the Company.

SECTION 7. No vacation payment shall be made to any
employee who terminates employment for any reason other
than death or retirement prior to April 1 of the vacation year.

SECTION 8. Employees entitled to vacation will receive straight
time pay. Collectors on an hourly and bonus basis will be paid,
exclusive of overtime earnings, the average weekly earnings
of the four (4) week marking period in the month of June as a
vacation allowance.

SECTION 9. The Company shall endeavor to provide vacations
at the time selected by the employee. All requests for vacation
time must be made by February 1 and the Company will grant
vacation time and post the vacation schedule prior to March
1. Any subsequent vacation requests/changes will be filled by
seniority on a first come first served basis. A prime week is any
week in which minimum Departmental staffing requirements
have been reached. Employees granted prime weeks may
only reschedule by mutual agreement of the Company and
the Union. In no event will vacations be extended beyond the
calendar year in which the employee becomes qualified, except
in cases where an employee on a Worker’s Compensation
injury/illness at the end of the year has a balance of unused
vacation time. In this case, the unused vacation time will be
carried over to the following year or paid as a lump sum at the
Company’s discretion.

Any vacation time used between January 1st and March 1st will
be selected on a first come – first served basis. Seniority will
prevail whenever two or more employees apply on the same
day for a particular week or day(s) and such time will not be
considered priority weeks or days.

Seniority will prevail in the assignment of vacation time.
Vacation time will be selected first by priority 1st and 2nd weeks;
then by 3rd, 4th, and 5th weeks, then by prescheduled individual
days, including floating holidays. Any “changed” days will then
be selected on a first come – first served basis. Seniority will
prevail whenever two or more employees apply on the same
day for a particular day or days.

During the initial selection process, employees with four (4)
or more weeks vacation can use their seniority to select their
fourth (4th) and fifth (5th) vacation weeks and can bump an
employees’ selection of a third (3rd) week.

All employees will be allowed to take one (1) week of their
vacation in days (except that in Customer Service days will
be scheduled between April 1 to August 31, with management
discretion outside that period), if their selection of days does
not force another employee to move their weeks vacation. The
days selected will take place after all employees who have
submitted their vacation requests prior to February 1 have
selected their full weeks vacation.

The Company recognizes that employees may request
emergency vacation time and agrees not to be arbitrary or
capricious in denying such requests.

SECTION 10. Employees whose vacations are scheduled
for one (1) of the weeks in which a paid holiday occurs in the
regularly scheduled work week, will be given another day off
with pay in the calendar year, or a day may be added to the
vacation schedule, if mutually agreed upon.

SECTION 11. In the event an employee is confined because
of sickness or injury during this vacation period, such period of
confinement shall revert to sick time and his/her vacation shall
be allowed after his/her return to work. If such employee is
confined because he/she was engaged in the employ of another
employer, then the provision of this section will not apply.