Safety and Health
SECTION 1. The Company recognizes its obligation to provide
a safe and healthful working environment for employees. The
Company also recognizes its obligation to cooperate with the
Union in maintaining and improving a safe and healthful working
environment. The parties agree to use their best efforts to
achieve these objectives.
Management and the Union will work together to make the
Company a leader in the industry for its safe work performance.
To do so, the safety of employees must be an important shared
priority of the parties. Every employee is responsible for and
must be committed to following established safety rules, work
practices, and regulations to ensure their own safety on the job,
as well as the safety of co-workers and the public we serve.
As a joint sustaining priority, employee safety must be supported
by proper ongoing training, by an active committee of everyone
in our organization and by a collective determination always
to position employee safety as a cornerstone to the ongoing
success of our business. Rather than being in conflict,
employee work performance and safety must be integrated to
achieve effective job results. Every employee must assume a
proactive role by being conscious of and applying all established
safety rules, work practices, and regulations, as well as by
identifying hazards on the job to promote a safe work culture.
The Company will be accountable for providing employees with
the training, work processes, tools and equipment it deems
proper and necessary for them to perform their job duties in a
safe and productive manner. Employees are responsible for
properly maintaining and returning Company-provided tools and
equipment. No work performed or service provided is so urgent
to prevent taking the necessary time and using the proper
equipment required to be safe.
The parties agree that they will work together to develop an
environment and a culture that supports safe work practices.
To accomplish this, the parties will have joint representation
on both the UIL Safety Council (USC) and General Safety
Committee (GSC) for the purpose of developing and addressing
safety concerns. (The Joint Safety Program Organization Roles
and Responsibilities structure describe these two committees).
As an oversight committee governing the GSC, the USC will be
comprised of, at a minimum, the Union Safety Officer, the UIL
Director of Safety and three other representatives from each
party. The Union Safety Officer and Management will be jointly
responsible to establish the agenda. The USC will continue to
monitor and evaluate training and approach safety programs as
a continuous improvement process. The USC will insure that
safety rules are in place for employees, non-employees, and
contractors. The USC also will review safety statistics semiannually
and create joint sub-committees to address topics such
as the following: training, ergonomics, recognition and programs
to advance and improve safety practices. Selection of the subcommittee
members is the responsibility of each party.
The GSC will be comprised of joint Union and Management
representation from all divisions of the Company. The Lead
Safety Specialist and the Union Safety Officer will jointly
lead the GSC, which will address escalated issues from local
safety meetings and create programs to ensure the best
safety practices are developed and followed. Employees are
encouraged to provide information that could improve the
effectiveness of safety rules or work practices by following the
process developed jointly by the parties.
Local safety committees shall be established at the department
level. These committees will be comprised of an equal number
of members designated by the Union and by Management. The
process for employees to identify and communicate safety and
related issues is outlined in the Joint Safety Program Handbook.
Updates to the Handbook will be agreed to jointly.
SECTION 2. The Employer shall pay for all time involved while
assuming these duties, providing the time involved will be during
regular working hours. If the Employer or any Federal or State
Agency requires any special clothing, gloves, glasses, or safety
shoes, the Employer shall pay the total cost of any items. The
maximum reimbursement for safety shoes will be $200 per year.
The Company will establish a purchase order/voucher system
with a designated vendor(s) centrally located within the service
territory for the purchase of approved safety shoes up to the
maximum reimbursement. Employees will use their allowance
to purchase approved safety shoes/work boots, socks, inserts
and other appropriate footwear related items from authorized
vendors Safeguard or Red Wing. In the event an employee
has special needs, i.e., size/width, he/she will be allowed to
purchase shoes from the vendor of his/her choice and submit
the receipt for reimbursement. The Company will pay 100% for
prescription safety eyewear biennially if necessary to perform
duties of an employee’s classification or a classification to which
the employee may be temporarily assigned under Art. III, Sec.
12. provided the employee uses a Company preferred provider
and selects Company approved frames and lenses.
SECTION 3. The Company will furnish first-aid kits on all
vehicles. It is the responsibility of the employees to make sure
that the first-aid kits are kept fully equipped. The Company will
furnish the material to keep the first-aid kits fully equipped.
SECTION 4.(a) Employees are not required to operate: No
employee shall be compelled to take out equipment that is not
mechanically sound and properly equipped to conform with all
applicable city, state, and federal regulations.
(b) Reports: Employees shall immediately, or at the end of their
shift, report all defects of equipment. Such reports shall be
made on a suitable form furnished by the Employer, and shall
be made in multiple copies, one copy to be retained by the
employee. Such reports shall not ask or require any employee
to take out vehicles that have been reported by any other
employee as being in an unsafe operating condition until same
has been approved, in writing, as being safe by the mechanical
department, or a qualified representative of the Employer.
In the event an employee shall suffer a revocation of his/her drivers’
license because of violation of any laws by the Employer, the
Employer shall provide suitable and continued employment for
such employee, at not less than his/her regular earnings at the
time of revocation of license, for the entire period of revocation
of license and such employee shall be reinstated in the seniority
he/she held, prior to revocation of his/her drivers’ license after
his/hers drivers’ license is restored.
In the event an employee shall suffer a revocation of his/her drivers’
license because of violation of any laws by the Employee,
providing the facts and circumstances do not warrant
disciplinary action, the Employer will insofar as practicable find a
suitable position that utilizes the skill and ability of the employee
in a job first in his/her department, or if none is available then
within the Company, that does not require operating a vehicle.
If the rate of pay for the assigned position is less than the
employees’ current rate of pay, the employees’ rate of pay
will be reduced to the maximum rate of pay for the position
SECTION 5. Employees will be bailed out of jail if accused of
any offense in connection with the faithful discharge of their
duties, and any employee forced to spend time in jail or in
courts shall be compensated at his/her regular rate of pay. In
addition, he/she shall be entitled to reimbursement for his/her
meals, transportation, court costs, etc.; provided, however, that
faithful discharge of duties shall in no case include compliance
with any order involving commission of a felony. In case an
employee shall be subpoenaed or required to appear in any
court proceeding as a Company witness, or in connection with
any incident arising out of the faithful discharge of his or her
duties he/she shall be reimbursed for all time lost and expenses
incurred. Faithful discharge shall not include any traffic incident
in which the employee received any ticket, summons, or
SECTION 6. Employers shall protect employees with Workers’
Compensation Insurance, Social Security, and Unemployment
Insurance, as required by Federal and State law.