MEMORANDUM

OF

 

UNDERSTANDING

 

between the

COUNTY OF MONTEREY

 

and the

SERVICE EMPLOYEES” INTERNATIONAL UNION

LOCAL 817

 

SUPERVISORY UNIT

 

 

July 1, 1999June 30, 2002


MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

     Supervisory Employees' Unit

 

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Table of Contents

1.  PARTIES
2.  TERM
3.  RECOGNITION
     3.1  Monterey County Values
     3.2  SEIU Local 817 Values
4.  NONDISCRIMINATION
5.  UNION RIGHTS
     5.1  Representation
     5.2  Union Official Representatives
     5.3  Steward Program
     5.4  Union Access
     5.5  Bulletin Board
     5.6  Dues Deduction/Maintenance in Membership
     5.7  Hold Harmless
     5.8  Use of County Mail System
     5.9  Department Meetings
6.  SAFETY
     6.1  Work Environment
     6.2  Health and Safety Committee
     6.3  Public Works Accident Review Committee
7.  MANAGEMENT RIGHTS
8.  WAGES
9.  CALL-OFF
10. OVERTIME
11. SPECIAL PAY PRACTICES
     11.1  Shift Differential
     11.2  Standby
     11.3  Call-Back
     11.4  Bilingual Skill Pay
          Bilingual Position Designations
          Primary Bilingual Positions
          Provisional Bilingual Employees
          Qualifications
          Bilingual Pay
          Administration
     11.5  Show Up Time
     11.6  Y-Rate Procedure
     11.7  Deferred Compensation
     11.8  Ten Hour Break Rule
     11.9  Mileage Allowance
     11.10  Professional Development Stipend
12.  NO PYRAMIDING
13.  CLASSIFICATION PLAN MAINTENANCE
     13.1  Classification Study Requests
     13.2  Working Out of Class Pay
14.  INSURANCE
     14.1  Medical Insurance
     14.2  Dental
     14.3  Optical
     14.4  Life
     14.5  All Insurance
     14.6  Health Insurance Review Committee
     14.7  Vision Examination and Glasses for VDT Operators
     14.8  Conditional Re-opener
     14.9  Physical Examinations
     14.10 Disability Leave of Absence
     14.11 Long-Term Disability Insurance
15.  STATE DISABILITY INCOME PROTECTION PLAN
16.  HOLIDAYS
17.  VACATION
18.  SICK LEAVE
     18.1  Accrual Rate
     18.2  Administration of Sick Leave
     18.3  Retirement Payoff
     18.4  Family Sick Leave
     18.5  Bereavement Leave
     18.6  Parental Leave
     18.7  Verification of Sick Leave
19.  INVOLUNTARY LEAVE WITH PAY
20.  UNIFORM ALLOWANCE
21.  SUPERVISORY EMPLOYEES LEAVE
22.  PERSONAL PROPERTY REIMBURSEMENT
23.  RETIREMENT
24.  JURY DUTY
25.  GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
     25.1  Grievance Defined
     25.2  Limited Grievance Procedure Application
     25.3  No Discrimination
     25.4  Time Limits
     25.5  Grievance Procedure Steps
                    Step 1 - Discussion with Immediate Supervisor
                    Step 2 - Formal Written Grievance
                    Step 3 - Personnel Director/Mediation
                    Step 4 - Arbitration
     25.6  Notice of Meetings
     25.7  Representation
     25.8  Grievance Withdrawal
     25.9  Grievance Resolution
     25.10 Consolidation
     25.11 Processing Grievances
26  LAYOFF PROCEDURES
     26.1  Policy
     26.2  Procedure
          26.2.1  Rank in Class Defined
          26.2.2  Natividad Medical Center - Temporary Status Option
          26.2.3  Order of Layoff, Exception to Ranking Sequence
          26.2.4  Ranking in Previous Class
          26.2.5  Demotion in Lieu of Layoff
     26.3  Notice
     26.4  Reemployment of Employees Laid Off
     26.5  Status of Employees Reemployed from a Preferred Eligible List
     26.6  Restoration of Benefit for Recalled Employees
     26.7  Insurance Coverage
     26.8  Appeal Procedure
27  DISCIPLINE
     27.1  Disciplinary Actions
     27.2  Notice of Proposed Disciplinary Action
     27.3  Notice of Implementation of Discipline
     27.4  Written Reprimand
     27.5  Involuntary Leave Without Pay
     27.6  Involuntary Leave Pending Investigation for Disciplinary Action
     27.7  Reduction in Salary
     27.8  Disciplinary Demotion
     27.9  Dismissal
     27.10 Absence Without Leave Separation
     27.11 Statue of Limitations
     27.12 Appeals from Disciplinary Actions
28  PROBATIONARY PERIOD
     28.1  Term of Probationary Period
     28.2  Employees Terminated During Probation in a Promotional Class
29  REQUIRED NOTICE
30  PERSONNEL RECORDS
31  TRANSFERS
32  USE OF VOLUNTEERS
33  CONTRACTING OUT
34  POLYGRAPH EXAMS
35  EMERGENCY AUTHORITY
36  REST PERIODS
37  PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS
38  CONCERTED ACTIVITIES
39  PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM
40  SEPARABILITY
41  FULL UNDERSTANDING MODIFICATION, WAIVER

      SIDE LETTER AGREEMENTS 

1       PARTIES

This Agreement is made and entered into between the County of Monterey (herein called the "County"), and the Service Employees' Union Local 817, Service Employees International Union AFL-CIO, CLC (herein called the "Union").

It is agreed by and between the parties that any provision of this Agreement requiring legislative action to permit its implementation by amendment of law or by the act of providing the appropriate legislation, shall not become effective until the effective date of such action.

2       TERM

The term of this Memorandum of Understanding is from July 1, 1999 to June 30, 2002, when said Memorandum shall expire and be of no further force or effect.

3       RECOGNITION

The County recognizes the Union as the sole and exclusive bargaining agent for all permanent and seasonal employees in classifications in the Supervisory Employees' representation unit.

3.1       Monterey County Values

·  We are committed to assuring honesty and integrity in all County actions.

·  We are committed to providing top quality customer service.

·  We are committed to practicing continuing innovation.

·  We are committed to treating our fellow employees, customers and residents with respect and courtesy at all times.

3.2       SEIU Local 817 Values

·  We stand for economic and social justice

·  We stand for having a voice on the job and in society

·  We stand for a secure job with the opportunity to advance

·  We stand for dignity and respect

·  We stand united

4       NONDISCRIMINATION

The provisions of this Memorandum of Understanding shall be applied equally to all employees covered hereby without discrimination because of race, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, religious affiliation or Union membership.

Employees may elect to exercise their right to join and participate in the activities of the Union for the purposes of representation in all matters of their working conditions and employer-employee relations.  The parties agree that there shall be no restraint, coercion, or interference with any employee with respect to or because of the employee's membership in said Union.  The County and the Union agree that each employee shall be treated equally, fairly and with dignity and respect.

The Union and the County agree to support the Affirmative Action Program established by the County and that there shall be no discrimination within their respective organizations because of race, creed, sex, sex preference, color, national origin, age, disability or political belief.

Any party alleging a violation of this article shall have the burden of providing the existence of a discriminatory act or acts and or proving that, but for such act or acts, the alleged injury or damage to the grievant would not have occurred.

Complaints based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, ancestry, disability or sexual orientation shall not be subject to the grievance or arbitration provisions of this agreement.  Such complaints shall be processed utilizing the discrimination complaint procedure adopted by the Board of Supervisors.  Discrimination complaints based on Union membership and/or activity shall continue to be subject to the grievance procedure and arbitration. 

5       UNION RIGHTS

5.1       Representation

The Union has the right to represent employees in the representation unit as specified by state law and pursuant to the County Employer-Employee Relations Resolution.  The Union will notify the County and maintain such notice during the term of this Agreement of its elected officers and directors as well as its staff employees.

The Union may select up to two (2) persons, in addition to its staff members to act as official representatives and will notify the County as to those individuals so selected.

Official representatives shall represent the Union in jointly scheduled meetings with the County to address matters of mutual concern.

In addition, with prior mutual agreement, up to two (2) employees directly affected by the matters under consideration, may participate in these joint scheduled meetings.

5.2       Union Official Representatives

Union official representatives who are county employees may utilize time during normal working hours for meeting and conferring with authorized representatives of the County subject to advanced scheduling.

 

The Union may select up to three (3) such official representative persons per unit in addition to its staff members and will notify the County as to those individuals so selected.

5.3       Steward Program

Union stewards shall mean permanent employees of a department within the units, who are members of, and are designated by, the Union to assist employees in this unit for the purposes of processing grievances.  The Supervisory Employee Unit may select up to fourteen (14) stewards.

The Union agrees to notify each department head in writing of the names and titles of the steward(s) representing employees in his/her department and shall send a copy of such notice to the Deputy CAO - Human Resources or his/her designee.  Changes to the listing of stewards will be provided by Union as they occur.  Only employees named on the current list will be recognized by the County as stewards of Union.

Stewards shall be subject to the following:

A.     Stewards shall be authorized a reasonable amount of time off without loss of pay to investigate and prepare grievances and disciplinary appeals of supervisory unit employees in the department to which the steward(s) are assigned subject to the restrictions in I below.

B.      Stewards shall have the right to serve as a representative for employees in grievance matters in accordance with the grievance and disciplinary appeals provisions of the Agreement.  No more than one (1) steward may assist in the investigation or processing of a grievance.

C.     Before performing grievance and disciplinary appeal work, the steward will obtain the verbal permission of his/her supervisor and shall report back to his/her supervisor when the grievance or disciplinary work is completed.

D.     After receiving approval of his/her immediate supervisor, a steward shall be allowed reasonable time off during working hours, without loss of time or pay, to investigate, prepare and present such grievances and appeals.  The immediate supervisor will authorize the steward to leave his/her work whenever the supervisor determines that the steward's absence will not interfere with the work of the unit.  Where immediate approval is not granted, the supervisor shall inform the steward and establish an alternate time when the steward can be released from his/her work assignment.

E.      When a steward desires to contact an employee, the steward shall first contact the immediate supervisor of that employee, advise of the nature of the business, and obtain release by the supervisor to meet with the employee.  When, in the best judgement of the supervisor, the investigation would interfere with the work of the unit, the supervisor will notify the steward when he/she can reasonably expect to contact the employee.

F.      Stewards shall receive no overtime for time spent performing a function of a steward.

G.     Stewards shall not conduct Union business on county time, except as specifically authorized by this Memorandum of Understanding.

H.     Stewards shall be responsible for the full and prompt performance of their work load.

I.       Stewards may represent employees against whom disciplinary action is pending subject to the following restrictions:

1.      The steward agrees that the issues which gave rise to the proposed disciplinary action are confidential in nature and will not be discussed with other employees, representatives or the news media, or others who do not have a direct need to know the details of the proposed discipline.  The County may refuse to recognize or to deal with a steward who violates this confidentiality.

2.      County management may require that disciplinary representation in a particular disciplinary appeal be accorded only through stewards who are also employees of the same department or by a Union staff representative.

J.       A Supervisory Unit steward shall represent only employees in the Supervisory Unit.  No County employee outside the unit shall serve or be recognized as a steward or in any other Union representative capacity for the Supervisory Unit.

K.     There shall be no solicitation of grievances by a Supervisory Unit steward on release time, provided this prohibition on solicitation shall not impair a steward's right to investigate a grievance asserted by a unit member.

L.      A Supervisory Unit steward shall not process any grievance or represent any unit employee in any matter where the grievant or appellant employee is a subordinate of the steward.

5.4       Union Access 

Authorized Union staff representatives shall have reasonable access to work locations in which employees covered hereby are employed for the purpose of transmitting information or representation purposes. Authorized Union staff representatives desiring such access shall first request permission from the appropriate management representative, at which time the authorized representative shall inform said management representative of the purpose of the visit.  Said management representative may deny access to the work location if in his or her judgement it is deemed that a visit at that time will interfere with the operations of the department or facility thereof, in which event said management representative will offer an alternative time and/or location for the visit.  In cases where management denies access to a critical patient care area and the issue which gives rise to the request for access is one of employee health or safety, then the department shall provide controlled or escorted access.

Union shall give to each department head having employees in the unit, and Deputy CAO - Human Resources or his/her designee, a written list of the names of all authorized Union staff representatives, which list shall be kept current by Union. Access to work locations shall be granted only to Union staff representatives on the current list.

5.5       Bulletin Board

The County will furnish for the use of the Union, reasonable bulletin board space at reasonable locations.  Such bulletin board space shall be used only for the following subjects:

Union recreational, social, and related news bulletins;

Scheduled Union meetings;

Information concerning Union elections or the results thereof;

Reports of official business of Union including reports of committees or the Board of Directors; and

All material shall clearly state that it is prepared and authorized by the Union.

Union agrees that notices posted on county bulletin boards shall not contain anything which may reasonably be construed as maligning the County or its representatives.

5.6       Dues Deduction/Maintenance of Membership

A.     Each employee in the bargaining unit who, on the effective date of this Agreement, is a member in good standing of the Union shall thereafter maintain such membership for the duration of this Agreement, except as provided herein, to the extent of paying the periodic dues uniformly required by the Union as a condition of retaining membership.

B.      Any employee in the unit who becomes a member of the Union shall thereafter maintain such membership for the duration of the Agreement, except as otherwise provided herein.

C.     Any employee in the unit who, on the effective date of this Agreement, was a member of the Union, and any employee who subsequently becomes a member, may, during the period beginning May 1 through May 20 of any year resign such membership. Resignations shall be in writing addressed to the Union with a copy to the Auditor-Controller.  Failure to timely notify the Union shall be deemed an abandonment of the right to revocation until the next appropriate time period.

D.     In the event any employee in the unit who was a member on the effective date of this Agreement, or who became a member thereafter refrains from paying the periodic dues, then the sole remedy shall be involuntary deduction of such dues from such employee's pay check.

5.7       Hold Harmless

The Union agrees to indemnify and defend the County and its officers, employees and agents against any and all claims, proceedings, and liabilities that arise out of any actions taken or not taken by, or on behalf of, the County under this article.

5.8       Use of County Mail System

The Union may use the County mail system for the following limited purposes:

To send communications to the County Administrative Officer, department heads or other management personnel.

To send communications to members of the Union Board of Directors and officially designated shop stewards.  Such communications shall not be for or include other material to be distributed to general employees.

5.9       Department Meetings

Upon agreement regarding an agenda which has been reviewed by the Deputy CAO - Human Resources or his/her designee and the SEIU Local 817 Executive Director, a department head and his/her designees and designated department union stewards may meet two times per year to discuss issues of mutual concern.  If agreeable to both the department head and the stewards, meetings may be more frequent.  Meetings shall be held during the department's normal business hours.  A steward attending such a meeting during other than his/her normal assigned shift hours shall be paid straight time pay not to exceed two hours.  This article is not subject to the grievance procedure. 

6       SAFETY

6.1       Work Environment

The County recognizes its obligation and is committed to providing a safe place of employment for its employees.  To assist in accomplishing this goal, it is agreed that the County reserves the right to adopt reasonable departmental rules and regulations which become effective when posted.

The Union agrees that it is the duty of all employees to comply with all reasonable rules and regulations and to be alert to all unsafe places, equipment and conditions and to report any such unsafe practices or conditions to their immediate supervisor.

Stewards shall have reasonable access to work locations of unit employees within their own departments to inspect that site for the purpose of ensuring a safe work place.  Such access shall be administered in accordance with Section 5.3 above.

6.2       Health and Safety Committee

The County and Union shall participate in a county-wide Health and Safety Committee which may meet on a bimonthly basis to review county safety records, policies and programs, and make recommendations for the resolution of health and safety issues brought before them by either the County or the Union.  Each party shall furnish the other the agenda items they wish to discuss one (1) week prior to any scheduled meeting.

Sections 6.1 and 6.2 of this article are not subject to the grievance procedure.

6.3       Public Works Accident Review Committee

A Public Works employee shall be notified in writing of a scheduled department Accident Review Committee review of an accident in which the employee was involved.  If either at the time of written notice or during the course of the accident review meeting there is reason to believe that the possibility exists for a recommendation for disciplinary action, the employee will be so notified and may have a Union representative present.  If a Union representative is not available, the meeting will be postponed until one is available. 

7       MANAGEMENT RIGHTS

The County will continue to have, whether exercised or not, all the rights, powers and authority heretofore existing, including, but not limited to the following:  Determine the standards of services to be offered by the constituent departments; determine the standards of selection for employment; direct its employees; take disciplinary action; relieve its employees from duty because of lack of work or for other legitimate reasons; issue and enforce rules and regulations; maintain the efficiency of governmental operations; determine the methods, means and personnel by which the County operations are to be conducted; determine job classifications of county employees; exercise complete control and discretion over its work and fulfill all of its legal responsibilities.  All the rights, responsibilities and prerogatives that are inherent in the County by virtue of all federal, state, and local laws and regulations provisions cannot be subject to any grievance or arbitration proceeding.

The exercise of the foregoing powers, rights, authority, duties, and responsibilities by the Board of Supervisors, the adoption of policies, rules, regulations and practices in furtherance thereof, and the use of judgment and discretion in connection therewith shall be limited only by the specific and express terms of this Agreement and then only to the extent such specific and express terms hereof are in conformance with the Constitution and Laws of the United States and the Constitution and Laws of the State of California.

The exercise by the County through its Board and management representatives of its rights hereunder shall not in any way, directly or indirectly, be subject to the grievance procedure set forth herein.

8       WAGES

Effective with the first pay period following ratification, wages for unit members shall be increased by five percent (5%). 

Effective with the first pay period following July 1, 2000, wages for unit members shall be increased by three and two hundreds percent (3.02%).

Effective with the first pay period following July 1, 2001, a sixth step of five percent (5%) will be established for all Unit salary ranges.

In May of 2001, County and Union agree to meet and confer regarding the distribution of special wage adjustments among Unit classifications effective during the third year of the current MOU, no sooner than July 1, 2001. The adjustment budget will be 0.62% of the 1000 bargaining budget which is $438,789 distributed over twelve (12) months, or, $36,566 a month.

9       CALL-OFF

Natividad Medical Center employees may be voluntarily called off their regularly scheduled shifts for lack of work.

Such temporary call-offs cannot be for more than one week at a time.  During this time insurance benefits will continue.

Call-off will be voluntary and an oversight committee will be formed to oversee call-off.  The Union and Natividad Medical Center Administration will meet and mutually agree to the structure of the committee.

As needed, the County may request a reopener on this single issue for the purpose of initiating mandatory call-off if it is determined that voluntary call-off is not meeting the needs of the hospital.

Employees may be offered the opportunity on a voluntary basis to float to other departments within the hospital depending upon hospital needs and employee skills.

10     OVERTIME

If in the judgment of an appointing authority, extra hours are required to be worked by an employee for the accomplishment of county business, the appointing authority may authorize and require the performance of said extra hours.

Overtime shall be defined as time actually worked in excess of forty (40) hours in a work week.  Natividad Medical Center (8/80) employees shall work schedules agreed to under exemptions allowed by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

For the purposes of this section paid hours associated with a county holiday (whether actually worked or not), vacation and compensatory time off shall be considered as hours worked for the purpose of determining overtime.  An individual employee's work schedule shall not be altered for the purpose of eliminating overtime compensation equal to that earned as a result of the employee using approved vacation or compensatory time off hours. 

An appointing authority requiring extra hours to be worked by an employee may, within the same work week, for departments for which overtime is defined as time actually worked in excess of forty (40) hours in a work week, or within the same pay period for departments for which overtime is defined as time actually worked in excess of eighty (80) hours in a pay period, and with no less than thirty (30) hours notice to the employee require the employee to use unpaid compensatory time off equal to the extra hours worked. 

A.     All county job classes shall be designated overtime eligible, or 2) overtime exempt.  Each of the above categories shall be assigned a special code which shall appear beside each class as listed in the County salary resolution.]

B.      [Except as otherwise provided herein], employees [in overtime eligible classes] shall be compensated for overtime authorized by their appointing authority by either 1) compensatory time off at the rate of one and one-half (1-1/2) hours credit for each hour of overtime or, 2) in cash at the rate of one and one-half (1-1/2) times the employee's base rate of pay.

The method of compensation shall be determined by the appointing authority after consulting the affected employee as long as the employee's compensatory time off accrual balance is no more than forty (40) hours. 

If an employee has a compensatory time off accrual balance of at least forty (40) hours but no more than sixty (60) hours, the employee shall have the choice of compensation for overtime by either compensatory time off or cash. 

An employee shall not be allowed to accumulate more than sixty (60) hours of compensatory time off, above which maximum all overtime compensation shall be paid in cash.  Effective with the pay period beginning June 27, 1992, an employee shall not be allowed to accumulate more than eighty (80) hours of compensatory time off above which maximum all overtime compensation shall be paid in cash.

Credit for compensatory time off shall be reported on payroll sheets submitted to the Auditor-Controller each pay period, and a balance shall be kept on the employee's check stub.  The use of compensatory time off shall be administered by the appointing authority.

C.     Special overtime provisions for certain supervisory classifications at Natividad Medical Center.

Notwithstanding other provisions of this article for employees in the following classes, overtime shall be defined as time worked in excess of a normal eight (8) or ten (10) hour working shift.

Administrative Nurse/House Supervisor

Clinical Coordinator

When employees whose regular classes appear in the column on the left below are assigned to work overtime duties normally assigned to the classes listed in the column to the right below, the following shall occur:  The employee shall be compensated at the overtime pay rate applicable to the fifth step of the salary range of the lower paid class shown on the right below.

Employee's Regular Job Class                           Applicable Lower Class

Administrative Nurse/House Supervisor            Staff Nurse II

Clinical Coordinator                                          Staff Nurse II

D.     Employees in overtime exempt classes shall not receive compensation for overtime except as may otherwise be authorized by the Board, but may be authorized administrative leave with pay by their appointing authority or his/her designee in the event that county operations result in extraordinary work assignments for such employees.  Such administrative leave shall not exceed two (2) working days in any pay period.  The County Administrative Officer may approve additional administrative leave with pay, upon written request from an employee's appointing authority showing special circumstances warranting such leave.  Such approval shall be given in writing.  The provisions of this item shall be administered by the appointing authority, but shall in no way establish any right to any type of overtime compensation for overtime exempt employees, regardless of whatever records are kept by the appointing authority.

The County agrees to observe all requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act regarding the compensability of travel time as work time.

11     SPECIAL PAY PRACTICES

11.1     Shift Differential

A.     Employees in all other bargaining unit classes who are assigned to and work eight (8) hours or more between 2:31 P.M. And 7:59 A.M. Shall be eligible for shift differential pay. 

An employee who is called back to work a partial shift for an employee who is regularly assigned to a shift which is eligible for shift differential pay shall be eligible for shift differential pay for hours worked between five (5) P.M. And eight (8) A.M. 

Effective May 28, 1994 an eligible employee shall be paid Ninety-Five Cents ($.95) per hour for actual hours worked within the window period established for shift differential for his/her class.

An employee interested in a change of shift assignment may file a written request for said change with the department.  When making shift assignments, management's primary considerations shall be employee written requests and length of service with the department.  If management determines that special skills and/or experience are required, said needs will be made known to the employees in the affected classes within the department and these shifts will be assigned based on the request(s) and/or length of service of those employees who meet the special skill and/or experience requirement. 

Determination of need and assessment of special skills will be at the sole discretion of the department. 

B.      An employee in this unit who supervises health care unit employees at Natividad Medical Center shall be eligible for shift differential pay pursuant to the terms and conditions of the current Health Care Unit Memorandum of Understanding applicable to the employees which he/she supervises. 

11.2     Standby

An appointing authority, after receiving written approval from the County Administrative Officer, may place employees on standby duty.  Standby duty refers to a situation where an off duty employee holds themselves available for immediate response as directed by management.

No employee shall be paid for standby duty time and other compensable duty time simultaneously.

Effective with the pay period beginning June 27, 1992, employees in the Psychiatrist classification shall be paid three dollars seventy-five cents ($3.75) per hour while on standby duty.

Effective May 28, 1994, employees placed on standby duty shall be paid Two Dollars Fifty-Five Cents ($2.55) per hour while on standby duty.  Holidays shall be compensable for standby duty.

Notwithstanding other provisions of this section 10.2, classes listed below in the column to the left shall be compensated for standby pay at the rate applicable to the fifth step of the salary range listed in the column to the right up to a maximum of Five Dollars ($5) per hour.

Employee's Regular Job Class                           Applicable Lower Class

Administrative Nurse/House Supervisor            Staff Nurse II

Clinical Coordinator                                          Staff Nurse II

When employees listed above in the column to the left return to duty from standby status, their rate of compensation shall be determined by the standard set forth in section 10.C.

Standby duty status and compensation shall cease when the employee actually reports to the work site for duty.  A minimum of one (1) hour of "on duty" pay shall be paid when an employee on standby status is called in to work.  Such one (1) hour minimum shall be administered as in Section 11.3 below.

11.3     Call-Back

In those situations where an employee who is not on standby duty or otherwise being compensated and who, following the completion of his/her work day and departure from his/her place of employment, is unexpectedly called back and must report to a work site in response to a directive from management because of unanticipated work requirements, that employee shall be credited with a minimum of two (2) hours of work for each call back.

11.4     Bilingual Skill Pay

Bilingual Position Designations: 

A department head, with the approval of the Deputy CAO - Human Resources or his/her designee, shall designate: 

 

Primary Bilingual Positions: 

Primary bilingual positions are positions required on a regular basis for an amount of time that, on the average, equals twenty percent (20%) or more of the total work time to utilize bilingual skills in order to perform the job duties.  A primary bilingual designation is assigned to a position, not an incumbent, and in the event the incumbent moves to another position or if the primary bilingual designation of the position is removed because the duties no longer meet the criteria for such designation, his/her bilingual pay will cease. 

 

Provisional bilingual employees: 

A provisional bilingual employee occupies a position for which bilingual skills are not required, but in order to provide necessary services the department must utilize the bilingual skills of the current incumbent.  An employee whose bilingual skills are required on a regular basis for an amount of time that, on the average, equals less than twenty percent (20%) of the total work time may be designated as a provisional bilingual employee if there is no alternative method for providing essential bilingual services.  Provisional bilingual employee designations expire when any certified incumbent leaves the department in which the designation was made or upon termination of the designation by the department head. 

 

Qualifications: 

Ability to qualify for certification of demonstrated proficiency in the required language shall be a requirement for employment in a primary bilingual position, and obtaining certification appropriate for the position within the initial thirty (30) days of employment shall be a condition of continued employment. 

Provisional bilingual designations require certification by the Human Resources Division of demonstrated proficiency appropriate for the needs of the department in the required language. 

An employee who has received certification of proficiency appropriate for one position may be required to meet new proficiency requirements if he/she moves to a bilingual designated position which utilizes a different specialized or technical vocabulary.  An employee certified as proficient shall be required to obtain renewal of his/her proficiency certification every five (5) years. 

 

Bilingual Pay:

Bilingual pay shall be paid to an employee occupying a designated bilingual position who has certification of proficiency in the required language as appropriate for the position starting with the first full pay period following certification. 

An employee occupying a primary bilingual position shall be paid a bilingual pay differential of forty-two dollars  ($42.00) per pay period.

An employee designated a provisional bilingual employee shall be paid a bilingual pay differential of twenty dollars  ($20.00) per pay period.

 

Administration:

The Deputy CAO - Human Resources or his/her designee is responsible for administration of the bilingual program including approval of bilingual position designations and proficiency testing and certification. 

Administration responsibilities shall also include a periodic review of the number and location of bilingual position designations. 

11.5     Show Up Time

If a permanent full-time employee reports to work for their regularly scheduled shift and is not permitted to work because of circumstances within the control of the County, that employee shall be entitled to two (2) hours of pay.

11.6     Y-Rate Procedure

"Y-rating" is a procedure whereby an employee who is reclassified to a class having a lower salary range than his/her current class may retain his/her current salary after the reclassification to the lower class.  The employee's salary at the time of the Y-rate shall not increase until such time as the maximum salary of the class to which the employee was reclassified exceeds the employee's salary.

When an employee's current rate of pay falls between the step authorized for the lower paid class, he or she shall continue to receive the current rate of pay until such time as an authorized increase in pay or step increase can be granted which places the employee at a step in the range without increasing his/her salary by an amount more than that normally provided by the salary increase or step advancement.

The salary on Y-rate shall be only the rate of pay in effect for the employee's class and step on the day prior to the effective date of the Y-rate action, as shown in appendices A and B of the Personnel Policies & Practices Resolution.

Bilingual, float and charge pay differentials shall not be added to the Y-rate.

The Deputy CAO - Human Resources or his/her designee shall have the sole authority to approve or deny a Y-rate for an employee who is reclassified to a lower class.

A permanent employee with over one (1) year of continuous service and who is not on probation in a class at the time of his/her reclassification to a lower class, who is denied the application of a Y-rate by the Deputy CAO - Human Resources or his/her designee, may appeal such denial to a joint committee consisting of a designee of the Deputy CAO - Human Resources or his/her designee, a representative chosen by the Union and a third party chosen by the first two appointees.  All other employees not Y-rated shall have no appeal.  Y-rating is not subject to the grievance procedure.

11.7     Deferred Compensation

The deferred compensation program shall be made available to permanent employees in the Supervisory Unit.

11.8     Ten Hour Break Rule

Employees in the classes of Administrative Nurse, and Administrative Nurse/House Supervisor at Natividad Medical Center who are assigned to work a second shift without a ten (10) hour break between shifts shall be paid a premium rate equal to one and one-half (1-1/2) times the appropriate rate of pay as determined in accordance with the standards set forth in Article 9.C for the hours worked in the second shift.

The ten (10) hour break rule shall not apply to:  a) hours worked on call back when an employee has been on standby duty under the provisions of subsection 11.2 above; b) hours worked on an employee's regular shift in cases where the additional time worked prior to the regular shift was for three (3) hours or less.

11.9     Mileage Allowance

A unit employee who is required to operate his or her own or a privately-owned automobile for the execution of official duties, shall be allowed, reimbursed, and paid the IRS rate for each mile necessarily traveled each month. 

No claim for mileage allowance shall be allowed by the Auditor-Controller unless and until it is accompanied by such report and form as may be required by the County Administrative Officer. 

11.10   Professional Development Stipend

On the first pay period of each new calendar year, Unit employees will receive a professional development stipend of $100.

The article takes effect the second year of the MOU.

12     NO PYRAMIDING

Premium rates that are expressed as a percentage of an employee's rate of pay, such as time and one-half (1-1/2) overtime which equals one hundred fifty percent (150%), shall be calculated based on the basic rate of pay as set forth in the then current Personnel Policies & Practices Resolution.  Special pay benefits (such as shift differential, bilingual, etc.) to which an employee may be entitled shall not be added to the pay base for the purpose of determining pay premiums based on a percentage of base pay.  Further, except for special pay benefits expressed in flat dollar amounts, time and one-half (1-1/2) shall be the maximum rate of pay to which an employee may be entitled even though some portion of time worked may qualify for premium pay under more than one (1) provision.

13     CLASSIFICATION PLAN MAINTENANCE

13.1     Classification Study Requests

In response to a written request from the Union for a reclassification study on a form prescribed by the Human Resources Division, the Human Resources Division shall acknowledge receipt of said request, and if a study is justified, indicate the target date for completion of the study, within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt of said request.

If the request for a study is denied or if the results of a completed study are not satisfactory to the Union, the Union may file a written appeal of the denial or the results with the assigned personnel analyst.  Written appeals must be received by the personnel analyst within ten (10) working days of receipt of the denial or results of the study. 

If the denial or results of a study are not satisfactorily resolved with the analyst, the Union may appeal in writing to the Assistant Human Resources Director indicating the specific justification for appeal of the analyst's decision.  If the denial or results of a study are not satisfactorily resolved with the Assistant Human Resources Director, the Union may appeal in writing to the Deputy CAO - Human Resources or his/her designee indicating the specific justification for appeal of the Assistant Personnel Director's decision.  Written appeals must be received by the Assistant Human Resources Director or the Deputy CAO - Human Resources or his/her designee within ten (10) working days of the Union's receipt of a response at the previous level.  The decision of the Deputy CAO - Human Resources or his/her designee shall be final. 

The Deputy CAO - Human Resources or his/her designee will periodically review the status of pending classification studies requests with a staff member of the Union.  This review will be scheduled to allow at least two (2) weeks between the time of review and the time of any action by the Board of Supervisors.

The provisions of this section shall not be subject to the grievance procedure article of this Agreement.

13.2     Working Out of Class Pay

In order for an employee to receive working out of class pay all of the following criteria must be met:

A.     The employee must be assigned to a higher classification whose salary range is at least five percent (5%) higher than the range of the employee's regular classification.

B.      The assignment must be to a vacant permanent position or to a permanent position whose incumbent is absent from work.

C.     The assignment must be for over twenty (20) consecutive working days.

D.     The employee must perform all of the duties of the higher classification.

For working out of class the employee shall be compensated at the step in the higher classification that provides an increase to the assigned employee of at least five percent (5%).  Such compensation shall begin on the twenty-first (21st) working day after the assignment to the higher classification.

14     INSURANCE

14.1     Medical Insurance

Health Insurance Stipend

Full-time, permanent unit employees shall be eligible to receive a monthly stipend of two hundred and ten dollars ($210.00).  In the alternative, these employees may choose to apply this benefit towards the County Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) health insurance plan, or they may select dependent coverage under the Monterey County Employee Health Plan (MCEHP).

 

Monterey County Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)

Full-time, permanent unit employees shall be eligible for the following:

                                                                             Monthly County Contribution

Employee                                                                              $263.00

Employee plus one dependent                                               $473.00

Employee plus family                                                             $463.00

 

Part-time, permanent unit employees who are scheduled to work a minimum of forty (40) hours, but less than sixty-four (64) hours in a pay period shall be eligible for the following:

Employee                                                                              $132.00

Employee plus one dependent                                               $237.00

Employee plus family                                                             $237.00

Part-time, permanent unit employees who are scheduled to work less than forty (40) hours in a pay period shall not be eligible for health insurance coverage.

 

Monterey County Employee Health Insurance Plan

There shall be implemented the Monterey County Employee Health Plan (MCEHP) on or before January 1, 1999.

For full-time unit employees enrolled in MCEHP, the County shall, during the term of the current MOU, contribute 100% of the premiums for employee and for the employee-plus-one coverage, and the premium less fifty dollars ($50.00) for family coverage.

This provision shall end with the term of the current MOU.  This provision or a replacement provision shall be negotiated into a successor MOU.          

Part-time unit employees, who are scheduled to work a minimum of forty (40), but less than sixty-four (64) hours a pay period, enrolled in MCEHP shall be eligible for the following:

                                                                             Monthly County Contribution

Employee                                                                              $131.65

Employee plus one                                                                $267.70

Employee plus family                                                             $289.18

Part-time unit employees, who are scheduled to work less than forty (40) hours shall not be eligible for health insurance coverage.

 

Alternative Benefit Option

Effective January 1, 1999, eligible employees providing proof of alternative health insurance coverage for them shall be reimbursed up to $263.00 per month under this option.

Administration of the option shall be subject to the guidelines attached as a side letter to this Memorandum of Understanding.

By mutual agreement, County and Union agree to reopen this Article and meet and confer regarding its terms and conditions at any time during the term of this MOU.

14.2     Dental

County agrees to pay the employee-only premium for dental insurance during the term of this Agreement.

14.3     Optical

County agrees to pay the employee-only premium for optical insurance during the term of this Agreement.  Dependent optical coverage shall not be available.

14.4     Life

The County agrees to provide ten thousand dollars ($10,000) in life insurance for employees.  In addition, subject to the terms and conditions of the underwriters, an employee shall have the option to purchase at the current county rate additional life insurance equal to one and one-half (1 1/2) times his/her basic annual earnings or to a maximum of $100,000. 

14.5     All Insurance

The County continues to have the right and the obligation to administer the various insurance programs.  These rights and obligations include but are not limited to the right to select the carriers and insurance claims administrators after consideration of the recommendations of the Health Insurance Review Committee and prior meeting and consultation with the Union.  Changes in insurance carriers or administrators shall not result in any appreciable reduction in benefits.  In the event a change in insurance carriers is made, an open enrollment period will be authorized.  The County shall provide Union and employees thirty (30) day written notice for premium rate changes by U.S. mail or by paycheck.

14.6     Health Insurance Review Committee

A Health Insurance Review Committee shall be composed of representatives from the County and duly designated bargaining units as follows:

County Administrative Officer appointees                         6 Members

MCEA                                                                            3 Members

SEIU                                                                               2 Members

Sheriff                                                                             1 Member

Attorneys                                                                        1 Member

Management Compensation Committee                           1 Member

Insurance Broker                                                             Advisory Member

The Committee shall meet on a monthly basis and shall review experience reports and other pertinent information and may make recommendations on plan administration and/or structure to the County Administrative Officer.

In the second year of the agreement, if the employee cost for dependent care rises above Twenty Dollars ($20) per month, the Union may request a re-opener for the purpose of negotiating the County contribution for dependent coverage.

14.7     Vision Examination and Glasses for VDT Operators

The County will amend the Vision Service Plan effective January 1, 1990 to provide an option for a second (2nd) pair of glasses tinted and designed for use with video display terminals (VDT's) for an employee whose manager certifies in writing to Risk Management that the employee uses a VDT 60% or more of his/her normal work time in order to perform duties.  Manager certification and endorsement of eligibility for VDT glasses by Risk Management must occur prior to an eye examination for an employee to be eligible for the VDT option.  The employee shall pay an additional $20.00 deductible for an exam which includes the VDT option.

14.8     Conditional Reopener

In the event the Health Insurance Review Committee or the Risk Manager recommends plan modification to the County Administrative Officer and the parties (i.e., Union and the County) agree on the modifications, the parties will reopen this Agreement to allow implementation of the agreed upon modifications.

14.9     Physical Examinations

Permanent full-time employees in unit F shall be entitled to a physical examination by appointment at Natividad Medical Center on a biennial basis (i.e., an examination every other year).  Results of the examination shall be treated confidentially. 

14.10   Disability Leave of Absence

State Disability Income Protection (SDI) Leave: 

Effective January 1, 1990, when an employee is on leave of absence and he/she is receiving State Disability Income (SDI) protection plan benefits, in addition to the period of time for which County contributions to health insurance continue as a result of the employee's use of twenty (20) hours or more sick leave per pay period, he/she shall receive one additional month of County paid medical insurance for the employee only for every eighty (80) hours of sick leave accrual balance he/she had as of the first day of continuous absence resulting from the condition which qualifies him/her for SDI benefits. 

 

Workers Compensation:

Effective January 1, 1990, when an employee on leave of absence is receiving Workers Compensation payments and he/she is utilizing integration of accrued sick leave to equal normal salary, he/she shall receive County paid medical insurance and his/her regular County contribution toward dependent medical insurance, if any, until he/she has zero (0) sick leave accrual balance.

14.11   Long-Term Disability Insurance

The County will facilitate the provision of voluntary long-term insurance via the payroll deduction process.  It is understood that long term disability insurance is wholly voluntary between the employee and the insuring company and that provision of such insurance is subject to the conditions set by the insurance company and may be cancelled by the insurer if its minimum enrollment standards are not met.  In the event of cancellation, the County will no longer facilitate long term disability insurance.

15     STATE DISABILITY INCOME PROTECTION PLAN

It is agreed that unit employees shall be covered by the State Disability Income (SDI) Protection Plan at their expense.  The SDI benefit will be integrated with County sick leave benefits.

16     HOLIDAYS

The following listed days shall be observed during the term of this Memorandum as legal holidays:

January 1                                                                New Year's Day

Third Monday in January                                         Martin Luther King JR's Birthday

Third Monday in February                                        Presidents' Day

Last Monday in May                                               Memorial Day

July 4                                                                      Independence Day

First Monday in September                                      Labor Day

November 11                                                          Veterans Day

Fourth Thursday in November                                  Thanksgiving

Fourth Friday in November                                      Day After Thanksgiving

December 24 *                                                       Christmas Eve

December 25                                                          Christmas

If any of the above listed holidays falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be the holiday in lieu of the day observed.  If one of the above listed holidays falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be the holiday in lieu of the day observed.  * Christmas Eve shall be observed as a holiday only on those days when an employee would normally not be scheduled to be off.  For example, an employee working a Monday through Friday schedule would observe Christmas Eve as a holiday when December 24th actually falls on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  All employees shall receive an equal number of holidays.

All employees, except as provided below, who work on a holiday shall be entitled to compensatory time off (CTO) on an hour-for-hour basis for up to eight (8) hours of such work on a holiday, unless the employee is paid for the holiday in cash, in which case no compensatory time off shall be granted.  Overtime eligible employees who, on a holiday, work in excess of either eight (8) hours or their normal daily schedule, whichever is greater, shall be entitled to overtime compensation for the time worked in excess of eight (8) hours or their normal work day, if greater. 

All employees at Natividad Medical Center shall be paid one and one-half (1 1/2) times their base rate of pay for any hours worked on a regularly scheduled county holiday plus straight time compensation or straight time compensatory time off for the holiday. 

17     VACATION

Effective January 1, 1990, for employees appointed to a permanent or seasonal position, the following vacation schedule shall apply:

0-2 years of service                                 3.70 hours per pay period (12 days per year)

After 2 years of service                            4.62 hours per pay period (15 days per year)

After 10 years of service                          6.16 hours per pay period (20 days per year)

After 18 years of service                          7.08 hours per pay period (23 days per year)

After 21 years of service                          7.39 hours per pay period (24 days per year)

After 25 years of service                          7.70 hours per pay period (25 days per year)

The maximum annual accrual for employees in this unit shall be three hundred (300) hours.  Vacation shall continue to be administered in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Personnel Policies & Practices Resolution except that vacation may be taken as earned during the first six (6) months of employment.

 

Vacation Buy Back:

Supervisory Unit employees may receive a straight-time cash payment for up to forty (40) hours of vacation per calendar year.  This vacation buy back shall be subject to the following requirements.

A.     Vacation can be cashed out only in increments of eight (8) hours

B.      The employee must have taken (used) ten (10) vacation days during the previous calendar year.

18     SICK LEAVE

18.1     Accrual Rate

All unit employees hired prior to February 18, 1984, shall continue to accrue sick leave at a rate of approximately twelve (12) days per year.  Employees hired after February 18, 1984, shall continue to earn sick leave at the rate of approximately ten (10) days per year.

18.2     Administration of Sick Leave

Except for the changes in accrual rates set forth in 18.1 the administrative procedures for sick leave shall continue as in effect as of July 1, 1983.

18.3     Retirement Payoff

Upon retirement or death, an employee shall be paid his/her accumulated sick leave up to a maximum of five hundred (500) hours.  In lieu of the cash out of five hundred (500) hours, effective January 1, 1992, employees retiring may convert up to seven hundred fifty (750) hours of their accumulated sick leave to the purchase of individual only health benefits under the County Health Plan.

18.4     Family Sick Leave

Permanent and seasonal employees may be granted use of accumulated sick leave by their appointing authority because of illness of a father, mother, brother, sister, wife, husband, child, grandparent, or grandchild, provided in the judgment of the appointing authority, a medical condition exists which warrants the employee's personal attendance.  In exceptional cases, such leave may be granted by the County for illness of father-in-law, or mother-in-law when it can be demonstrated that a bonafide illness exists that warrants his/her personal attendance during his/her normally scheduled work hours.  The appointing authority may require a physician's certificate or other substantiating evidence that such illness exists.  Such absence by the employee shall be limited to ten (10) working days in any fiscal year of paid leave when used for such purpose.

18.5     Bereavement Leave

Permanent and seasonal employees may be granted use of accumulated sick leave by their appointing authority because of death of a father, mother, brother, sister, wife, husband, child, grandparent, or grandchild.  Such absence by the employee shall be limited to five (5) working days per occurrence of paid leave when used for such purpose.  As a condition of granting leave for bereavement purposes, the appointing authority may request verification of the loss.  At the discretion of the appointing authority, such leave may be granted because of the death of a mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, or son-in-law. 

18.6     Parental Leave

Maternity:

Normal pregnancy and/or complications arising from pregnancy shall be considered an illness and shall be included within the provisions of this section.  An employee shall be eligible for leave of absence without pay for maternity leave of up to six (6) months regardless of whether or not said employee has used all accrued sick, vacation and paid-time-off leave.  Said leaves of absence shall be approved in accordance with the provisions for approval of other types of leaves of absence without pay.

 

Other Parental Leave: 

A unit employee may request a leave of absence without pay in addition to any vacation or sick leave taken in the event of the birth of a son or daughter or the adoption of a son or daughter less than six (6) years of age.  Said leave shall: 

Not be granted in addition to any maternity leave.

Be granted to any one employee no more than one (1) time in any two (2) year period. 

Be granted to no more than one (1) employee as a result of the same birth or adoption. 

Said leave shall be approved in accordance with the provisions for approval of other types of leaves of absence without pay. 

18.7     Verification of Sick Leave

County may require medical certification or other substantiating evidence of illness for any period of time for which sick leave is sought.  Medical certification for an absence of a single day will be required only if a pattern of abuse or excessive use of sick leave exists which requires said certification.

19     INVOLUNTARY LEAVE WITH PAY

An employee may be placed on involuntary leave with pay and benefits for a period not to exceed twenty (20) working days upon a determination by the County Administrative Officer that circumstances exist that make the immediate removal of the employee to be in the best interests of the County and that the employee cannot be effectively used in his/her job classification within the department.

 

20     UNIFORM ALLOWANCE

Effective July 29, 1989, every newly hired Park Ranger, Park Department employee in a maintenance classification, and Sheriff's clerical employee covered by the agreement who is required to have and maintain a uniform shall receive an advance credit to be used exclusively to purchase required uniform items.  Said uniform items shall be considered the property of the Parks Department or the Monterey County Sheriff's Department for a period of one year from the newly hired employee's date of appointment.  Any employee whose employment is terminated prior to the completion of one (1) year of service shall return all uniform items to the department or refund the full uniform credit.  Employees who receive the initial uniform credit shall not receive an additional uniform allowance during their first year of employment. 

The new hire advance credits shall be: 

Park Rangers:                                                            six hundred dollars ($600)

Park Department maintenance classifications:              two hundred dollars ($200)

Sheriff's clerical employees:                                        three hundred and fifty dollars ($350)

The monthly uniform allowance for those employees eligible for such monthly uniform allowance and not covered by the provisions of paragraph one of this article shall be as follows: 

The uniform maintenance allowance for employees in the Sheriff's Civil Division will be Thirty-Five Dollars ($35) per month.

The Health Department shall provide Animal Control Officers the first uniform and a monthly allowance of forty dollars ($40) for the maintenance, repair and replacement of uniforms.  If an Officer leaves the classification within one year after receiving the first uniform, all uniform items shall be returned to the Department.

The uniform maintenance allowance for Parks Department employees in the Park Ranger series who are required to maintain a class A and B uniform shall be Forty Dollars ($40) per month.

A uniform maintenance allowance for Parks Department employees in maintenance classifications who are required to maintain a class C uniform shall be Twenty-Five Dollars ($25) per month.

Payments will be made to each eligible employee no less than quarterly in any year.

The practice of the issuance of coveralls to Public Works Department's employees shall be continued to those presently eligible.

The practice of the issuance of uniforms to cooks in the Adult Rehabilitation Center shall be continued.

Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the authority of management to require employees to wear a uniform.  If employees are required to purchase or maintain a uniform, the County agrees to meet and confer with the Union concerning a uniform allowance.

21     SUPERVISORY EMPLOYEES LEAVE

During each twelve (12) month period beginning July 1, employees in Unit F may, with prior approval of their appointing authority, take up to three (3) days of leave with pay.  This leave may be taken only during the twelve (12) month period in which it was granted and it may not be carried over into any subsequent period.  No payment or other compensation for unused supervisory leave shall be allowed.

During the twelve (12) month period, one (1) additional day of educational leave may be taken by an employee for training or activities related to his/her career interests.  The employee shall give reasonable notice for the use of such educational leave and approval shall not be unreasonably withheld.

Approval by the appointing authority for leave which is used for training or educational purposes shall not in any way be construed to imply that the costs of the educational or training program shall be paid for the County or that the employee shall be eligible for tuition reimbursement.

The decision of the appointing authority in approving or denying requests for supervisory leave shall not be subject to the grievance procedure.

22     PERSONAL PROPERTY REIMBURSEMENT

Whenever an employee engaged in assigned official duties on behalf of the County sustains a loss of personal property, through no fault of the employee, that employee shall be eligible for reimbursement for such personal property.

A request for reimbursement must be submitted by claim to the appointing authority no later than thirty (30) calendar days from the date of loss. Management shall review the claim and when circumstances warrant, reimbursement shall be made.

A.     Claims based on cash losses or losses due to lost or stolen credit cards shall not be considered.

B.      Claims based upon damage to automobiles are subject to the following provisions.  All four (4) conditions must be met before consideration will be given:

1.      An employee, who drives his/her car incident to employment, shall have named the County as an additional insured on his/her automobile insurance policy as of the date the employee sustained the loss of his/her automobile.

2.      Evidence of the required insurance coverage must be presented.

3.      Invoice for work completed must be submitted.  Reimbursement is limited to Two Hundred Dollars ($200).

4.      The damage must have occurred while the employee was actually using the automobile on authorized County business, away from the employee's work place.

C.     No reimbursement shall be granted for losses covered by some other source, insurance policy or agency.

D.     A maximum limit of Two Hundred Dollars ($200) per incident shall apply to all claims for reimbursement.

E.      No claims for reimbursement for items having a present value of less than Ten Dollars ($10) shall be considered.

23     RETIREMENT

A.     It is understood and agreed that in the event legislation authorizing a second (2nd) and/or third (3rd) tier of retirement benefits is enacted during the term of this Agreement, the County may reinstitute the retirement program study group; and the Union agrees to participate in said study group.  It is understood that any change in the County retirement program would be subject to the meet and confer process as defined in Article 38.

B.      The County will make a three and one-half percent (3-1/2%) pick up of the employee portion of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) contribution.  Effective with the pay period beginning June 27, 1992, the County will make a seven percent (7%) pick up of the employee portion of the PERS contribution. 

24     JURY DUTY

It is understood that employees represented by Union shall continue to be covered by the provisions of the Personnel Policies & Practices Resolution dealing with Jury or Witness Duty.

To the extent practicable, the County will attempt to accommodate employees on evening or night shift, who are involuntarily called to jury duty, by temporarily assigning said employee to the day shift, so long as such assignment change does not result in a significant reduction in service levels, or require the payment of overtime to cover the shift from which the employee was temporarily reassigned.

25     GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

25.1     Grievance Defined

A grievance is defined as a dispute over the interpretation or application of this Memorandum of Understanding by an employee adversely affected thereby, but shall not include the following:

A.     Disciplinary actions as defined herein which shall be subject to appeal through the procedure contained in this Agreement for the appeal of disciplinary actions;

B.      Complaints regarding Affirmative Action, Occupational Health and Safety, Workers' Compensation or discrimination complaints based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, ancestry, handicap or sexual orientation or the applicable procedures for such complaints;

C.     The exercise of any County rights as specified in this Memorandum, so long as the exercise of such rights does not conflict with other provisions of this Agreement;

D.     Any impasse or dispute in the meeting and conferring process, or any matter within the scope of representation;

E.      Any matter for which a different appeals procedure is provided either by statutes, ordinances, resolutions, or agreements.

The Union shall be entitled to file a grievance on behalf of an employee adversely affected by a grievable matter.

The Union may file a grievance on its own behalf only on those matters which pertain to the rights of the Union as an organization as specified in Article 5 of this Agreement.

25.2     Limited Grievance Procedure Application

An employee shall be entitled to file a grievance which alleges that the County has failed to provide a specific condition of employment which is established by the Personnel Policies & Practices Resolution provided that the enjoyment of such right is not made subject to the discretion of the department head or the County, and provided further that the condition of employment which is the subject matter of the grievance is a matter within the scope of representation as defined in California Government Code Section 3504.  Such limited grievances may not be appealed to arbitration.

25.3     No Discrimination

There shall be no restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination or reprisal against any employee for exercising any rights under the grievance procedure.

25.4     Time Limits

The time limits set forth herein are essential to the grievance procedure and shall be strictly observed.  The time limits may be extended by agreement of the parties, however, any such extension must be confirmed in writing.

The grievant has the right to promptly proceed to the next step within the prescribed time limits if the appropriate management representative fails to respond within the time limits specified.

Failure of the aggrieved employee to file an appeal within the prescribed time limits for any step of the procedure shall constitute abandonment of the grievance.

25.5     Grievance Procedure Steps

Step 1     Discussion with Immediate Supervisor  

A.     The grievant shall first discuss the grievance informally with his/her immediate supervisor.  The discussion shall be held within fifteen (15) working days of the action causing the grievance or of the date the action reasonably could have been expected to be known to the grievant.  In no event shall any grievance be accepted for consideration more than six (6) months from the date of the action causing the grievance, regardless of the date the action became known to the grievant. 

B.      Every reasonable effort shall be made to resolve the grievance at this level.  The immediate supervisor shall verbally respond to the grievant within five (5) working days of the informal discussion between the grievant and supervisor.

Step 2     Formal Written Grievance

A.     In the event the employee believes the grievance has not been satisfactorily resolved, the employee shall submit the grievance in writing on an agreed to prescribed form to the  department head within ten (10) working days after receipt of the immediate supervisor's verbal response.  The grievant shall file one (1) copy with the Human Resources Division.  Such written grievance shall: 

1.      Fully describe the grievance and how the employee(s) was/were adversely affected;

2.      Set forth the section(s) of the Memorandum of Understanding, allegedly violated;

3.      Indicate the date(s) of the incident(s) grieved; 

4.      Specify the remedy or solution to the grievance sought by the employee(s);

5.      Identify the grievant and be signed by the grievant;

6.      Identify the person, if any, chosen by the grievant to be his/her representative.

B.      No modifications in the basic violation being alleged pursuant to this grievance procedure shall be made subsequent to filing of a grievance unless mutually agreed to by both the County and the grievant or the grievant's representative.  However, corrections in citations or other clarifying amendments can be made at any time by the grievant or the grievant's representative.

         The department head or his/her designee shall hold a meeting with the grievant within seven (7) working days of the receipt of the appeal.  The department head or his/her designee shall deliver his/her written decision to the grievant and/or his/her representative within three (3) working days of the date of the grievance meeting.   The department head's or his/her designee's decision shall include the reasons on which the decision is based and the remedy or correction which has been offered, if any, to the grievant.

Step  3 Personnel Director/Mediation

A.     If a grievance is not settled at Step 2 of the procedure, the grievance may be appealed, in writing to the Deputy CAO - Human Resources or his/her designee within ten (10) working days from the receipt of the department head's or his/her designee's written decision.  Said grievance appeal must specifically set forth the reason the answer(s) previously provided by management is/are not satisfactory.  A meeting may be held by mutual agreement of the parties.

B.      The Deputy CAO - Human Resources or his/her designee shall hold a meeting with the grievant within seven (7) working days of the receipt of the appeal.  The Deputy CAO - Human Resources or his/her designee shall deliver his/her written decision within ten (10) working days of the date of the meeting.

C.     In the event a represented employee chooses to waive a hearing by the Deputy CAO - Human Resources or his/her designee, the Union on behalf of the employee shall, within the ten (10) day appeal period, make a written request to the Deputy CAO - Human Resources or his/her designee to seek within ten (10) working days the assistance of a mediator from the State Conciliation Service in an attempt to resolve the grievance.  The mediator shall have no authority to resolve the grievance except by agreement of the Union and the County.  In the event the grievance is not resolved, neither evidence or concessions agreed to or offered during mediation shall be admissible at the subsequent hearing.

         If the grievance is not resolved through mediation, the Deputy CAO - Human Resources or his/her designee shall issue a written decision.

Step 4     Arbitration

A.     If a grievance is not settled at Step 3 of the procedure, the union and only the union may appeal the grievance in writing to the County Administrative Officer within ten (10) working days from the receipt of the Deputy CAO - Human Resources or his/her designee's written decision.

B.      The parties shall select a mutually acceptable arbitrator.  The fees and expenses of the arbitrator; the transcript for the arbitrator; and the court reporter shall be shared equally by the parties, it being understood and agreed that all other expenses including, but not limited to, fees for witnesses, transcripts and similar costs incurred by the parties during such arbitration, will be the responsibility of the individual party involved.

C.     The decision of an arbitrator shall be final and binding upon the parties but shall not add to, subtract from, nor otherwise modify the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

D.     The parties expressly agree that the term of this section shall expire as of the expiration date of this contract and that the status quo shall revert to a situation where there is no arbitration of grievances that occur after the expiration date of this agreement until or unless a successor agreement is approved by the Board of Supervisors.

25.6     Notice of Meetings

The County and the grievant or the grievant's representative shall be responsible for giving notice of meetings and conferences to their representative parties at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to any meeting regarding a grievance whenever possible. 

25.7     Representation

A.     The employee has the right to the assistance of one (1) employee representative/job steward in addition to a staff representative of the Union in the preparation and/or presentation of his/her grievance in Steps 1 through 4 of this procedure provided, however, that supervisory employees shall not represent non-supervisory employees.

B.      An employee is also entitled to represent him/herself individually at any step of the grievance procedure, except in the arbitration procedure outlined in this Agreement.  Only the Union may file for arbitration of a grievance.

C.     A grievant may not change his/her designation of representative organization during the processing of a grievance, except by mutual agreement of the parties.

D.     If the employee is represented in a formal grievance meeting, the department may also designate a management representative to be present in such a meeting.

25.8     Grievance Withdrawal

The grievant and his/her representative may withdraw the grievance at any  stage of the grievance procedure by giving written notice to the County representative who last took action on the grievance, with a copy to the Human Resources Division.

25.9     Grievance Resolution

If a grievance is resolved at Step 2 or 3  in the procedure as provided herein, the grievant concerned shall indicate acceptance of the resolution by affixing his/her signature in the appropriate space indicated.  If the employee has been represented by the Union at the Step of the procedure at which a resolution is reached, the Union representative shall also sign the appropriate document acknowledging that the employee has accepted the resolution. 

Decisions on grievances where an employee represents him/herself shall not be considered precedent setting or binding with regard to any future grievances filed with respect to the same or similar matters. 

25.10   Consolidation

The County may consolidate grievances, where, in its discretion, the grievances present substantially similar issues. 

The Union may file group grievances at the second step of the grievance procedure by listing each person who claims to be adversely affected and all other data required in this article.

25.11   Processing Grievances

The grievant shall be granted reasonable time off with pay from regularly scheduled duty hours to process a grievance, provided that the time off will be devoted to the prompt and efficient investigation and handling of grievances, subject to the following:

Neither a grievant nor a grievant's representative who is a county employee shall suffer any lost pay for attending any regularly scheduled grievance hearing required by the procedure herein set forth. 

A.     A grievant or a grievant's representative shall notify their supervisor as soon as possible of scheduled grievance hearings and of any changes in the time or date of scheduled hearings in which they must participate. 

B.      In no event shall a grievant be represented by more than one county employee at the grievance hearings.

26     LAYOFF PROCEDURES

26.1     Policy

The County may layoff an employee because of lack of work, lack of funds, material change in duties or organization, or in the interest of economy or causes outside the County's direct control.

The County shall inform the Union regarding the effects of any planned reduction in force or layoffs which will affect a department's work force.

The department shall contact the Union and offer to discuss the possible reduction and to invite suggestions for possible cost saving alternatives to layoffs. If alternatives to layoffs are not developed by the time the department determines a layoff should occur, the procedure outlined in Section 26.2 below shall be followed.

Departments and employees covered by other layoff procedures; i.e., Local Agency Personnel Standards, State Merit System, or Anti-recession Federal Regulations, shall be governed by those procedures.

26.2     Procedure

Layoffs will be determined within County departments, not the County as a whole.  In the event of a reduction in force in a department, the department head shall designate the classes, positions, and number of employees to be eliminated.  The department at this time shall provide the Union with a current seniority list for those employees and classes affected.

Layoffs shall be made among all representation unit employees in the same class series within a County department in the following order:

Temporary employees

Probationary new employees (excluding promotional probationary employees.)

Seasonal employees*

Permanent employees

*Excluding the Agricultural Department.

No permanent employee within a department shall be laid off in any class if there are temporary employees in an active status in the same class within that department.

Layoff shall be by ranking sequence of employees except as otherwise provided herein.

26.2.1     Rank in Class Defined

For purposes of layoff rank shall be defined as the length of continuous service in a class series as determined by County personnel records while occupying a permanent position within the County. Continuous service for purposes of ranking for layoff shall be defined to include work related injury leave of up to one (1) year's duration.

26.2.2     Natividad  Medical Center--Temporary Status Option

A permanent employee of Natividad Medical Center subject to layoff shall be entitled to assume temporary employee status in lieu of layoff provided the

employee is qualified to assume the duties and responsibilities of an existing temporary position and class.  No new temporary positions shall be created for the sole purpose of eliminating permanent employees.

26.2.3     Order of Layoff, Exception to Ranking Sequence

Layoffs of employees within each category of employment status within a department and within a class series shall be based on ranking sequence unless it can be demonstrated that:  1) an employee possesses special skills, training, or abilities, or 2) the employee's past job performance or disciplinary record justifies an alternative ranking, or 3) the employee may be, by virtue of ranking sequence subject to disparate treatment.

26.2.4     Ranking in Previous Class

A permanent full-time employee may elect to be ranked with employees in any class in the same department with the same or lower salary in which the employee has served in permanent status in the County service.  An employee must notify his/her appointing authority within two (2) days after receipt of written notice of layoff of election of this option except if the second day following notice of layoff is not a regularly scheduled work day, the employee may give notice on the next work day.

26.2.5     Demotion in Lieu of Layoff

In lieu of layoff, the department head may offer a permanent employee a demotion to any class for which the employee is qualified. Employees demoted in lieu of layoff pursuant to this paragraph shall not be eligible for the "Y" rating procedure. An employee who accepts a demotion in lieu of layoff shall have the right of restoration to his or her former class when an opening occurs and his or her ranking sequence warrants restoration subject to the provisions of Section 26.4 below.

26.3     Notice

Written notice of layoff shall be served on the affected employees in person or mailed by the United States Postal service to the employee's latest address on file with the County.  The layoff notice shall be served or mailed at least twenty-one (21) calendar days prior to the expected effective date of separation unless delay results from consideration of demotion under the provisions of Section 24.2.4.  The notice shall include:

A.           The reason for the layoff.

B.            The effective date of the action.

C.           A reference to the provisions governing reemployment.

D.           Notice that employment counseling is available.

A copy of the notice shall be given to the Union.

26.4     Reemployment of Employees Laid Off

The names of persons laid off under these procedures shall be maintained on a departmental recall list for the class series from which the employee was laid off for a period of one (1) year from the date of layoff. When filling using a departmental recall list to fill a position in a class from which layoffs have occurred within the one (1) year recall period, the department head shall reemploy laid off employees from the appropriate departmental recall list in inverse order of layoff.  During the one (1) year recall period, no new employee shall be hired nor shall any employee be promoted to a class from which layoffs have occurred until all employees on layoff status in that class have had the opportunity to return to work.

However, when the best interest of the County requires an employee with demonstrated special qualifications, skills or training, or for affirmative action considerations, the department head may make an exception to the above order of recall in order to appoint an employee out of ranking sequence.

Every employee given notice of layoff may request employment counseling and evaluation in order to determine those job classes within the County for which the employee meets employment eligibility requirements and desires to be considered for employment from a preferred eligible list. Such counseling and evaluation shall be available by appointment in order of request.  Following the counseling and evaluation, laid off employee's name shall be placed on a preferred eligible list for each class designated as a result of the counseling and evaluation.  When the Human Resources Division receives a request to refer applicants to a department for a vacant position in a class for which there exists a preferred eligible list, the laid off employee on the list shall be considered for employment prior to any job applicant.  A competitive job related selection process may be used to determine the order in which laid off employees on a preferred eligible list for a class will be referred for an interview.

A laid off employee may be removed from the department recall list or a preferred eligible list for any of the following reasons:

The expiration of one (1) year from the date of layoff,

Reemployment within the County,

Failure to accept employment or report to work,

Failure to appear for a job interview after notification by telephone or by mail addressed to the employee's last address on file with the County,

Failure to respond within seven (7) days to a communication regarding availability of employment,

Request in writing by the laid off employee to be removed from the list.

26.5     Status of Employees Reemployed From a Preferred Eligible List

Employees who are reemployed from a preferred eligible list shall serve a new probationary period, and otherwise be treated as a new employee with the following exceptions:

Former employees who are hired from a preferred eligible list shall be entitled to:

A.     placement at up to step 5 in the class into which they are hired provided that the salary upon rehire does not exceed the salary the employee was receiving at the time of layoff,

B.      reinstatement of credit for service time (ranking) as of the data or separation from County service,

C.     credit for all prior service for the purpose of determining vacation and sick leave accrual rates, and

D.     restoration of any sick leave balance credited to the employee's account on the date of layoff.

26.6     Restoration of Benefit for Recalled Employees

Any employee who has been laid off and is hired from a departmental recall list under the terms of this article within one (1) year from the date of layoff shall be entitled to:

Restoration of permanent status for employees who are rehired from a departmental recall list and class from which they were laid off, and who have completed their probationary period.  For employees who have not completed their probationary period, credit for that portion which has been completed shall be given if rehired from a departmental recall list.

Restoration of all sick leave credited to the employee's account on the date he was laid off.

Credit for all prior service for the purpose of determining vacation accrual rates.

Placement in the same step of the salary range the employee held at the time of layoff.

Reinstatement of credit for service time (ranking) as of the date of layoff.

26.7     Insurance Coverage

Each permanent employee who is enrolled in the County Health Plan at the time of layoff may, prior to the effective date of the layoff, elect to enroll in a health insurance conversion plan offered by our then current health plan administrative carrier.  In the event the laid off employee so elects, the County will pay an amount equal to two (2) times the employee only premium at the time of layoff toward the cost of the health insurance conversion plan.  The above insurance provision does not apply to employees who retire coincidental to their layoff.

26.8     Appeal Procedure

An employee directly affected by the operation of this policy may, within five (5) working days after a notice of layoff is received, request a meeting with a department head or the department head's designated representative to review the application of this policy as it affects the employee's status.  The employee may be accompanied by a representative of the Union.

The Union, and only the Union, after making an attempt to resolve the matter informally, may within seven (7) days of the date of an alleged violation of this policy file a grievance for final consideration and determination at the department head level in accordance with the provisions of the grievance procedure in effect between the County and the Union.  A grievance filed in accordance with this paragraph shall not be subject to Article 28, "Arbitration," of this Agreement.

27     DISCIPLINE

27.1     Disciplinary Actions

The appointing authority or his/her designee may take disciplinary action against any employee in the service of Monterey County provided that the rules and regulations prescribed herein are followed and that any permanent or seasonal employee who is not on any form of probationary status has the right to appeal pursuant to this section, except as herein provided.  As used in this section, "disciplinary action" shall mean dismissal, involuntary leave, disciplinary demotion, reduction in salary,  or  written reprimand.

27.2     Notice of Proposed Disciplinary Action

In order to institute disciplinary action the appointing authority or his/her designee shall serve notice of the proposed disciplinary action in accordance with the following procedures. 

Except as otherwise provided herein or when emergency or other special circumstances require immediate action, a notice of proposed disciplinary action (other than for  written reprimands) shall be delivered to the employee, either personally or by the United States Postal Service, to the current address listed on the employee's most recent personnel action form, no less than five (5) calendar days prior to the effective date of any punitive action against the employee. 

The notice of proposed disciplinary action shall include the following:

A.     The nature of the disciplinary action;

B.      The effective date of the action;

C.     The causes for the action in ordinary, concise language with the dates and places thereof, when known;

D.     A statement that identifies the material upon which the action is based and states that it is available for inspection; and 

E.      A statement advising the employee of his/her right to respond either verbally or in writing to the appointing authority or his/her designee imposing the disciplinary action prior to the effective date, the right to be represented in that response, and that members of the bargaining unit are represented by SEIU Local 817, and the address and telephone number of the union office.

27.3     Notice of Implementation of Discipline

In the case of an involuntary leave without pay of three (3) working days or less or an involuntary leave with pay of twenty (20) working days or less, the involuntary leave may be imposed by a single notice containing items A, B, C and D of Section 27.2 above. This notice shall be delivered to the employee on or as soon after the effective date of the suspension as possible. 

Except as provided above, in order to implement the proposed disciplinary action or a lesser disciplinary action based on the same cause(s), a notice of disciplinary action shall be delivered to the employee, either personally or by the United States Postal Service to the current address listed on the employee's most recent Personnel Action form, on or before the effective date of the disciplinary action. 

The notice of disciplinary action shall contain the information in items A, B, C and D of Section 27.2 above and, in addition, shall include a statement as to the right of appeal and representation by a party of his/her own choice and shall include a referral to the section of this Agreement concerning appeals from disciplinary action and shall include a statement that members of the bargaining unit are represented by SEIU Local 817 with the address and the telephone number of the union office. 

27.4     Written Reprimand 

An appointing authority or his/her designee may reprimand an employee by furnishing  the employee with a statement, in writing, of the specific reasons for such reprimand.  A copy of notice of the reprimand shall be given to the Human Resources Division for inclusion in the employee's personnel file, and shall not be subject to appeal, but the employee and/or his/her representative shall have the right to discuss the reprimand with the appointing authority or his/her designee.  The appointing authority or his/her designee may correct the reprimand, or notice of reprimand, at his/her discretion.  The employee may submit a written response that shall be placed in his/her personnel file. 

27.5     Involuntary Leave Without Pay

Any involuntary leave without pay invoked as a disciplinary action under this section against any employee in the County service, whether for one or more periods, shall not exceed sixty (60) calendar days in any one (1) calendar year; provided, however, that where an employee is placed on involuntary leave without pay because of criminal information or indictment filed against such employee, the period of involuntary leave may exceed sixty (60) calendar days and continue until, but not after, the expiration of thirty (30) calendar days after the dropping of charges, or the judgement or conviction or acquittal of the offense charged in the complaint, or indictment has become final.  An employee placed on such involuntary leave shall forfeit all rights, privileges, and salary while on involuntary leave.

The sixty (60) day restriction shall apply only to managerial imposition of discipline and is not intended to restrict the ability of a third party neutral to invoke a greater period of involuntary leave.

27.6     Involuntary Leave Pending Investigation for Disciplinary Action

An appointing authority or his/her designee may place an employee under his/her control on involuntary leave from his/her position at any time for reasons of investigation for disciplinary action.  Such involuntary leave may be either with or without pay subject to the limits set forth in Section  27.6  of this article. 

Written notice of such involuntary leave shall be given to the employee as soon as possible but not later than seventy-two (72) hours after such action is taken.  Such involuntary leave is not a disciplinary action and shall not be subject to appeal unless it, or any portion of it, subsequently becomes a disciplinary action.  In the event an employee is placed on involuntary leave without pay under this section and the appointing authority takes no disciplinary action, he/she shall reinstate the employee to his/her position and restore all rights and privileges and back pay for the time lost during the involuntary leave. 

27.7     Reduction in Salary

An appointing authority may reduce the salary of an employee, for disciplinary reasons, provided that such reduction shall be to a step within the salary range of the classification of the position held by the employee.  An employee so reduced in salary shall retain his/her anniversary date but shall not be eligible for advancement to a higher step in the salary range of his/her job classification for a period of six (6) months from the date such reduction in salary became effective.

27.8     Disciplinary Demotion

An appointing authority may demote an employee, for disciplinary reasons, to any position with a lower salary range, provided the employee meets minimum qualifications for the lower-level position.  Such demoted employee shall not be eligible for promotion for a period of six (6) calendar months.

27.9     Dismissal

The continued tenure of each employee who has permanent status shall be subject to his/her satisfactory conduct and the rendering of efficient service.  Should the cause for disciplinary action so warrant, an employee may be dismissed.

27.10   Absence Without Leave Separation

An employee absent from duty for a period which exceeds three (3) working days without authorized leave shall be considered to have abandoned his/her position and to have automatically resigned. 

Such resignation shall be rescinded by the appointing authority if the employee can show to the satisfaction of the appointing authority that it was impossible to contact the department of employment, provided the employee contacts the department within five (5) working days of notice of separation under this section through United States Mail.

27.11   Statute of Limitations

Any disciplinary action for cause against a county employee shall not be valid unless the notice of disciplinary action is served within one (1) year of the date of discovery of the event which gave rise to the cause of discipline.  Matters of serious nature (e.g., fraud, embezzlement, falsification of records) shall require written notice to the employee of disciplinary action within three (3) years after the event which gave rise to the disciplinary action.  Disciplinary action based on fraud, embezzlement, or the falsification of records shall be valid, if the notice of such action is served within the three (3) years after the discovery of such fraud, embezzlement, or falsification.

Nothing herein shall preclude the County from disciplining an employee for cause which consists of a course of conduct or history of performance that began more than three (3) years prior to the notice of disciplinary action.  Such disciplinary and/or performance record of beyond three (3) years shall be used only to determine the disciplinary penalty to be imposed.

27.12   Appeals from Disciplinary Action

Only permanent employees, or seasonal employees with more than one (1) year of service, and who are not on probation, shall have the right of appeal from disciplinary actions other than written reprimands.  

An employee who is eligible to appeal disciplinary actions under this section, may have other disciplinary appeal procedures available to them such as, but not limited to, the "LAPS" (Local Agency Personnel Standards) disciplinary appeal procedure.  In such cases the employee must, at the time of filing of the initial appeal, indicate which appeal procedure he/she is filing under.  This designation of appeal procedure at the time of filing shall constitute a binding election of that appeal procedure and an irrevocable waiver and forfeiture of any and all rights of appeal under any other appeal procedure.

The written notice of appeal must:

A.     State the basis of the appeal and contain a specific admission or denial of each of the material allegations contained in the notice of disciplinary action, and;

B.      Be filed with the County Administrative Officer within  ten (10) working days of the effective date of the disciplinary action, and;

C.     Indicate which of the available appeal procedures the appeal is being filed under (for instance the LAPS procedures or the procedures set forth in this Agreement).

Appeals to arbitration shall only be filed by the Union.

Failure to appeal within the time limit set forth in this section shall constitute an irrevocable waiver of the right to process the appeal to arbitration.

Within ninety (90) calendar days of the receipt of the appeal to the County Administrative Officer the County and the Union shall agree upon an arbitration hearing date.

The parties shall select a mutually acceptable arbitrator.

The fees and expenses of the arbitrator shall be shared equally by the parties, it being understood and agreed that all other expenses including, but not limited to, fees for witnesses, transcripts and similar costs incurred by the parties during such arbitration, will be the responsibility of the individual party involved.

28     PROBATIONARY PERIOD

28.1     Term of Probationary Period

Upon each appointment to a permanent position, except as outlined below, an employee shall serve a probationary period of nine (9) months dating from the date of his/her appointment.  During the probation period, an employee has no right to appeal and serves at the pleasure of the appointing authority. 

Employees newly hired into the job class of Communications Supervisor after August 1, 1991, shall serve a one (1) year probationary period.  During the one (1) year probationary period, an employee has no right to appeal and serves at the pleasure of the appointing authority.

Park Ranger classifications shall serve a one (1) year probationary period.

Prior to the conclusion of the nine (9) month probationary period and with approval of the County Administrative Office, the appointing authority, may, for cause, extend the probationary period upon furnishing the employee with a statement of the reasons for such extension and the standards that must be met in order for the employee to successfully complete the probationary period. 

During the nine (9) month probationary period, a minimum of two (2) performance evaluations shall be completed no later than four (4) and eight (8) months after the initial appointment date. 

For those employees serving a one (1) year probationary period, a minimum of two (2) performance evaluations shall be completed no later than five (5) and ten (10) months after the initial appointment date.

Employees reclassified into a new position prior to July 1, 1996, shall be required to serve a six (6) month probationary period.  Thereafter, only employees of the Department of Social Services reclassified into a new position shall be required to serve a six (6) month probationary period.

An employee who has successfully completed the probationary period will be eligible for advancement to the next higher step in a salary range upon completion of one (1) year of continuous service in his/her class.  If the County Administrator determines that due to administrative or clerical error or omission an employee failed to complete probation or to receive a step advancement on the date on which he/she was otherwise eligible, the employee shall be removed from probation or advanced one step effective on the date he/she became eligible. 

28.2     Employees Terminated During Probation in a Promotional Class

The parties reaffirm their understanding that employees who have been promoted and thereafter are dismissed during probation in such promotional class, enjoy no procedural or substantive rights.  However, to lessen the impact of a dismissal on such employees, and so that the skills possessed by such employees may be available to the County, the parties agree that such dismissed employees may be returned to their former class if a vacant position exists in that class.  If an employee is not returned to his former class, s/he may elect to follow the procedures outlined in section 24.4 "Reemployment of Employees Laid Off" paragraph 3 of this Memorandum of Understanding for placement on a preferred eligible list.  An employee electing to pursue placement on a preferred eligible list must notify the Personnel Director of his desire to do so within five (5) working days of notification that s/he will not be returned to his former class.

The decision to place such a dismissed employee on a preferred eligible list shall be in the sole, exclusive, and unreviewable discretion of the County. No action taken by the County concerning an employee dismissed while serving a probationary period shall be subject to appeal, review, or to any grievance procedure or arbitration procedure whether such procedure be contained in this Memorandum of Understanding, the Personnel Resolution of the County of Monterey, the Employee Relations Resolution of the County of Monterey, or any other statute, ordinance, resolution or agreement.

This article shall not impair the liberty interest rights of any employee.

29     REQUIRED NOTICE

In the event Natividad Medical Center anticipates a pending merger, sale, closure, leasing assignment, divestiture, or other transfer of ownership and/or management of its operations in whole or in part, the Union shall be notified in writing sixty (60) days prior to the effective date of such action.  The County agrees to arrange a meeting between the successor employer and the Union for the purpose of discussing a smooth transition of operations, employee wages, hours, working conditions, and Union recognition.  The County also agrees to provide the Union a list of names and addresses of all Unit member employees.

This Article shall not be subject to the grievance procedure.

30     PERSONNEL RECORDS

The County and the Union agree that personnel records are not subject to public inspection.

All personnel records are and remain the property of the County.

Employees shall have the right to inspect and review any official record relating to his/her performance as an employee which is kept or maintained by the County.

When any comment adverse to an employee's interest is entered in his/her official personnel records, the employee shall have opportunity to read the adverse entry.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this item, County and the Union agree that an employee is not entitled to inspect or review such documents as reference letters, background investigations, records pertaining to investigation of a possible criminal offense, or material designated confidential by law.

At his/her request, an employee shall be provided one (1) copy of any document placed in the employee's file except for employment applications and those documents listed above.

An employee, or a staff representative of the Union with the prior written consent of the employee, may upon request inspect that employee's personnel file during regular business hours by appointment.

The appointing authority shall keep the official personnel records of all employees within his/her department.

It is mutually recognized that all performance related materials contained within an employee's personnel file may provide material substance and support to proposed and imposed disciplinary actions.  Nothing in this Agreement shall preclude the use of any material in an employee's personnel file from being used in any proceeding involving the decision of the appointing authority to take disciplinary action against the employee.

31     TRANSFERS

The County retains the sole right to transfer employees from one (1) work site to another.  Except when an immediate transfer is necessary to meet the requirements of the department, employees shall receive notice five (5) working days prior to the effective date of the transfer.

Employees who desire to be transferred within their respective job classes to a specific work location within their own department may submit a written request for transfer to the appropriate department representative.  Such requests filed hereunder shall be retained for a period of one (1) year from date of filing and must be renewed if the employee still desires to be considered for reassignment beyond that date.  Management shall respond to the request for transfer by notifying the employee of the status of their request within ninety (90) calendar days of its receipt.

When Management contemplates filling vacancies and/or openings by transferring employees from one work site or location to a different location, Management will consider the following criteria:

The overall needs of the department

Requirements of job

Ability to perform job

The duration and/or permanence of the transfer

Length of service with the department

32     USE OF VOLUNTEERS

No volunteer program shall have the effect of displacing any county employee. The County shall meet with the Union to discuss any county-wide volunteer program before implementing such a program.

33     CONTRACTING OUT

The County and the Union agree to implement and abide by the provisions of the policy on contracting out which was adopted on March 23, 1982, and any modifications thereto to which the parties may agree from time to time insofar as it involves work that has previously been performed by employees in the unit.  It is further agreed, however, that proposal to contract for work from third parties that involve labor costs of Sixteen Thousand Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($16,250) or less or for leases, lease-backs, lease purchases or other facility agreements, work required by law to be contracted out, and continuations of existing contracts are excluded from this section and the County may proceed with such contracts without notifying the Union.

Grievances alleging a violation of this policy shall be filed at step three. The only remedy which may be ordered pursuant to such a grievance is proper compliance with the policy.

The Board of Supervisors may proceed without meeting and discussing if circumstances justify urgency action.  Advance written notice of six (6) working days of intention to proceed on such a basis shall be given to the Union prior to any Board action; provided nothing herein shall hamper the Board's lawful exercise of authority under state law in emergency situations.

34     POLYGRAPH EXAMS

It is agreed that the use of polygraph examinations shall be limited to pre-employment background investigations for any higher level position and investigations in "Criminal Justice" departments into allegations or charges which, if proven true, may constitute the basis for criminal charges.

No bargaining unit employee shall be required to cooperate with, participate in or submit to any polygraph examinations as a condition of continuing employment except as specified above.

35     EMERGENCY AUTHORITY

Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit the authority of the County to make changes for the purpose of preparing for or meeting an emergency.  For the purposes of this article, any change in law or circumstances that significantly reduces currently existing or anticipated revenue levels, shall be included within the definition of an emergency.  Such emergency actions shall not extend beyond the period of the emergency.

Whenever practicable, the County will meet and consult with the Union prior to taking action under the authority of this section.  After taking action under the authority of this section, the County, upon request, will meet and confer with the Union over the practical consequences that the emergency action taken had on those terms and conditions of employment that are within the scope of representation.

36     REST PERIODS

Effective January 1, 1990, employees in all bargaining unit classes are entitled to a fifteen (15) minutes duty free rest period during each four (4) hours of continuous work. 

A rest period shall count as fifteen (15) minutes of time worked for calculation of pay. 

Rest periods may be suspended when unusual emergency conditions require continuous performance of duties in order to protect or preserve life or property. 

Rest periods may be suspended for up to five (5) continuous days when short term staffing shortages require continuous work in order to provide essential services; additional suspension of rest periods within thirty (30) days due to staffing shortages requires approval by the Personnel Director. 

37     PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS

An employee who does not agree with the overall rating which he/she receives on his/her written performance evaluation shall discuss and attempt to resolve the differences with his/her immediate supervisor. 

If discussion with his/her immediate supervisor does not result in resolution of the differences, the employee may file a written request to meet with the next level of management.  Said request shall state the unresolved issues and the specific changes in the written performance evaluation which the employee is seeking.  The appropriate manager shall meet with the employee to discuss the unresolved issues. 

If the issues are not resolved to the employee's satisfaction following discussion with the appropriate manager, the employee may within ten (10) working days file a written request for a meeting with the department head.  Within ten (10) working days of receipt of a written request stating the unresolved issues and the desired changes in the written performance evaluation, the department head shall meet with the employee to discuss the issues.  Within ten (10) working days of said meeting, the department head shall respond in writing to the employee.  The decision of the department head shall be final and not subject to the grievance procedure. 

38     CONCERTED ACTIVITIES

The parties to this Agreement recognize and acknowledge that the services performed by the County employees covered by this Agreement are essential to the public health, safety, and general welfare of the residents of the County of Monterey.  Union agrees that under no circumstances will the Union recommend, encourage, cause or permit its members to initiate, participate in, nor will any member of the bargaining unit take part in, any strike, sit-down, stay-in, sick-out, slow-down, or picketing (hereinafter collectively referred to as work-stoppage), in any office or department of the County, nor to curtail any work or restrict any production, or interfere with any operation of the County.  In the event of any such work-stoppage by any member of the bargaining unit, the County shall not be required to negotiate on the merits of any dispute which may have given rise to such work-stoppage until said work-stoppage has ceased.

In the event of any work-stoppage, during the term of this Agreement, whether by the Union or by any member of the bargaining unit, the Union by its officers, shall immediately declare in writing and publicize that such work-stoppage is illegal and unauthorized and further direct its members in writing to cease the said conduct and resume work.  Copies of such written notice shall be served upon the County.  In the event of any work-stoppage the Union promptly and in good faith performs the obligations of this paragraph, and providing the Union had not otherwise authorized such work-stoppage, the Union shall not be liable for any damages caused by the violation of this provision.

The County shall have the right to discipline, to include discharge, any employee who instigates, participates in, or gives leadership to, any work-stoppage activity herein prohibited, and the County shall also have the right to seek full legal redress, including damages, as against any such employee.

39     PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM

Should all represented miscellaneous employees agree to holding a two percent (2%) at fifty-five (55) election, the County agrees to oversee such an election with the assistance of the State Mediation and Conciliation Service. 

In the event the majority of miscellaneous employees elect a two percent (2%) at fifty-five (55) retirement plan, all employees will be responsible for any and all costs associated with this enhanced retirement plan.

40     SEPARABILITY

If any section, subsection, paragraph, clause or phrase of this Agreement is, for any reason, held to be invalid or unconstitutional, such invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect the validity or constitutionality of the remaining portions of this Agreement, it being hereby expressly declared that this document, each section, subsection, paragraph, sentence, clause and phrase thereof, would have been adopted irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subsections, sentences, clauses, or phrases be declared invalid or unconstitutional.

41     FULL UNDERSTANDING MODIFICATION, WAIVER

It is intended that this Agreement sets forth the full and entire understanding of the parties regarding the matters set forth herein, and any other prior or existing understanding or agreements by the parties, whether formal or informal, regarding any such matters are hereby superseded or terminated in their entirety.

Existing matters within the scope of representation which are not referenced in the Memorandum of Understanding and which are subject to the meet and confer process shall continue without change unless modified subject to the meet and confer process.  The County assures the Union that unless changes are warranted by operational necessity it does not intend, nor does it anticipate, during the term of this Memorandum of Understanding any change, modification or cancellation of wages, hours, and working conditions which are subject to meet and confer and which are presently in effect or contained in this Memorandum.

Except as specifically provided herein, it is agreed and understood that each party hereto voluntarily and unqualifiedly waives its right, and agrees that the other shall not be required, although they may mutually agree otherwise, to negotiate with respect to any subject or matter covered herein or with respect to any other matter within the scope of negotiations, during the term of this Agreement.

Any agreement, alteration, understanding, variation, waiver, or modification of any of the terms or provisions contained herein shall not be binding upon the parties hereto unless made and executed in writing by all parties hereto, and if required, approved and implemented by the County's Board of Supervisors.

The waiver of any breach, term or condition of this Agreement by either party shall not constitute a precedent in the future enforcement of all its terms and provisions.


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SIDE LETTER AGREEMENT

Between Monterey County and SEIU, Local 817,

Representing General and Supervisory Units

 

GENERAL AND SUPERVISORY UNITS NEGOTIATIONS – 1999

 

 

It is understood and agreed that the issue addressed in this side letter agreement shall not be subject to the grievance procedure.

 

County and Union agree, on a trial basis, to add Section 27.14 to the General and Supervisory Units MOU's as appears below.  It is understood that this trial step of the disciplinary appeals procedure is meant to provide a mandatory last step before arbitration for all disciplinary actions described below.  County or Union may cancel this agreement at any time during the life of this MOU with thirty (30) days advance notice.  Unless canceled by either party, this side letter shall be made part of the J & F Units MOU's 60 days prior to the expiration of this agreement.

 

27.14      Appeal to Review Committee

 

A.        Disciplinary actions which may be appealed to Review Committee are:

1)         Involuntary leave without pay

2)         Reduction in salaries

3)                  Dismissal

 

B.         A written appeal to Review Committee must be received by the Deputy CAO - Human Resources within ten working days from the receipt by the employee of the notice of disciplinary action.  The appeal must specifically state the basis of the appeal and contain a specific admission or denial of each of the material allegations contained in the notice of disciplinary action.

 

C.        Within ten working days of the receipt of a timely appeal, the Deputy CAO - Human Resources will coordinate scheduling of a Review Committee.  Whenever possible, the hearing shall take place within fifteen working days from the date of receipt of the appeal by the Deputy CAO - Human Resources.  The date of the hearing will be by mutual agreement among the Review Committee member.

 

D.        Review Committee shall have three members:

1)      Chief Administrative Officer or his/her designee shall serve as Chairperson

2)      County Counsel or his/her designee

3)            Executive Director of SEIU Local 817 or his/her designee

 

E.         The purpose of the Review Committee is to investigate the facts and factor pertinent to the appeal and to gain all the information necessary to make a decision.  The Review Committee will interview the employee filing a disciplinary appeal, the supervisor whose decision to discipline is involved and, if necessary, other persons involved in the case.  Except for good cause to the contrary, the employee, the employee's Shop Steward and the supervisor may be present during fact-finding.

 

F.         The proceedings of the Review Committee will have two parts:  fact-finding and disposition.  After fact-finding, the Committee will move to disposition, which is private discussion among the three Committee members.  The Union shall be provided adequate time to consult with the Appellant Prior to a vote on disposition.

 

G.        Disposition by the Review Committee will have one of two possible outcomes:  a unanimous decision or no decision.  A unanimous decision shall be in writing and shall be issued by the Committee Chairperson within ten working days following the conclusion of the hearing.  A decision that adjusts or modifies the disciplinary action requires a unanimous decision.  A Unanimous decision shall be final and binding.  An appeal settled by unanimous decision may not be referred to arbitration.

 

H.        Both the proceedings and the outcome of the Review Committee shall be without prejudice to County or Union, and shall not be used in the arbitration of the subject appeal or the disposition of any future appeals.

 


SIDELETTER AGREEMENT

 

Between Monterey County and SEIU, Local 817,

Representing General and Supervisory Units

 

GENERAL AND SUPERVISORY UNITS NEGOTIATIONS – 1999

 

It is understood and agreed that the issue addressed in this side letter agreement shall not be subject to the grievance procedure.

 

Operational Union Access Procedures for NMC

 

Union Representatives will place a call to department heads for interviews and contact with SEIU members.  Upon entry to any county facility, the Representative would contact Human Resources person or their designee by regular phone or in-house phone, to report their presence, with a follow-up call or drop-in upon exiting.  For the delivery of materials (i.e. ballots, informational flyers, etc.) that do not require more than cursory contact with members, the Representative will call the Human Resources Department upon entry or exit of the facility.

 

In the last year of the current MOU and six months prior to its expiration, this policy or an alternative policy that has been mutually agreed upon by County and Union will be made part of Article 5.4 of the MOU.

 


SIDE LETTER AGREEMENT

 

Between Monterey County and SEIU, Local 817,

Representing General and Supervisory Units

 

GENERAL AND SUPERVISORY UNITS NEGOTIATIONS – 1999

 

It is understood and agreed that the issues addressed in this side letter agreement shall not be subject to the grievance procedure.

 

TELECOMMUTING POLICY

During the term of this agreement, the Deputy CAO - Human Resources will meet and discuss with SEIU the employees' interest in a telecommuting policy.  Should the County agree to develop a telecommuting policy, SEIU can request to meet and discuss the proposed policy with the Deputy CAO - Human Resources.

 

ARMED PARK RANGER CLASSIFICATION

During the term of this agreement the Director of Parks will meet and discuss with SEIU the possibility of the County developing an Armed Park Ranger classification.

 

EMAIL USAGE

Within ninety (90) days of the ratification of this agreement, the Deputy CAO - Human Resources shall issue a County-wide policy regarding the personal use of email.  The policy will include unit member's use of email for union business, as outlined below:

1.         No broadcasting of messages

2.         No confidential or individual-specific information may be communicated, such as information regarding a disciplinary action, etc.

3.         Messages may not malign the county, its employees or officials

4.         Messages may not be used to coordinate any job actions

5.                  Violation of the County's Email Policy could result in the permanent revocation of this privilege.

 

EMPLOYEE TRAINING

During the term of this agreement, SEIU may appoint three (3) employee advisors to the Executive Director of the Leadership Institute in the following areas:

1.         The development and growth of the Leadership Institute.

2.         The development of employee training programs that enhance employee career opportunities.

3.                  To provide input in to County-wide training programs.

 

2% @ 55

During the term of this agreement, SEIU may reopen the agreement for the purpose of discussing a PERS 2% @ 55 election or any relevant legislation that the County may consider adopting as policy.

RETIREE HEALTH INSURANCE

In reference to Article 14.1, Medical Insurance, should there be a mutual reopener on health insurance, SEIU may discuss health insurance for retirees.