Union Business Time for employees shall be provided as specified in this Memorandum of Understanding and as required by law. The table below is provided as a guide only.
The Union’s request for release time shall not be made capriciously or arbitrarily and time demands on any one employee shall be within reasonable limits and with the approval of the designated supervisory representative.
At the Union’s request to use County Release Time, other release time requests not contemplated on the list above will be submitted to the Employee Relations Manager or designee for consideration.
Effective July 1, 2016, in order to gain an understanding of the travel time and overtime backfilling used for Union Business, the parties agree to track this time during the term of the MOU. When requesting Union Business Release Time under Section 4.12 of the MOU, the Union shall specify the total amount of time requested, differentiating the amount of travel time and meeting time to be used.
During the tracking period of the term of the 2016-2018 MOU, for the first six hundred (600) annual hours of Union Business Release Time Bank, travel time of more than one hour per person per request shall be subtracted from the Time Bank. The parties agree to meet and confer over the charging of travel time for the first six hundred (600) hours in negotiations for a 2018 successor MOU.
For the remaining two hundred (200) hours of Union Business Release Time and for any donated hours in the Union Business Release Time Bank, the Union Business Release Time Bank shall be charged:
- For travel time as well as meeting time.
- When paid release time for Union Business will result in overtime to backfill the position, the County will charge the Union Business Release Time Bank at the overtime rate. The County shall communicate to the Union the identity and number of hours worked by the replacement employee.
The Union shall defend, indemnify, hold harmless, release and save the County, its agents and employees, from and against any and all claims, demands, suits, orders, judgments, expenses or other forms of liability arising out of or in connection with this Article and/or any action taken by the County and/or the Union under this Article, including, but not limited to, Union members taking paid release time to attend to Union business. This indemnification clause shall be in addition to any other remedy available to the County under this contract or provision of the law.
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