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ATU Local 268 Contract
PART II -— OPERATING DEPARTMENTS

Article 1. Definitions
As used in this Part, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

  1. Bus and Rail Operators: Employees who are qualified and engaged in work as drivers of buses, or employees in full charge of running one-person cars in passenger service, who collect fares. Employees who are qualified and engaged in work as motormen and conductors.

  2. Crew: Wherever the word “crew” appears, it is understood to mean an operator or one or more rail operators.

  3. Four/Ten Run: A regular run that is scheduled to operate four (4) days a week and pay a minimum often (10) hours per day.

  4. Five/Eight Run: A regular run that is scheduled to operate five (5) days a week and pay a minimum of eight (8) hours per day.

  5. Regular Run: On all schedules, a regular run is a scheduled day’s work for one crew. For a five/eight run, the sum of all scheduled vehicle time, pull-out time, paid time between pieces, and travel time amounts to at least eight (8) hours. The four/ten runs’ sum of scheduled vehicle time, pull-out time, paid time between pieces, and travel time amounts to at least ten (10) hours.

  6. Bonus Run: Runs whose straight time hours are less than eight (8) hours but because of limitations imposed on the number of permissible trippers, are bonused to eight (8) hours. The four/ten runs whose straight time hours are less than ten (10), and for the same reason stated for eight (8) hour runs, are bonused to ten (10) hours.

  7. Hold Down: Runs vacated by the regular operator for five (5) or more work days, or in the case of four/ten work, for four (4) or more work days (i.e., vacation, sick, Workers’ Compensation, etc.).

  8. Tripper: On all schedules, a tripper is a piece of work whose combined platform time does not exceed six (6) hours.

  9. Scheduled Work: Scheduled work shall mean work included in schedules posted at districts. It does not include temporary patches, extra work or charters.

  10. Extra Work: All non-scheduled work, time late on scheduled work and pieces of regular runs or trippers which have been split shall be considered extra work, except for work on charters.

  11. Regular Person: A bus or rail operator who selects a regular run and maintains that assignment for the period of the pick.

  12. Extra Board Person: A bus or rail operator who, at a given pick, selects the extra board or is placed on the extra board, will retain that assignment on the extra board throughout the period for which the pick is effective.

  13. Extra Board: The extra board is a list of fuN-time operators maintained for the purpose of filling all work not being performed by regular full-time or part-time operators.

  14. Four/Ten Employee: A regular full-time employee whose work assignment is guaranteed to be a minimum of ten (10) hours per day at straight-time pay for four (4) days per week.

  15. Straight Run or Straight Tripper: A straight run or straight tripper is one which has no unpaid interval within the scheduled spread of the run or tripper.

  16. Swing Run Or Tripper: A swing run or tr ;pper is one, which is scheduled to have at least one unpaid interval during the scheduled spread of the run or tripper.

  17. Spread: Spread is the time, which elapses between the time when a person or crew first goes to work for the day, and the time when the person or crew finishes for the day.

  18. Report: Bus and rail operators who have been assigned to duty for the day and who have not been excused from duty (on account of sickness or the like) are required to report to the district dispatcher or clerk at the times designated by the district. Extra persons assigned to night runs shall not be required to report on the following day until the expiration of an 8-hour interval following completion of the night run.

  19. Day Run: A day run is one which is scheduled to be completed on or before 7:30 p.m, except for the four/ten run which is scheduled to be completed before 8:00 p.m.

  20. Late Run: A late run is one which is scheduled to be completed after 7:30 p.m., except for the four/ten run which is scheduled to be completed after 8:00 p.m.

  21. Owl Run: An owl run is one which is scheduled to start around midnight and is completed around 8:00 am., except for the four-ten run which is scheduled to start around midnight and is completed around 10:00 a.m.

  22. Pull-Out Time: Pull-Out time is the time allowed bus.and rail operators who are scheduled to pull out of a district in order that they may report and perform the duties required of the crews which pull out of a district.

  23. Vehicle Time: Scheduled vehicle time starts when a vehicle is scheduled to leave the district on a pull-out trip and ends when a vehicle is scheduled to arrive at a district on a pull-in trip. Vehicle time includes all the time during which a vehicle is scheduled to be making trips.

  24. Bonus To Make 8 Hours: Time paid but not worked which is necessary to increase the pay time of a regular run to the required 8-hour minimum excluding spread penalty is referred to as bonus time to make eight (8) hours.

  25. Bonus To Make 10 Hours: Time paid but not worked which is necessary to increase the pay time of a regular run to the required 10-hour minimum excluding spread penalty is referred to as bonus time to make ten (10) hours.

  26. Owl Bonus: Premium paid for working owl runs.

  27. Intervening Time: The interval of time between a scheduled assignment (regular run or tripper) and extra work, if any, shall be known as intervening time.

Article 2. Seniority
Section 1. All bus and rail operators shall have their respective places at the district at which they are employed in accordance with their seniority standing at that district. The employees longest in continuous service respectively as bus and rail operators at the district at which they are employed shall have the first choice of runs, and so on down the list until all runs are filled.

Date of service starts with the day an operator begins to work following satisfactory completion of prescribed training.

Section 2. Transfers for Lack of Work
When employees are transferred from one district to another district because of lack of work at their district, they shall be given their choice in accordance with their standing on the extra list and will start at the foot of the list at the district transferred to, but will retain their seniority standing at their own district. Before any new employees are employed in their own district from which they were transferred, they will be given an opportunity to return in accordance with their seniority standing. If, however, they prefer to remain in the new district, they will be deemed to have forfeited their seniority in their old district, and their seniority in the new district will be as of the date of transfer.

Section 3. Displacement of Lines
When vehicles of one type displace vehicles of another type, or should there be a consolidation of operating districts or garages, seniority shall prevail insofar as the employees can satisfactorily qualify.

Section 4. Transfer or Merger of Lines
When any line is merged with another line and/or transferred from one district or garage to another district or garage, the number of employees required for the schedule in effect at the time of the merger or transfer plus approximately one-seventh (1/7) the number of employees required for the schedule will be temporarily transferred with the line. If the merger or transfer occurs between contractual or scheduled picks, the operators who picked and are working the affected line(s) will be transferred. If the merger or transfer occurs at the time of a contractual or scheduled pick, the transferred operators will be the least senior operators, or volunteers, if any, at the district from which the line(s) originated. They shall work on the merged or transferred line(s) until the next contractual or scheduled pick becomes effective.

At the time of the next contractual or scheduled pick, operators who have temporarily transferred may return to their original district in accordance with seniority if they so desire, and other operators at the original district may permanently transfer to the new district if additional transfers are required by the schedule at the new district. Operators who hereby elect to permanently transfer with a line may pick runs on any lines at the district to which they have transferred, and they will carry their seniority which they held before the transfer, but they will forfeit their seniority at the district from which they have transferred.

Section 5. Separate Operating District
The Rapid Rail and Light Rail shall be combined into a separate operating district. This district shall be known as the Rail Operating District. The establishment of the Rail Operating District shall occur as soon as possible after contract ratification. The Rail Operating District shall be staffed with employees from the Rapid Rail and Light Rail. Employees on the Rapid Rail and Light Rail shall be merged into a common Rail Operating District seniority list. All rail operators must certify on both the former Light Rail Operations and Rapid Rail Operations. The Authority will provide training for such certification where necessary.

Section 6. Future Manpower Needs
If and when additional Rail Operating District employees are required, the Authority will fill those positions first from a seniority list of all part-time rail operators. Part-time bus operators who wish to transfer to part-time rail operator vacancies may apply and if selected will forfeit their bus district seniority.

Article 3. Picking Work
Section 1. The right of selection of runs will be granted to bus and rail operators at least four (4) times a year (March, June, September and December). The dates on which these picks become effective shall coincide with the beginning of a payroll period. In case schedules are changed on dates other than above and as often as they may be changed, the Authority may assign affected employees until the next pick. In the event a non-contractual pick is scheduled within thirty (30) calendar days before or after a regular contractual pick (i.e. March, June, September and December), the contractual pick may be canceled at the Authority’s discretion.

Section 2. The district will post all regularly scheduled runs on master pick sheets seven (7) calendar days prior to the pick.

Section 3. Trippers are assignable to part-time operators and not subject to pick.

Section 4. The master sheet will indicate all days on which each regularly scheduled run works. Days on which these regularly scheduled runs and bonus runs do not work will be blocked out.

Section 5. In picking five (5) days of work or four/ten assignments or extra board, all bus and rail operators will be required to leave choice sheets (proxies) indicating their selection of daily work on any line or lines or extra board operating out of the district with the pick supervisor at or before their picking time. At each operator’s scheduled picking time, his/her choices will be posted on the master pick sheet by the pick supervisor (or Union board member). All regularly scheduled runs are to be picked. Four/ten runs must be picked in complete blocks until four (4) day same runs are broken (i.e., no four days of the same run remain available), then the operator may select from the remaining four/tens that are available. Any remaining runs that cannot be assigned as either four/ten or five/eight weekly assignments will be assigned to the extra board. The selection of runs and the extra board shall not be mixed, and four/ten runs shall not be mixed with traditional five/eight runs. An operator shall select either five (5) days of work runs, a four/ten work week or the extra board.

Section 6. The two (2) days in five/eight and extra board or three (3) days in picks of four/ten assignments on which each bus and rail operator did not select work will constitute his/her days off, providing those days are available on the day off sheet. If the days in question are not available to be utilized as days off, the operator will be required to change his/her pick of working days to conform. Operators picking four/ten assignments will get three (3) consecutive off days as long as they are available. In no event will the operator selecting a four/ten assignment get less than two consecutive days off.

Section 7. All picking is to be done at the operator’s district beginning on Monday or Tuesday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Each operator will be assigned a seven (7) minute time period for picking in accordance with his/her seniority standing.

Section 8. Operators who are working and cannot be at the district when they are scheduled to pick will be given a form on which they may enter three (3) run pick choices.

Section 9. During the period of the pick, a pick supervisor will be assigned the responsibility for handling the pick. In the event an operator is working and none of his/her pick choices are available, it will be the duty of the pick supervisor to contact him/her so he/she may pick in his/her turn.

Section 10. In the event an operator cannot be contacted, the Union board member, if present at the time, and the pick supervisor will jointly pick a run for the operator as similar as possible to the one he/she is presently holding in the event his/her present run is not available.

Article 4. Change in Runs Between Picks
If, after a bus or rail operator has picked a scheduled run, part or all of the run is cut, then the person who picked that run is guaranteed the time originally in the run for every day that he/she works as long as the current pick remains in effect. In this case when it is possible for the district to give such a person a similar run the person must work that run if he/she is to receive his/her guaranteed pay time. Temporary patches are not considered a part of a picked run, should not be on the “picking sheet,” and can be cut or altered at any time.

Article 5. Move Ups and Move Backs
Section 1. Vacancies shall be filled on the dates coinciding with the beginning with each work week.

Section 2. When a bus or rail operator is going to be out of service due to leave of absence or extended injury/illness, that bus or rail operator’s run shall be considered an open run until the next pick or the bus or rail operator returns to work. When a bus or rail operator has been out of service due to leave of absence or extended injury/illness and a pick is scheduled, the operator will be permitted to pick or a pick will be made for him by the Union board member or the Authority. That picked run shall be considered an open run until the bus or rail operator returns. When a bus or rail operator is going to be out of service due to leave of absence or extended injury/illness, that bus or rail operator’s run will be placed on the extra board as a “hold down” for the duration of the vacation or extended injury/illness period.

Section 3. If a pick is scheduled during the absence of the bus or rail operator, he/she will be permitted to pick or a pick will be made for him/her by the Union board member or the Authority. That picked run shall be offered as a “hold down” until the bus or rail operator returns.

Section 4. Picking of “hold downs” shall coincide with the beginning of each work week. The successful operator shall work the “hold down” for the duration of work available. When an Extra Board Operator is awarded a “hold down”, no additional work will be assigned to said operator except when the District is experiencing a shortage of operators and the operator has agreed in advance to such work.

Article 6. Make-Up of Runs and Trippers, All Schedules
Section 1. All scheduled regular runs shall pay at least eight (8) hours per day and ten (10) hours in cases of four/ten runs, excluding spread penalty. Bonus runs shall pay a minimum of eight (8) hours per day for a five (5) day work week and a minimum of ten (10) hours per day for four/ten runs, excluding spread penalty.

Section 2. The percentage system wide, of regular runs presently required to be straight shall be fifty percent (50%) on weekdays, seventy-five percent (75%) on Saturdays and one hundred percent (100%) on Sundays. Bonus runs are not included in calculated percent of straight runs versus swing runs. The percent of trippers system wide shall not be greater than eighteen percent (18%) of the number of regular runs. The percent f four/ten runs shall not exceed twenty percent (20%) of all regular runs system wide and mdy not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the regular runs at any one district.

Section 3. Owl runs on all schedules shall be straight and shall be completed as near 8:00 a.m. as possible. Wherever practical, Owl runs will be scheduled so as not to finish on freeways. The four/ten Owl run shall be completed as near 10:00 a.m. as possible.

Section 4. Regular five (5) day runs must be completed within thirteen (13) hours of platform time. Trippers must be completed within twelve (12) hours plus one-half (1/2) trip of platform time. The four/ten run must be completed within fourteen (14) hours of platform time.

Section 5. No regular run or tripper shall have more than one unpaid interval. Section 6. For work other than straight runs, a layover of one minute shall be scheduled for each ten (10) minutes of round trip running time, and in no event shall this layover be less than five (5) minutes per round trip. Also, no less than five (5) minutes of this layover may be scheduled at one end of the line.

Section 7. In straight runs not less than twelve percent (12%) of running time shall be scheduled for both layover and meal break purposes. Within this period every straight run shall include a paid meal period of no less than twenty (20) minutes between the second and sixth consecutive hour of work.

Section 8. Time points will be installed on all local lines from end to end at locations determined by management.

Section 9. All runs shall be picked in weekly packages. Packages of weekly work assignments will be developed in complete blocks of the same run for five days for five/eights or for four days for four/tens until the same runs are broken (i.e. until no five or four days of the same run remain available for packaging). To the extent practicable runs shall be packaged so as to maximize the number of consecutive days off and weekends off.

Article 7. Bonus Allowances and Premium Payments
Section 1. Pull-Out: Bus and rail operators shall be allowed ten (10) minutes for getting a vehicle out each time required to pull-out from a yard or garage.

Section 2. Time Between Pieces: Any Interval of less than sixty (60) minutes between scheduled pieces of work shall be paid.

Section 3. Intervening Time Between Scheduled Work and Extra Work: An interval of less than thirty (30) minutes between a scheduled assignment (regular run or tripper) and extra work shall be paid, subject to the same payment as that applying to the extra work as outlined in Part II, Article 8, Section 2.

Section 4. Owl Bonus: All Owl runs shall pay a bonus of thirty (30) minutes in addition to the minimum pay of a regular run, or the required pay for the actual time worked whichever of the two (2) is the greater. (This bonus shall not be recoverable).

Section 5. Bonus to Make 8 or 10 Hours: Regular runs operated by regular full-time operators, shall pay a minimum of eight (8) hours for five/eight runs or a minimum of ten (10) hours for four/ten runs, excluding spread penalty. Bonus time to make eight (8) hours or ten (10) hours shall be paid to regular runs which would otherwise pay less than eight (8) hours or less than ten (10) hours, excluding spread penalty. Full-Time operators on the extra board who are assigned a regular run shall be paid whatever the run pays.

Section 6. Spread Penalty: An additional half-time shall be paid for work in scheduled five/eight and regular runs, trippers or extras, exceeding a spread of eleven and one-quarter (11-1/4) hours. An additional half-time shall be paid for work in scheduled four/ten regular runs exceeding a spread of twelve and one-quarter (12-1/4) hours. This penalty shall be a three-quarter (3/4) time penalty for work in trippers exceeding a spread of twelve (12) hours, for work in scheduled five/eight regular runs exceeding a spread of twelve and one-half (12-1/2) hours, and for work in scheduled four/ten regular runs exceeding a spread of thirteen (13) hours. Spread penalty shall apply to yardpersons, service monitors and traffic checkers as well as to transportation operating employees and transportation supervisors, Grades 5 and 6.

Section 7. Instructing: Bus or rail operators assigned to instructing a student or other employee shall be paid one dollar ($1.00) per hour in addition to their regular rate. This premium pay is not subject to any overtime payment.

Section 8. Travel Time: When a run or tripper is scheduled to pull into a yard or garage other than the one it pulled out of, travel time is allowed the crew for approximate time required to travel between the points.

Section 9. Accident Reports: Bus and rail operators shall be paid thirty (30) minutes for making out accident reports, provided they have complied with the rules of the Authority concerning the handling of accidents. No part of this shall be used to recover 8-hour or 10-hour bonus time, and it shall not be a part of daily or weekly overtime. Time spent by bus and rail operators making out accident reports shall not be used as part of the weekly guarantee time. The ten (10) hour bonus time applies to four/ten runs.

Section 10. Time to Make One Minute: One-half (1/2) minute shall be added to the pay time of a run when necessary to make the pay time of a run an integral number of minutes.

Section 11. Weekly Guarantee: Bus and rail operators, and station attendants shall be guaranteed a minimum of forty (40) hours total pay time per week on either a 5-day or 4-day basis. The forty (40) hour, four (4) day weekly guarantee applies to bus and rail operators holding four/ten run assignments. Any work done on a scheduled off day shall be paid in addition to the forty (40) hour guarantee. This guarantee shall be reduced by one-fifth (1/5) or by one-fourth (1/4) for each of the five (5) or four (4) scheduled work days an employee for reasons of his/her own is not available for work as set up by the district except that a bus, rail operator, or station attendant who misses and subsequently reports for work and is given an assignment for that day which he/she performs shall be considered as having fulfilled his/her obligation for that day including misses. For purposes of calculating the guarantee, the first (1st) day in each week will be Sunday. Overtime premium and holiday pay shall not be considered part of the guarantee, except that holiday pay may be considered part of the guarantee when the operator, trainman or station attendant is not required to work on the holiday. Bus and rail operators and station attendants may be marked up for work on a scheduled day off or they may report on a scheduled day off on a voluntary basis. After a bus rail operator, or station attendant has qualified for his/her forty (40) hour guarantee he/she would not be marked up for work or receive work on a voluntary report until all other bus and n operators, or station attendants have been marked up for work which will count toward their forty (40) hour guarantee. An operator working his/her scheduled day off will be paid a minimum of four (4) hours.

Time spent by bus and rail operators making out accident reports, reporting to the Claims Department, or in court, shall not be used as part of the weekly guarantee time. All dai and weekly tripper guarantees will be eliminated but full-time operators on the extra board will retain a forty (40) hour weekly guarantee and full-time regular operators will continue to be guaranteed 8 hours or 10 hours per day, whichever is applicable, and 40 hours per week.

Article 8. Overtime
Section 1. Scheduled time in regular runs in excess of eight (8) hours or ten (10) hour whichever is applicable, except spread penalty and Owl bonus, shall be paid at time and one-half.

If an employee misses a work assignment as the result of an absence, the RTA, at its option, shall be permitted to deny the employee overtime for the next seven (7) days. For the purpose of this section, absence shall be defined to include sick time and any unpaid absences.

Section 2. Extra work in addition tóa regular run or tripper:

  1. In addition to a regular run: Extra work of less than five (5) minutes is not paid. Extra work in addition to a regular run, if five (5) minutes or over, shall be paid at time and one-half except for all or part of any time which has already been paid for, provided further that: Extra work in addition to scheduled straight runs or within the scheduled spread of swing runs shall not be paid until the amount of time paid as bonus to make eight (8) hours or ten (10) hours has been worked. All extra work completed one (1) hour or more before a scheduled straight run or extra work outside the scheduled spread of a swing run shall be paid even though the run pays bonus to make eight (8) hours or ten (10) hours. Extra work or late time within an interval of time between pieces which is already paid for in the run shall not be paid. Owl bonus shall not be recovered by any extra work. Regular day persons working extra after 7:30 p.m., or 8:00 p.m. for four/ten runs, shall be paid for the extra work after 7:30 p.m., or 8:00 p.m., even though the run pays bonus time to make eight (8) or ten (10) hours.

  2. In addition to a tripper: Extra work in addition to a tripper (if five (5) minutes or more) shall be paid at straight time until total pay time, excluding spread penalty, equals eight (8) hours and at time and one-half for all time over eight (8) hours, except for all or a part of any time which has already been paid for.

  3. Split Runs or Extra Work: The time in daily assignments made up of parts of regular runs, part of trippers, or extra work or a combination of such work in excess of eight (8) hours excluding spread penalty, shall be paid at time and one-half, if the employee completes all his/her regularly-scheduled work assignments for the week. Note: The Provisions of B and C above apply under the same described condition for four/ten work assignments.

Section 3. Weekly Overtime:

  1. Overtime at the rate of one and one-half times the hourly rate shall be paid for all hours of work in excess of forty (40) straight-time hours of work in any one week. Sunday is designated as the first (1st) day of the work week. Straight time hours of work shall mean the sum of vehicle time, pull-out time, scheduled travel time, pull-in time, time between pieces, and time spent in assignment other than platform duty, to the extent that any or all of such work is paid at straight time on a daily basis. There shall be no duplication of daily and weekly overtime.

  2. Hours upon which weekly overtime I not paid are spread, daily overtime payment, Owl bonus, report pay, time to make eight (8) or ten (10) hours daily minimum, payments to make weekly guarantee, and time for making out accident reports. Non-scheduled travel time which is presently paid for in cases where an employee is required to pull-out or leave a vehicle in a district other than his/her home district, and straight-time hours paid for time spent with the Claims Department and in Court, shall be included in weekly overtime.

Section 4. Overtime on Day Off: Platform employees shall be paid at the rate of time and one-half for work within the basic 8-hour day, or 10-hour day where applicable, on their scheduled days off when such work is done at the Authority’s request.

Section 5. Duplication of Overtime: Time and one-half shall not be paid more than once for the same working time (spread penalty excepted), and any work paid at time and one- half shall not be included in hours upon which weekly overtime is computed.

Article 9. Qualifying for Other Transportation Work
Section 1. Operators training for work on vehicles for which they have not been qualified, training for work at other districts or where employees are transferred with lines to other districts, or where new lines start to operate out of a district shall be compensated as follows:

  1. Two (2) hours of pay per day, computed at each such respective employee’s hourly rate, in addition to the daily earnings of such employee; provided that selectees during the period of training shall be in tripper service; and provided further that the hours of training shall not exceed five (5) hours daily until completed to the satisfaction of the instructor in charge, or

  2. Employees who shall be assigned solely to training service shall be paid for each day of such service in an amount equal to their then rate of pay for the number of hours assigned, with a minimum of eight (8) hours. If the training for such service is occasioned by a transfer of service requested by the employee, or for a change of service occasioned by the physical condition of the employee, or for the purpose of effectuating disciplinary action, such training shall be with compensation.

Section 2. The District Director shall decide which of these two described bases for training and pay shall be used.

Article 10. Cancellation of Assignment
All bus and rail operators who report at a specified time on the order of the Authority, other than for report, and on account of the weather or for other reasons not their own are not called upon for work, shall be allowed one and one-half (1-1/2) hours time for reporting. Should they report at a specified time on order of the Authority and, for any reason not their own, do not start to work at the specified time, they shall be paid for all elapsing time between the specified time of reporting and the time they start to work. Should a person reporting on order of the Authority be released and be told to report at a later time, the same rule will hold on the second specified reporting time.

Article 11. Report Pay
Section 1. Bus or rail operators scheduled to work but who have no specific assignment shall be required to report to their district on that day at the report times set by the district.

Section 2. Bus and rail operators will be paid for report time when required by management to report at the district. No report pay shall be included in calculating spread or overtime payments.

Section 3. If a bus or rail operator does not receive a work assignment on any such day, he/she will be paid report pay equal to the actual hours at straight time that he/she is held at the district on report with a minimum of two (2) hours. This payment will either: (a) be credited towards the 40-hour weekly guarantee; or (b) be paid in addition to all accumulated pay time earned in the remaining days of the work week.

Article 12. Extra Board
The Authority shall determine the size of the extra board based on the requirements of each operating district as dictated by absenteeism, including scheduled lea ies and extra work. Rules Governing Operation of the Extra Bard are addressed in Appendix F.

Article 13. Missing
Section 1. A miss is defined as a faure to report to work at the prof er time an place or the failure to telephone at least ninety (90) minutes before the scheduled report time. If a bus or rail operator misses and appears for work after his/her scheduled time, he/she loses his/her run or tripper for the day and may work an alternate assignment that day. The employe&s weekly guarantee also shall be reduced by eight (8) hours or ten (10) hours, as applicable, and the employee shall be paid only for the actual time worked that day. An operator who fails to report or telephone within four (4) hours of the scheduled report time will be charged with both a miss and an AWOL.

Section 2. When a bus or rail operator accumulates eight (8) misses he/she will be subject to discharge. However, if the bus or rail operator does not miss for a period of thirty (30) days, one (1) miss shall be removed from his/her record. The 30 day period shall be days actually worked. On a one time only basis, on November 14,2017all operators shall have two (2) misses removed from their records.

Section 3. Whenever a bus or rail operator misses and does not receive an assignment, he/she may be required by the Authority to also report at 2:00 p.m. that same day. Provided, however, that when an employee who misses in the A.M. is required to report at 2:00 p.m. as per this Article, he/she shall not be required to work past 7:30 p.m.

Article 14. Uniforms
Section 1. Bus and rail operators shall be required to wear standard uniforms. Specifications for uniforms, including caps, blouses, shoes and other equipment, shall be determined by the Authority. Suspenders must be concealed when the uniform is without a coat.

Section 2. The Authority will contribute a maximum of $450.00 per year toward the purchase price of standard uniforms or parts of uniforms, including shoes, purchased by bus or rail operators, and any other employee required to wear the standard uniform. This contribution will not be paid until bus and rail operators satisfactorily complete their six-month probationary period.

Section 3. Employees may only purchase approved uniform items as identified by the Authority and through the selected vendor.

Section 4. Employees must be in active pay status in order to purchase uniforms. Employees that are on an unpaid leave or absence, workers’ compensation, short-term disability, or transitional work assignment for two (2) weeks or more will be ineligible to purchase uniforms.

Section 5. Employees will be ineligible to purchase uniforms within 30 days of their date of retirement.

Article 15. Yard Work
Section 1. Whenever an opening occurs for yard work, the position shall be filled according to seniority from the operators’ list at that district, provided, however, that such persons can qualify to the satisfaction of the Authority. Yard work shall be paid at the operator’s rate of pay. Yardpersons shall continue to be classified as operators and will retain operator seniority. They shall receive the one-person operator’s rate.

Section 2. Operators at their respective districts shall pick yardpersons jobs in the order of their operator seniority. Only qualified rapid transit operators may pick rapid transit yard person jobs. Operators who pick yardperson jobs must be approved for that work by the District Superintendent. Picks will be held annually at the time of the March quarterly picks. All yardperson jobs shall be subject to these picks.

Section 3. Operators who work as yardpersons in bus garages will report to the Assistant Equipment Supervisor and shall be subject to his/her supervision. Their normal work week will be Monday through Friday.

Article 16. Reporting to Claims Department or Court
Section 1. Bus and rail operators who are parties to an investigation or litigation in which the Authority requires such service, shall be paid at the regular rate of wages for time spent in the Claims Department or at court.

Section 2. If the Authority is not directly involved in an accident and a bus or rail operator is called to court as a result of having made a report of such accident, he/she shall be paid for all time lost. No overtime, except weekly oveitime, shall be paid for this work other than that called for by the regular run from which the employee is required to lay off. Time spent by bus or rail operators reporting to the Claims Department, or in court, shall not be used as part of weekly guarantee time.

Article 17. Fare Collection and Change Making
Section 1. The fare collection system now in effect known as the “Exact Fare” system will remain in effect. Bus and rail operators will not be required to make change or sell tickets or passes.

Section 2. Station attendants will not be required to make change or sell tickets or passes until the station to which they are assigned is equipped with cash registering devices and security provisions are in place. Section 3. All operators and station attendants on duty at stations where cash registers and reasonable security precautions are not in place, will be required to issue refund slips for amounts up to one dollar.

Article 18. Chartered Service
Section 1. For employees whose only work for the day is charter work:

  1. And for trips on which the driver remains with his/her coach until completion of the charter work for the day:

    1. If the duration of the charter work for the day is less than ten (10) hours, all driving time plus layover shall be paid at straight time with a minimum of eight (8) hours (bonus time to eight (8) hours may be recovered)

    2. If the duration of the charter work for the day is over ten (10) hours, driving time plus one-half (1/2) the lay-over shall be paid at straight time with a minimum often (10) hours. Additional half time shall be paid for spread of duty in excess of eleven (11) hours.

    3. If a charter trip remains away from home one or more nights, driving time with a minimum often (10) hours at straight time shall be paid for each day of driving or away from home, plus reasonable expenses for meals and lodgings.

  2. And for charter work on which the driving time is split, with the driver free from duty at the home terminal:

    1. On weekdays and Saturdays, driving time plus travel time when required between operating districts shall be paid at straight time with a minimum of eight (8) hours.

    2. On Sundays and holidays, driving time plus travel time when required between operating districts plus one-half (1/2) of the free layover time as a spread penalty shall be paid at straight time. This time paid for free layover shall not be subject to overtime payment when the charter work is done on a scheduled day off.

  3. Time to be included in rs upon which weekly overtime is paid shall be driving time, travel time when required between operating districts and time paid for layover away from home. Time paid for charter work upon which weekly overtime is not paid includes spread, free layover at home terminal and time to make the eight (8) or ten (10) hour minimum.

Section 2. For employees who perform charter work in addition to a regular run or tripper:

  1. The charter work shall be subject to the same provisions as apply to extras in addition to a run or tripper as outlined in Article 7.2 of PART H.

  2. An interval of less than one (1) hour between a scheduled assignment (regular run or tripper) and charter work shall be paid subject to the same payment as that which applies to extra work in addition to a run or tripper. Intervening time of more than one (1) hour shall not be paid.

Section 3. All charter work will be paid at the one-person rate.

Article 19. Eye Examinations
Should a bus or rail operator be referred to an eye specialist as a result of an annual or biennial vision screen required by the Authority, the Authority will be responsible for the cost or any part of the cost of the initial specialist examination when said cost is not covered by the employee’s health care plan.

Article 20. Part-Time Operators
Section 1. The Authority shall be permitted to hire part time bus and rail operators in accordance with the provisions set forth below.

  1. Part-time bus and rail operators shall be covered under Part I, Articles I through 11, of the Conditions of Employment.

  2. The maximum number of part-time bus and rail operators employed by the Authority on weekdays shall not exceed eighteen percent (18%) of the number of full-time bus and rail operators system wide.

  3. Part-time bus and rail operators shall not work more than thirty (30) hours per week.

  4. Part-time bus and rail operators shall not be eligible for paid leave and fringe benefits applicable to full-time bus and rail pperators except as specifically provided herein. Part-time bus and rail operators shall be entitled to receive vacation pay as per Part 1, Article 12 herein, on a pro rata basis (based upon the average number of hours worked by such employee in the previous year) and the health care contribution provided for in Part I, Article 15.

  5. Part-time bus and rail operators shall not accrue system, district or operator seniority while so employed. A part-time bus or rail operator who applies and is accepted for employment as a full-time bus or rail operator shall for all purposes accrue service or seniority only from the date of his/her hire as a full-time bus or rail operator. Part-time bus and rail operators shall accrue part-time bus and rail operator seniority, which shall apply only to their own part-time group.

  6. Part-time bus and rail operators shall be paid at the same hourly wage rates as full- time bus and rail operators, subject to the hiring progression. For purposes of applying the hiring progression to part-time bus and rail operators, two thousand and eighty (2,080) hours worked shall be credited as one (1) year.

  7. Part-time bus and rail operators shall be paid for all time during which they are required by the Authority to perform any duties. Part-time bus and rail operators shall not be eligible for time or pay guarantees, allowances, or for penalty pay or bonus provisions.

  8. Part-time bus and rail operators shall be eligible for the standard uniform contribution provided in Part II, Article 14, and shall be required to wear standard uniforms.

  9. Part-time operators will continue to work when full-time Operators are on layoff subject to contract percentage limitations. However, any laidoff full-time Operator shall have the right to bump into a part-time Operator position in lieu of layoff.

  10. Part-time bus and rail operators shall be used for the purpose of working trippers or parts of trippers. Part-time operators may be assigoed full runs on weekends for the express purpose of creating more weekends off opportunities for full-time operators. Part-time bus and rail operators may be assigned to a run or part of a run when a regular operator misses or calls in sick and is not available to work at his/her starting time for an assigned run or any part thereof. However, this procedure will only apply after all operators scheduled to work that day have been assigned or marked off.

  11. Part-time operators working trippers or a five/eight assignment must complete their day’s work within twelve (12) hours plus one-half (1/2) trip of platform time. Part-time operators working a four/ten assignment must complete their day’s work within fourteen (14) hours of platform time.

  12. Part-time bus and rail operators shall be provided free transportation privileges for themselves only on the RTA system.

Section 2. The Authority shall give a written report on the hours each part-time employee worked during the previous week on the next Friday to the Union Business Agent or Board Member. For each one-half hour over 31 hours a part-time employee works, the Authority shall pay the straight-time regular operator rate to the most senior active employee at the involved district on a rotating basis. Payment shall be by separate check.

Article 21. Dispatchers and Service Quality Supervisors
Dispatchers and Service Quality Supervisors, Grades 5 and 6 shall separately pick their work location and hours twice per year, in January and June.


 
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