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UNW Collective Agreement

Article 12 - Time Off for Union Business

  

ARBITRATION HEARINGS (Disputes) & MEDIATION

12.01(a)Upon reasonable notification, the Employer will grant leave with pay to a reasonable number of employees representing the Union before an Arbitration hearing or at mediation.
 

(b)

Employee Called as a Witness

Upon reasonable notification, the Employer will grant leave with pay to an employee called as a witness before an Arbitration hearing.

12.02(a)The Employer will grant leave with pay to an employee who is a party to the grievance, which is before an Arbitration Board.
 (b)

Employee Who Acts as a Union Representative

Upon reasonable notification, the Employer will grant leave with pay to the Union Representative of an employee who is a party to the grievance.

 (c)

Employee Called as a Witness

Upon reasonable notification, the Employer will grant leave with pay to a witness called by an employee who is a party to the grievance.

  

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS MEETINGS

12.03

Upon reasonable notification, the Employer will grant leave with pay for four (4) employees for the purpose of attending contract negotiations on behalf of the Union for the duration of such negotiations.

  

PREPARATORY CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS MEETINGS

12.04

Upon reasonable notification, the Employer will grant leave without pay to a reasonable number of employees to attend preparatory negotiations meetings.

  

MEETINGS BETWEEN EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATIONS AND MANAGEMENT

12.05Upon reasonable notification, the Employer will grant time-off with pay to a reasonable number of employees who are meeting with management on behalf of the Union.
  

EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION, EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETINGS,
CONGRESS AND CONVENTIONS

12.06Upon reasonable notification, the Employer will grant reasonable leave without pay to a reasonable number of employees to attend Executive Council meetings and conventions of the Union, the Alliance, the Canadian Labour Congress and the N.W.T. Federation of Labour.
  

UNION REPRESENTATIVES TRAINING COURSE

12.07

Upon reasonable notification, the Employer will grant reasonable leave without pay to employees who exercise the authority of a Union Representative on behalf of the Union to undertake training related to the duties of a Union Representative.

  

TIME OFF FOR UNION REPRESENTATIVES

12.08(a)A Union Representative shall obtain the permission of his/her immediate supervisor before leaving his/her work to investigate a grievance, to meet with local management for the purpose of dealing with grievances and to attend meetings called by management.  Such permission shall not be unreasonably withheld.
 (b)The Union Representative shall make every reasonable effort to report back to his/her supervisor before resuming his/her normal duties.
 (c)Where an employee and his/her Union Representative are involved in the process of a grievance, he/she shall be granted time off with pay.
  

LEAVE FOR ELECTED OFFICERS

12.09(a)(i)Upon the request of the Union, employees elected as President or Vice-Presidents of the Union of Northern Workers or the Public Service Alliance of Canada or for the President of the Northern Territories Federation of Labour shall be granted leave of absence for the term of office. During the leave of absence such employees shall maintain all accumulated rights and benefits to which they are entitled under the Collective Agreement.
  (ii)Upon reasonable notification, the Employer shall grant leave without pay to a Union representative seconded for a minimum period of one week to serve as President of the Union on a temporary basis.
 (b)The Employer shall continue to pay such employees their applicable salary in accordance with the terms of the Collective Agreement plus any additional amounts as advised by the Union. Upon invoice by the G.N.W.T., the Union shall reinburse the Employer for the amounts so paid.
 (c)The benefits of any group plan shall be extended to such employees and the Union will reimburse the Employer for any costs involved.
 (d)Such employees shall continue to receive salary increments during their leave of absence to the maximum step of the applicable pay range for their position.
 (e)Such employees shall advise the Employer as soon as possible when an extension of the leave of absence is applicable due to re-election.
 (f)Upon termination of their leave of absence such employees shall be offered as a minimum the position they held with the Employer in the same work site and community before they commenced the leave of absence.  When such employees wish to invoke this clause of the Collective Agreement they shall provide the Employer with a three month notice of their intent to do so.
 (g)Notwithstanding Clause 12.09(f), the Employer may make an offer of employment to such employees to a position inside the Bargaining Unit should such employees bid on a competition and be the successful candidate.
12.10Upon reasonable notification, the Employer will grant leave without pay to allow the PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President to perform his/her duties.
12.11The Employer shall grant time off with pay to:
 (a)An employee who is party to a staffing or a job evaluation appeal.
 (b)An employee who represents an employee who is party to a staffing or job evaluation appeal.
 (c)Up to two employees who are delegated to represent the Union in a staffing or job evaluation appeal proceeding.
12.12

The employer will grant leave without pay for two (2) employees:

 (a)to participate as delegates to constitutional conferences or other similar forums mandated by territorial legislation; and
 (b)to present briefs to commissions, boards and hearings that are mandated by territorial legislation or the Federal Government and whose area of interest is of concern to organized labour.
12.13

Time Off for Special Projects

Upon reasonable notification, the Employer may grant leave without pay, for a minimum of three weeks, to employees to work on special projects on behalf of the Union. Such leave shall not be unreasonably withheld.

12.14Where an Employee is on leave without pay under this Article, except for leave under 12.09:
 (a)the Employer shall continue to pay for such employees their applicable salary in accordance with the terms of the Collective Agreement.  Upon invoice by the GNWT, the Union shall reimburse the Employer for the amounts so paid; and
 (b)the benefits of any group plan shall be extended to such employees and the Union will reimburse the Employer for any costs involved.