4.1 Attendance at Meetings

County employees who are official PDA representatives shall be given reasonable time off with pay to meet and confer or consult with management representatives or to be present at hearings where matters within the scope of representation are being considered. The use of time for this purpose shall be reasonable and shall not interfere with the performance of County services as determined by the County. Representatives shall submit requests to Employee Relations at least two working days in advance whenever possible. Except by agreement with Employee Relations the number of employees excused for such purposes shall not exceed three at any one time. If any employee’s request is not approved, disapproval shall be subject to appeal to the County Manager whose decision shall be final.