Extra-help employees who are official representatives or Stewards of the Union shall be given reasonable time off with pay, including reasonable travel time, during attendance for formal contract negotiations on successor MOU’s.  The number of extra-help employees excused for such purposes shall not exceed four (4) per Union.  Paid release time for formal negotiations shall not be provided for stewards who are not extra-help to represent extra-help employees, other than (a) a maximum of one regular employee from each Union, and (b) a representative or steward who moves from extra-help to regular status during a given set of negotiations shall continue to be provided paidRead More →

The Union shall designate a reasonable number of extra-help Stewards to assist in resolving grievances. The designation will depend on such circumstances as geographical locations, hours of employment, and departmental organizational structure. The Union shall notify the Director of Human Resources in writing of the individuals so designated. Alternates may be designated to perform steward functions only during the absence or unavailability of the stewards except by mutual agreement of the parties. Extra-help stewards may be relieved from their assigned work duties by their supervisors to investigate and process grievances initiated by other extra-help employees within the same work area or representation unit. Requests forRead More →

Extra-help employees who are official representatives or Stewards of the Union shall be given reasonable time off with pay during attendance at a meet and confer session, consultation with management representatives, or being present at hearings where matters within the scope of representation are being considered, when the time spent coincides with their pre-scheduled work day/shift. The use of official time for this purpose shall be reasonable and shall not interfere with the performance of County services as determined by the County. Such representatives or stewards shall submit written requests for excused absences to the Director of Human Resources at least two (2) working daysRead More →

The County and Unions agree that professional, productive, and positive labor relations can be accomplished when Union and County representatives work together to support the services we provide to the public.  To support this philosophy, the parties have agreed to the provisions regarding attendance at meetings and handling of meetings.  Paid release time is intended to support the collaboration and cooperative spirit of labor relations by ensuring that Union members have access to resources designed to help support their continued success as public employees and that Union leads have an opportunity to work together to support the success of their members.Read More →