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Article 4 Hiring of Help and Union Access to Plan

Section 1. The Employer agrees to advise the Union Office when in need of employees.

Section 2. All new employees except experienced/1-M employees will be considered probationary for the first 90 calendar days of employment during which period they may be dismissed without recourse to the grievance or arbitration provisions set forth in Article 30 of this contract. An employee who works 45 shifts during the 90-day period shall be considered a permanent employee and shall be added to the seniority list as of date of hire. This provision shall supersede Article 7, Section 4, Apprentice Probationary Period, or Section 11, Temporary Relief. The provisions of this article shall not limit the implementation of Article 3, Union Security.

Experienced 1-M employees shall be regarded as probationary employees for the first thirty (30) shifts of their employment. Upon request of the Employer, the Union and Employer may mutually agree to extend the probationary period an additional 30 shifts. During that thirty shifts period, said employees might be dismissed without recourse to the grievance or arbitration provisions set forth in Article 30 of this contract. After an employee has worked more than thirty successive shifts or has worked more than thirty shifts in any continuous sixty (60) day period, the employee shall be considered a permanent employee and shall be placed on the seniority list for the respective classification as of date of hire.

Temporary employees may be hired to fill in as vacation/medical leave replacements for up to 60 consecutive shifts for employees on vacation, or up to 90 consecutive shifts for employees on medical leave of absence. After an employee exceeds the number of consecutive shifts allowed, they shall be considered a permanent employee and shall be placed on the seniority list for the respective classification as of date of hire. Extensions of temporary status beyond these time frames are by mutual agreement between the Union and the Employer. Temporary personnel are not on the departmental regular employee seniority list. Prior to hiring temporary personnel, they will be informed of this agreement.

Section 3. The Officers of the local Union may see members on Union business during working hours on the Employer’s premises, by permission of the Employer. They shall cooperate with the Employer insofar as security requirements, legal requirements, and undue interference with work is concerned.

Section 4. The Employer and the Union are pledged to policies of employing personnel and dealing with employees on the basis of ability, qualifications and performance, with no distinction in the assignment, training, promotion, layoff or compensation of employees because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran’s status or sexual orientation. The parties will observe nondiscriminatory practices in the application and administration of the provisions of this agreement.