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7.1 The employer shall deduct from the wages of employees who authorize such a deduction in writing an amount necessary to cover monthly union dues. Upon the request of the union, the employer shall deduct a fair share fee from the wages of employees who are not union members as required by law. Such monies shall be remitted biweekly to the union.
7.2 The employer shall prepare a letter to be given to each new employee. Said letter shall describe the employee’s rights under the Public Employment Labor Relations Act, specifically the employee’s responsibility concerning "fair share" as defined in Minnesota State Statutes 179A.06, Subdivision 3.
7.3 The union may designate employees in the bargaining unit to act as stewards and/or alternates and shall inform the employer in writing of such choices and changes in the positions of stewards and/or alternates.
7.4 Stewards shall be permitted reasonable time to perform and discharge the duties which are properly assigned to them under the terms of this agreement. With notice to and approval of his/her supervisor, the steward shall be permitted reasonable time to investigate and process grievances on University property without loss of time or pay during regular working hours in accordance with Article 8.3 of this agreement.
7.5 Identified business agents of the union shall have the right to enter the facilities of the employer so long as said visits do not interfere with the job duties and responsibilities of an employee.
7.6 The employer shall make designated posting space available in each first level supervisor’s area in the bargaining unit for the purpose of posting notices on union meetings, union elections, election returns, union appointment to office, and union recreational or social affairs. The union agrees that notices other than those specified in this article must be submitted to the employer for approval prior to being posted. The employer agrees to provide the union with one (1) glass enclosed, locked bulletin board, in Lund Hall at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, for the purpose of posting union information.
7.7 Employee lists: Upon written request no more frequently than semi-annually, the employer agrees to furnish the union and/or the stewards a list of names and classifications of the employees covered by this agreement. A listing of new hires shall be provided to the union on a monthly basis.
7.8 The union agrees to indemnify and hold the employer harmless against any and all claims, suits, orders, and judgments brought or issued against the employer as the result of the action taken or not taken by the employer under the provisions of this Article.
7.9 The Employer agrees that Union members may attend the regular monthly Local Union meeting during working hours on leave without pay, after notifying the employee’s immediate supervisor at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance. The Employer may limit the number of employees who may be gone from the work location at one time. The employee may elect to use accumulated vacation time or accumulated compensatory time as scheduled and approved by his/her supervisor in advance.