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Whenever employees are required to wear uniforms as a condition of employment the Employer will provide employees who are scheduled to work 75% time or more with five (5) initial new uniforms and with four (4) new replacement uniforms annually thereafter; and the Employer will provide employees who are scheduled to work less than 75% time with three (3) initial new uniforms and with two (2) new replacement uniforms annually thereafter.
Whenever employees are required to wear uniforms as a condition of employment and uniforms are not provided, the Employer shall provide an annual uniform allowance of $95. This amount shall be provided to the employee before January 1 of each year for the coming year.
Whenever the Employer requires uniforms, the Employer shall consult with the Union concerning uniform selection. The Employer shall meet with a maximum of three (3) Union representatives during working hours and without loss of pay to receive input and advice on the uniforms to be selected. The Employer shall convene all meetings and shall make the final selection of uniforms. Uniform maintenance shall be the responsibility of the employee.
Scrub uniforms and lab coats shall be provided and maintained by the Employer whenever the Employer determines that the use of such garments is appropriate. The type and quantity of scrub uniforms or lab coats provided shall be determined by the Employer.
Any employee not currently required to wear uniforms who is required to wear uniforms during the life of this Agreement shall either receive uniform allowance or be provided with uniforms per this Article. Whenever any uniform is damaged in the course of employment so that it is no longer usable, upon review and approval of the Department head, the Employer shall pay the cost of repair or replacement of the uniform or provide a new uniform outside of the number allotted per year above. The damage must have occurred during the safe, routine performance of the employee's duties. It may be the result of some direct interaction with a patient or another employee, but should not be the result of normal wear and tear.