Agreement - Rock of Ages Corp. and Granite Cutters' Association
This Agreement entered into this 29th day of April, 2000, by and between ROCK OF AGES CORPORATION (the Company) and the GRANITE CUTTERS' ASSOCIATION (the Union).
1.1 This Agreement shall be effective April 29, 2000, and shall continue in full force and effect through April 25, 2003, and from year to year thereafter, unless either party gives notice to the other, not less than sixty (60) days prior to April 25, 2003, or prior to April 25 of any year thereafter, that it desires to alter, amend or terminate any or all of the terms thereof.
Hours of Work
2.1 Eight (8) hours shall constitute a day's work, five (5) days shall constitute a week's work with Saturday a full holiday. Work shall be regarded as being performed on Saturday only if an employee's shift begins on Saturday. Daily working hours will begin not earlier than 7:00 a.m. and end not later than 3:30 p.m., and any work performed by employees on the first shift prior to 7:00 a.m. or after 3:30 p.m. shall be paid for at time and one-half the regular rate of pay, except as modified pursuant to either paragraph (a) or (b) listed below.
(a) Should the Company or Union desire a change of working hours for seasonal conditions it must be agreed by the Company and by a majority vote of the employees represented by the Union and by a majority of employees represented by any other union provided, however, that between January 1 and March 15, an eight (8) hour shift to end no later than 5:00 p.m. may be established for all employees of a saw plant or for the sawyers in a manufacturing plant having a saw which is subject to outdoor weather for periods during which the Company has a reasonable expectation that inclement weather will otherwise adversely affect its operations. On such a special shift, overtime shall be paid before 8:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m.
(b) If the Company desires to change the regular daily working hours to begin no later than 7:30 a.m. and to end no later than 5:00 P.M. during the period in which Eastern Standard Time is in effect, the Company has the option to make such change if a majority of its employees represented by the Union and a majority of its employees represented by any other local Union, voting separately in a vote conducted by the respective union representatives approve that change in hours. If the daily working hours are changed pursuant to this paragraph, overtime shall be paid before the starting time and after the finishing time of that eight (8) hour shift.
2.2 Employees are obligated to give notice on the day, as soon as possible, to the Company when they are unable to report for work, stating reason. Failure to provide reasonable notice may be the basis for standard progressive discipline, separate for each day, up to and including discharge.
2.3 If the Company desires to change the regular lunch period from one-half (1/2) hour to one hour or vice versa, the Company has the option to make such change if a majority of its employees represented by the Union and a majority of its employees represented by any other union, voting separately, approve that change in hours.
3.1 It is agreed that the employer shall have the privilege of operating three (3) shifts. One (1) shift to be the established working day and to be paid as per Article 4 of this Agreement. The second shift shall be of eight (8) hours duration. In addition to payment for work performed in accordance with Article 4 of this Agreement, employees working on the second shift shall receive a shift premium of one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50) per hour and employees working on the third shift shall receive a shift premium of one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50) per hour for each hour worked. Provided, however, that the full increase in shift premium of fifty cents provided for employees on the second shift shall only be awarded to employees whose base pay is equal to the bill at the start of this contract. Employees who are already above the existing bill for the second shift (i.e., bill plus shift differential of $1.00) shall receive an increase equal to the difference between their above the bill premium and $.50. (Examples: if an employee is $.50 above the bill, there is no increase; if an employee is $.25 above the bill, there is a $.25 increase.)
3.2 In the interests of safety, the Company may require any employee engaged in production work on the floor to work any shift as long as any other person is present on the floor. There must be at least two employees engaged in production work on the floor at all times. A telephone must be readily available on the premises. A single employee may work alone to monitor, correct or restart equipment (including associated work) provided he or she is equipped with a beeper and automatic safety call-in every 15 minutes unless deactivated by the employee.
3.3 In assigning employees to work on the second and/or third shifts, the employer shall first seek volunteers with preference being given on the basis of length of service (seniority) with the employer subject to demonstrated ability to perform the work on those shifts. If there are not sufficient volunteers, employees shall be assigned on the basis of inverse seniority, subject to demonstrated ability to perform the work on those shifts.
4.1 Minimum Wages
The following are the minimum wage rates for all journeymen granite cutters, polishers, tool sharpeners, sandblasters and draftspersons in effect during the term of this Agreement:
Rate Per Eight (8)
Effective Date Rate Per Hour Hour Day
April 29, 2000$14.55$116.40
May 7, 2001 $14.95 $119.60
May 6, 2002 $15.35 $122.80
4.2 Wage Increase
(a) Effective April 29, 2000, each employee in the bargaining unit shall receive a wage increase of fifty cents ($.50) per hour.
(b) Effective May 7, 2001, each employee in the bargaining unit shall receive a wage increase of forty cents ($.40) per hour.
(c) Effective May 6, 2002, each employee in the bargaining unit shall receive a wage increase of forty cents ($.40) per hour.
4.3 Apprentice Wage Rates
Apprentice wage rates for apprentices employed after April 28, 1997, shall be the following percentage of the applicable journeyman rate:
Start: 70% After 1 year: 90%
After 3 Months: 80% After 18 Months: 95%
After 6 Months: 85% After 2 years: 100%
4.4 Infirm Employees
Employees who through infirmity or other reasons are not able to earn the wage given in this Agreement may work for such wages as may be satisfactorily agreed upon between the Union Business Agent, the employee and the Company. This section shall be administered in compliance with applicable laws governing the employment rights of disabled or handicapped employees.
4.5 Payment of Wages
(a) Wages may be paid by cash or by check in an envelope at the option of the Company. In the event of a default in payment of such check by the Company, such option shall be revoked and payment shall thereafter be in cash. Wages must be paid in full weekly within five (5) working days of the time they become due. Payment to be made during working hours.
(b) An employee having once accepted his pay, his rate of pay can only be changed by mutual consent of employee and the Company, the rate in no case to be below the established minimum rate of wages.
(c) Any employee discharged shall receive his pay immediately. Any employee leaving shall notify his employer two weeks in advance and, having complied with this requirement and worked the two-week period, shall receive his pay in full (earned vacation and bonus, if any, included) on the regular payday for the week of separation in person (or by mail if preferred by the employee). The employer will provide the employee with a written form that the employee will be asked to sign to confirm notice.
(d) The Company shall be required to furnish employees with written information weekly which shall designate the total earnings, total withholdings, number of hours worked at straight time and number of hours at overtime and rate of pay.
4.6 Report Pay
In the absence of a notice not to report to work, should an employee report to work and be discharged before work begins or during the first two (2) hours of the day, he or she shall be paid no less than two (2) hours' pay, except in the case of a cutter intentionally or negligently spoiling a stone.
4.7 Wage Adjustments
If at any time during the existence of this Agreement a wage increase should be granted, any employee receiving more than the minimum wage as provided in this Agreement shall receive the same wage adjustments but for no reason shall his wages be reduced before making said adjustments. There shall be at least two months notice before any reduction in pay above the bill; the Company will also provide that notice to the Union.
4.8 Workers' Compensation
If an employee has to leave work because of a workers' compensation injury and is unable to return, he or she shall suffer no loss of straight time pay for that day.
4.9 Jury Duty An employee who is required to report for jury duty on a day when he or she otherwise would have worked shall receive a day's regular straight-time pay for up to a maximum of thirty (30) days per calendar year. The Company can require verification of jury duty served. It is understood that if an employee is released from jury duty so that he or she can reasonably report for work at least two hours before the end of his scheduled shift, he or she must report for work on that day. If jury duty commences in the afternoon, the employee shall report to work at the start of his or her shift, and shall leave work at a reasonable time so that the employee can return home, and then travel to court.
If an employee reports to work for part of a workday, he or she shall be paid his regular wages for the time worked, and shall be paid the appropriate fraction of a day for jury service. All work done outside of the regular work hours shall be paid at the appropriate overtime rate, regardless of whether part of the day was spent in jury service.
5.1 All work done outside of the regular hours shall be paid at the rate of time and one-half. The Company may schedule two hours of overtime in a regular work day and five hours on Saturday. Any additional overtime shall be subject to the approval of the Business Agent. No employee shall be required to work overtime.
5.2 The Company shall offer overtime to employees performing that category of work in order of seniority, unless it is demonstrated that the senior employee lacks ability to perform that overtime work. It is understood that the employees will cooperate to assure adequate staffing of the Company's overtime requirements. The Company may assign overtime work on a particular job, without any regard to seniority, to an employee who has previously worked on that job.
Repeated refusal to work overtime will allow management to offer the overtime to others with less seniority. Management shall issue a notification that the overtime shall be offered to others. The employee's rights to overtime shall be terminated until the employee gives notice that he or she will accept overtime.
Management should provide reasonable advance notice of overtime. Absent extraordinary circumstances, notice of overtime on Saturday will be provided no later than Thursday at noon.
6.1 Paid Holidays
(a) The eleven (11) paid holidays shall be: New Years' Day, the day preceding Town Meeting Day, Town Meeting Day, Memorial Day, July Fourth, Labor Day, Employee Appreciation Day (the Tuesday following Labor Day), Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, and shall be paid regardless of whether the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday.
(b) The holidays for the term of this contract will be observed in accordance with the holiday calendar attached hereto.
(c) Employees who are laid off during either of the weeks in which Town Meeting Day or Thanksgiving falls shall not be eligible for holiday pay in those weeks. Instead, such employees must as individuals report for work on the first work day following the conclusion of any such layoff and such employees may collectively and mutually agree with the Company on days when they will, as a group, take personal days off with pay if they are otherwise eligible for the holiday pay. Such personal days must be taken within thirty (30) days after the first work day following the conclusion of the layoff in question and if mutual agreement is not reached, the employees will receive pay in lieu of any holidays to which they are entitled.
(a) The employee must have at least thirty (30) working days' accumulated service to be eligible for paid holidays. After completing thirty (30) working days' service, any paid holiday that fell within the thirty (30) working day period becomes payable. If an employee quits before he or she has accumulated thirty (30) working days' service, no holiday pay is due. If he or she is laid off or is discharged through no fault of his own before he or she has accumulated thirty (30) working days' service, any holiday which fell within the period of his employment and discharge becomes due and payable.
(b) Subject to 6.1(c), any employee who works to within four (4) working days of a paid holiday and who has thirty (30) working days' accumulated service with the Company and is then discharged or laid off will nevertheless receive the holiday pay.
(c) When a holiday falls in an employee's vacation, the employee shall have the option of receiving pay for that day at straight time in addition to vacation day, or taking a personal day at full pay within ninety (90) days of the original date of the holiday.
(d) During the week of a paid holiday, the employee must work a minimum of a full scheduled work week excluding the holiday or holidays less one (1) scheduled workday. Exceptions to the above ruling can be made only by prior arrangements with management. Sickness during the week of holiday shall not disqualify an employee if he or she has notified the Company.
(e) Apprentices are to be eligible for paid holidays.
(f) No employee shall be entitled to the holiday pay as provided in this Article if such employee is not working and is receiving compensation or benefits during such period in which he or she is not working, whether he or she is receiving such compensation or benefits under the State Unemployment Compensation Act, State Workers' Compensation Act, Granite Group Insurance Trust, or from any similar source to which the Company contributes.
6.3 Holiday Work
For all work done on Sundays or on the following holidays, double time plus the holiday (if applicable) shall be paid: January First, the day preceding Town Meeting Day, Town Meeting Day, Memorial Day, July Fourth, Labor Day, the Tuesday following Labor Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
6.4 In the event of a state or federal law affecting the date on which holidays are celebrated, the parties hereto will negotiate with respect to appropriate changes in this Article with the understanding that the number of holidays shall remain the same as set forth above.
6.5 Any paid days off to which an employee is entitled under this Article shall include second and/or third shift premiums, as the case may be, if the employee is assigned to such shift on the day(s) for which he or she is entitled to such pay.
7.1 Vacation Period
The vacation period shall be May 1 to April 30. There shall be a staffing goal of no more than 20% absent for vacation in each GCA category of work at any time.
The first two weeks of vacation shall be taken in not less than one week segments. Employees shall select the first two weeks of vacation on the basis of the seniority roster in each work area. After all employees have selected the first two weeks of vacation, employees shall select the third and fourth week of vacation on the basis of the seniority roster in each work area. Requests for one-week segments will take priority over requests for single days for the third and fourth week of vacation, regardless of seniority. In all other conflicts in requested dates, seniority shall govern unless the Company can show that the senior employee's presence in the requested period is indispensable. Employees required to report for national guard or similar military duty shall have priority over requests for vacation.
The Company shall provide a vacation selection form on the first payday an employee works after January 1 of each year. An employee must complete the form by March 1 to preserve seniority privileges for selecting vacation. The form should state that March 1 is the deadline for return of the form, and that failure to complete the form by March 1 will result in loss of seniority privileges for selecting vacation. On approximately February 15, the Company shall post a notice and a reminder with paychecks that failure to complete vacation forms by March 1 will result in loss of seniority rights for selecting vacation.
An employee shall have the option of taking the third or fourth week's vacation as a bonus on the first payday in December.
7.2 Vacation Payments
Payment of vacation pay to employees will be made in advance. If an employee resigns, vacation pay or fraction thereof shall be payable in cash or check on the regular pay day for the week of separation. If an employee is permanently laid off, his vacation or fraction thereof shall be payable in cash or check in the week in which he or she is permanently laid off.
(a) Vacations will be granted to employees who have fulfilled the following requirements prior to May 1:
(I) An employee must have worked ninety percent (90%) of the regular hours worked by the plant during his period of employment for the twelve (12) months preceding May 1, the start of the vacation period, to be eligible for full vacation earned.
(ii) Three-fifths (3/5ths) of full vacation earned if employee has worked eighty percent (80%) of the plant hours scheduled.
(iii) No vacation earned if employee has worked less than eighty
percent of the plant hours scheduled.
(iv) Overtime hours worked shall be included in determining whether an
employee has met the requirements of the subsection (i) and (ii).
(b) For the purpose of determining whether the requirements above have been fulfilled and in computing the amount of vacation to which an employee is entitled under Section 7.4 below, the following additional rules shall govern:
(i) Time lost due to layoff of thirty (30) calendar days or more, resignation, discharge or strike will not count as time worked or earned, but shall not break industry service should the employee re-enter the industry except as provided in Section 7.4(e).
(ii) An employee who has been employed by the Company for at least six (6) months shall be credited, with up to a maximum period of one (1) year, time lost by employee's sickness or accident or absence sanctioned by management in writing, as earned time and accordingly the employee will be paid vacation pay.
Example: A employee works two (2) years and three (3) months for one employer and then is absent from work for nine (9) months because of sickness. At the end of the nine (9) months' sickness, he or she returns to work. The earned time is three (3) years. If, after receiving vacation pay, he or she then only works another two (2) months, he or she is entitled to two-twelfths (2/12ths) of two weeks' vacation; six (6) months, six-twelfths (6/12ths) of two weeks, and so forth.
(iii) Apprentices do not accrue vacation until after completing six months of employment. Once an apprentice completes six months, accrual of vacation time is retroactive to the first day of employment.
7.4 Amount of Vacation
Vacations will be granted to employees as follows:
(a) First Week. One (1) week's vacation or fraction thereof will be granted employees with less than one (1) year of industry service on May 1 based upon the number of months he or she has been employed in accordance with the table below. This will establish him on a May 1 to May 1 basis for future vacation calculations.
Length of Industry Service Vacation
1 mo. 1/12 of a week 3.3 hours
2 mos. 2/12 of a week 6.6 hours
3 mos. 3/12 of a week 10.0 hours
4 mos. 4/12 of a week 13.3 hours
5 mos. 5/12 of a week 16.5 hours
6 mos. 6/12 of a week 20.0 hours
7 mos. 7/12 of a week 23.1 hours
8 mos. 8/12 of a week 26.4 hours
9 mos. 9/12 of a week 30.0 hours
10 mos. 10/12 of a week 33.3 hours
11 mos. 11/12 of a week 36.3 hours
12 mos. 1 week 40 hours
(b) Second Week. Employees with one (1) or more years of industry service on May 1 shall be entitled to two (2) weeks' vacation or any fraction thereof computed in accordance with the following table:
Length of Industry Service Vacation
1 mos. 1/12 of 2 weeks 6.6 hours
2 mos. 2/12 of 2 weeks 13.3 hours
3 mos. 3/12 of 2 weeks 20.0 hours
4 mos. 4/12 of 2 weeks 26.6 hours
5 mos. 5/12 of 2 weeks 33.3 hours
6 mos. 6/12 of 2 weeks 40.0 hours
7 mos. 7/12 of 2 weeks 46.6 hours
8 mos. 8/12 of 2 weeks 53.3 hours
9 mos. 9/12 of 2 weeks 60.0 hours
10 mos. 10/12 of 2 weeks 66.6 hours
11 mos. 11/12 of 2 weeks 73.3 hours
12 mos. 2 weeks 80.0 hours
(c) Third Week. Employees will be granted a third week's vacation or fraction thereof computed on a May 1 to May 1 basis beginning with the second May of his continuous employment in the industry as follows:
2nd May - 1 day - 8 hours
3rd May - 2 days - 16 hours
4th May - 3 days - 24 hours
5th May - 1 week - 40 hours
(d) Fourth Week. Employees will be granted a fourth week's vacation computed on a May 1 to May 1 basis beginning with the twenty-fifth May of his continuous employment with the Company as follows:
21st May - 1 day - 8 hours
22nd May - 2 days - 16 hours
23rd May - 3 days - 24 hours
24th May - 4 days - 32 hours
25th May - 5 days - 40 hours
(e) Such vacation (time off) or vacation pay shall be paid at the straight time hourly rate of pay in effect for the employee at time of taking vacation or receiving fractional vacation pay upon separation from employment. In figuring all earned vacation, a percentage of the regular straight time hours worked during the year preceding May 1 will be used to determine the vacation pay. Overtime is not to be used in computing vacation time.
Vacation pay and vacation bonuses shall include shift premiums for employees regularly assigned to the second or third shifts, as the case may be, when such vacation or bonus pay becomes due and payable. Subject to the advance approval of management (which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld), employees may occasionally take one-half day of vacation. Half-days cannot be scheduled on the annual vacation calendar.
(f) For the purpose of this Article, an employee's industry service shall be deemed terminated in the event the employee voluntarily leaves the industry. If an employee on layoff secures work in another field while waiting for an opening in the granite industry, but continues to maintain union membership and contact with the union and applies for industry
employment, his service shall not be considered terminated for the purposes of this article until twelve (12) months from the date of layoff.
(g) For the purpose of computing vacation pay or fraction thereof, an employee hired on or before the fifteenth (15th) of a month shall be credited with the full pro rata vacation pay otherwise attributable to that month, and an employee hired after the fifteenth (15th) day of a month shall not be credited with any pro rata vacation pay for that month. An employee whose employment terminates on or after the fifteenth (15th) of the month shall be credited with full pro rata vacation pay otherwise attributable to that month. An employee whose employment terminates before the fifteenth (15th) of the month shall not be credited with pro rata vacation pay for that month.
Example: A employee comes to work on February 13, 1980. On May 1, 1980 he or she has completed three (3) months employment and he or she is entitled to fractional vacation pay of three-twelfths (3/12ths) of one (1) week. On May 1, 1981, the second May of his employment, he or she is entitled to two (2) weeks vacation pay payable at vacation time and one (1) day of vacation pay payable at Christmas. On May 1, 1982, he or she would be entitled to two (2) weeks and two (2) days; May 1, 1983 - two (2) weeks and three (3) days; and May 1, 1984 - three (3) weeks. It is assumed in this Example that the employee worked at least ninety percent (90%) of the scheduled hours worked by the plant during each of the applicable twelve (12) month periods. If he or she has worked eighty percent (80%) of the time, he or she will receive three-fifths (3/5ths) of the vacation pay otherwise due
7.5 Severance of Employment
A new employee or an employee who is laid off, discharged or quits is to be allowed the vacation benefit to which he or she is entitled under Section 7.4 above, prorated according to his months of service; for example, one (1) month = 1/12th; three (3) months = 3/12ths; ten (10) months = 10/12ths etc.
7.6 Special Employment
The vacation pay of employees, who by the specialized nature of their work are employed by two (2) or more employers in the course of the year, shall be paid by each employer in proportion to the time he or she has employed the specialist.
Bereavement Pay/Birth of an Employee's Child
8.1 Employees shall receive bereavement pay following the death of the relatives listed in this Article, and the funeral and its arrangements occur during the employee's scheduled workday. There shall be five days bereavement leave for the death of a parent, spouse or child/stepchild. There shall be three days bereavement leave for the death of a, brother, sister, stepmother, stepfather, spouse's father, spouse's mother, spouse's stepmother, stepfather, or grandchild.
There shall be one day bereavement leave for the death of a grandparent, the grandparent of a spouse, a brother-in law, a sister-in-law or a "significant other." If an interment is postponed to a later date and occurs during the employee's scheduled workday, the employee may take one of the three foregoing days off with pay on the day of interment.
8.2 Any paid days off to which an employee is entitled under this Article shall include second or third shift premiums, as the case may be, if the employee is assigned to such shift on the day(s) for which he or she is entitled to such pay.
8.3 An employee will be entitled to a day off with pay for the birth of the employee's biological child or the adoption of a child.
9.1 The Company agrees to provide group insurance to employees and dependents as set forth herein.
9.2 Benefits (a) The health and welfare plan administered by the Company or its administrator as selected by the Company shall provide for benefits as follows:
(i) Group life insurance - $50,000, effective May 1, 2000; $55,000 effective May 1, 2001; and $60,000, effective May 1, 2002.
(ii) Sickness and accident insurance - $310.00 per week, effective May 1, 2000; $315.00 per week, effective May 1, 2001; and $320.00 per week, effective May 1, 2002 for 52 weeks with a Social Security offset for the last 26 weeks thereof; eligibility commences on the first day of accident or hospitalized sickness and the fifth day of non-hospitalized sickness. If an employee qualifies for sickness and accident insurance because of five (5) days of non-hospitalized sickness and remains qualified for at least one additional week, the Company will pay the employee the benefit described in this Article for the unpaid five-day qualifying period.
(iii) Accidental death and dismemberment insurance - the benefit shall be $50,000, effective May 1, 2000; $55,000 effective May 1, 2001; and $55,000, effective May 1, 2002.
(iv) Paid-up Term life insurance. (1) Employees with ten (10) or more years of service retiring on a regular or early retirement pension will be given a fully paid $6,000 life insurance policy.
Any employee with ten (10) or more years of service becoming totally disabled will continue to receive coverage for the full amount of life insurance then in effect until he or she becomes substantially employed, as determined by the Company or insurance administrator, at which time the insurance will be eliminated completely; or until age sixty-five (65) when it will be eliminated and replaced by a $6,000 insurance policy that has been fully paid by the Company.
The full amount of life insurance shall apply to employees with at least 10 years service, and the amount of insurance shall be prorated down by years of service for employees with less than 10 years of service.
(v) Hospital Coverage - equivalent to the Blue Cross semi-private 365-day plan.
(vi) Medical and Surgical Coverage - equivalent to the Blue Shield 100% usual and customary plan with "Y" rider.
(vii) Major Medical Coverage - equivalent to $1,000,000 lifetime maximum plan (80% over $100 annual deductible).
(viii) The Company shall provide an optional medical insurance plan equivalent to the Vermont Health Partnership plan, subject to the following general conditions:
1) The employee shall have the option of selecting VHP or JY, without any pressure to select either option.
2) The Union Business Agent shall be given a reasonable opportunity to consult with new hires and employees prior to initial selection of health plan.
3) There shall be two periods of open enrollment in the first year, one each year thereafter.
4) Changes to either plan can be implemented at any time only when mutually agreed upon between both labor unions and management. Other insurers and third-party-administrators can be used as long as there is no reduction in benefit level at the time of change, and only with mutual agreement of both unions and management.
5) The JY level of benefits shall be made available to all employees, with VHP as an optional level of benefits for those who select.
6) Employees selecting VHP shall be required to pay 12 % of the premium, in addition to visit fees required by the VHP plan.
7) There shall be a dental plan, with 100%-60%-0% coverage at the level of benefits described on the Delta quote provided to all employees who obtain health insurance under VHP. The employee contribution to the premium shall be 12%.
8) There shall be a vision plan at the level of benefits described as VSP Plan A with a $20.00 per eye exam and $20.00 per material charge made available to all employees who obtain health insurance on both JY and VHP. Employer will pay 83% of the premium, and employee will pay 17% of the premium for JY enrollees; 88-12% split for VHP enrollees.
(ix) The Company shall pay the full premium for health insurance for one month for retirees with at least five years continuous company service, and two months for retirees with at least ten years continuous service with the company.
(b) The insurance benefits which are provided shall be described in a brochure which shall be distributed to employees. The terms and conditions under which such benefits are provided are governed by insurance agreements between the Company and its insurance carriers. The Union and the Company shall work together in good faith to help preserve quality benefits, control costs, and provide information to employees.
9.3 Contributions (a) The Company is required to pay the full cost of employees' benefits, except that employees shall pay 17% of the premium for the JY health insurance, and 12% of the premium for the VHP health insurance. Eligible employees shall pay 12% of the premium for the dental plan. Employees covered by JY shall pay 17% of the premium for the vision plan. Employees covered by the VHP shall pay 12% of the premium for the vision plan. It is recognized that the group insurance plan is a "level of benefits" plan and that the Company's contributions will be adjusted in accordance with changes in the cost of the guaranteed benefits.
(b) The Company shall continue its contributions for the health insurance coverage, life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance of a laid-off employee for three (3) calendar months (provided the employee makes his contribution if any is required). If the employee is laid off on or before the fifteenth (15th) of a month, that month shall be considered the first of the three months; and if the employee is laid off after the fifteenth (15th) of a month, the following calendar month shall be considered the first of the three months. If an active employee dies, the Company will continue health insurance for the survivor(s) on the employee's health plan for three (3) months at no cost to the deceased employee's family. To keep policies in force, both the Company and employee must pay his share while the employee is off the job because of sickness and accident, strike or lockout or any other suspension in the industry beyond the control of either management or labor.
9.4 Disability (a) If an employee is permanently and totally disabled, the Company shall continue its contribution for up to six (6) months, as described in the previous section "Contributions." Thereafter, the Company will provide such health insurance contributions (provided the employee makes his contribution, if any is required) for five (5) years from the date when he or she ceased to work due to such disability. At the end of such five (5) year period, the Company shall thereafter continue its contributions for individual coverage only, as long as the employee makes his contribution and is permanently and totally disabled, or until he or she reaches age 65, whichever occurs sooner; provided, that the Company will not make any contributions described in this subsection (a) during any period when the employee or his spouse is employed and group health insurance benefits are available to them, or after he or she reaches age 65. The Company and the Union may amend this subsection in their discretion.
9.5 Retired Employees Effective May 2, 1981, any employee who has retired after April 30, 1975 under the provisions of the Barre Belt Granite Employer-Union Pension Plan shall be allowed to continue group insurance coverage in the amount of $3,000 of term insurance, subject to any applicable insurance carrier rules and regulations. The full cost of such coverage will be paid by the retired employee at the group rate applicable to the term life insurance including such insurance for retired employees being provided through the Company. The premium to be paid by such retired employees shall be deducted from the monthly retirement payable to him under the Pension Plan.
9.6 The Company is authorized to utilize the services of an impartial professional consultant as deemed necessary to advise concerning the proper operation of the insurance program.
9.7 The parties agree to consider and implement by agreement health insurance cost containment measures with a view to improving and increasing the quality and efficiency of health care.
9.8 The Company shall provide the Union with any notices threatening or canceling any insurance coverage provided for Union employees under this Agreement. Immediately upon cancellation, the Union and the employees may withhold all services until such time as the insurance has been fully reinstated with retroactive coverage.
Pension Plan Agreement
10.1 Merger of the Pension Plan
The Barre Belt Granite Employer-Union Pension Plan (the "Plan") has merged with and into the Steelworkers Pension Trust (the "Pension Trust") pursuant to the terms of a certain merger agreement (the "Merger Agreement") between the Plan and the Pension Trust, the terms of which are incorporated herein by reference. (Hereafter, the merger of the Plan and the Pension Trust is referred to as the "Merger".)
10.2 Incorporated Documents
This Article 10 incorporates by reference the terms of a Merger Agreement between the Plan and the Pension Trust, and the provisions of the documents governing the Pension Trust, including the "UIU Declaration of Trust, Effective December 5, 1997."
10.3 Contribution Rate
The month for which the contribution is due is referred to as the "benefit month," and the month prior to the benefit month is referred to as the "wage month." The Employer shall contribute to the Pension Trust each and every benefit month a sum of money equal to $1.20 per hour for each hour worked by all Covered Employees during the wage month. Effective April 28, 2001, the contribution shall increase to $1.25 per hour. Effective April 27, 2002, the contribution shall increase to $1.30 per hour.
10.4 Covered Employees
Covered Employees are all employees employed within the Union's Bargaining Unit who were actively employed by the Employer for any length of time during the wage month. The Employer is required to make a contribution on an employee whose employment is terminated during the wage month.
10.5 Hours Worked
The term "Hours Worked" means not only hours actually worked by Covered Employees but also hours not actually worked but for which Covered Employees were paid because of vacation, holidays, jury duty or bereavement leave.
10.6 Payment of Contributions
Contributions are due from the Employer on the fifteenth (15th) day of the benefit month, commencing with the benefit month of February 1999 and each and every month thereafter so long as this agreement is in force.
10.7 Coverage--Newly Hired Employees Not Previously Covered
Newly hired employees not previously covered by the Pension Trust are not considered Covered Employees until the first day of the first calendar month immediately after the commencement of employment. Such calendar month is the new employee's first benefit month. The immediately preceding calendar month is the employee's first wage month.
10.8 Coverage--Newly Hired Employees Who Were Previously Covered
Newly hired employees previously covered by the Pension Trust are considered Covered Employees as of the first day of the first calendar month immediately after the commencement of employment. This calendar month is the employee's first benefit month and the immediately preceding calendar month is the employee's first wage month.
10.9 Contribution Reports and Data
The Employer shall transmit to the Pension Trust with each contribution a contribution report on the form furnished by the Pension Trust on which the Employer shall report the names, status, hire and termination dates as applicable, as well as the total hours paid to each covered employee during the wage month. The Employer shall provide a copy of this report to the Union. The Employer further agrees to supply to the Pension Trust such further information as may from time to time be requested by it in connection with the benefits provided by said Pension Trust to said employees, and to permit audits of its books and records by the Pension Trust for the sole purpose of determining compliance with the terms and conditions of this agreement.
10.10 Delinquent Employers
In the event that an Employer fails to maintain affiliation in good standing with the Pension Trust, the Employer shall be in violation of this Article 10, in addition to all other applicable standards. Immediately upon termination of the Employer's affiliation with the Pension Trust, the Union and the employees may withhold all services from the delinquent Employer until such time as the default has been cured to the satisfaction of the Pension Trust and the Union.
401K Plan The Company will establish a Section 401(k) plan for all its union employees. The Company will match contributions at 30% of the first $1,000 and 10% of the excess up to the maximum contribution level allowed under the plan.
12.1 The Company shall install a bulletin board for joint use of the Company and Unions.
12.2 Before suspending operations the day before or the day after a scheduled holiday, at least three (3) working days' notice must be posted on the bulletin board.
12.3 At least twenty-four (24) hours' notice of any other suspensions of operations must be posted on bulletin boards stating when plant will close as well as when work is to be resumed.
12.4 An employee who gives his employer two (2) weeks' written notice before resignation will not be dismissed during the notice period without just cause which shall include the employee's failure to perform the work assigned or to report to work on time as that employee would normally do. An employee who gives notice of resignation shall remain subject to layoff during the notice period. The employer will provide the employee with a written form that the employee will be asked to sign to confirm notice.
12.5 If an employer decides to meet and speak to an employee because the employer believes that any further infraction will lead to discharge, the employer shall inform the union and invite the union business agent to attend the meeting. If the business agent is unavailable, notice can be provided to a Union officer or shop steward.
Layoff and Recall
13.1 Layoff and recall shall be on the basis of seniority with the Company, with most senior employees enjoying preference to avoid layoffs and to be recalled. Unless it is demonstrated that a senior employee lacks proficiency to perform work in another category, the senior employee shall have the right to move to another category to avoid layoff. A layoff shall not interrupt the accrual of industry service. Employees shall have recall rights for twelve (12) months from the date of layoff.
13.2 The Company shall provide the Union with a seniority roster semi-annually, in April and October. There shall be a single seniority roster for all GCA employees of the Company.
14.1 Employees covered by this Agreement shall, as a condition of employment, be or become members of the Union on the thirty-first calendar day following their date of employment or the effective date of this Agreement, whichever is later. As a condition of continued employment, employees must remain members of the Union in good standing with respect to payment of initiation fees (if not already a member) and periodic dues uniformly required as a condition of acquiring or retaining membership.
14.2 Operators of all granite, marble or other stone working machinery shall be members of the Union such as: computerized stencil cutting machines, sandblast, surface cutters, carbos, planers, lathes, die sinkers, polishing wheels, saws, paper rolls, sharpening machines, surface plates, guillotines, sandblast stencil cutting machines, carvers, etchers, auto etchers and wire sawing on granite when detached from the quarry. The operation of machinery that performs functions substantially similar to the functions performed by the machinery listed in this Article shall be by members of the Union. Except as specified otherwise in this Article, all work that is assigned to the jurisdiction of the various trades and specialties within the Union by the terms of this Agreement shall only be performed by Union members. In each facility, there may be no more than one owner operating machinery that is assigned to Union members under the terms of this agreement; any other owner may operate machinery only if they are Union members. Only foremen and management shall have the authority to discipline, hire or fire union employees. Foremen shall not perform union work, but shall limit their responsibilities to supervision and instruction.
14.3 GROUP LEADER-LEADMAN. A group leader or leadman is a bargaining unit employee who has responsibilities under a foreman in a specific work area or section. He or she is in charge of that area in the absence of a foreman. Following instructions of the foreman, he or she directs employees in routine work including priority and movement of work in process. He or she has the responsibility to inspect and reject units if they do not meet quality standards. He or she can instruct employees and answer routine questions about work. He or she does not have the power to hire, fire or adjust wages for personnel, or effectively recommend the same.
15.1 It is agreed that Union initiation fees, membership dues, and assessments uniformly imposed on all members, in accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws of the Union, shall be deducted monthly from the pay of each employee who executes or has executed the following "authorization for check off" form:
"I, the undersigned, an employee of Rock of Ages Corporation, hereby
authorize and direct the Company to deduct from my wages as checked below:
( ) Initiation fees
( ) Monthly union dues
( ) Assessments uniformly imposed on all members as designated by the
Union, and pay same to the Granite Cutters' Association.
"I understand that this authorization is irrevocable for a period of one
year or until the expiration of the Agreement between the Union and the Company, whichever occurs sooner, and shall be automatically renewed for successive periods of one (1) year each or for the period of each succeeding applicable collective agreement between the Company and the Union, whichever shall be shorter, unless I notify the Company and the Union in writing by registered mail, return receipt requested of my desire to cancel and revoke this assignment, within ten (10) calendar days prior to the expiration of each period of one year, or of the expiration of each applicable collective agreement between the Company and the Union, whichever occurs sooner."
15.2 Deductions shall be remitted by the end of each month to an officer designated by the local union along with a list of the employees from whom deductions are made.
Dispute Settlement 16.1 Any difference which may arise as to the meaning of this Agreement or any memorandum agreement between the parties as to compliance with the terms of such agreements shall be resolved as follows:
Step 1: Between the foreman and employee involved and/or Union Steward and/or other Union representative. Grievances must be submitted within ten (10) workdays of the time the subject of the grievance becomes or should have become known to the aggrieved employee or Union.
Step 2: Between the Union Steward and/or other Union representatives and the Plant Manager. If the matter is not settled within five (5) workdays of initiating this step, it may be referred to Step 3.
Step 3: Between the Union Business Representative and/or Union Steward and the Division Vice President and/or the Plant Manager. If the matter is not settled at this step, then a formal written grievance will be submitted within five (5) working days.
Step 4: Between the Granite Cutters' Association Staff Representative, Local Union Business Agent, the President of the Company, the Division Vice President and/or the Plant Manager.
Step 5: Submit the grievance to arbitration and pursuant to existing voluntary labor arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association within thirty (30) days following the Step 4 answer. The Arbitrator shall have no authority to alter in any way the terms and conditions of this Agreement and shall confine his decision to a determination of the facts and an interpretation and application of this Agreement. The decision of the Arbitrator shall be final and binding on all parties. The fees and expenses associated with arbitration of the grievance shall be borne equally by the parties to the grievance or dispute.
In the event a difference is not appealed to the next succeeding step of the above procedure within the time limit specified, the right of appeal shall be lost.
The aggrieved employee may attend any steps of the grievance procedures. Time limits may be extended by mutual agreement.
16.2 Grievances may be initiated by the Company. The grievance shall be discussed between the Company representative and the Steward, Local Union President and/or Union Business Agent or other Union representative. In the event such difference is not settled through such discussion, the dispute will be further processed in accordance with the provisions of Section 16.1, Steps 3, 4 and 5.
16.3 Grievances processed in accordance with the provisions of this Article must be in writing and signed by the grieving party for submission to Step 4 and succeeding Steps. It is mutually understood that the words "Foreman" or "Plant Manager" may be replaced by the word "Company" where appropriate. Time limits may be extended by mutual agreement.
16.4 The Union agrees that during the term of this Agreement neither the Union nor its members shall encourage or engage in any strikes, stoppages, slowdowns or other interruption of work, and the Company agrees that there shall be no lockouts.
It is agreed that a Business Agent and/or Union official shall be permitted to enter any plant during working hours or during hours when such agent or official has reason to believe employees are working, for the purpose of administering the provisions of this Agreement. A committee wishing to enter the plant during working hours must first get permission at the office.
The parties shall comply with all applicable laws governing equal employment opportunities for employees covered by this agreement. This shall include laws prohibiting discrimination against employees on account of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, sexual preference, protected handicap or union activities.
The Company will comply with all applicable laws, including workers' compensation and unemployment compensation laws, enacted for the betterment of wages and working conditions in the granite trade. All employees must utilize safety equipment required by applicable law.
It is acknowledged by the parties that production of granite products under conditions less favorable than those contained in this Agreement represents a threat to the prosperity of the industry and the health and living standards of the employees working herein. If a full-time employee works for another person or firm in the industry which competes with his employer, it shall constitute just cause for disciplinary action, leading to discharge for subsequent or continuing offenses. Work performed on the premises of the Company on projects in which the Company has some interest shall not be considered moonlighting, and shall not subject the employee to discipline or discharge. The parties acknowledge that such moonlighting by full-time employees is generally harmful to the industry and to the employees. It should be discouraged. An employer found to have engaged or employed a moonlighter shall be required to pay time and one half for all hours worked by the moonlighter; shall be required to make all fund payments for such hours worked to the Barre Belt Pension Fund to the extent permitted by such funds; and shall be subject to other sanctions as a grievance committee or arbitrator deems just.
Labor Management Team It is mutually agreed to form a Labor Management Team (LMT) composed equally of Union representatives and management representatives in such total number as may be agreed from time to time by the Union and Company. The LMT may meet on mutually agreeable occasions to discuss and resolve issues of safety, health, betterment, interdivisional job opportunities, productivity and other items as may be appropriate.
The LMT is intended to increase joint cooperation and develop an active employee involvement process. These efforts shall not interfere with any provisions of this agreement nor circumvent the grievance procedure, nor interfere with management's rights, but it is a goal of the LMT to avoid circumstances or practices which could give rise to a claim by either party that the provisions of this agreement were not adhered to and to create an atmosphere of cooperation so as to minimize events leading to grievances.
The LMT may have various divisions or advisory groups as mutually agreed and may meet jointly with LMTs formed in other divisions and with other unions of the Company.
The objectives of the LMT will also focus on increasing customer service and satisfaction, more effective methods of operation, enhancing employee morale and creating and assuring full and open communication among employees and the Company. The LMT will analyze and solve identified problems and participate and support in the implementation of agreed solutions. The LMT will also investigate and recommend actions to the Company and Union to increase employee involvement and responsibility in the areas of production, production teams, and quality control.
22.1 Suction Devices
The Company shall maintain its plants with suction equipment as described below:
(a) All bankers using pneumatic tools and surface machines shall be equipped with suction devices.
(b) Every employee cutting granite shall be provided with an adequate suction device. No granite shall be cut unless this requirement has been met.
(c) All emery wheels, in the blacksmith's shop and plant, shall have suitable safety and suction devices. All rounding of edges and other operations, with a pneumatic or electric machine, shall only be done with the added use of a suction device.
(d) All sandblast rooms shall be equipped with suitable suction devices so that they shall be in a dustless condition, both inside and outside.
(e) All suction equipment shall be of the vacuum type complete with adequate dust arrestors, which will filter the air before discharge into the atmosphere.
(f) All surface cutting machines in the cutting section of the plant shall be equipped with proper suction devices and shall immediately cease operations when a breakdown in the air suction or other devices occurs or when such air suction or other attachments become defective. Workers must, at all times, be amply protected from chips, grit or water from any machine. Proper screens, butty-boards or any other suitable method must be furnished and used. Bumpers must not be used.
(g) The Engineer for the Department of Labor and Industry for the State of Vermont shall confer with the Company and the Business Agent concerning the proper function of all suction equipment in granite plants.
22.2 Safety Glasses
The Company shall provide safety glasses for its employees, upon the request of such employees. If an employee needs prescription safety glasses, he or she shall pay for his own eye examination and shall furnish the prescription to the Company. The Company shall then provide such prescription glasses at no additional cost to the employee. Broken safety glasses shall be replaced by the Company on a reasonable basis.
22.3 Plant Heat
Cutting plants and air for pneumatic machines is to be heated to at least sixty (60) degrees. Hot water must also be provided. If the Union initiates a grievance for the Company's failure to heat the plant to 60 degrees, the arbitrator is authorized to impose a penalty of two (2) hours' pay for time lost due to lack of heat. The arbitrator shall be authorized to impose a penalty of up to four (4) hours' pay in situations where the Company has been found to have repeatedly failed to heat the plant as required under this Section and if the arbitrator finds that the circumstances of such violations warrant an additional penalty.
(a) No employee shall be permitted to operate automatic and manual sandblast at the same time, except under conditions mutually agreeable to the union and the Company.
(b) In turning down grindstones, water in sufficient quantities or other suitable devices must be used at all times to keep down the dust.
(c) Toilets connected with running water must be furnished in every plant and must be always kept in sanitary conditions, thoroughly boxed in and ventilated so as to eliminate all odors in conformity with health laws.
(d) Drinking water with sanitary bubblers must be furnished in every plant.
(e) A device to give ample warning when stones are being carried through the plant will be used with the operation of each traveling crane.
(f) The Company shall, at its expense, replace chalk and chalk lines, pencils and sandblast knives, tapes, rulers, handles, aprons, rubbers and similar equipment on a reasonable basis. The Company shall make safety footwear (steel toe) available to requesting employees from the Company supply room. For each requesting employee, the Company will contribute once a year to defray the costs of safety footwear (i.e., steel toe). The Company shall pay the full cost of the safety footwear, up to a maximum of sixty ($60.00) dollars. Subject to the advance approval of the Company, boots worn out on the job may be replaced with prior approval. All Union employees shall wear safety footwear (steel toe) while on the job.
22.5 Consultation and Enforcement The Company will confer with the Union regarding safety and other rules and regulations affecting the health, safety and comfort of the employees. The parties agree to cooperate with each other in enforcing safety rules and practices in an effort to reduce hazards and insure safe working conditions.
23.1 The Company and the Union agree that, for the best interest of the employees, the Company and the community as a whole, they favor and will encourage the progress and growth of the Granite Industry in Vermont. The Company has the right to introduce new machinery into the plant, and the assignment of an operator to new machinery will be made on a reasonable basis with appropriate consideration for safety, workload, existing practices, and operational requirements including production efficiency and flexibility.
The Company agrees that, in the operation of granite working machinery, the present jurisdiction of the union will be preserved. The Company further agrees that employees covered by the agreement shall be given reasonable opportunity to become proficient with new granite working machinery. It is understood that the employees of a manufacturer displaced because of the introduction of new machinery into the plant shall be given such first opportunity.
Apprentice Training Program
24.1 The Program
The Apprentice Training Program for Granite Cutters, Polishers, Tool Sharpeners and Draftspersons, as developed and approved by the Barre District Granite Manufacturers and the Unions, shall govern the training of apprentices. No provision in the Apprentice Training Program of the Granite Cutters, Polishers, Tool Sharpeners and Draftspersons shall operate in violation of any provisions of this agreement.
(a) The Company shall keep a record of all apprentices in their employ. Records shall show full name, date of employment; trade; social security number; age; and date of leaving. Records shall be open to inspection by the Business Agent of the Union.
(b) Within thirty (30) calendar days of employment, the Company agrees to supply the Business Agent with names of each apprentice employed, the date of employment, the trade, the apprentice's social security number and age. The Company also must state if the apprentice comes within the quota as per this Agreement.
24.3 Job Training Partnership Act
The Union agrees to give the necessary approval and to join with the Company in any future applications for funds under the Job Training Partnership Act, subject to the understanding that the Union may withhold such approval in the event of a substantial change in the present employment situation in the industry.
24.4 Apprentices shall not replace a journeyman and unemployed journeymen who apply for an apprenticeship position shall be given first consideration for employment.
Leaves of Absence
25.1 Unpaid leaves of absence may be taken only with prior written approval of the Company, and copies of same shall be given to the Union. Applicable federal and state statutes governing family and medical leave shall apply to any leaves which were within their purview.
25.2 Any employee newly hired to perform the work of an employee on leave of absence will be notified by the Company that continued employment is temporary.
25.3 Any person holding office in the Union as a full-time Business Agent shall accrue seniority in his or her former position while holding such office for a period of three years. Any such Union officer can accrue additional seniority, up to a maximum of six years, that is equal to the officer's length of service with the Company. If the Union officer does not return to employment with the Company during the period that he or she or she is accruing seniority under this paragraph, then the officer shall forfeit that seniority.
Upon completion of his or her Union service, a Union officer may exercise any accrued seniority rights to return to employment within his or her former trade. Any Union officer who wishes to return to service with the Company after the expiration of his or her seniority rights shall have first preference for the first available opening in the Company within the officer's trade for which the officer is qualified.
Any Union employee who is assigned to a management position shall accrue seniority in his or her former position for a period of three years. If such person does not return to his or her position as a Union employee within three years, such seniority shall be forfeited. During the three year period provided by this paragraph, such person may exercise any accrued seniority rights to return to a Union position within his or her former trade.
26.1 There shall be a probationary period of thirty (30) calendar days for journeymen and sixty (60) calendar days for apprentices with a right to extend such probationary periods by mutual agreement. The probationary period for a journeyman who is a new hire, and is changing trades to a new trade, shall be sixty days. A discharge during the probationary period shall not be subject to the grievance or arbitration provisions of this agreement. Upon completion of the probationary period, the employee's seniority date shall be retroactive to his most recent date of hire.
27.1 In the event of a permanent vacancy which the Company intends to fill with a journeyman, the Company will call or otherwise notify the Union in advance and will consider the names of any journeymen submitted by the Union. In the event of any permanent vacancy within the Company, the Company will make a reasonable effort under the circumstances, subject to the Company's need to fill the position promptly, to post the vacancy within the Company. Nothing herein will require the employer to interview or hire any applicant.
The Company will subcontract bargaining unit work only if its plant lacks the physical capacity or human resources to accommodate the work and not to avoid the terms of this contract; provided, however, that the Company may subcontract work to other entities that employ GCA members to perform the work that is subcontracted. The Company will notify the Union in advance of an intent to subcontract bargaining unit work which will result in (or prolong) either layoffs or a reduction in the work week below forty hours; and, upon request, will bargain with the Union about the decision and its impact upon the employees.
A workman must report any accident or defect in any stone immediately on discovering it; otherwise he or she shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. Sufficient room at all times must be given to granite cutters and other workers. If an employee is injured on the job and formal notice (i.e., the employer's first report of injury) is provided to the State of Vermont, a copy of the written notice will be provided to the union business agent.
GRANITE CUTTERS' PROVISIONS
ARTICLE 1 Jurisdiction It is mutually agreed that the Union shall have jurisdiction over the following job functions involved in the Company's plant operations: drilling (including paper rolls and saw blocks at the plants), cutting, lettering, finishing, surface plate finishing, carbo sawing, sandblasting, carving, etching, planing, lathe operating, channeling for crosses or any similar work building or monumental, polishing (whether by hand or machine), sawing (of rough blocks into slabs, dies, etc.), bedsetting, plastering, pinning up, steeling and grinding of granite; tool sharpening (by hand or machine) of all hand tools used in the plants; and drafting including layouts, tracings, patterns and making shop cards requiring drafting. All employees will be classified by the above job functions for purposes of the provisions on layoff in Article 12. The Union and Company agree that employees covered by this agreement may be assigned to any other job functions within the jurisdiction of the Union as may be necessary to assure available work is completed in a timely and efficient manner.
ARTICLE 2 Apprentice - Journeyman Apprentices must work a period of two years to achieve the status of journeymen.
ARTICLE 3 Apprentice Quotas The apprentice quota for all positions except draftspersons, lathe
operators and sawyers shall be: 1 for 2, 2 for 5 , 3 for 8, 4 for 11, 5 for 14, 6 for 17. One apprentice lathe operator is allowed for each two lathes operated. One apprentice sawyer shall be allowed to every two sawyers. One apprentice draftsperson for one journeyman draftsperson and two apprentice draftspersons for three journeyman draftspersons shall be allowed, but owners, partners and office managers shall not be considered journeymen.
ARTICLE 4 4.1 All employees covered by this contract shall not disclose any confidential information obtained from contracts worked in any office. All custom drafting done outside of a regular eight (8) hour day shall
be charged at the rate of time and one-half plus ten percent (10%) extra for materials used. All custom work to be governed by the Business Agent.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have executed this Agreement
effective April 29, 2000.
FOR GRANITE CUTTERS' ASSOCIATION
Matthew Peake, Business Agent
Erwin Kreis, Committeeman
Sandy Conti, Committeeman
Harold Wood, Committeeman
Doug Bell, Committeeman
ROCK OF AGES CORPORATION
Robert Pope, Vice President
Jerry Parrott, Vice President
Mark Gherardi, Vice President
Paul Hutchins, Manager of Administration