ITEM 128-111-R0905

 

Summary of Tentative Agreement

Between

Montana District Council of Laborers

And

Montana University System

 

1.   ARTICLE V. RIGHTS OF THE UNION

5.  b.  Visiting Work Areas

The authorized representative of the union, which will be limited to the business agent or duly appointed steward, shall have access to the job during working hours for official business after notifying the personnel office of the work areas to be visited.  Any such visit may not unduly disrupt work in progress.

 

2.  ARTICLE IX, EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Delete Memorandum of Understanding and Replace with:

New Section Q. Dependent Partial Tuition Waiver

Subsection A.  Permanent employees must be employed at least ¾ time for five or more consecutive years before being eligible for a dependent tuition waiver benefit.  Employees who utilize the faculty and staff tuition waiver are not eligible for a dependent tuition waiver during the same academic term.  Only one dependent may utilize the dependent tuition waiver in an academic term.  A dependent includes the employee’s spouse, and financially dependent children as defined by the Internal Revenue Code who are unmarried and under age 24. 

 

Subsection B. The tuition waiver benefit for dependents shall be for 50 percent of the residential tuition.  In no case may registration, course fees or any other mandatory or miscellaneous fees be waived.  Dependents may utilize the tuition waiver benefit to take courses at a college of technology or in any other two-year or certificate programs and to obtain a first baccalaureate degree at any unit of the university system.  Dependents may not use the tuition waiver benefit to attend law school or obtain a graduate degree.  The tuition waiver does not apply to non-credit, continuing education or other self-supporting courses.

 

3.  ARTICLE IX. EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Section B.  Sick Leave

1.  Definitions

Modify last sentence to:  The employee’s immediate family shall consist of:  spouse, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, children, household dependents, and the same relatives of the employee’s spouse in the like degree.

 

4.  ARTICLE XIV. CONTRACT TERM

This agreement shall be in full force and effect from July 1, 2005 to and including June 30, 2009.  However, it is expressly understood and agreed that negotiations shall commence no later than March 1, 2007, solely for the purpose of discussing and negotiating an adjustment of wage rates set forth in Addendum A and Addendum B of this agreement for the remainder of the term of this contract.     This entire agreement shall be considered as renewed from year to year after June 30, 2009, unless either party to this agreement notifies the other party in writing at least ninety (90) days prior to June 30, 2009, of their desire to modify this agreement.

 

5.  ARTICLED XIII.  COMPENSATION

Section B.  Overtime

Employees required to work in excess of forty (40) hours in any week will be compensated at the rate of one and one-half (1 ½) times their normal rate of pay for additional time worked.  Employees shall not be required to suspend work during regular scheduled hours to absorb overtime.  Overtime shall be paid in half-hour increments.

 

6.  NEW MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

If any other classified or craft bargaining unit at Montana State University-Bozeman or Montana State University-Billings settles for an across-the-board wage increase during the 2005-2007 biennium, the employer agrees to pay to this bargaining unit the same increase.

 

7.  ADDENDUM A, THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA-MISSOULA

Delete entire addendum.  Members of this bargaining unit employed at The University of Montana-Missoula will be members of a separate Laborers bargaining unit, upon recognition by the State Board of Personnel Appeals.

 

8. ADDENDUM B, MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY-BILLINGS

Replace Addendum B with New Addendum A.

The following provisions are only applicable to employees covered by this agreement at Montana State University-Billings.

 

1.  SCOPE OF BARGAINING UNIT

The bargaining unit shall include the following job titles at Montana State University-Billings:

          Custodian I and II

          Custodial Supervisor I

          Groundskeeper I, II, and III

          Maintenance Tech and/or Maintenance Worker series

 

2.  PAY SCHEDULE

Employees at Montana State University-Billings are subject to the Montana University System Staff Compensation Plan. 

 

3.  WAGE INCREASE

a.    Effective October 1, 2005, all employees hired on or before September 30, 2005, shall receive a base pay raise of 3.5 percent or $1,005 annually, whichever is greater.  After application of the 3.5 percent or $1,005 annual pay increase, any employee making less than $8.25 per hour shall be increased to $8.25 per hour. 

 

b.    Effective October 1, 2006, all employees hired on or before September 30, 2006, shall receive a base pay raise of 4.0 percent or $1,188 annually, whichever is greater.

 

c.   In addition to the salary increase specified above, employees may be eligible for additional forms of compensation as outlined in the Montana University System Staff Compensation Plan such as:  lump sum bonuses, strategic pay, career ladder progression pay, and in-range progression pay.

 

9.  ADDENDUM B, MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY-BOZEMAN

Replace Addendum C with New Addendum B.

The following provisions are only applicable to employees covered by this agreement at Montana State University-Bozeman.

 

1.  SCOPE OF BARGAINING UNIT

The bargaining unit shall include the following job titles at Montana State University-Bozeman:

            Custodian I and II

            Custodial Supervisor I

            Groundskeeper I, II and III
            Maintenance Worker series

            Equipment Operator series

 

2.  PAY SCHEDULE

Employees at Montana State University-Bozeman are subject to the Montana University System Staff Compensation Plan.

 

3.  WAGE INCREASE

a.    Effective October 1, 2005, all employees hired on or before September 30, 2005, shall receive a base pay raise of 3.5 percent or $1,005 annually, whichever is greater.  After application of the 3.5 percent or $1,005 annual pay increase, any employee making less than $8.25 per hour shall be increased to $8.25 per hour. 

 

b.    Effective October 1, 2006, all employees hired on or before September 30, 2006, shall receive a base pay raise of 4.0 percent or $1,188 annually, whichever is greater.

 

c.   In addition to the salary increase specified above, employees may be eligible for additional forms of compensation as outlined in the Montana University System Staff Compensation Plan such as:  lump sum bonuses, strategic pay, career ladder progression pay, and in-range progression pay.

 

4.  SHOP STEWARDS

Within the Facilities Services department the union may appoint up to three (3) stewards, including no more than one (1) steward on the graveyard shift, and no more than two (2) stewards on the swing shift.

 

The union may appoint one steward from within the Student Union Building department.

 

5.  WAGE DIFFERENTIAL

Effective July 1, 2005, any maintenance worker who has been assigned the responsibility of asbestos abatement and who obtains and maintains required training and certification shall receive a fifty cents ($.50) per hour salary differential for the duration of the assignment.  The selection of the employee(s) to be given the responsibility for asbestos abatement is at the complete discretion of the employer.  The employer will give an employee thirty (30) calendar days notice before discontinuing the employee's assignment for asbestos abatement.  Such discontinuance is not grievable.

The following items reflect no substantive changes in the collective bargaining agreement provisions.  They are considered to be clarification and/or housekeeping issues.

 

10.  ARTICLE X.  GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

Move Section I. Timeframes to new Section B. and renumber remaining sections for purpose of clarification.

 

11.  ARTICLE IX, EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Section I. Retirement

Retirement shall be governed by applicable state and federal statutes.  The amount of the employee and employer contributions, retirement benefits and other details shall be governed by the provisions of Title 19, Chapter 3 of Montana statutes.