Agreement Between Growers Exchange, Inc. and United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO, December 26, 1979 through August 31, 1982 : electronic version.
|AGREEMENT BETWEEN GROWERS EXCHANGE, INC. AND UNITED FARM WORKERS OF AMERICA, AFL-CIO|
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This Agreement and Supplemental Agreements attached hereto are between GROWERS EXCHANGE, INC. hereafter called "the Company" and the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO, hereafter called "the Union". The parties agree as follows:
A. The Company does hereby recognize the Union as the sole labor organization representing all the Company's agricultural employees (hereinafter called "workers") in the unit set forth in the Agricultural Labor Relations Board's certification in the Case No. 77-RC-8-E. In the event the Agricultural Labor Relations Board certifies other employees not here included within the certified unit, such additional employees shall be included under the terms of this Agreement. The term "worker" shall not include office and sales employees, security guards, and supervisory employees who have the authority to hire, transfer, suspend, layoff, recall, promote, discharge, assign, reward or discipline other workers, or the responsibility to direct them or adjust their grievances, or effectively recommend such action, if, in connection with the foregoing, the exercise of such authority is not of a merely routine or clerical nature but requires the use of independent judgment.
B. The Company agrees that no business device including joint ventures, partnerships or any other forms of agricultural business operations shall be used by the Company for the purpose of circumventing the obligations of this Collective Bargaining Agreement.
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C. The Company further recognizes the rights and obligations of the Union to negotiate wages, hours and conditions of employment and to administer this Agreement on behalf of covered workers.
D. Neither the Company nor its representatives will take any action to disparage, denigrate or subvert the Union. Neither the Union nor its representatives will take any action to disparage, denigrate or subvert the Company.
E. Neither the Company nor its representatives will interfere with the right of any worker to join and assist the Union. The Company will make known to all workers that they will secure no advantage, nor more favorable consideration nor any form of special privilege because of non-participation in Union activities.
F. The Company will make known to all workers, supervisors and officers, its policies and commitments as set forth above with respect to recognition of the Union and will encourage workers in the bargaining unit to give utmost consideration to supporting and participating in collective bargaining and contract administration functions.
A. Union membership will be a condition of employment. Each worker shall be required to become a member of the Union immediately following five (5) continual days after the beginning of employment, or five (5) days from the date of the signing of this Agreement, whichever is later; and to remain a member of the Union in good standing. Union shall be the sole judge of the good standing of its members. Any worker who fails to become a member of the
- 3 -Union within the time limit set forth herein, or who fails to pay the required initiation fee, periodic dues or regularly authorized assessments as prescribed by Union or who has been determined to be in bad standing by the Union pursuant to the provisions of the Union's constitution shall be immediately discharged or suspended upon written notice from the Union to the Company, and shall not be re-employed until written notice from the Union to the Company of the worker's good standing status.
B. Company agrees to furnish to Union in writing, within one (1) week after the execution of this Agreement, a list of its workers giving the names, addresses, social security numbers and type of job classification.
C. Company agrees to deduct from each worker's pay initiation fees, all periodic dues, and assessments as required by Union, upon presentation by the Union of individual authorization signed by workers, directing Company to make such deductions. Company shall make such deductions from workers' pay for the payroll period in which it is submitted, provided that it is submitted in advance of the close of the pay period, and periodically thereafter as specified on authorization so long as such authorization is in effect and shall remit monies weekly. The Company shall provide a monthly summary report as soon as possible, but not later than the twentieth (20th) day of the month following the ending date of the previous month's pay period, containing the names of the workers, social security number, payroll periods covered, gross wages, total hours worked per worker, total number of workers and amount of Union dues deducted during such pay periods from each worker. Union will furnish the forms to be used
- 4 -for authorization and will notify the Company in writing of dues, assessments and initiation fees within five (5) days of the execution of this Agreement and five (5) days before the effective date of any change.
D. The Company will advise new workers that it is a condition of their employment that they must become and thereafter remain members in good standing in the Union immediately following five (5) continual days after the beginning of their employment. The Company shall furnish workers membership applications and dues checkoff authorization forms as provided by the Union.
E. Union shall indemnify and hold Company harmless from and against any and all claims, demands, suits or other forms of liability that may arise out of or by reason of action taken by Company for the purpose of compliance with any of the provisions of this Article.
F. In the event that the Company files in bankruptcy or Chapter 11 proceedings, it will notify the Union of such action and shall list the Union as a separate credit or qualified as a priority claim pursuant to the Bankruptcy Act. Notification to any of the Plans or Funds shall not constitute compliance with this Article.
A. The Union shall operate and maintain a facility whereby Company may secure new or additional workers. The Union will notify Company of the address and phone number of each facility nearest each operation of the Company and the name of the person in charge of the facility.
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B. Company recalls of seniority workers shall be pursuant to Section C of Article 4. Workers returning to work on recall shall check in with the Union steward or other Union representative on the job site to verify the worker's name is on the seniority list before commencing work.
C. Whenever at the beginning of any operating season in any area of operation of the Company, the Company anticipates the need for new or additional workers to perform any work covered by this Agreement, the Company shall, at least two (2) weeks prior to the date of anticipated need for such workers, notify the facility of the Union designated in Section A in writing, stating the number of workers needed, the type of work to be performed, the estimated starting date of the work and the approximate duration thereof. The Company shall notify the Union promptly of any change in estimated starting date, however, the Company shall give to the Union the exact starting date no later than forty-eight (48) hours prior to the actual date for commencement of the work.
D. In the event, during the operating season in any area of Company operations, new or additional workers are needed to perform work covered by this Agreement, the Company shall notify the Union facility designated in Section A of the number of workers needed, the type of work to be performed, the date the workers are needed, and whether the work is temporary or permanent. The Union shall be given forty-eight (48) hours notice or as far in advance as possible.
E. When workers are requested of the Union, Union shall use its best efforts to furnish the requested number of workers. If
- 6 -the Union does not furnish the requested number of workers on the date requested, the Company shall be free to procure needed workers not furnished by the Union from any other source. If the Company secures workers under the provisions of this paragraph, the Company will make available to Union, in writing, within five (5) days thereafter, the names, social security numbers, date hired and job classifications of all workers so hired, provided however, that the Union shall be entitled, acting on its own, to ascertain such information from such workers at any time after twenty-four (24) hours following the hiring of such workers, provided further, that work is not interrupted. Grievances relating to this paragraph shall be subject to the expedited grievance and arbitration procedure.
F. When Company requests workers from the Union facility for jobs which require skills or experience (such as tractor drivers, irrigators) the Union will refer workers who meet the job requirements. Before the Company makes a determination that a referred worker does not meet the job requirement, the supervisor will fully explain the job duties and requirements and give the worker a reasonable time to meet the job requirements. Discharges shall be subject to the procedures of Article 8 - Discipline and Discharge.
G. It is essential that the Union has advance notice of any lay-off, so it may plan utmost utilization of available workers. Accordingly, the Company will notify Union seven (7) days in advance of any layoff, or as soon as possible, prior to any layoff.
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H. When laying off seniority workers, the Company shall attempt to give reasonable notice of the estimated layoff date. Workers other than harvesting crew workers shall be given at least twenty-four (24) hours notice prior to a layoff at the end of any season.
I. In the event that it is necessary to lay off workers before they acquire seniority, it is understood that if such workers are referred or dispatched by the Union to the employer from which they were laid off, that such workers will be given work opportunity by the Company on the same basis as any other non-seniority worker.
A. After a worker has worked for the Company at least fourteen (14) work days within the preceding ninety (90) calendar days, he shall acquire seniority on the fourteenth (14th) day of work retroactive to his date of hire. Whenever a commodity or crop season is less than twenty-eight (28) calendar days, a worker shall acquire seniority provided he works one-half (½) the number of work days in the season. It is understood that the days prior to acquiring seniority do not establish nor shall be a probationary period. There shall not be layoffs for the purpose of circumventing acquisition of seniority.
B. Seniority shall be lost for the following reasons only:
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C. In layoff of workers for lack of work or at the end of the Company's operating season, the worker with the least seniority shall be laid off first, and in recall of workers from layoff, the workers with the highest seniority shall be recalled in their order of seniority, and the filling of vacancies, new jobs, promotions within the bargaining unit, demotions, shall be on the basis of seniority, provided however, the worker is able to do the work. In such cases, the supervisor will fully explain the job duties and requirements and give the worker a reasonable time to meet the job requirements.
D. Whenever a permanent vacancy occurs in an hourly rated job classification with a rate above the general field and harvesting rate, such vacancy shall be posted on the Company's bulletin board in the area of the vacancy. The posting shall be made at least five (5) days before the vacancy is permanently filled. A copy of the posting will be made available to the Union Ranch Committee. Seniority workers desiring to apply for such positions shall sign the posting. Selection and training for those workers applying for the position shall be as set forth in Paragraph C above.
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E. The Company, when anticipating the recall of seniority workers, shall notify the worker and the Union, not less than two (2) weeks prior to the estimated starting date of the work and the approximate duration thereof. The Company shall then notify the worker when to report for work, allowing reasonable time to report. All such notice of recall shall be a joint recall bearing the title of the Company and the Union. There shall be no recall by labor contractors. It is understood that the provisions of Article 3- Hiring, Section B, apply to the recalled worker.
F. The Company shall notify the Union within five (5) working days of seniority workers laid off or recalled on a seasonal basis, in accordance with this article by giving the worker's name, social security number, seniority date, job or commodity classification and date of recall or lay off. Grievances relating to this paragraph shall be subject to the expedited grievance and arbitration procedure.
G. Beginning with the signing of this Agreement and each three (3) months thereafter, the Company shall provide the Union with an up-to-date seniority list showing the name of each worker, his seniority date, social security number and job or commodity classification. The Company shall also post a seniority list in a conspicuous place for examination by the workers and the Union Ranch Committee. The Union may review the accuracy of the seniority list and present to the Company any errors it may find on such list. Grievances relating to this paragraph shall be subject to the expedited grievance and arbitration procedure.
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H. Seniority shall not be applied so as to displace (bump) any worker of the Company within an established crew, commodity or area.
I. It is understood that the Company and the Union may agree in writing to make deviations from these seniority provisions regarding applications of seniority. In the event the Union and the Company have agreed to a local seniority provision different from Article 4 of the Contract signed herein, the Union and the Company agree to review and revise if agreed upon said local provision, only, one (1) year after the date of signing this Agreement, if either party so requests.
J. The attached supplement on seniority issues shall serve as the definitive guideline in the administration of seniority during the term of this Agreement.
A. The parties to this Agreement agree that all disputes which arise between the Company and the Union out of the interpretation or application of this Agreement shall be subject to the Grievance and Arbitration Procedure. The parties further agree that the Grievance Procedure of this Agreement shall be the exclusive remedy with respect to any disputes arising under this Agreement, and no other remedies shall be utilized by any person with respect to any dispute involving this Agreement until the Grievance Procedure has been exhausted. Any claim by the Union that on the job conduct by any non-bargaining unit employee is disrupting working relations may be treated as a grievance provided that such grievance is specified in detail.
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B. The Company agrees to cooperate to make Union stewards available to workers wishing to submit a grievance and to make the Grievance Committee of the Union available to perform their functions under this Agreement.
C. Grievances dropped by either party prior to an arbitration hearing shall be considered as withdrawn without prejudice to either party's position on a similar matter in the future.
D. FIRST STEP: Any grievance arising under this Agreement shall be immediately taken up between the Company supervisor involved and the Union steward. They shall use their best efforts to resolve the grievance. In the event the grievance is not immediately satisfactorily resolved the grieving party shall reduce the grievance to writing and set forth the nature of the grievance. A grievance regarding a discharge of an employee must be filed in writing within five (5) days of the discharge. All other grievances must be filed in writing within thirty (30) days of the occurrence of the grievance or thirty (30) days of the discovery thereof. The failure of the grieving party to file a grievance within the time limits specified in this paragraph shall waive the grievance.
STEP TWO: Any grievance not resolved in the First Step shall be discussed in a meeting between the Grievance Committee and the Company representative delegated to resolve such matters not later than ten (10) calendar days of the filing of the grievance. If the grievance is not satisfactorily resolved in such meeting, the party receiving the grievance shall give a written response to the other regarding its position including reasons for denial within ten (10) work days from the close of
- 12 -the Step Two meeting. If the party receiving the grievance fails to respond within said ten (10) work days such party shall be considered to have withdrawn its objection to the grievance and the grievance shall be granted in the grieving party's favor. A Union representative may fully participate in the grievance meeting.
STEP THREE: If the grieving party is not satisfied with the written response, it must file a written notice to the other party within sixty (60) calendar days of the receipt of such written response. Failure to file within said time period shall waive the grievance. If timely written notice of appeal is given, the matter shall be referred to arbitration. The arbitrator shall consider and decide the grievance referred to him. In cases where more than one grievance is referred to arbitration in an area the arbitrator may hold consecutive hearings to expedite hearings. The arbitrator shall not have the authority or jurisdiction to modify, add to, or detract from, or alter any provision of this Agreement. Within that limitation among other things he shall have authority to award back pay for any loss of earnings from the Company including the right to revoke any form of discipline including discharge. He shall also have the authority to apply the Agreement and order compliance by all parties within the terms of the Agreement.
The arbitrator in his discretion may render a bench decision, or may allow briefs, but in any event shall issue a decision in writing to the parties within fifteen (15) days after the date of the close of the hearing sessions.
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The decision of the arbitrator shall be binding on the Company, the Union and the workers.
All expenses and salaries of the arbitrator shall be borne equally by the parties. Each party shall pay the cost of presenting its own case.
SELECTION OF THE ARBITRATOR: The parties will make a good faith effort to agree on a list of arbitrators for each of the areas listed below. In the event they are unable to agree, and not later than one week (unless there is mutual agreement to extend this time period) after the execution of this Agreement and each six (6) months thereafter, if requested by either the Company or the Union, a panel of eleven (11) arbitrators shall be requested from either the American Arbitration Association or the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. One panel shall be requested for the Salinas area, one panel for the Ventura and Santa Barbara area, and one panel for the Imperial Valley. Upon the request of either party additional lists of arbitrators shall be requested for the other geographical areas.
After receipt of the lists, the parties shall meet to select arbitrators for each area. If the parties cannot agree upon the selection of arbitrators then they shall turn to the lists of arbitrators received under procedures of the above paragraph. The person to strike first shall be selected by a coin toss. That party shall strike the first name from each list. The name remaining after each party has struck five shall be the person designated as arbitrator for each area. However, every six (6) months, either party may request a new list of arbitrators for any area and require a new meeting as discussed in this paragraph to select a new arbitrator.
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E. Expedited Grievance and Arbitration. The parties agree that the primary purpose of the grievance procedure is to resolve grievances as speedily as possible and to maintain good relations between the Union, the Company, and the workers.
It is recognized that there are times and there are certain issues that may arise, wherein it is to the best interest of all concerned to have a resolution of the matter more quickly than provided in the above procedure.
Accordingly, it is agreed that grievances specified elsewhere in this Agreement as subject to the expedited Grievance and Arbitration Procedure may at the request of the grieving party and with written notice to the other party be expedited to arbitration.
After such a grievance has been reduced to writing, the grieving party may request and there shall be a Second Step meeting within two work days and the responding party will immediately provide its answer in writing, if denied, setting forth the reasons for denial. The grieving party may then request, with notice to the responding party, that the grievance be referred to the arbitrator within three (3) work days from the written responsive answer. If such a grievance is presented to the arbitrator, it is agreed that it will take precedent, as to investigation, hearing date, and issuance of decision over any other case.
F. The arbitrator may make a field examination in any case he deems it advisable.
G. In the event that any dispute causes a work interruption of any kind, the parties agree to make an immediate joint effort to end such interruption which may include contacting the arbitrator.
- 15 -The arbitrator shall order an end to such interruption, personally, if possible, or by telephone, and shall immediately attempt to resolve the dispute. This in no way alters the obligation or liability of either party under the collective bargaining agreement.
A. There shall be no strikes, slowdowns, boycotts, interruptions of work by the Union nor shall there be any lockout by the Company.
B. If any of said events occur the officers and representatives of the Union and/or Company, as the case may be, shall do everything within their power to end or avert such activity.
C. Workers covered by this Agreement shall not engage in any strike, slowdown or other interruption of work, which action is not approved by the Union.
A. Duly authorized and designated representatives of the Union shall have right of access to Company premises in connection with conduct of normal union affairs in administration of this Agreement. In the exercise of the foregoing, there shall be no unnecessary interference with the productive activities of the workers.
B. Before a union representative contacts any of the workers during working hours, he shall notify the Company that he is on the premises.
C. The Union shall advise the Company of the names of its duly authorized and designated representatives.
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A. The first five (5) work days of employment for a new non-seniority employee shall be considered as a probationary period. The Company may discharge such a new employee during this five (5) work day period for poor work performance or any other non-discriminatory reason and such employee shall not have recourse to the grievance and arbitration procedure in order to dispute the discharge.
B. The Company shall have the sole right to discipline and discharge workers for just cause, providing that in the exercise of this right it will not act in violation of the Agreement. No worker shall be disciplined or discharged except for just cause.
C. Prior to any discharge or suspension, the Company shall notify the steward or other union official and such union representative shall have the right to be present when formal charges are made, if they so desire. Provided, however, if a situation occurs in a remote area, wherein the Company deems it necessary to take action and no steward or Union representative is available, the Company may take action and must give written notice within the time limit in Paragraph D below.
D. The steward or other Union representative shall have the right to interview workers in private.
Within forty-eight (48) hours after any discharge or suspension for just cause the Union representative will be notified in writing the reasons for such discharge or suspension.
E. Individual performance in relation to piece rate, or incentive plan, shall not be conclusive evidence for the purpose of disciplining or discharging a worker. This provision shall
- 17 -not, however, constitute any limitation on any of the Company's rights to discharge or discipline for unsatisfactory work performance.
Discharge and other disciplinary actions are subject to the grievance and arbitration provisions of this Agreement.
In accord with the policies of Company and the Union, it is agreed that there shall be no discrimination against any worker because of race, age, creed, color, religion, sex, political belief, national origin, language spoken or union activity.
A. Company agrees that any worker may refuse to pass through any picket line of another Company and sanctioned by the Union.
B. No worker shall be required to perform work that normally would have been performed by workers of another Company who are engaged in a strike sanctioned by the Union.
C. The provisions of this Article are not limitations in any way on the rights of the Company as set forth in Article 38, Grower-Shipper Contracts. The provisions of Article 14F, Health and Safety, also apply.
A. Any worker elected or appointed to an office or position in the Union shall be granted a leave of absence for a period of continuous service with the Union upon written request of the Union. Ten (10) days notice must be given the Company before the
- 18 -worker takes leave to accept such office or position or chooses to return to work. Such leave of absence shall be without pay. Seniority shall not be broken or suspended by reason of such leave.
B. A temporary leave of absence without pay not to exceed three (3) days for Union business shall be granted under the following conditions:
C. A leave of absence without pay shall also be granted to workers by the Company upon workers applying to and being confirmed by the Company for any of the following reasons without loss of seniority.
- 18a -within thirty (30) days after being discharged from such service, shall not lose any seniority, job rights, or other benefits. Upon return from such service, such worker shall be granted a job equal to that he or she would have had with Company had he or she remained in Company's continued employ, provided, however, any renewal of enlistment beyond the original one will serve to break seniority unless such action violates the Selective Service Act.
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Leaves of absence schedules, under this section, where more workers have applied for a leave of absence at the same time than can be spared by the Company, shall be allocated on the basis of seniority, with the worker having the highest seniority having first preference for that leave of absence. However, where a worker requests an emergency leave, the Union and the Company may agree to his/her leave in preference to that worker over other workers with higher seniority.
D. All leaves of absence shall be in writing on approved leave of absence forms provided by the Company except in cases of emergencies. Such forms shall be signed by the Company representative, the worker requesting the leave, and the Union Steward or other Union representative, to signify receipt of the Union's copy. Leave of absence shall be extended by the Company for a valid personal reason, if a request for such an extension is made by the worker in writing to the Company with a copy to the Union prior to the termination of the original leave, provided, however, that a request for an extension may be submitted simultaneously with the request for leave of absence for valid personal reasons, if the worker has special circumstances which require additional time.
E. Failure to report for work at the end of an approved leave of absence or accepting employment with another employer during an approved leave of absence shall terminate seniority in accordance with Article 4, Seniority.
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Company agrees that all conditions of employment for workers relating to wages, hours of work, and general working conditions shall be maintained at no less than the highest standards in effect as of the date of this Agreement. Conditions of employment shall be improved whenever specific provisions for improvement are made elsewhere in this Agreement.
The Union and the Company agree that during the negotiations which resulted in this Agreement they have fully negotiated and agreed to the terms of the Company's contributions to the RFK Farmworkers Medical Plan and the Juan De La Cruz Farmworkers Pension Plan, that said terms of contribution as set forth herein sets forth the Company's total obligation with respect to medical and pension plans and that therefore the obligations of Article 12 do not extend to any medical and pension plan maintained by the Company prior to this Agreement.
Supervisors and other employees not included in this bargaining unit shall not perform any work covered by this Agreement, except for instruction, training and emergencies. This paragraph shall not be used as a basis for the purpose of avoiding the recall of bargaining unit workers for work they would normally perform.
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A. The Company and Union are interested in the health and safety of workers while working with the Company. It is understood and agreed that it is necessary in the sophisticated farming practices of today that certain agricultural chemicals must be used for the control of pests and growth of the product. Company recognizes that use of certain chemicals may be injurious to farm workers. The use of such chemicals injurious to farm workers must be such so as not to cause injury to workers. Therefore, the Company shall maintain in its area office(s) and shall have available to its supervisors the following information, and shall make such information available to the Union upon request:
B. The Company will comply with all applicable laws relating to the health and safety of farm workers and will not use banned chemicals such as, but not limited to DDT, DDD, DDE, Aldrin and Dieldrin.
C. When an agricultural chemical is to be applied, the Company shall advise all workers working in the immediate area prior to the application. Re-entry into treated fields shall be
- 22 -in accordance with label requirements. Workers shall be advised of applicable re-entry periods. No worker shall be required to re-enter a field during the prohibited period, nor shall the worker refuse to re-enter thereafter. Nothing in this paragraph shall infringe upon the right of a worker under Paragraph D and F below.
D. Any worker who is working in the immediate area where agricultural chemicals have been recently applied, and has reason to believe that his health has been adversely affected by any agricultural chemicals shall be immediately transported, at the worker's request, to the nearest medical facility for testing and treatment as determined by a doctor.
E. Upon the request of the Union, a Health and Safety Committee shall be formed, which shall consist of not more than three (3) members from the Union and three (3) members from the Company. The Committee shall meet at the request of either party at such times and places as are mutually acceptable. The Committee may discuss, exchange information and make recommendations to the Company and the Union on health and safety issues which affect the workers. The Company shall make the final determination concerning any recommendation of the Committee.
F. No worker shall be required to work in any situation which would immediately endanger his health or safety.
G. In accordance with law, there shall be adequate toilet facilities, separate for men and for women in the field readily accessible to workers, that will be maintained in a clean and sanitary manner. Doors on portable toilets shall have latches. Handwashing facilities, soap and paper towels shall be provided.
- 23 -The Company and Union shall agree on designated locations for toilet facilities for use by steady workers.
H. Each place where there is work being performed shall be provided with suitable, cool, potable drinking water convenient to workers. Water shall be provided in cool cans or equivalent containers. Individual paper drinking cups shall be provided. Ice and salt tablets shall be provided by the Company during the summer. Companies operating in the Imperial Valley and Tacna shall provide triple A or other label of water to meet this "potable" standard.
I. Tools and equipment and protective garments necessary to perform the work and/or to safeguard the health of or to prevent injuries to a workers person shall be provided, maintained and paid for by the Company. Workers shall be responsible for returning all such equipment that was checked out to them, but shall not be responsible for breakage or normal wear and tear. Workers shall be charged actual cost for equipment that is not broken and not returned. Receipts for returned equipment shall be given to the worker by the Company.
J. Adequate first aid supplies shall be provided and kept in a clean and sanitary dust proof container. Each crew bus shall be equipped with a first aid kit. Each harvesting crew shall have access to a first aid kit. Each tractor driver who requests one shall be provided with a first aid kit.
K. When a worker who applies agricultural chemicals is on the Company payroll, one base line cholinesterase test and other additional tests shall be taken on those workers so employed at Company's expense when organo phosphates are used and, if requested,
- 24 -results of said tests shall be given to an authorized Union representative.
L. Any worker who becomes sick during working hours and requests transportation to the nearest doctor's office or medical facility shall be provided with transportation.
M. All Company vehicles used by workers shall be maintained and operated in safe condition at all times. The Company shall provide a form for the reporting of necessary equipment repairs. The Union steward shall submit one copy of the repair notification to the foreman and retain one copy. Any equipment that needs repairs, which is reported to the Company supervisor shall be repaired.
N. All crew buses shall be swept out daily.
O. All stitchers, haul trucks, wrap machines, tomato harvesters and celery transplant machines shall be equipped with back-up warning devices and exhaust devices and protective cages installed so as to not cause injury to workers. All motorized equipment shall be attended to by the operator at all times when moving.
P. Any violation of this Article shall be subject to the expedited grievance and arbitration procedure.
A. In the event the Company anticipates the introduction of mechanical equipment new to the Company which will displace persons employed by the Company within the bargaining unit, the Company shall:
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B. The Company shall, in addition to its obligations under Paragraph A, above, upon request, bargain with the Union with respect to the introduction of the new equipment. If the
- 26 -parties cannot agree on the introduction of such equipment at the end of the six (6) months period, the parties shall submit the dispute to arbitration in accordance with Article 5, Grievance and Arbitration Procedure. The arbitrator shall have the authority to decide all issues relating to displacement of workers as a result of the introduction of the new kind of equipment.
C. Nothing in this Article shall restrict the Company's right to change the crops it grows or markets, to change its farming practices, or to enter into arrangements under Article 38, Grower-Shipper Contracts.
D. Experimentation with new equipment is not introduction as described in this Article; provided all workers needed are members of the bargaining unit and no seniority workers are displaced.
The Company retains all rights of management including the following unless they are limited by some other provision of this Agreement: To decide the nature of equipment, machinery, methods of processes used; to introduce new equipment, machinery, methods or processes, and to change or discontinue existing equipment, machinery or processes; to determine the products to be produced, or the conduct of its business; to direct and supervise all of the employees, including the right to assign and transfer employees; to determine when overtime shall be worked and whether to require overtime.
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The parties recognize the value and importance of the Union label. The parties wish to insure that the public will not be defrauded by misuse of the Union label. Therefore the parties agree as follows:
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In the event a new or changed operation or new or changed classification is installed by the Company, the Company shall set the wage or piece rate in relation to the classifications and rates of pay in Appendix "A" and shall notify the Union before such rate is put into effect. Whether or not the Union has agreed to the proposed rate, the Company may put the rate into effect after such notice. In the event such rate cannot be agreed upon mutually between the Union and the Company, the same shall be submitted to the grievance procedure including arbitration for determination beginning at the Second Step. Any rate agreed upon or as determined by the arbitrator shall be effective from the installation of such new or changed operation.
A. Daily Overtime
B. Saturday Overtime
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C. Sunday Overtime
D. All overtime shall be performed on a voluntary basis and scheduled overtime shall be offered on the basis of highest seniority within the classification required to work overtime. If there are no volunteers for the overtime work, the obligation to work the overtime shall fall to the highest seniority workers.
E. To compute overtime on a piece-rate or incentive basis, the number of units subject to overtime shall be determined by averaging the units for the total hours worked by the worker that day. Overtime pay for loaders shall be equal to one and one-half (1 ½) times his regular rate of pay for the same number of boxes for which the crew is paid overtime pay in accordance with this Article.
F. When a worker performs work at a higher rated job than his classification, he shall be paid at the higher rate. When a worker performs work at a lower rated job than his classification, he shall be paid at the rate of his classification. This paragraph shall not apply to the practice of rotation on lettuce wrap machines.
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G. When a worker is working as a trainee for qualification for a higher rated job, he shall be paid at his or her old classification rate of pay for a period not to exceed fifteen (15) work days.
H. Meal time breaks shall be one-half (½) hour and not compensated for nor counted as hours worked under the provisions of this Agreement, except where meal breaks are currently longer and/or compensated, they shall be continued. Company shall not use the meal time breaks for the purpose of moving the workers to another job site, or any other related work activity.
I. Normal Hours
The following shall be considered the normal work schedule for each of the specified classifications of work. It is understood that these norms do not constitute a daily guarantee but define the normal hours of work when work is available and conditions permit. The number of workers employed to perform the job shall be directly related to the work demand. The number may vary due to conditions affecting the job to be performed; however, the Company shall make every effort to provide the normal work schedule as provided below. The Company shall not increase the size of the work force nor shall the Company schedule or assign work in such a way that available hours of work are reduced.
|General labor, thin and hoe, transplant, hourly harvest||Mon-Fri||Eight (8)|
|Piece-rate Classifications||Mon-Fri||Eight (8)|
|Sat||Four (4), with past practice applicable for lettuce and celery crews.|
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A. A worker who is required to report for work and does report and is furnished no work shall be paid at least four (4) hours at the worker's hourly rate of pay or the worker's average hourly piece rate earnings based on the preceding payroll period. If less than four (4) hours of work is provided, hourly workers shall be paid four (4) hours at their hourly rate of pay, and piece-rate workers shall be paid the piece-rate earned during the time worked and their average hourly piece-rate wage based on the preceding payroll period for the remaining time up to four (4) hours that day.
However, in the event that no work or less than four (4) hours of work are provided because of rain, frost, government condemnation of crop, or other causes beyond the control of the Company, Section A, Paragraph 1 of this Article shall not apply; provided, however, that the Company agrees to continue its past practice with respect to condemnation of fields.
B. Workers shall be informed before leaving work of the reporting time and place for the following day to the extent possible. The Company shall set the reporting time as close as possible to the estimated starting time, taking into consideration available weather reports for the following day. If a worker who reports at such specified time is asked to report back the same day at another time and no work is provided or less than four (4) hours of work is provided, the pay guarantee described in "A" above shall apply and the exception described therein shall not apply. Any call may be rescinded by notification to workers at least six (6) hours prior to the time scheduled for reporting to work.
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C. Hourly workers shall be paid at their regular hourly rate of pay and piece-rate workers at the general labor rate for all time when the Company gives orders to standby at the pick-up point or in the field prior to commencing work; provided, however, workers shall not be paid for the first half (½) hour when the Company gives orders to standby in the field prior to commencing work due to frost. If work is delayed due to breakdown or delay in arrival of Company transportation, all workers shall be compensated at the general labor rate for the period so delayed.
D. Hourly workers shall be paid at their regular hourly rate for all time they are required to remain on the job.
E. Piece-rate workers shall be paid at their average hourly piece-rate wage based on the preceding payroll period for all standby time after work begins; provided, however, that piece-rate workers shall not be paid for the first fifteen (15) minutes when the Company gives orders to standby in the field after work has commenced due to rain. "Standby time" for purposes of this paragraph refers to any time when the entire crew's work is interrupted or delayed because of machine breakdown, rain, etc., and orders are given by the Company to standby. Standby time for loaders shall begin forty-five (45) minutes after the crew is released for the day, and shall be paid for time in which the loaders are required to wait for Company equipment.
Workers shall have paid rest periods of fifteen (15) minutes each, which insofar as practical, shall be in the middle of each continuous four (4) hour work period or major fraction thereof.
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A. Vacations with pay shall be granted to eligible workers who qualify for such vacations. Each year workers shall be eligible for a vacation provided that they qualify as specified in "B" below in the prior calendar year. Vacation pay shall be computed on the basis of the appropriate percent of the worker's gross earnings from the Company in the calendar year prior to the payment of the vacation benefit. Calendar year in this paragraph means January 1 through December 31.
B. A worker who has worked seven hundred (700) hours in the prior calendar year with the Company will qualify for an amount equal to two percent (2%) of his total gross earnings as vacation pay and one (1) week of vacation time off.
A worker who has worked seven hundred (700) hours in the prior calendar year, who has four (4) or more years seniority with the Company will qualify for an amount equal to four percent (4%) of his total gross earnings as vacation pay and two (2) weeks of vacation time off.
C. Workers may waive vacation periods but shall receive their vacation pay in addition to their earnings for such period. For workers who desire to waive their vacation period, vacation pay shall be deemed due and payable at any time such pay is requested after January 1st of each year, provided, however, that the vacation check will be prepared as quickly as possible, but in no event more than six (6) weeks after requested by the worker. Vacation pay shall be paid by separate check and regular deductions shall be made and reported.
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D. Any worker who quits or is terminated shall receive his appropriate vacation benefit allowance in accordance with the above Paragraph B.
E. If a worker's vacation period includes one of the holidays set forth in Article 24, his vacation period shall be extended to include such holiday, and holiday pay.
F. Vacation schedules shall be mutually agreed upon. If, in the judgment of the Company, more workers want a particular vacation period than can be reasonably spared, the worker with the highest seniority shall have first preference for the vacation period.
To make funeral arrangements and to attend the funeral of a member of the immediate family (father, mother, child, brother, sister, husband or wife, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandfather, or grandmother), a worker will be paid what he would have earned had he been working for the Company, not to exceed three (3) days. However, in cases where the funeral requires travel of more than three hundred (300) miles one way, an additional one (1) day leave with pay shall be granted. The Company may require a death certificate or other evidence of death.
A. Commencing with the effective date of this Agreement, the following shall be paid holidays:
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Effective in 1981, Independence Day (July 4th) shall be added as a paid holiday.
B. Holiday pay shall be the daily average pay earned during the payroll week immediately preceding the holiday.
C. To be eligible for a paid holiday not worked, a worker must work the scheduled workdays both immediately before and after the holiday. If the next scheduled workday after the holiday is more than five (5) calendar days after the holiday, the requirement for work on the scheduled work day after the holiday shall not apply. A worker laid off more than two (2) calendar weeks prior to a paid holiday will not be eligible for holiday pay.
D. Work on any holiday shall be paid at one and one-half (1-½) times the worker's regular rate in addition to holiday pay.
E. Holiday pay shall be issued to all workers as specified herein as soon as possible after the holiday, but in no event later than four (4) weeks after the end of the payroll period in which the worker qualifies for the holiday.
F. "Citizenship Participation Day" shall be designated as the first Sunday of June. All workers on "Citizenship Participation Day" shall receive holiday pay in accordance with Section A above.
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Upon receipt of proper written authorization from the worker, the Company shall deduct from such workers wages the pay received for Citizenship Participation Day and shall remit such sum to the Citizenship Participation Committee of the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO, for allocation as designated by the worker.
In the event any worker works on "Citizenship Participation Day", the Company shall not deduct any pay due him or her for working on that day.
G. In the event that the Company files in bankruptcy or Chapter 11 proceedings, it will notify the Citizenship Participation Committee of such action and shall list the Citizenship Participation Committee as a separate creditor qualified as a priority claim pursuant to the Bankruptcy Act. Notification to the Union or any of the other Plans or Funds shall not constitute compliance with this Article.
Workers who have worked at least five (5) days during the two (2) weeks preceding the week in which the following events occur shall receive the benefit of this section. A worker will be paid jury duty or witness pay for testifying in any legal proceeding not between the parties for any days of work missed due to the performance of such service. Jury duty or witness pay is defined as the difference between the fees received by such worker for performing such service and what he would have received had he been working for the Company for each day of service. To receive pay under this provision, the worker must provide Company
- 37 -with a copy or notice summoning him to appear and if so requested, documentary evidence of the amount of fees received for performing such service.
A. When Company furnished transportation is available, workers using such transportation shall receive daily travel allowance based upon the following schedule from the place designated where the worker is told to report for the transportation and the job site:
B. When Company furnished transportation is not available and workers furnish their own transportation, they shall receive daily travel allowance as provided above.
C. The travel allowance shall be paid at the worker's hourly or standby rate of pay. Any hours paid under this Article shall not be counted as hours worked for purposes of computing overtime hours, however, shall be counted as hours worked for all other purposes of this Agreement.
D. Travel allowance will be paid for the trip: Salinas to King City - ½ hour each way.
E. Buses will be kept clean, safe, comfortable and in good traveling condition. Buses will have an adequate place where workers can place their food and other items.
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F. Workers should be transported as close to the work site as possible.
G. The Company shall provide transportation to and from the job to celery ground crews in Salinas.
H. All workers shall be compensated for all time spent changing fields during the work day; hourly workers shall be paid at their regular rate of pay, and piece-rate workers at the general labor rate of pay.
A. Company shall keep full and accurate records, including total hours worked, piece rate or incentive rate records, total wages and total deductions. Workers shall be furnished a copy of the itemized deductions, hourly rates, hours worked, cumulative hours worked to date (effective June 1, 1980), wages earned; and cumulative wages earned to date each payday which shall include the worker piece rate production records. The daily record of piece rate production for crews paid on a crew basis shall be given to the appropriate steward, upon request. The Company shall provide the Union representative with a copy of the monthly report to the R.F.K. Farmworkers Medical Plan and the Juan De La Cruz Farmworkers Pension Fund, and a quarterly report of total hours worked and hours paid to the R.F.K. Farmworkers Medical Plan for each worker.
B. Union shall have the right, upon reasonable notice given to the Company, to examine time sheets, discipline records, work production, or other records that pertain to workers' compensation.
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The Company shall deduct Federal and State Income Tax in accordance with standard practices with scheduled deductions for workers agreeing in writing to such withholding. Such agreement shall be binding upon the worker during his employment with the Company for the balance of the calendar year and each calendar year thereafter, subject to his written revocation of his agreement prior to the start of each new calendar year.
Under proper written authorization from a worker to the Company deductions, as provided for in such authorization, shall be made by the Company for the Farm Workers Credit Union, and such money and reports shall be forwarded on a monthly basis to that organization at Post Office Box 62, Keene, California 93531, or such other address as designated by the administrator of the Credit Union.
[A.] The Company shall, commencing January 1, 1980, contribute to the Robert F. Kennedy Farmworkers Medical Plan $.34 per hour; commencing July 15, 1980, contribute $.36 per hour; and commencing July 15, 1981, contribute $.38 per hour for each hour worked by each worker; provided, however, that the Company shall make a guaranteed eight (8) hour contribution per day for each piece-rate worker who completes his scheduled day of work.
B. In accordance with Article 33, the monies and a summary report shall be remitted to the Plan at such address as designated by the Administrator of the Plan.
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C. In the event that the Company files in bankruptcy or Chapter 11 proceedings, it will notify the Plan of such action and shall list the Plan as a separate creditor qualified as a priority claim pursuant to the Bankruptcy Act. Notification to the Union or any of the other Plans or Funds shall not constitute compliance with this Article.
D. Union will provide the Company with the schedule of benefits provided for the workers at all locations. In or about July of each year, the Union shall provide the Company with copies of the following: (1) Actual Summary Plan description; (2) Annual Summary report; (3) Notice of benefit changes. Furthermore, the Union will provide the Company with copies of all claims experience studies prepared for the Plan's trustees by its consultant, the Western Benefits Plan Consultants, Inc.
A. The Company shall, commencing December 26, 1979, contribute $.18 per hour; commencing July 15, 1980, contribute $.19 per hour; and commencing July 15, 1981, contribute $.20 per hour for each hour worked by each worker to the Juan de la Cruz Farmworkers Pension Fund.
B. Contributions to be made by the Company pursuant to this Article shall be deposited into and remain in an interest bearing trust account until such time as a formal pension plan has been developed for farmworkers by Union and the Internal Revenue Service has issued an advance determination that such plan meets the requirements of Part 1, Subchapter D of Chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. Upon receipt of a copy of such
- 41 -determination, Company shall promptly take all actions required to be performed by it in order to cause such impounded contributions to be transmitted to the Plan trustees.
C. In accordance with Article 33, the monies and a summary report shall be remitted to the Plan at such address as designated by the Administrator of the Plan.
D. In the event that the Company files in bankruptcy or Chapter 11 proceedings, it will notify the Fund of such action and will list the Fund as a separate creditor qualified as a priority claim pursuant to the Bankruptcy Act. Notification to the Union or any of the other Plans or Funds shall not constitute compliance with this Article.
E. In or about July of each year, Union will provide Company with the Summary Annual Report and Summary of Plan Benefits reflecting changes in the benefits as required by ERISA.
A. The Company shall, during the term of this Agreement, contribute to the Martin Luther King Jr. Farmworkers Fund six cents (.06) per hour for each hour worked by all workers covered by this Agreement, commencing December 26, 1979. Expenditures or investments of contributions shall be solely restricted to those charitable and educational purposes for which federal tax exempt status has been granted to the Fund. The contributions shall not be expended to the detriment of the Company. The Martin Luther King Jr. Farmworkers Fund shall obtain and maintain federal tax exemption and all contributions by the Company shall be deductible under the Internal Revenue Code.
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B. In accordance with Article 33, the monies and a summary report shall be remitted to the Fund at such address as designated by the Administrator of the Fund.
C. In the event that the Company files in bankruptcy or Chapter 11 proceedings, it will notify the Martin Luther King Jr. Farmworkers Fund of such action and will list the Fund as a separate creditor qualified as a priority claim pursuant to the Bankruptcy Act. Notification to Union or any of the other Plans or Funds shall not constitute compliance with this Article.
Withheld dues are to be submitted weekly.
A payroll report is to be submitted monthly covering the four to five payroll periods falling within the reporting month. The report shall be mailed, on or before the 20th day of each month. The report shall include the workers' names, social security numbers, payroll periods covered, gross wages, total hours worked per worker, total number of workers, and total amount of Union dues deducted within the reporting month from each reported worker. Complete mailing directions and information for such report will be supplied by the Union.
In the event Company has no workers in its employ during any monthly payroll period, Company shall submit to the Union, on forms to be provided by the Union, a statement to that effect. Said statements shall be mailed on or before the 20th day of the following calendar month.
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Company understands and agrees that it shall be deemed delinquent with respect to the Union for any payroll month in which the dues are not submitted weekly and/or the monthly report, or the required statement that Company has no covered workers in its employ during such month, is not postmarked on or before the 20th day of the succeeding calendar month.
In the event Company decides to go out of business, merge or consolidate with another entity, sell or transfer its assets to another entity, or otherwise make a decision which will result in its ceasing to deduct dues, Company shall, in addition to any other requirements set forth in this Agreement, notify the Union headquarters in writing at least sixty (60) days in advance of the last day on which it will be reporting to the Union, of such business decisions.
In the event that Company files in bankruptcy, or Chapter 11 proceedings, it will notify the Union of such action and shall list the Union as a separate creditor qualified as a priority claim pursuant to the Bankruptcy Act.
All contributions due under this Agreement to the Robert F. Kennedy Farmworkers Medical Plan, the Juan de le Cruz Farmworkers Pension Fund and the Martin Luther King Jr. Farmworkers Fund shall be remitted monthly. The contributions due said Fringe Benefit Plans each month shall be computed on the preceding monthly payroll periods for every worker covered by this Agreement. The monthly contributions due each Plan, for the preceding payroll month, together with a monthly summary report, shall be mailed, on or before the 20th day of each month, to each Plan's
- 44 -depository bank at the lock box address designated by each Plan Administrator. Company acknowledges receipt of the designated lock box address for each Plan and agrees that all reports, contributions, statements, notices of other communications required or provided for under this Agreement, shall be sent to such designated addresses, unless Company is notified in writing, by the Administrator of any Plan, of a change in such designated address.
The monthly summary reports shall cover the preceding payroll month for which contributions are being remitted and shall include, for each worker being reported, name, social security number, total hours worked, total hours reportable to each plan if different than hours worked, total compensation paid and total contributions due each Plan. Said monthly reports shall also show total number of workers reported, total compensation paid such workers, total hours worked by such workers, and total hours reportable to each plan if different than hours worked, as well as total contributions being remitted to each Plan. Where Company is required by this Agreement to report to any plan hours other than hours worked, and to contribute to such plan for such other hours, the monthly report shall separately state, for each worker being reported, the total hours worked and the total hours reportable to each such plan. Said reports shall be legible and, where feasible, shall list workers alphabetically or in ascending social security number order.
In the event Company has no workers in its employ during any monthly payroll period, Company shall submit to each Plan, on forms to be provided by Plans, a statement to that effect. Said
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Where the Union report specified in Subsection A above contains all of the information required under this Subsection B, a copy of that report, mailed to each of the Plans at the times and places specified herein, shall constitute compliance with the monthly report requirements to the Plans.
Company understands and agrees that it shall be deemed delinquent, with respect to the Plans, for any payroll month in which the required contributions and monthly reports, or the required statement that Company had no covered workers in its employ during such month, is not postmarked on or before the 20th day of the succeeding calendar month.
In addition to the monthly summary reports specified above, Company shall also submit, on or before February 28th of each year, to the Juan de la Cruz Farmworkers Pension Fund, a report showing the total hours worked, in Connecting Noncovered Service, by each covered worker during the preceding calendar year. Said annual report shall show, for each worker who had one or more hours of Connecting Noncovered Service during the calendar year, such worker's name, social security number, and total hours of Connecting Noncovered Service for the year. "Connecting Noncovered Service" shall mean employment with the Company, which is not Covered Service under the Juan de la Cruz Farmworkers Pension Plan, but which immediately follows or precedes Covered Service with Company without an intervening quit, discharge or retirement, and which occurs while Company is obligated to contribute to the Pension Plan for workers in Covered Service.
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Company shall not be entitled to any offsets, credits, refunds, deductions or other form of reimbursement in the event of an overpayment to any Plan except as herein provided. In the event Company discovers that it has made an overpayment to any Plan, due to a mistake of fact, Company shall promptly notify such Plan of that fact with specifics as to date or dates of the alleged overpayment(s), the mistake of fact responsible for such overpayment(s), and the amount(s) involved. The Company shall submit, together with such notice of the fact that it claims an overpayment was made, such amended monthly report or reports as may be required to correct the Plan's records. Provided Company so notifies Plan of each overpayment, due to a mistake of fact, within one (1) year of the date the overpayment was made, and provided such mistake of fact is demonstrated, Plan will either refund to Company the overpayment involved, or authorize Company to take an offset from current contributions due to recover its overpayment, as Plan shall specify or Company shall be entitled to pursue legal remedies for reimbursement; provided, however, that Plan shall be entitled to deduct, from any such authorized refund or offset, the data processing and computer costs incurred by plan in correcting its records to reflect the adjusted data received from Company. Such data processing and computer costs incurred by any Plan as a result of Company's mistake of fact shall be deemed an additional obligation of Company to Plan under this Agreement. Company shall not be entitled to any refund, credit, offset, deduction or other form of reimbursement for any overpayment which is not discovered and reported to Plan within one (1) year of the date on which it was made.
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The foregoing notwithstanding, minor clerical errors made in reporting and/or contributing to any Plan or Plans, which are discovered and properly reported (as hereinabove provided) to such Plan or Plans within thirty (30) days of the date on which any such error was made, shall not be subject to any data processing and/or computer costs and, where such error or errors result in an overpayment to any Plan or Plans, such overpayment may be corrected by means of an offset, in the amount of such overpayment, to be taken on Company's first succeeding monthly report to said Plan or Plans.
In the event Company decides to go out of business, merge, or consolidate with another entity, sell or transfer its assets to another entity, or otherwise make a decision which will result in its ceasing to contribute to any Plan for the duration of this Agreement, Company shall, in addition to any other requirements set forth in this Agreement, notify each of the Plans, separately and in writing, at least sixty (60) days in advance of the last day on which it will be reporting and contributing to Plans, of such business decision.
The place of performance for the Company's obligations with respect to the Robert F. Kennedy Farm Workers Medical Plan and the Martin Luther King Jr. Farm Workers Fund shall be the County of Los Angeles, California; and with respect to the Juan De La Cruz Farm Workers Pension Fund, shall be the City and County of San Francisco, California.
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A. Assignment of available camp housing shall be on a Company-wide seniority basis. The Company agrees to maintain records on housing assignments and make such records available to the Union. There shall be no discrimination of assignments because of a worker's race, age, creed, color, religion, sex, political belief, national origin, language spoken, or union activity.
B. During the life of this Agreement, Company shall operate and maintain its camp housing in the same manner as before the execution of this Agreement. If the Company acquires additional housing, the rates to be charged shall be on a level not greater than current rates in the area for similar housing.
C. If any housing is condemned by any government authority, the Company shall not be required to furnish substitute housing. Nothing in this Article shall be construed as requiring the Company to supply or continue to supply housing for workers.
D. Camp boarding shall be operated on a non-profit basis. Camp housing shall be kept in a safe and clean condition.
The Company will provide bulletin boards placed at such central locations as shall be mutually agreed, upon which the Union may post notices of Union business.
Company and the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO, recognize that one of the most serious needs of farm workers, particularly migrant farm families who help produce food for the
- 49 -nation, is adequate family housing. It is mutually agreed by Company and Union that they will cooperate to encourage direct governmental action at the federal, state and county levels to plan, finance and construct public housing in important agricultural locations.
The parties understand and agree that the hazards of agriculture are such that subcontracting may be necessary and proper. Subcontracting may be necessary in areas such as land leveling, custom land work, precision planting, agricultural chemicals and where specialized equipment not owned by the Company is required. It is also understood and agreed that the Company shall not subcontract to the detriment of the Union or bargaining unit workers.
The parties agree that in the application of this article the following guidelines may be used:
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It is recognized by Company and Union that various types of legal entities are used by growers and shippers in the agricultural industry, including partnership, joint venture and other legal contractual arrangements, in the growing, packing, harvesting and selling of agricultural crops. Neither the Company nor the Union shall prevent the Company from entering into these legal arrangements by any of the provisions of this Agreement, nor will the Company subvert the Union by entering into these legal arrangements. In addition, and whenever it is possible for the Company to perform the work of weeding, thinning or hoeing, the Company will do so, it being the intent to provide jobs for bargaining unit workers.
In the event the Company enters into a partnership, joint venture, or other legal contractual relationship with a grower and/or shipper for the growing, packing, harvesting or selling of a crop, Union agrees not to interfere with or prevent in any manner the growing, packing, harvesting or selling of any of the crops in which Company may have such an interest; provided such partnership, joint venture or other legal contractual relationship was entered into by Company prior to any economic action by Union against any other party to the partnership, joint venture, or other legal contractual relationship, and it is understood the filing of a petition under the Agricultural Labor Relations Act does not constitute interference under this paragraph.
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The protections given by Union to Company under the provisions of this article shall not be operative for a period in excess of the crop year or twelve (12) months, whichever is less, or in the event there are economic or other sanctions by the Union against any party to the partnership, joint venture or other legal contractual relationship at the time of entry thereof.
The Company shall provide the Union, upon request, the exact locations of the Company's agricultural operations for use by Union representatives pursuant to Article 7 of this Agreement Right of Access.
No provision or term of this Agreement may be amended, modified, changed, altered or waived except by written document executed by the parties hereto.
In the event any portion of this Agreement shall become ineffective as the result of any applicable local, state or federal law, only that portion of this Agreement so affected shall be ineffective; in no event shall the fact that a portion of this Agreement be not applicable or illegal in accordance with such laws render the remainder of this Agreement ineffective or work a termination.
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This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties and their successors and assigns. Successors and assigns for the purpose of this article applies to a sale or other transfer of the business and ownership of the Company. A sale of assets, either in whole or in part, which does not involve continuation of the workers of the Company to operate such sold or transferred business or assets shall not be subject to the provisions of this article.
By this article, the parties seek to define contractual rights and do not waive any statutory rights.
A. The Company and the Union shall establish a Labor-Management Relations Committee. The purpose of the Committee shall be to consider any matter affecting the relations between the Company and the Union and the workers which is not properly the subject of a grievance.
B. The Committee shall be composed of three (3) persons designated by the Company and three (3) workers selected by the Union. In addition, the President of the Company and the President of the Union, or their designees, shall attend the meetings. The Committee shall meet once a month or more frequently if agreed to by the parties. Workers shall be paid for all time spent in Committee meetings.
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A. Notwithstanding anything herein contained, the failure of Company to make the necessary payments as provided in Article 2 (Union Security), Article 30 (Robert F. Kennedy Farmworkers Medical Plan), Article 31 (Juan de la Cruz Farmworkers Fund), Article 32 (Martin Luther King Jr. Farmworkers Fund) and Paragraph F of Article 24 (Holidays), shall give the Union or the workers the right, after the Union has given five (5) days' written notice, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays, to the Company, to take any legal or economic action the Union sees fit against the Company to force compliance.
B. Whether or not such action is taken the Company shall be liable to the workers for any and all benefits as set forth in Paragraph A above that the workers would have received if the Company had not been delinquent in making the payments.
A. Cost-of-Living Allowance shall apply to all workers herein covered under this Agreement.
The Cost-of-Living adjustments herein provided shall be based on the Consumer Price Index - United States City Average for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (1967 = 100), published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics hereinafter referred to as the CPI.
B. In the event that the CPI in May, 1980, shall exceed an increase of five percent (5%) over the CPI in May, 1979, a Cost-of-Living allowance of one cent (.01) per hour shall be paid for each six-tenths (.6) of a point increment in the CPI over and
- 54 -above the five percent (5%) increase in the CPI. Any adjustment due under the above formula shall be effective July 15, 1980.
C. In the event that the CPI in May, 1981, shall exceed an increase of five percent (5%) over the CPI in May, 1980, a Cost-of-Living allowance of one cent (.01) per hour shall be paid for each six-tenths (.6) of a point increment in the CPI over and above the five percent (5%) increase in the CPI. Any adjustment due under the above formula shall be effective July 15, 1981.
D. Such Cost-of-Living adjustments shall be added into the current rate of pay paid for all hours, wages, and related benefits for which workers receive pay from the Company, such as overtime, vacations, and holidays. The amount of the adjustment shall be paid in addition to wages earned, and to the extent which computer capabilities permit such adjustment shall be shown on the worker's check stub, i.e., WAGES - - - COLA - - -TOTAL.
E. The Cost-of-Living allowances are dependent upon the availability of the Bureau of Labor Statistic's CPI in its present form and calculated on the same basis as the CPI. In the event the Bureau of Labor Statistics changes the form or the basis of calculating the CPI, the Company and the Union agree to request the Bureau to make available, for the life of this Agreement, a CPI in its present form and calculated on the basis of the Index for May, 1979.
F. The maximum amount of increase due under any of the annual adjustments provided for in this section shall not exceed twenty-five cents ($.25) per hour.
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A. It is mutually agreed that the prompt adjustment of grievances and the proper administration of the contract is desirable in the interests of sound relations between the workers and the Company. The prompt and fair disposition of grievances and the proper administration of the contract involves important and equal obligations and responsibilities of each party to protect and preserve the grievance procedure and the contract as an orderly means of resolving legitimate grievances and other problems between the parties.
To carry out these goals and for the purpose of operating under this Agreement, the workers shall be entitled to a representative on Company time in accordance with the following provisions.
B. The Union shall designate a full-time Union representative who shall be recognized by the Company as the official representative of the Union, and who shall be compensated by the Company while performing his or her duties pursuant to this Article at the rate which he or she would have received had he or she worked at his or her regular job classification. The Union representative shall so conduct his or her affairs so that no overtime work shall be performed; grievance meetings are to be normally held after working hours.
C. The Union shall be entitled to one (1) full-time Union representative.
D. The Union representative provided for in this Article shall have been in the regular employ of the Company, or on an approved leave of absence, for at least one (1) year immediately preceding their designation to such position, unless a worker of at least one year's service is not available.
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E. The Union representative shall have the authority to adjust grievances on the Union's behalf and to administer the contract. The union representative shall not have authority to represent or speak for the Company on any matter. The Union representative shall not be paid for time spent in arbitration proceedings.
F. The Union shall designate an alternate among workers who shall act in the place of the regular Union representative if he or she is unable to perform his or her duties. The Union will furnish Company with the name of the Union representative and his or her alternate.
G. The Union representative shall be deemed to be an active worker of the Company for the purpose of applying all benefit programs provided for under this Agreement, and it is agreed that such worker shall be covered by all other terms of this Agreement.
H. The Company shall not interfere with or hinder the Union representative in the performance of his or her duties. The Union representative shall not unnecessarily interfere with the company's operation or the direction of the work force by the supervisors.
Whenever a worker is injured on the job and is unable to work for ten (10) consecutive workdays as a result of such injury, the Company agrees to compensate loss of time up to three (3) full days' wages or average earnings for days and hours of disability not covered by Workmen's Compensation; provided, however, a worker who is injured on the job shall be compensated
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This Agreement shall be in full force and effect from December 26, 1979 to and including August 31, 1982. This Agreement shall automatically renew itself upon expiration of this Agreement unless either of the parties shall have given notice in writing to the other party sixty (60) days prior to the expiration, requesting negotiations for a new Agreement together with thirty (30) days prior written notice to the State Conciliation Service. During this sixty (60) day period all terms and conditions of this contract shall remain in full force and effect.
This Agreement and Supplemental Agreements attached hereto are executed this _____ day of __________, 1980.
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|UNITED FARM WORKERS||GROWERS' EXCHANGE, INC.|
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These Supplemental Agreements are executed this 8th day of July, 1980.
|UNITED FARM WORKERS
OF AMERICA, AFL-CIO
|GROWERS' EXCHANGE, INC.|
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GROWERS' EXCHANGE, INC. and the UNITED FARM WORKERS OF AMERICA, AFL-CIO, do agree and stipulate as follows:
For the UNITED FARMWORKERS OF AMERICA, AFL-CIO
For GROWERS' EXCHANGE, INC.
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|Thin and Hoe||5.00||5.40||5.70|
|Lettuce Wrap Machines:|
|Cut, trim, lift, wrap||5.10||5.50||5.80|
|Piece Rates Per Carton:|
|Piece rate will be divided among those doing the work.|
|Cut, lift, wrap, pack||.9460|
|Cut, lift, wrap, pack||1.096|
(1) Determination of payment on an hourly or piece-rate basis will be determined daily, except when the crew changes fields, in which case it will be determined for each field worked.
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(2) Time not worked due to changing fields or machinery breakdown will be excluded from the calculation of the piece-rate.
(3) The closers will be paid a one cent (1¢) premium per carton when the waxed carton is used.
|Conventional Ground Pack:||[12/21/79]||[7/15/80]||[7/15/81]|
(1) The waterperson shall be paid two (2) extra hours of pay each day of work.
|Regular Pack (Wirebound or stitched by crew)||1.11||1.17||1.22|
|Premium per box for work in rain||.05||.05||.05|
|Guaranteed minimum per hour for diseased fields||6.00||6.40||6.70|
The second and third year rates are to be effective at the beginning of the first payroll period falling on or after July 15, 1980, and July 15, 1981.
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The classification covers general field harvesting, pruning such as apples and miscellaneous duties not otherwise covered by other wage classifications or new changed operations that may be subject to Article 18, New or Changed Operations.
Using the appropriate equipment and method, workers will remove excess plant growth in accordance with the instructions of the Company. Company shall not require the use of the short handled hoe.
While on transplanter machine, worker picks from a box a celery plant and inserts into planter on outer diameter of revolving wheel. Follows machine and hand plants in spots skipped by machine. Assists in loading machine with plant supplies at end of beds, as directed by Company.
Classification covers cutting the lettuce from soil, lifting same onto machine, trimming heads, wrapping heads in individual wrappers or placing into bags containing a number of heads, thereafter closing the wrapper. May require use of cutting knife.
Places heads of lettuce into previously built up boxes. Assignment may require either standing or sitting while performing task. Helps open and close machine.
Secures lid on previously filled boxes of lettuce, requiring application of glue and/or use of stapling gun. Places closed box on ground. Helps open and close machine.
Places closed boxes of lettuce on to trailing vehicle. Includes assignment of picking up papers and scrap and putting same into pickup truck or van. Places bundles of carton on the machine
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Includes cutting lettuce, trimming same, placing heads into cartons previously built up.
Applies clamp, folds flaps and secures flaps by stapling or gluing.
Places closed cartons on appropriate vehicle. Windrowing is subject to agreement between Company and Union. Transfers empty cartons from hauler to stitcher.
Water is sprayed or brushed on lettuce before packed carton is closed. Includes minimum housecleaning of bus and field and help in serving of food.
Cuts stalk, trims and strips, places as directed, assembles container, sizes and packs stalks, closes container.
Windrows and loads.
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These Supplemental Agreements between Growers' Exchange, Inc. and the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO, supplement and, as provided herein, modify the Agreement between these parties.
It is agreed that should the Company extend its agricultural operations to Arizona, the Company will notify the Union and commence negotiations concerning the application of this contract to new operations.
A. When necessary or requested, Company agrees to work with the Ranch Committee concerning camp conditions and food served in the camp.
B. Camps shall be maintained in accord with State and Federal regulations.
A. Insofar as possible, Company shall establish a fixed pick-up time and fixed starting time for work. The crew shall be informed if there is a variance from the fixed pick-up time.
Buses shall not depart before said pick-up time. It is understood the fixed starting time referred to above does not restrict the performance of preparatory work which must be completed before the crews start work.
B. Insofar as is possible, Company shall continue to pay workers on Friday.
C. The Company will continue its past practice with regard to rest periods.
A. Normally a ground crew shall consist of nine (9) trios, three (3) closers, and three (3) loaders; however, if the closers and loaders cannot keep up in a reasonable manner (not applicable to loaders when trucks unavailable) the Company may add closers and loaders as needed. The size of the crew shall be increased or decreased as the harvesting schedule warrants.
B. Normally a trio will take four beds except in unusual circumstances such as during the completion of a field or in the corner of a field. A single closer shall not be obligated to take more than three and one-half (3 ½) lines at any given time.
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C. When an extra person is present on a lettuce crew he/she will cut and pack a single bed and will not assist other trios in the crew, unless the crew agrees otherwise. When two cutter-packers (a dueto) are present in a crew they will work together to cut and pack beds of their own and will not work in beds being cut by another trio.
D. The Company will keep available in each crew ample extra knives in good condition, at least four (4) files, and at least two (2) closing guns in good condition for use as spares.
E. The Company will instruct the stitchers to make ample supplies of boxes as close to the crews as possible.
F. Upon request, the Company will provide the crew steward with the written count of the number of boxes for the previous day and the hours worked the previous day.
G. Loaders shall not be required to windrow. Any windrowing shall be done by mutual agreement between the Company and the loaders.
H. Company will make every effort to have sufficient lettuce haul trucks available to transport packed cartons of lettuce as expeditiously as possible.
I. Daily breaks for the lettuce ground crews shall be as close to 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. as possible.
J. There shall continue to be two (2) stitching machines on each stitcher truck to minimize any lost time to the crew in the event that one of the stitcher machines breaks down or is not in working order.
K. Company shall provide cool potable drinking water and individual cups for loaders after crews leave.
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M. When requested by loaders, the Company shall provide transportation to the loaders from pick-up point to fields, between fields when required to change fields, and back to the pick-up point at the end of the day.
N. The Company shall operate sufficient buses daily from pick-up point so that workers who so desire will be provided transportation.
O. Blythe shall be considered as a separate operating area. There shall be no travel pay paid or daily transportation provided to lettuce ground crews while harvesting in the Blythe area. The Company shall provide a camp in Blythe as in the past, and shall provide bus transportation to Blythe from Calexico on Monday mornings and from Blythe to Calexico at the conclusion of each work week on Friday or Saturday. No travel pay shall be paid for this round trip but such transportation shall be provided without charge to the worker.
A. Normally there shall be one cutter per wrapper, each cutter normally taking one row and three cutters in front of the machine. There shall be no more than two (2) closers per machine, no more than four (4) packers per machine and at least one (1) loader per machine. The size of the crew may be increased or decreased when the harvesting schedule warrants.
B. Insofar as possible, lunch will be at approximately 12:00 noon and breaks will be at approximately 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wrappers will have breaks of at least fifteen minutes and a lunch of at least one-half hour.
C. Loading of cartons to start work shall be performed by members of the crew on a voluntary basis. Such time shall be paid at the worker's hourly rate or average hourly piece-rate earnings, whichever is higher. Rolls will be placed by workers on a voluntary basis providing that instruction is given to insure the safe and careful placement of them.
D. As per past practice, Company shall permit rotation of jobs performed on any given machine provided workers are capable of performing the work and provided the rotation is on an individual voluntary basis.
E. Company will keep available with each crew at least two files and one extra stapling gun in good condition for use as spares.
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F. Company will make every effort to have sufficient lettuce haul trucks available to transport packed cartons of lettuce as expeditiously as possible.
G. To equalize work loads between machines, Company may, in event of personnel shortages, transfer workers from one machine to another on a temporary basis.
H. Company shall provide cool potable drinking water and individual cups for loaders after the crews leave for the day.
I. Loaders and closers shall be paid separately from the rest of the crew at their own separate rate of pay.
J. The Company shall pay the machine crews, closers and loaders, piece-rate according to Appendix "A" of the Agreement, except when the workers would make less than the hourly wage set forth in Appendix "A" at which time the Company shall pay the machine crew, closers, and loaders at the hourly rates set forth herein.
K. Upon request, the Company shall provide the crew steward with the written report of the number of boxes cut and the number of hours worked in the previous day and whether the previous day was paid on the hourly or piece-rate.
N. When requested by loaders, the Company shall provide transportation to the loaders from pick-up point to the field, between fields when required to change fields, and back to pick-up point at the end of the day.
O. The Company shall continue to operate sufficient buses daily so that all workers of each crew who so desire will be provided transportation.
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P. Blythe shall be considered as a separate operating area. There shall be no travel pay paid or daily transportation provided to wrap machine crews while harvesting in the Blythe area.
Q. Wrap machine loaders shall be paid one-and-one-half (1 ½) times their regular rate of pay for all work performed after nine (9) hours in any one (1) day in accord with past practice.
A. A normal burra shall consist of three (3) cutters and three (3) packers. All packing shall be done on the humps except in cases where the hump is short the normal number of workers. There shall be two (2) packers on the front table and one (1) packer on the back table.
B. Normally a celery crew will consist of from four to six burras, depending on the crop and market conditions with an adequate number of closers and loaders to perform the work. The size of the crew will be increased or decreased as the harvesting schedule warrants.
C. The Company shall keep available and in good condition three (3) extra stapling guns for use as spares.
D. There shall be two (2) stitching machines in good condition for use in the crew.
E. The Company will continue to supply an hourly worker to hook up the trailers when in use, and will continue to instruct the truck driver to spread out the pallets.
F. The Company will continue to rotate the burras daily so each will have a turn at being closest to the stitcher truck.
G. The Company will have up to six (6) days in which to train a new worker to work in the crew.
H. The Company shall continue to pay the crew on a crew basis.
I. When requested by the loaders, the Company shall provide transportation to the loaders from pick-up point to fields, between fields when required to change fields, and back to the pick-up point at the end of the day.
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A. Each member of the thin and hoe crew shall work his or her own row, except that workers working ahead of the crew shall return to assist those behind.
B. Company policy is that the thin and hoe crews may walk along the top of the rows while working; however workers shall make every effort not to damage plants while walking on the row.
C. The Company will continue to observe the law regarding the use of the short-handled hoe and shall not require workers to use the short-handled hoe.
D. Company shall make every effort in operating the transplant machine so that workers do not get wet from sprinkler spray.
E. As per past practice Company shall permit rotating of individuals in the celery transplant crew as long as the individuals have the ability to perform the work.
F. The transplant crew may work as a second hoe and thin crew when transplant work is not available and weeding or thinning work is available.
G. The Company will provide thinning crews with proper lettuce thinning hoes for thinning and proper lettuce weeding hoes for weeding. Such hoes shall be in good condition and maintained properly sharpened.
H. In Salinas, Company shall pay one hour extra per day for the thinning of celery and one-half hour per day for the weeding and doubling of celery.
I. In Calexico, the Company will continue its past practice in relation to payment of the thinning crews.
J. In Salinas, Company shall make every effort to schedule operations so lunch period will be at approximately 12:00 noon and in thinning, breaks at approximately 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and in celery transplanting at approximately 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
K. In Calexico the Company shall operate sufficient buses daily so that all workers of each crew who so desire will be provided transportation. The buses will pick up and drop off workers at the Hoyo if a majority of the workers so desire.
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A. Company posted rules will include but not limited to the following:
B. Union agrees to cooperate with Company in order to prevent intoxication or excessive use of alcoholic beverages, intoxicants or drugs.
C. When coming on Company premises in connection with the conduct of normal Union affairs, the duly authorized and designated representative of the Union will first make every effort to contact the Company office when practical advising them of the field they plan to visit. Upon arriving at the field, they shall contact the field foreman, if in the immediate area, apprising him of their presence. No activity shall be conducted which will unnecessarily disrupt the normal activities of workers.
D. The Company may borrow crews or lend crews to other UFW contract companies when necessary to keep up with the harvest. The Company shall not borrow such crews unless there are adequate supplies of lettuce to keep the Company's crews working at capacity.
A. The Union and the Company agree that the quality of pack is important to the well-being of the Company and the union in the future as it has been in the past.
B. The reputation of the Company as a grower-shipper is dependent upon the quality of its vegetable products, whereas the reputation of the United Farm Workers Union is dependent upon the quality of its workmanship.
C. The Union agrees that the Ranch Committee will meet with the harvesting crews and supervisory personnel from time to time throughout the harvesting seasons as the market and crop conditions require and will discuss the need to maintain a quality pack in field pack commodities.
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The Union and the Company reaffirm that the quality of field packed produce shipped by Growers' Exchange, Inc. is of paramount importance to the well-being of the Company and the Union. The Union reaffirms its pledge to do everything within its power to encourage high quality workmanship standards on the part of its members, and enlist their cooperation with Company "Quality Control" programs.
Crew members agree to work as a team in the cutting and packing of celery, and to work at speeds that will assure quality workmanship.
Our customers judge the quality of each crate of celery according to the following factors:
Each crew member will pay particular attention to these critical points in order to make Growers' Exchange, Inc. second to none in quality.
It is understood that discussion of problems and grievances will be scheduled separately and not related to discussion on quality.
The Union and the Company reaffirm that the quality of field packed produce harvested and shipped by Growers' Exchange, Inc. is of paramount importance to the well-being of the Company and the Union.
The Union reaffirms its pledge to do everything in its power to encourage high quality workmanship standards on the part of its members, and enlist their cooperation with Company "Quality Control" programs.
The Company reaffirms its pledge to develop consistent workmanship standards for a high quality pack, and communicate these standards to all harvesting supervisory group and all harvesting workers.
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Our customers judge each carton of lettuce by its opening appearance. They look for the following evidence of good workmanship.
Crews agree to work at speeds that will assure that only salable heads of lettuce will be cut and packed. Each crew member will pay particular attention to the critical points above.
Workmanship will be the same for all labels, premium or volume labels. The opening appearance will be the same; the only difference being in the quality of the lettuce itself.
The workers and the Company want to have the best quality products and the best pack in the industry; we want to be second to none. It is understood that in order to achieve this goal it will be necessary for lettuce fields to be harvested at the proper time and packed with the proper label. Both the workers and the Company agree that this will require cutting heads of the necessary quality.
It is understood that discussions of problems and grievances will be scheduled separately and not related to discussions of quality.
A. The Company agrees that all lettuce grown for the Company by Holtville Farms, Inc., will be thinned and weeded by Growers' Exchange, Inc. as per past practice. It is agreed that the 1979 thin and hoe operation carried out by Holtville Farms does not represent "past practice" as intended by this paragraph.
B. The parties further agree that the protections of twelve (12) months or a crop year, whichever is shorter, provided for in Article 38 (Grower-Shipper Clause) of this agreement, apply to the harvesting of lettuce grown by Holtville Farms for the 1979-1980 winter deal.
A. The Company agrees to pay the eight (8) hour guarantee described in paragraph A of Article 30 herein for all wrap machine harvesting crew workers.
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B. The Company shall make a contribution of two hundred fifty (250) hours at the rate of eighteen cents (18¢) per hour to the R.F.K. Farmworkers Medical Plan for the month of December 1979 on behalf of each employee on the Company payroll on or after December 26, 1979, except for Blythe wrap machine workers who worked December 26, and/or 27, 1979.
The Company and the Union agree to resolve the Company's closure of its Oxnard celery operation as follows:
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The Seniority system agreed to herein represents a mutual effort by the Company and the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO, to develop a system that:
Furthermore, in recognition of the nature of agricultural operations which requires a common sense and flexible approach to unforeseen situations, the Company and the Union agree to use the specific provisions of this Agreement and the spirit in which they were developed as a guideline in the resolution of any such problems related to the seniority system which may arise during the term of this Agreement.
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The seniority system set forth herein encompasses the principles of (1) Company seniority; (2) Area seniority; and (3) Classification seniority.
Seniority shall be acquired and lost in each classification and/or area independently of all other classifications and/or areas. A break in seniority in one classification and/or area shall not constitute a break in Company seniority, or a break in another classification and/or area where the worker has acquired seniority until seniority is broken in that classification and/or area, except for just cause. A worker shall maintain his Company seniority until all classification seniority has been broken in all areas.
- 79 -The Company shall maintain the appropriate classification and area seniority lists specified in the attached Appendix "a", as well as a Master List of all workers in order of Company seniority date.
The Company shall maintain a Master List of all workers which includes the worker's name, Social Security Number, and original date of hire or re-hire. The Company shall submit an up-dated Master List to the address designated by the Union, each three (3) months, when working.
The Company shall maintain all seniority lists by classification in order of seniority within the classification, and by area for each classification for which separate area seniority has been established. All seniority lists shall include the worker's name, Social Security Number, classification seniority date, area seniority date (where applicable), and Company seniority date.
For those classifications of work which operate on a year-round basis, a seniority list by area (where applicable) shall be prepared, submitted to the appropriate local Union office, and posted on all Company bulletin boards in the area where the classification works, each three (3) months.
For those classifications which work on a seasonal basis, a seniority list by area (where applicable) shall be prepared, submitted to the appropriate local Union office, and posted on all
- 80 -Company bulletin boards in the area where the classification is scheduled to begin work, at least two (2) weeks before the classification begins work, again at the middle of the season during which the classification is at work, and again one (1) week before the classification is laid off at the end of the season.
If a question arises concerning the accuracy of the lists, the Union and the Company shall attempt to resolve the dispute as expeditiously as possible, in accordance with the Grievance and Arbitration Procedure set forth herein. Disputes which are not resolved in Step Two of the Grievance and Arbitration Procedure, shall be submitted to Expedited Arbitration. The Company's financial liability for any inaccuracies in the seniority lists shall run from one day after the date on which a worker notifies the Company that he challenges the accuracy of the list; provided, however, that the lists have been prepared, posted and sent to the Union in accordance with the time periods specified herein.
The seniority order for workers hired into a classification on the same day after the effective date of this Agreement, shall be established on the basis of Social Security Number, with the worker having the lowest last four digits of his Social Security Number being placed in the highest seniority position on the classification seniority list.
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The Company shall provide the Union with the seniority lists for all classifications on an area or Company-wide basis as specified in Appendix "a" herein by January 1, 1980, and, thereafter, in accordance with the time limits specified above. The seniority date of any worker which has been grieved in the past and either lost or withdrawn shall be barred from future grievance claims after the signing of this Agreement.
For purposes of recalling seniority workers to work from layoff, the Company shall use the following procedure:
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The Company shall recall workers to work from layoff in order of the highest seniority within the classification being recalled, within the appropriate area of operations if separate area seniority has been established for the classification being recalled.
In those operations within the Company for which the workforce is organized into crews, the crews shall be formed on the basis of highest seniority within the appropriate classifications related to the operation.
Company X intends to operate three (3) lettuce ground crews. The seniority list for the cutter-packer classification includes one hundred (100) workers in order of their seniority within the classification; the seniority list for the closer classification includes ten (10) workers in order of their seniority within the classification; the seniority list for the loader classification includes ten (10) workers in order of their seniority within the loader classification; and, the seniority list for the waterboy classification includes eight (8) workers in order of their seniority within the classification.
The Company would, therefore, assign the top twenty-seven cutter-packers (#1-27), the top three seniority closers (#1-3), the top three seniority loaders (#1-3), and the top two seniority water-
- 85 -boys (#1-2) to CREW #1; the next twenty-seven highest seniority cutter-packers (#28-54), the next three highest seniority closers (#4-6) and loaders (#4-6) and the next two highest seniority waterboys (#3-4) to CREW #2; and, the next twenty-seven highest seniority cutter-packers (#55-81), the next three highest seniority closers (#7-9) and loaders (#7-9), and the next two highest seniority waterboys (#5-6) to CREW #3.
The remaining nineteen low seniority cutter-packers (#82-100), one closer (#10), one loader (#10), and two waterboys (#7-8) would continue on layoff status and would be recalled and assigned to the lowest seniority crew as vacancies open up in their respective classifications.
This same procedure shall apply in the formation of lettuce wrap machine crews, celery crews, broccoli crews, cauliflower crews, transplant crews, thin and hoe crews, and any other operations within the Company for which the workforce is organized into crews, with the appropriate classifications related to the operation being recalled and assigned to their crews on the same basis as described above for lettuce ground crews.
Any crew reorganization required by the seniority provisions contained in this Section D, shall be made on the effective date of this Agreement.
- 86 -Any worker who has years of service with the Company in more than one classification related to the same crop operation, may choose to assert the years of service in his former classification for purposes of his crew assignment; and shall retain his years of service in the other classification for purposes of future recall to that classification in the event an additional crew is established or a vacancy is created in an existing crew.
In the event a worker chooses to assert the seniority of his former classification for purposes of crew assignment, his actual years of service within the classification shall be counted for purposes of his placement on the seniority list within that classification; and, his total years of service in the other classification shall apply for purposes of determining his future recall rights to that classification. The worker's Company seniority shall continue to accrue and be counted for all other purposes, such as vacation benefits and future promotions.
Company X from EXAMPLE #1 above has announced its intention to operate three (3) lettuce ground crews. Loader #10 in EXAMPLE #1 is the lowest seniority loader within the loader classification, and, therefore, does not have sufficient seniority as a loader to secure an assignment to any of the three ground crews. Loader #10, however, had worked for the Company as a cutter-packer for six (6) years prior to filling a job vacancy as a loader. He
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Loader #10 has the option of either (1) asserting his six years of service as a cutter-packer for purposes of assignment to a higher seniority crew as a CUTTER-PACKER; or, (2) continuing on layoff status within his classification as a loader until a vacancy is created. If Loader #10 chooses the first option, he shall be assigned to his crew as a cutter-packer on the basis of six years seniority within the cutter-packer classification; and shall retain his one year seniority within the loader classification for purposes of future recall.
Using the appropriate "normal work day" and "normal work week" for each classification or crop operation as specified in Article 19 herein, as a guideline, the Company shall call to work the necessary number of workers or crews to meet the work requirements on any given day. Where more than one (1) crew is needed to meet the Company's work requirements on any given day, the available work shall be distributed equally between or among the crews called.
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The assignment of piece-rate crews to work in bad fields or low yield fields shall be made on a rotating basis between or among the crews called to work. If a higher seniority crew is assigned to a field which is condemned by an Inspector, and the Company does not have another field available for harvesting, the crew shall be guaranteed four (4) hours of pay, but shall not be entitled to bump a lower seniority crew harvesting in another field.
The opportunity to work overtime and on holidays, when the Company required such work, shall be offered in order of highest seniority within the classification which the Company requires to work.
In order to avail himself of the work opportunities which may arise within the Company, a worker may make one or more of the following moves:
- 89 -a tractor driver; or a tractor driver fills a vacancy as a shop mechanic.
- 90 -operation within the Company or while he is on layoff status in his own job classification.
A. The specific procedure for posting and filling a permanent vacancy in an hours paid job with a rate higher than general labor, as in the examples described in (1) on page 16., is set forth in Article 4 of this Agreement. The first preference for bidding on vacancies in the mechanic, tractor driver, and irrigator classifications shall be given to workers within those classifications before the bidding is open Company-wide.
B. The opportunity to fill a permanent vacancy within a job or crop operation, as in the examples described in (2) on page
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C. The opportunity to fill a permanent vacancy within a job or crop operation or area, as in the examples described in (3) on page 16. and in (4) on page 17., shall be offered to the highest seniority worker in the Company who indicates his desire to make such a lateral or change of area move. For this purpose, and also for the purpose of extending the job promotion opportunities described in (1) on page 16. to the entire workforce, the Company shall maintain waiting lists for each job and crop operation within the Company and for each area of Company operations, if separate seniority areas have been designated. Any worker desiring consideration for a job vacancy which might arise within the Company may sign his name, Social Security number, current job classification, and Company seniority date, on the appropriate waiting list. If a worker is on layoff status when he signs a waiting list, he shall provide the Company with a means of communicating with him when a vacancy arises. If a vacancy arises within a job or crop operation, and the procedures for filling a vacancy within a job or crop operation as set forth in A. and B. above have been exhausted, the opportunity to fill such a vacancy shall be given to the worker with the highest Company seniority who
- 92 -signed the waiting list. Such worker shall be given three (3) work days from the time of notification to report to work if on layoff at the time the vacancy arises; and two (2) work days from the time of notification to report to work if working in another classification within the Company at the time the vacancy arises.
On the first day of each month, and whenever requested, the Company shall provide the Union with an up-dated copy of any waiting lists for a job, crop operation or area, on which workers have signed their names; and the Company shall provide the Union Steward in the job or crop operation for which workers have applied, with an updated copy of the applicable waiting list whenever new signatures are added. The Union and the appropriate Union Steward shall be notified in advance whenever the Company intends to hire from a waiting list.
Company Z maintains a waiting list for its lettuce ground crews. Worker A is a lettuce wrap machine loader who signed the waiting list for both the cutter-packer and loader classifications in the lettuce ground crews; and Worker B is a Cauliflower cutter who signed the waiting list for the cutter-packer classification in the lettuce ground crews.
- 93 -Worker A has a Company seniority date of May 1, 1976, and signed the waiting list on December 1, 1978. Worker B has a Company seniority date of January 15, 1978, and signed the waiting list on November 10, 1978. Company Z has a vacancy for a loader and a vacancy for a cutter-packer, both in Ground Crew #3. Worker A would be given the opportunity to fill the vacancy as a loader ONLY if the vacancy could not be filled by any lettuce ground crew seniority worker. Assuming the loader vacancy is filled from within the lettuce ground crews, then Worker A would be given the opportunity to fill the vacancy as a cutter-packer because Worker A has greater Company seniority than Worker B, even though Worker B signed the waiting list before Worker A.
D. The Company shall post on all Company bulletin boards and shall provide the Union with the name(s) of any worker(s) who has successfully bid a job or crop operation or area vacancy, whether through the posting or waiting list procedure.
When a temporary vacancy arises in a job classification due to a worker's short-term absence, the opportunity to fill the vacancy shall be offered on the basis of highest seniority within the job crop operation where the vacancy exists. For example, the opportunity to fill a temporary vacancy in the classification of cauliflower trailer puller shall be offered to the cauliflower
- 94 -cutters in order of highest seniority; or, the opportunity to fill a temporary vacancy as a lettuce ground crew loader shall be offered on the basis of highest seniority worker in the lettuce ground crew where the vacancy exists. Once the opportunity to fill a temporary vacancy has been offered to all seniority workers within the job or crop operation where the vacancy exists, the worker who avails himself of the opportunity to fill the temporary vacancy shall attain the status of "alternate" for the job classification temporarily filled, and shall have the first opportunity to fill the same job vacancy on a temporary basis in the future. If the opportunity to attain the status of an "alternate" for a job classification is offered at a time when not all the seniority workers within the job or crop operation to which the vacancy relates are working or advised of the opportunity, the "alternate's" position must remain temporary until the opportunity has been offered to such additional seniority workers.
A worker who fills a vacancy temporarily shall not lose his seniority in his regular classification, and shall not establish a seniority date within the classification to which he is assigned temporarily unless and until the vacancy becomes permanent.
When a permanent vacancy arises in a job classification, the posting and waiting list procedures described on pages 17. through
- 95 -19. shall apply. If a permanent vacancy arises in a job classification for which there is an "alternate" who has filled the vacancy on a temporary basis in the past, as described in H. above, the alternate shall have the first opportunity to fill the permanent vacancy; and, if there is more than one alternate for the job classification in which the vacancy exists, the alternate with greater length of service as an "alternate" in this job classification shall have the first preference to fill the permanent vacancy.
Company X operates three lettuce ground crews. A permanent vacancy for a closer arises in Ground Crew #1. The highest seniority closer from Crew #2 moves to Crew #1, and the highest seniority closer from Crew #3 moves to Crew #2, thereby creating a permanent vacancy for a closer in Crew #3. Each of the three ground crews has an "alternate" closer. The alternate in Crew #1 has a Company seniority date of 1970, and has been an alternate closer for 3 years; the alternate in Crew #2 has a Company seniority date of 1974, and has been an alternate closer for 4 years; and the alternate in Crew #3 has a Company seniority date of 1976, and has been an alternate closer for 2 years. The alternate closer from Crew #2 is assigned to first preference because he has the greatest length of service as an alternate closer even though he had less Company seniority than the alternate closer in Crew #1.
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A worker who accepts a promotion upward and out of his job or crop operation -- as in the example of an irrigator who fills a permanent vacancy as a tractor driver; or a worker who makes a lateral move from one job or crop operation into another, as in the example of the hourly cauliflower cutter who fills a permanent vacancy as a piece-rate broccoli cutter -- shall establish a date of entry seniority in the new classification to which he moves, and shall maintain his seniority in his former classification for a period of four (4) weeks. If during this four (4) week period, the worker is unable to perform the work required in the new classification or does not want to continue in the new classification, he may return to his former classification with his full classification seniority.
Whether a worker chooses to remain in the new job classification where he has filled a permanent vacancy and established a new classification seniority date, or chooses to return to his former classification with his full classification seniority, he retains his Company seniority date for all other purposes, such as vacation eligibility and future work opportunities within the Company.
- 97 -A worker who accepts a promotion upward within the job or crop operation in which he has acquired seniority in order to fill a permanent vacancy in a classification within his job or crop operation -- as in the example of the lettuce cutter-packer who fills a permanent vacancy as a loader or the cauliflower cutter who fills a permanent vacancy as a trailer puller -- shall establish a date of entry seniority in the new classification and shall maintain his seniority in his former classification.
(PENDING: The effect of maintenance of seniority in more than one classification (1) at the start of the season; (2) in the event of a layoff during the season; and (3) at the end of the season.)
A worker who fills a temporary or permanent vacancy in a job or crop operation while on layoff from the job or crop operation in which he has acquired seniority -- as in the example of the lettuce cutter-packer who fills a permanent vacancy as a celery cutter -- shall establish a date of entry seniority in the classification in which he is filling a vacancy; and shall maintain his recall rights in the job classification in which he has acquired seniority when work begins or increases in that classification. A worker may choose to remain in the new classification in which he is filling a permanent vacancy, and not respond to recall in his former classification; and, in this case, he would continue to accrue seniority in the new classification beginning from his
- 98 -date of entry and would lose his seniority in his former classification. The worker, however, would retain his Company seniority date for all other purposes, such as vacation qualification and future work opportunities within the Company.
(PENDING: The options of a worker in the event of a permanent elimination of this job classification within his area or in the event of a permanent elimination of his area, in those cases where the worker displaced has years of service in another job classification within the Company, and in those cases where the worker displaced has only his years of service within the classification being reduced or permanently eliminated.)
The Company shall layoff workers in order of their lowest seniority within the classification being laid off. In those operations within the Company for which the workforce is organized into crews, the Company shall layoff the lowest seniority crew when the workforce is being reduced.
In those job or crop operations which work on a year-round basis, requests by higher seniority workers to be laid off out of seniority order for the purpose of taking a vacation or rest shall
- 99 -be honored, and lower seniority workers shall remain working. If more workers request a layoff out of seniority order than can be spared by the Company, requests shall be honored in order of highest seniority within the job or crop operation. Requests for layoff out of seniority order for the purpose of working in another Company or in another classification within the same Company shall not be honored unless the request is agreed to by all the seniority workers within the job or crop operation from which the worker is requesting to be laid off.
When the Company lays off workers at the end of the season in a job classification that occasionally requires the calling in of workers for one or two days of work during the off-season, the Company shall determine at the time of layoff which workers within the classification will remain in the area and be available for such short periods of work. The Company shall make known to all workers in the classification the purpose for such inquiry. If such an occasion arises, the Company shall recall the workers in highest seniority order within the classification who indicated their availability. If no worker within the classification is available for such a short period of work during the off-season, the Company shall obtain temporary workers either through its internal Company waiting list procedure or through the Union hiring hall; and the seniority of workers
- 100 -within the classification in which off-season work is required shall not be affected.
(PENDING: The rights of a lower seniority worker who does work in his job or crop operation while higher seniority workers within the job or crop operation are on layoff under the circumstances described in either 1. or 2. above)
Students who are employed by the Company on a temporary basis shall be placed on a part-time workers' seniority list and shall be called to work only after all seniority workers within the classification in which they have worked on a temporary basis in the pasts are working; and only after all seniority workers within the Company have been allowed to avail themselves of all work opportunities within the Company in accordance with the procedures described above. No student shall be employed where it results in the displacement of, or failure to recall any seniority worker within the Company.
A worker who has been pensioned from full-time employment with the Company shall be given preference for work opportunity with-
- 101 -in the classification from which he has been pensioned, and shall be entitled to work the number of hours necessary to earn the income to which he is limited by law, before new workers are hired or promoted into the classification but only after seniority workers within the classification have been recalled to work.
A worker who has been injured on the job to the extent that medical care is required, and who has been advised by his doctor that the percentage of his disability would allow only certain types of work to be performed; and if the Company employs workers in the type of job classification(s) that the doctor has recommended are within the worker's capability, such worker shall be entitled to assert his full Company seniority both to enter and to maintain his place within such classification. If more than one job opportunity exists within the Company for which the injured worker is qualified, he shall be assigned to the job classification where the lowest seniority worker in the Company is employed in the event a displacement results.
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A. When a vacancy occurs in any job classification in any geographical area workers who have seniority in another classification within the same geographical area shall have first preference in the filling of the vacancy. Workers with seniority in other geographical areas shall have preference in the filling of the vacancy before the Company obtains new or additional workers from the Union hiring hall as provided in Article 3, Hiring, of this Agreement. Preference shall be determined by worker's date of hire seniority in the Company.
B. A new seniority list shall be established for the wrap machine classifications for the Blythe area beginning with the 1980 harvesting operations in this area. The first opportunity to work in the Blythe area and establish seniority therein for the future shall be offered to wrap machine workers with seniority in the Imperial Valley area in order of highest wrap machine seniority; thereafter, such opportunity shall be offered to workers who had established Blythe area seniority prior to the 1980 season in order of their seniority; and, thereafter, to the extent that vacancies still exist, the Company shall request additional workers from the Calexico hiring hall in accordance with Article 3 of this Agreement.
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In the event a court of last resort should determine that the stitchers in the celery crew are part of another unit or Teamster union jurisdiction, the celery piece rate shall be adjusted to exclude the earnings of such stitchers from those of the crew.
Executed this 8th day of July, 1980.
|UNITED FARM WORKERS OF
|GROWERS EXCHANGE INC.|
|By Ann Smith||By Lael Lee|