Section 1. Definition of Seniority. As used herein, the term “seniority” shall refer to and be defined as the continuous length of service or employment covered by this Agreement from the date of last hire.
Section 2. Probation Period. An officer is a “probationary officer” for his first twelve (12) months of employment. No matter concerning the discipline, layoff, or termination of a probationary officer shall be subject to the grievance and arbitration procedures. A probationary officer shall have no seniority, except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, until he has completed his probationary period. Upon the completion of his probationary period, he will acquire seniority from his date of hire.
Section 3. Seniority List. The Employer andUnion have agreed upon the initial seniority list setting forth the present seniority dates for all officers covered by this Agreement and shall become effective on or after the date of execution of this Agreement. Such lists shall finally resolve all questions of seniority affecting officers covered under this Agreement or employed at the time the Agreement becomes effective. Disputes as to seniority listing shall be resolved through the grievance procedure. The initial agreed list is attached hereto as Exhibit B and made a part hereof.
Section 4. Termination of Seniority. An officer shall be terminated by the Employer and his seniority broken when he:
(A) quits; or
(B) is discharged for just cause; or
(C) is laid off pursuant to the provisions of the applicable agreement for a period of twenty-four (24) months; or
(D) accepts gainful employment while on an approved leave of absence from the Sheriff’s Department; or
(E) is absent for three (3) consecutive scheduled work days without proper notification or authorization; or
(F) fails to return to work at the conclusion of an approved leave of absence for a period of three (3) consecutive days.
Section 5. Seniority While on Leave. Officers will not continue to accrue seniority credit for all time spent on authorized unpaid leave of absence.
Section 6. Conflicts in Vacation. Officers shall select the period of their annual vacation on the basis of seniority. Vacation schedules may be adjusted to accommodate seasonal operations, significant revision in organization, work assignments or the number of personnel in particular ranks. Provided however, that no more than one (1) officer from each shift may take vacation at the same time and no officer shall receive priority for more than two (2) weeks vacation per year.
Section 7. Intradepartmental Transfers. When an employee transfers between the dispatch division and the patrol division, he shall move to the salary step nearest to his then-current step, which would yield a salary increase. Such employees shall serve a one (1) year probationary period during which he may be returned to his prior dispatch position at the discretion of the Employer. Transferred employees shall move from step to step on the anniversary date of their transfer. Employees shall continue to accrue vacation and sick leave based on his entry date into the bargaining unit. Entry date into the division shall dictate such intradivision items as vacation preference, shift selection (if applicable), and turnsheet position.
Section 8. Shift Bidding by Seniority. Employees covered by this Agreement shall select their shift assignments and days off on the basis of seniority. Shifts shall be bid annually, and such changes shall be effective of the first day of the first pay period in December of each year. No overtime obligation will result from such shift changes. Vacancies (whether caused by transfer, new hire, resignation, or other reasons) within the bargaining unit shall also be filled mid-year through such seniority bidding.