For the pur­pos­es of admin­is­ter­ing and enforc­ing the pro­vi­sions of this Agree­ment, the Employ­er agrees as follows:

Sec­tion 1.  Con­ven­tion or Con­fer­ence Atten­dance.  Officer(s) who are cho­sen as delegate(s) to an F.O.P. State or Nation­al Con­ven­tion, upon writ­ten appli­ca­tion approved by the Union and sub­mit­ted to the Sher­iff with at least four­teen (14) days notice, may be giv­en a leave of absence for the peri­od of time required to attend such Con­ven­tion or Con­fer­ence.  This peri­od of time shall not exceed one (1) week.  The offi­cer may be allowed to uti­lize any accrued vaca­tion or oth­er leave time.  Any leave under this Sec­tion must be approved by the Sher­iff before an offi­cer may engage in the activ­i­ty.  The Sher­iff may deny the leave for valid rea­sons stat­ed in writ­ing to the officer(s), which leave shall not be unrea­son­ably denied.

Sec­tion 2.  Union Nego­ti­at­ing Team.  Mem­bers des­ig­nat­ed as being on the Union nego­ti­at­ing team who are sched­uled to work on a day on which nego­ti­a­tions will occur, shall, for the pur­pose of attend­ing sched­uled nego­ti­a­tions, be excused from their reg­u­lar duties with­out loss of pay.  If a des­ig­nat­e­dUnion nego­ti­at­ing team mem­ber is in reg­u­lar day-off sta­tus on the day of nego­ti­a­tions, he will not be com­pen­sat­ed for attend­ing the ses­sion.  This pro­vi­sion shall not result in any over­time lia­bil­i­ty for per­sons attend­ing or for per­sons who may be required to pro­vide cov­er­age for attend­ing persons.