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.