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Article 2: Salaries

ARTICLE 2

   Salaries

Section 1. The following minimum salaries in the classifications listed shall be in effect on the dates indicated:

 

 

 Effective January 1, 2010 all classifications are reduced by 22%. 

  Employees covered by this collective bargaining agreement will share in a shared salary fiscal year savings ($966,861.99) as follows: 50% of the savings to be paid as salary supplements between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010, and the remaining 50% of the savings to be paid as salary supplements between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011.  In addition, the publisher will contribute 50% of the proposed health insurance deductible to a health savings account (HSA) for eligible employees in 2010, and it will contribute 25% of the proposed health insurance deductible to a HSA for eligible employees in 2011. On January 1, 2012 there will be a snap-back of wages to bring the salary reduction to 12.36% less than the 2008 rates. See attachment at back of proposal.

 Section 2 In the application of the foregoing schedule of minima, the word "years" refers to experience in comparable work.

 Section 3. There shall be no reduction in salaries except those reductions that would occur to any employee covered by this Agreement who accepts a lower paid classification by choice.

Section 4. Special bonuses for odd hours worked and for classifications meriting special remuneration shall be paid as follows:

  (A) The sum of six dollars ($6.00) per shift shall be paid to employees whose working schedule requires them to be on duty any time between 5 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Fridays, and eight dollars and fifty cents ($8.50) per shift during those hours on Saturdays. This shall not apply, however, in the case of employees covered by Paragraph B below, where a differential of six dollars and fifty cents ($6.50) per day is required. It shall not apply, also, in the case of employees covered by Article III, Section 6 (Sunday News schedule).

  (B) Anyone whose normal working schedule requires him or her to be on duty part of the day shift and part of the night shift so that he or she begins work before 5 p.m. and ends work later than 7:30 p.m. shall be paid an additional six dollars and fifty cents ($6.50) per shift worked.

  (C) Members of the Union Leader staff required to work on Sunday News shall receive payment at the rate of time-and-one-half after 5 p.m. on Saturday, in addition to their regular week's pay.

  (D) Employees whose normal working schedule does not call for Sunday work, and who are required to work on Sunday before 5 p.m., shall receive payment at the rate of double time for a full shift, except that employees whose normal work schedule calls for starting on the night shift at 5 p.m. or later may be requested to come in earlier than 5 p.m. and shall be guaranteed a minimum of two (2) hours pay at double time up to 5 p.m. Anyone whose normal working schedule requires work on Sunday before 5 p.m. shall be paid an additional eight dollars and fifty cents ($8.50) weekly. Employees entitled to the eight dollars and fifty cents ($8.50) premium for Sunday work shall not be entitled to additional differentials for that day.

  (E) Employees used in the dual capacity of reporter-photographer shall be paid a bonus of twenty dollars ($20.00) weekly. It is agreed that not more than eight (8) employees shall be used in the dual capacity of reporter-photographer. Overtime for photography-only shifts will be offered to photographers first. Any change in dual capacity personnel contemplated by management must be given in writing at least two weeks prior to change.

  (F) Employees temporarily engaged in higher classification work will be given the higher classification pay on a per diem basis.

  (G) Normal night shift shall not start before 5 p.m.

  (H) Any copy editor required to do pagination as part of his/her regular week's work shall receive a bonus of fourteen dollars ($14.00) per shift.

Section 5. Payment of salary shall be made weekly. The Publisher will make available a direct deposit payroll system for those employees who wish to use it. The Publisher will arrange for the deposits to be made by the bank as soon as is feasible. The terms and conditions of the direct deposit plan will be governed by the plan or any agreement between the Publisher and the bank. The terms and conditions of the plan which affect employees will be made available to the Guild.

Section 6. A part time employee is one who is hired to work regularly less than the work week provided in this contract. A temporary employee is one employed for a special project or for a specified time, in either case not to exceed three (3) months. The Guild shall be notified in writing as to the nature of such project and its duration.

  (A) Part time employees shall be paid on an hourly basis equivalent to the weekly minimum to which they are entitled by their classification and experience. Part time and temporary employees shall receive all rights and benefits of this Agreement, except they shall not qualify for, health insurance (unless available) or severance pay. However, temporary employees whose employment is extended beyond three (3) months by agreement of the parties to this contract shall qualify for sick leave as outlined in Article 7, Section 1(B) during such extended employment.

  Part-time employees who work an average of at least 20 hours per week and all temporary employees shall receive: one (1) paid sick day a year which, if not used, may be carried over to subsequent years up to a maximum of three (3) paid sick days, pro rata paid vacation time according to the following schedule, seven (7) hours of vacation time for every 140 hours worked during the previous calendar year, with a maximum of 10 days of vacation time (to be accrued to the nearest half day); a half-day's pay in each week in which a holiday listed in Article 5, Section 1 occurs, excluding personal days (except that temporary employees are entitled to the full holiday pay and the day off); and life insurance in the amount of $10,000 with accidental death and dismemberment. The 20 hour basis for part-time and temporary employees hired during the calendar year shall be the number of hours worked divided by the number of weeks from date of hire. The Company shall place informational postings on bulletin boards for regular part-time job vacancies for a minimum of five days.

  Notwithstanding the preceding paragraph, the Publisher can employ a temporary employee for more than 3 months, for the purpose of temporarily replacing an employee on leave of absence, until the leave ends. Such temporary employees will continue to be eligible for sick leave after 3 months as outlined in Article 7, Section 1(B) and will be eligible for personal days after 3 months on a pro-rated basis, e.g., if there are two personal days per year, one day would be earned each 6 months. An employee employed more than one year under this paragraph would begin to accumulate vacation credits as of the end of one year. The Publisher has the right to employ and terminate a temporary employee in his discretion, subject to the terms of this Agreement and law; provided that Article 11, Section 1 shall not apply to any such termination.

  (B) Part time and temporary employees shall not be employed where, in effect, such employment would eliminate or displace a regular or full time employee. Part time employees shall not be employed for more than twenty-eight (28) hours per week. The number of part time hours paid annually shall not exceed 22% of the number of straight time hours paid to full-time unit employees. Part time, Guild-covered employees may be used to avoid payment of overtime.

Section 7. The Assistant City Editor, Assistant Night Editor, Sunday City Editor, Chief of Photography, Chief Sports Editor, Copy Desk Chief, Special Editions Editor, Business Editor and the Derry Editor shall be paid a minimum of twenty two dollars and fifty cents ($22.50) per week above top minimum scale for Copy Editor. The Assistant Display Advertising Manager the Advertising Sales Development Coordinator and the Art Department Coordinator shall be paid a minimum of twenty two dollars and fifty cents ($22.50) per week above top minimum scale for Advertising Solicitors. The other Sports Editors shall be paid a minimum of seventeen dollars and fifty cents ($17.50) per week above the top minimum scale for Copy Editor. The Chief of the Concord Bureau shall receive a differential of fourteen dollars and fifty cents ($14.50) per week above top minimum scale for senior reporters. The Head Janitor shall be paid a minimum of twelve dollars and fifty cents ($12.50) per week above the top minimum scale for Janitor. The Graphics Editor shall be paid a minimum of twenty seven dollars and fifty cents ($27.50) per week above the top minimum scale for Copy Editor. The Design Editor shall be paid a minimum of thirty dollars ($30.00) per week above the top minimum scale for Copy Editor. Any change in any of these positions contemplated by management must be given in writing at least two weeks prior to the change.

  Employees shall be free to decline any position listed in this section and shall not be penalized for refusing to accept such a position.

  Incumbents in any of these positions shall have the right to opt out of them, provided (A) there is an opening in the same classification or another for which they are qualified; or (B) they wish to relinquish the position and the Publisher is able to fill it from within the unit.

  When a vacancy occurs in any of these positions, or an incumbent desires to opt out, the Publisher shall place informational postings on bulletin boards for a minimum of five days.

 Section 8. The minimum wage rates established herein are minimum only. Individual merit may be acknowledged by increase above minimums. The Guild reserves the right to bargain individual merit increases. The Publisher shall inform the Guild of all merit increases granted.

 Section 9. Employees paid above top minimums shall maintain the same dollar differential above the new top minimums when minimums are increased.