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Article 3: Hours and Overtime

ARTICLE 3

Hours and Overtime

Section 1. The following conditions shall apply:

(A) The five-day or five-night 35 hour week shall obtain.

(B) The working day shall consist of seven (7) consecutive hours, with the exception of lunch periods. The Publisher shall compensate for overtime beyond seven hours in one day, five days or five nights, a week, or 35 hours in one week, at the rate of time-and one-half in cash. Overtime rates listed herein shall be based on the snap-back rate, including any Section 7 pay listed in Article 2.

 (C) In all future references, it is understood that shift means a seven (7) hour day.

 (D) The normal work week for the Accounting Department shall be Monday through Friday.

Section 2. The Publisher shall post a schedule of permanent working hours and days off. No change shall be made without an employee's consent unless two (2) weeks’ notice has been given. Work outside of properly posted scheduled hours shall be at overtime.

Section 3. Employees called back to work within seven (7) hours shall be guaranteed at least four hours' pay at time-and-one-half.

 (A) Any employee who works any part of an overtime shift on a scheduled day off shall be guaranteed at least four hours of overtime.

Section 4. If agreed to by the employee and his or her manager, an employee may be assigned work on a cumulative week basis without overtime charges until work time of 35 hours has been reached in any one week. Upon completion of the assignment or by choice of the employee or the manager, the employee shall resume working their posted schedule of regularworking hours.

 (A) Staff people may be sent on out-of-town assignments on a cumulative week basis without overtime charges until after total travel and work time of 35 hours has been reached in any one week. Upon return of staff people from out-of-town assignments, they shall resume working their posted schedule of permanent working hours.

Section 5. The Publisher shall cause a record of overtime to be kept and will make such records available to the Guild upon request.

Section 6. (A) The Publisher may designate a number of positions for work shifts consisting of a four- day, 35-hour week, which may consist of a cumulative or set schedule as agreed to by the Publisher and the Guild, and which may include work on both the daily and Sunday editions and may include up to a twelve (12)-hour shift. Such shifts in a given classification shall be posted when created or changed, and shall be filled by seniority as provided for in Art. 3, Sec. 2 and Art. 15, Sec. 3. Employees working a four-day schedule shall be given three consecutive days off. Editors and reporters currently working designated shifts shall be grandfathered under the terms of attached Memorandum of Agreement titled “Sunday News Staff.”

 (B) During a week in which a paid holiday occurs, other than Jan. 1 or Dec. 25, employees assigned to a four-day schedule shall work a three-day, 28-hour week determined by the Publisher’s needs. Employees whose four-day week requires them to work Jan. 1 or Dec. 25, or if said holidays occur on a Saturday for those whose five-day schedule regularly requires Saturday work, shall be paid as follows: twenty-eight (28) hours of regular pay and seven (7) hours at time-and-one-half, and an additional shift off at a date mutually agreed to by the employee and his/her supervisor. Should one of the above holidays fall on a day on which the employee would regularly work more than seven (7) hours, the first seven (7) hours of said shift shall be paid at time-and-one-half, with subsequent hours paid at straight time.

Section 7. It is agreed that all individuals covered in this agreement will record their hours of work for each week electronically on computers.