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Article 12: Leaves of Absence

ARTICLE 12

Leaves of Absence

Section 1. Upon request, the Publisher shall grant leave of absence for good and sufficient cause, which has and will continue to include maternity leave. Such leave shall not serve to cancel previously accumulated credits toward severance pay, vacations, experience ratings, and other benefits of this Agreement. The company is not required to provide continuance of benefits beyond six (6) months.

 In accordance with past practice, the Publisher shall make every reasonable effort to accommodate employee requests for time off within a shift where unanticipated, unplanned emergency events prevent scheduling time off. Any question regarding the allowance of time off for such events shall be immediately directed to the Human Resources Director or her appointee.
 
Such emergency leave will be deducted from paid vacation/personal time or may, with the Publisher’s approval, be made up or be considered unpaid leave.
 
Section 2. In the event an employee is elected or appointed to any TNG or AFL-CIO office, or an office of a Local of The Newspaper Guild, such employee shall be given Leave of Absence if he or she so requests, and shall be reinstated in the same job upon expiration of such leave or leaves. Should such leave exceed two years, the vacated position will be posted. In such instances, the employee on leave shall notify the Publisher at the end of the leave of his/her intent to return to work. At that time the Publisher shall place the employee’s name on the rehiring list cited in Article 11, Section 4(A) and the employee shall be given the next available job in his/her former classification in keeping with the application of the rehiring list. The cap imposed on length of time allowed on rehiring list under Article 11, Section 4(A), however, shall not apply. During said leave of absence, including time spent on the rehire list, the Publisher shall continue the employee on the health insurance, including all riders, life insurance and pension plan, provided the employee insures that the cost of such benefits are paid to the Company on a timely basis. Such leaves shall not serve to cancel previously accumulated credits toward severance pay, vacations, experience rating and other benefits of this Agreement. Time spent in such leaves shall not be counted in computing credits toward severance pay, vacations, experience rating and other benefits of this Agreement.
 
Section 3. Delegates elected to The Newspaper Guild or AFL-CIO conferences or conventions, both Local and National, and delegates called to special meetings of the AFL-CIO or The Newspaper Guild, or any of its branches, shall be granted leaves of absence on request without any loss of any rights, privileges or benefits. Whenever possible, a two week notice to the Publisher shall be given.