ARTICLE 18

SALARY

18.1

The salary schedule for bargaining unit employees shall be found in Appendix A and incorporated in this Agreement by reference.

18.2

An employee shall be assigned a salary rate appropriate to the employee’s position within the Head Start Classification salary range, as provided in Appendix A and B. The salary range of the Head Start classification shall include a minimum salary rate and a maximum salary rate.

General Salary Increase

18.3

A Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) of 4% for all Head Start employees will be effective in the December 2006 pay period.

18.4

COLA increases granted by the Federal Government during the remainder of the term of this Agreement shall be applied to all employees as an across-the-board increase. This increase must be approved for spending by the Regional Administration for Children and Families and will be effective retroactive to the beginning of the pay period following the effective date established by the Federal Government.

18.5

COLA increases in subsequent years are contingent upon Federal Government funding.

18.6

The minimum and maximum of the Head Start classification salary range in Appendix A and the rates of specific jobs in Appendix B shall be adjusted by any COLA increase granted during the term of this Agreement.

Educational Incentives

18.7

Educational Incentives in the form of base salary increases, not to exceed the maximum rate of the classification, will be granted to employees in eligible classifications for completed units of education as shown in Appendix C.

Longevity Incentive Bonuses

18.8

Longevity Incentive Bonuses are established for those who have served in the Head Start Program for at least three years as determined by the employee’s last hire date. Employees will be entitled to two bonuses – one after completing three years of Program service, and one after completing five years of Program service. For fiscal Year 2006/2007, those employees with three years of Program service as of June 1, 2006 but less than five years of Program service will receive a bonus of $600.00. Those employees with five or more years of Program service as of June 1, 2006 will receive a bonus of $2,000.00.

  1. a. Eligible employees reaching three years of Program service as of June 1, 2007 will receive a one-time bonus of $600.00 effective in the June 2007 pay period. Eligible employees reaching five years of Program service as of June 1, 2007 will receive a one-time bonus of $1,400.00 effective in the June 2007 pay period.
  2. b. Eligible employees reaching three years of Program service as of June 1, 2008 will receive a one-time bonus of $600.00 effective in the June 2008 pay period. Eligible employees reaching five years of Program service as of June 1, 2008 will receive a one-time bonus of $1,400.00 effective in the June 2008 pay period.
  3. To be eligible to receive either Incentive Bonus an employee must be active or on leave in the bargaining unit at the time of payment to receive the bonus.
  4. Longevity bonuses beyond the three years of this agreement will be subject to subsequent negotiations.

Overtime Compensation

18.9

Overtime is defined as authorized time worked in excess of forty (40) hours in a seven-consecutive twenty-four (24) hour period beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday and ending at 12:00 midnight the following Saturday.

18.10

Overtime shall be compensated in cash or in compensatory time off (CTO) as determined by the appropriate administrator. Overtime shall be compensated consistent with the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Employees eligible to receive overtime pay shall be compensated at the rate of one and one-half times their hourly straight time rate.

18.11

Overtime shall be authorized and assigned by the appropriate administrator.

18.12

The only official methods for the computation and accumulation of overtime are those provided in this Article.

18.13

The appropriate administrator shall ask the appropriate employee to work overtime. If that employee cannot be available, qualified volunteers will be offered the opportunity. Advance notice of overtime shall be provided to the appropriate employee whenever possible. An employee shall be required to work overtime if no qualified volunteer is available.

Compensatory Time Off (CTO)

18.14

Requests for scheduling CTO shall be submitted to the appropriate administrator at least seven days in advance. CTO shall be scheduled and taken only as authorized by the appropriate administrator.

18.15

When possible, the scheduling of earned CTO shall be by mutual agreement of the employee and the appropriate administrator. Upon reasonable notice to the employee, the appropriate administrator may direct the employee to take earned CTO.

18.16

CTO must be taken within thirty (30) days of being earned or it will be paid off within two pay periods following the 30-day period.

18.17

Upon request of the employee, the appropriate administrator shall provide an accounting of the employee's CTO balance within two weeks of such request.

18.18

When an employee is separated from service, the employee will receive a lump-sum payment for any earned CTO.

 

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