ARTICLE XVIII - MILITARY SERVICE AND PAY DIFFERENTIAL


  1. Both parties will abide by and comply with all legal requirements applying to the re-employment of SPOs who enter the Armed Forces of the United States.

  2. It is the policy of the Company to recognize employee obligations to perform temporary or short term military duty required by annual military encampment for reservists. To the extent practicable and consistent with an orderly prosecution of the work, employees will be granted absences from work to fulfill such military obligations and will receive allowance as provided herein below.

    1. Eight (8) Hour Shift

      Any SPO with fifty-two (52) or more weeks of service credits, who is absent from work for temporary or short term military duty, will be granted a military pay differential for up to thirteen (13) working days during which they are absent in a calendar year. There will be no deduction of service credits for these absences. Such military pay differential will be the amount by which the SPOs normal salary, calculated on the basis of a workweek up to a maximum of forty (40) hours, which the SPO has lost by virtue of such absence, exceeds any pay received from the Federal or State Government. Such items as subsistence, rental and travel allowance will not be included in determining pay received from the Government.

    2. Ten (10) and Twelve (12) Hour Shift

      Any SPO with fifty-two (52) or more weeks of service credits, who is absent from work for temporary or short term military duty, will be granted a military pay differential for up to thirteen (13) working days during which they are absent in a calendar year. There will be no deduction of service credits for these absences. Such military pay differential will be the amount by which the applicable negotiated rate exceeds any pay received from the Federal or State Government for the time they normally would have been at work. Such items as subsistence, rental and travel allowance will not be included in determining pay received from the Government.

  3. SPOs who have less than fifty-two (52) weeks of service credits may also be absent for the reason and time period set forth above without deduction of service credits for such absence but will not be eligible for the military pay differential.

  4. A SPO may not receive a vacation pay allowance and a military pay differential for the same time period. A SPO will, however, receive a military pay differential for the period, if any, by which the time spent in temporary or short term military duty does not coincide with such vacation, but not exceeding the maximum specified above.

    1. Eight (8) Hour Shift

      SPOs with fifty-two (52) or more weeks of service credits who are members of the National Guard may be called out by the Governor or the President for emergency duty to help preserve law and order within the Tri-Cities or elsewhere in the State of Washington. A military pay differential will be granted for up to five (5) working days per emergency situation to employees called out for such duty. There will be no deduction of service credits for these absences. The military pay differential will be calculated as set forth in Section 3. of this Article.

    2. Ten (10) and Twelve (12) Hour Shift

      SPOs with fifty-two (52) or more weeks of service credits who are members of the National Guard may be called out by the Governor or the President for emergency duty to help preserve law and order within the Tri-Cities or elsewhere in the State of Washington. A military pay differential will be granted for up to forty (40) hours per emergency situation to employees called out for such duty. Extensions beyond forty (40) hours will be reviewed on a case by case basis and must be approved by the Vice President of Human Resources or designee. There will be no deduction of service credits for these absences. The military pay differential will be calculated as set forth in Section 3. of this Article.

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