ARTICLE VIII - HOURS OF WORK


  1. SPOs will generally be scheduled to work either a straight shift or a rotational shift.

    1. Straight shift: SPOs will work an eight (8) hour shift, including the lunch period, for five (5) consecutive days, Monday through Friday, or a ten (10) hour shift, including a lunch period, for four (4) consecutive days, Monday through Thursday. It is recognized that straight day shift SPOs are not normally scheduled to work holidays.

    2. Rotational shift: SPOs will work a twelve (12) hour shift, including the lunch period, three (3) days one (1) week and four (4) days on the alternating week, which will constitute a regular schedule for such SPOs.

  2. The standard hours of work for straight shifts are as follows:

    1. Eight (8) Hour Shifts 
      Straight Days 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
       9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
       5:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
      Rattlesnake Barricade Only4:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
      Straight Swing3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
       5:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
       1:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
      Rattlesnake Barricade Only11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
      Straight Graveyard11:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.
       1:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
       9:30 p.m. - 5:30 a.m.

    2. Ten (10) Hour Training Relief Shifts

      Day Shift5:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
      Night Shift5:30 p.m. - 3:30 a.m.

      SPOs assigned to the 10 Hour Shift will work Monday through Thursday. As needed, the Company may assign the 10 Hour training relief shift to the night shift for up to two (2) consecutive weeks per quarter in full week intervals. The Company will provide at least two (2) weeks' notice prior to assigning the SPOs to the night shift.

      The ten (10) hour shift schedule is inclusive of a lunch period.

    3. Ten (10) Hour Shifts

      Day Shift 5:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
        7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
      Swing Shift1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
      Night Shift5:30 p.m. - 3:30 a.m.

      Purposes of the 10-Hour Shift:

      • HGU Safety Representative(s)
      • HRP Disqualifications
      • Medical Restrictions
      • Re-qualifications
      • Temporary assignment to the Patrol Training Academy

      SPOs assigned to the 10 Hour Shift, which includes the lunch period, will work Monday through Thursday.

    4. Twelve (12) Hour Shifts

      For purposes of the twelve (12) hour shift, SPOs will be assigned either to the Day or Night shift. The hours of work for each shift are as follows:

      Day shift5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
      Night shift5:30 p.m. - 5:30 a.m.

      SPOs assigned to work the twelve (12) hour shift will work, within each two (2) week pay period: one (1) workweek having thirty-six (36) regularly scheduled work hours [three (3) work days] and one (1) workweek having forty-eight (48) regularly scheduled work hours [four (4) work days].

  3. The standard hours of work for rotational shifts are as follows:

    SPOs working the twelve (12) hour rotational shift will work a twelve (12) hour shift with every other weekend off in an eight (8)/seven (7)/eleven (11) week cycle. Within each two (2) week period, there will normally be one (1) workweek having thirty-six (36) regularly scheduled work hours [three (3) work days] and one (1) workweek having forty-eight (48) regularly scheduled work hours [four (4) work days]. Transition from Days to Nights or vice versa will occur at the end of the eight (8)/seven (7)/eleven (11) week cycle.

    Day shift5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Night shift5:30 p.m. - 5:30 a.m.


  4. Shift Assignments

    1. While shift schedules are subject to change, all such shift schedule changes will be negotiated with the Union. Unusual conditions may require that SPOs be assigned for a temporary period to an established shift which does not necessarily rotate. Such assignments do not constitute shift changes which require negotiation provided advance notice of at least forty-eight (48) hours is given to the Patrolmen involved. Except for training purposes as outlined below, a change in shift assignment will be for at least one (1) workweek in duration.

    2. Change of Shift Assignments

      The reasons listed here may allow for a change in shift assignment for less than one (1) week in duration.

      1. ) Participation in the firearms qualification/requalification process.

      2. ) Training seminars that do not coincide with the SPOs regular schedule.

      3. ) To attend remedial training designed to correct performance deficiencies.

      4. ) To accommodate HRP or medically decertified SPO personnel as may be appropriate.

  5. For the purpose of participating in Spring/Fall firearm qualification and requalification, the following schedule will apply:

    SPOs will be assigned to a modified shift for firearms qualification. The swing shift will generally commence about four (4) hours prior to sunset. The regular workday following firearms qualification will start no earlier than fourteen (14) hours after the beginning of the qualification shift.

    1. Spring firearm qualification will start on April 1st and run through April 30th.

    2. Fall firearm qualification will start on October 1st and run through October 31st.

  6. For the purposes of training, exercises, medicals or firearms qualification, SPOs may be assigned to work a regularly scheduled day off. The Company agrees to limit the number of days to eleven (11) per SPO per calendar year, unless otherwise mutually agreed upon by the Company and the Union. The Company also agrees to provide at least ten (10) days advance notice to SPOs of such assignments. The Company normally will not make these assignments on a SPOs long weekend (defined as their Friday, Saturday, Sunday scheduled off), however if such assignment occurs, SPOs will be paid at the double time (2X) rate.

    Specifically for the purpose of conducting force-on-force validation testing when outside entities control the dates of the exercise and Patrol management is not given sufficient notice, the ten (10) days' notice in the paragraph above is reduced to five (5) days' notice. These exercises are for validation tests conducted at the Hanford Site. These exercise days will be counted in the eleven (11) days per calendar year.

  7. Rotation of SPOs from assigned shifts
    January 4, 2016, SPOs will rotate from day shift to night shift and vice versa. Subject to this rotation, the SPOs will rotate every eight (8)/seven (7)/eleven (11) weeks. The SPO will be responsible for submitting a “Request for Transfer” form thirty (30) days before the next rotation is to occur, if possible. The Company may permit exemptions to the rotation of shifts. Each situation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The Company maintains sole discretion in the approval process. If a denial occurs, the Company will discuss the denial with the Business Agent or their delegate. The SPO will be responsible for presenting such a case in writing to the immediate manager at least thirty (30) days before the next rotation is to occur if possible. The SPO will also endeavor to find a SPO on the desired shift to mutually switch with for that time period. The Company may also elect to assign SPOs to straight day (Headquarters) shift. Mutual transfers between SPOs will also be considered at times other than the scheduled eight (8)/seven (7)/eleven (11) week day/night rotation.

  8. Trading Days

    It is recognized as a matter of longstanding practice that SPOs have been allowed to "trade" days off with SPOs of the same qualifications and on the same shift rotation. This is allowed provided it does not cause any SPO to work more or/less days than they are regularly scheduled to work in that workweek. All trades are subject to management approval. However, as a general guideline, trading days will normally be allowed if the progress of the work is not affected. (Progress of the work is affected if an SPO who is scheduled for the day to work and has a training day scheduled, an OMSP medical evaluation scheduled or if allowing the “trade” would cause additional overtime.) In those cases, the trade will not be allowed. If a denial occurs and the SPO wishes to discuss this decision, the Company will discuss the denial with the Business Agent or their delegate.

    When SPOs trade days off, the day off worked is a normal work day which includes holdover overtime. The traded day that is not worked, that SPO is not to be offered overtime.


  9. SPOs who are instructed by supervision to work shifts not established by the provisions of this Agreement and not agreed to by the Union, where required, will be paid time and one-half (1-1/2X) for such hours worked. Any claim for payment of said premium pay must be made in writing by the Union within twenty (20) days from the date of the commencement of the new shift or no premium payment will be made.

  10. A SPO will be paid for time actually worked computed to the nearest one-tenth (1/10th) hour.

  11. It is specifically understood and agreed that the Union will not arbitrarily or unreasonably withhold its ratification of, or concurrence with, special shifts and schedules established or proposed by the Company.

  12. It is the intent of the Company to maintain a workforce consistent with scheduled requirements. Under such conditions, every effort will be made to provide regular employment before work is contracted outside.

  13. If during the course of the MSA LLC/Hanford Guards Union Agreement, it is determined a revision to the shift schedules and hours of work would enhance Patrol operations, the parties agree to discuss such schedules and hours which may be mutually beneficial.

  14. Employees who are assigned to temporary SPO duty at offsite locations will be covered by the provisions of this Agreement. They will continue to accrue seniority and will be returned to their original assignments upon returning from off-site duty. Off-site duty assignments will not exceed sixty (60) days, unless mutually agreed upon by the Union and the Company.

  15. For the purpose of off-site training, there will be no set start time. SPOs and trainees on temporary assignment will be assigned to work an eight (8) hour shift. Overtime will be paid in accordance with Article IX of this Agreement.
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