Nothing in this article is intended to prohibit the City from processing a grievance through the grievance procedure up to, and including, arbitration.
The decision of the arbitrator(s) shall be final and binding on the parties as provided by the
Connecticut General Statutes. The expense for the arbitrator's services and proceedings shall be borne equally by the City and the Union.
Seniority shall commence from the date an employee is officially appointed to the department subject to the provisions of Section 2 of this article.
A probationary employee shall have no seniority, but upon the completion of his/her probationary period as defined in Section 2 of Article II, Definition of Personnel, his/her name shall be added to the seniority list from the date of his/her official appointment.
An employee's seniority shall not be broken by vacation time, sick time, injury time, temporary layoff, suspension, or any authorized leave of absence, or any call to military service for the duration.
In the event of a reduction in force, layoff shall be in inverse order of hiring and any recall to work shall be by seniority. Recall rights shall be waived by any employee who fails to report for work within thirty (30) days after the City has sent notice of recall to his/her last address appearing on departmental records, with a copy to his/her Union by registered mail.
10.5 If an employee resigns voluntarily, or is discharged for just cause, he/she shall lose his/her seniority.
During the term of this Agreement, the City shall furnish the Union a current seniority list of the bargaining unit.
The regular workweek shall be forty (40) hours per week, eight (8) hours per day, five (5) consecutive workdays per week, with two (2) consecutive days off at the end of each such forty (40)
The Department may operate additional shifts of no more than seven (7) officers each to be scheduled at overlapping time periods with three (3) primary shifts. The shifts shall be composed of manpower selected from the fourteen (14) least senior police officers in the department. Hours of operation shall be by need as determined by the Chief of Police or his/her designee but shall not vary more than once every three (3) months. Officers assigned to such shifts shall have two (2) consecutive days off each workweek.