COMPTROLLER'S SEAL STATE OF CONNECTICUT

STATE OF CONNECTICUT

NANCY WYMAN
COMPTROLLER

OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER
55 ELM STREET
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 06106-1775

MARK OJAKIAN
DEPUTY COMPTROLLER

INTERDEPARTMENTAL MEMORANDUM

July 3, 2001

To: Dr. Donna L. Balaski, Executive Director
Board of Education and Services for the Blind
184 Windsor Avenue
Windsor, CT 06095
Subject: New Bargaining Unit Board of Education and Services for the Blind
Industries Division, NP-7 Bargaining Unit Employees, June 6, 2001
through June 30, 2004.

I. AUTHORITY

The collective bargaining agreement between the State of Connecticut and Board of Education Services for the Blind Industries Division for the period June 6, 2001 through June 30, 2004, ratified by the Legislature on June 6, 2001.

II. TRAINING (Article 10)

Tuition Reimbursement (Article 10.3)

Employees who participate in qualifying education programs will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $125.00 per credit for undergraduate courses for up to a total of 18 credits per year.

III. HOURS OF WORK, OVERTIME (Article 17)

A. Full-time (Article 17.1)
 
The standard workweek for full-time BESB Industries employees will be 40 hours, Monday through Friday, with regularly established starting and ending times.
 
B. Meal Periods (Article 17.4)
 
Meal periods (half hour) will be scheduled close to the middle of a shift. Employees who are required to remain in attendance during meal periods will have such time counted as time worked.
 
C. Overtime (Article 17.13)
 
The state will pay overtime to employees at the rate of time and one-half for all hours over 40 hours per week and in accordance with Federal Labor Standards Act, (FLSA). Those employees required to report for work on an overtime basis will be assigned at least 4 hours of work before being released. Where practicable, overtime checks will be paid no later than the second payroll period following the overtime worked. All paid leaves will be considered as time worked for the purposes of computing overtime.

IV. COMPENSATION PROVISIONS (Article 19.1 - 19.3)

A.

General Wage Increases Effective Date Check Date
$1.25 per hour "capped" at $13.50 June 15, 2001 July 13, 2001
$0.25 per hour "capped" at $13.75 June 28, 2002 July 26, 2002
$0.25 per hour "capped" at $14.00 June 27, 2003 July 25, 2003
 
B. Lump Sum Signing Bonus
 
A lump sum payment of $500.00 will be made to all permanent BESB employees on the payroll as of the date of legislative approval, June 6, 2001. The lump sum payment will be effective June 15, 2001 and to be included in the check dated July 13, 2001.
 
C. Uniform and Safety Shoe (Article 19.4)
 
Employees who perform building or machine maintenance will receive two (2) sets of uniforms equivalent to "Dickies" and a safety shoe allowance of $70.00 each year of the contract.
 
D. Group Insurance (Article 20)
 
Employees will have thirty (30) days from legislative approval, June 6, 2001 to elect the State of Connecticut Health and Life Insurance programs currently in effect. The coverage will remain in effect unless modified by the Health Care Cost containment Committee, or by coalition bargaining conducted pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Section 5-278.

V. LONGEVITY (Article 21) 

Employees will be eligible for longevity payments in accordance with the following schedule.

10 Years 15 Years 20 Years 25 Years
$75.00 $150.00 $225.00 $300.00

Longevity payments will be made on the first pay period that includes April 1 and October 1 of each contract year.

VI. RETIREMENT (Article 22)

Employees are not eligible for any type of retirement credit for service performed with BESB 360 Industries prior to April 6, 1999, the date the unit was certified.

VII. PART-TIME EMPLOYEES (Article 24)

Part-time employees will receive wages and benefits on a pro-rata basis. Health insurance coverage will be given to those part-time employees who are regularly scheduled to work at lease twenty (20) hours per week. Part-time employees will also be entitled to other rights and benefits described.

VIII. TRAVEL (Article 41)

Employees are to be reimbursed at the U.S. General Services Administrative (GSA) rate per mile, currently 34.5 cents per mile, for authorized use of his/her privately owned vehicle. The rate will be adjusted within thirty (30) days of readjustment by the GSA.
 
Reimbursement will be made for miles traveled in excess of the normal commuting distance to and from the employee's permanent workstation. Bargaining unit employees will not be directed to use their personal vehicles for State business, except under extraordinary circumstances.
 
An employee who is required to travel on employer business will be reimbursed at the following rates:
 
Breakfast 5.00
*Lunch 7.00
Dinner 16.00
Miscellaneous 4.00
 
*Applicable to out-of-state travel or when authorized in accordance with the standard State Travel Regulations.
 
An employee who is required to remain away from home overnight in order to perform the regular duties of his/her position may be reimbursed for lodging expenses in accordance with the Standard State Travel Regulations issued by the Commissioner of Administrative Services. Advanced approval must be obtained, except in emergencies.
 
The employer will reimburse the full amount of a single hotel room when the employee is at a job-related conference approved in advance by the employer, which requires an overnight stay at a specifically designated hotel.
 
The State will reimburse an employee for the cost of authorized long-distance telephone calls made on behalf of the State or provide the employee with a telephone credit card. Requests for reimbursement will be submitted on approved forms, and reimbursement will be promptly made.

 IX. SCHEDULED PAYMENT DATES

A. Bi-weekly Salary Payments
 
General Wage Increases Pay Period Check Date
$1.25 per hour "capped" at $13.50 06/15/01 - 06/28/01 07/13/01
$0.25 per hour "capped" at $13.75 06/28/02 - 07/11/02 07/26/02
$0.25 per hour "capped" at $14.00 06/27/03 - 07/10/03 07/25/03
 
B. Lump Sum Payment
 
Effective June 15, 2001 a lump sum payment of $500.00 will be paid to all permanent BESB employees on the payroll as of the date of legislative approval, June 6, 2001, and to be included in check dated July 13, 2001.
 
C. Safety Shoe Allowance - $70.00
 
Effective Date Pay Period Check Date
July 1, 2001 06/29/01 - 07/12/01 07/27/01
July 1, 2002 06/28/02 - 07/11/02 07/26/02
July 1, 2003 06/27/03 - 07/10/03 07/25/03

 X. PAYROLL PROCEDURES

Agency staff must ensure that the employee's masterfile data (Pay Plan, Salary Group, Hourly Rate and Bi-weekly salary) are correctly coded.
 
A. Implementation of General Wage Increase
 
1. On-line: Screen 047 or 190; R1; Amount; D/OE Code 10.
 
2. Remote Job Entry: ZT Transactions; Same as above.
 
B. Lump Sum Payment
 
1. On-Line: Screens 047 or 190; Rl; Amount; D/OE Code 18.
 
2. Remote Job Entry: ZT Transaction; Same as above.
 
C. Safety Shoe Allowance Payment
 
1. On-Line: Screens 047 or 190; Rl; Amount; D/OE Code 1E.
 
2. Remote Job Entry: ZT Transaction; Same as above.

XI. TRAVEL AND TUITION REIMBURSEMENT PROCEDURES - 9916

A. Travel Reimbursement
 
A CO-17XP form must be completed and sent to the Comptroller's Business Office. The processing of the "Travel Reimbursement " is contingent upon the availability of funds.
 
B. Tuition Reimbursement
 
Applications for tuition reimbursement should be forwarded to the Comptroller's Business Office and submitted on an Expenditure Batch List. Tuition reimbursement without proper backup documentation will be returned.
 
Please Note: Reimbursements cannot be made until the release of funding by the Office of Policy and Management.

XII. GENERAL

Questions may be directed as follows:
 
Salary Schedules: DAS-Personnel Division, (860) 713-5192;
 
Contract Interpretation: Agency Personnel Officer;
 
Payroll Procedures:
 
On-Line: Office of the State Comptroller, Payroll Services Division, (860) 702-3463;
 
Remote Job Entry: Office of the State Comptroller, Payroll Services Division, (860) 702-3451;
 
Memorandum Interpretation: Office of the State Comptroller, Policy Services, (860) 702-3440.

 

NANCY WYMAN

STATE COMPTROLLER 

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