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A. Work Week and Work Day

  1. The standard work week for all Registered Nurses shall consist of thirty-seven and one-half (37.5) hours per week.  The standard work day shall consist of seven and one-half (7.5) hours of worktime, which includes two fifteen (15) minute paid breaks.  There shall be a one hour meal period which will be unpaid and not considered as time worked.
  2. The official work week shall commence on Sunday and end on Saturday.  The first shift shall be the shift whose majority of hours falls within a given day.
  3. At the request of the Employee and consent of the Hospital, an optional or alternate work week consisting of mutually agreed to hours and shifts per pay period may be established.
  4. Registered Nurses will be entitled to time off with pay to vote at city, state and federal elections in accordance with New York State Law.
  5. Work schedules shall be posted no later than two (2) weeks before the first date of such schedule.

B. Weekends

Registered Nurses who work in units that are open both Saturday and Sunday shall not be required to work more than twenty-four (24) weekends or forty-eight (48) weekend days per calendar year, whichever the Registered Nurse prefers.  The Employer shall make all reasonable efforts to limit the number of weekend days worked by Registered Nurses who work in units open only one (1) day per weekend to twenty-four (24), but not to exceed thirty (30) weekend days per calendar year.  If all Registered Nurses in a unit open only one (1) day per weekend have worked thirty (30) weekend days in a calendar year, weekend work for the duration of that calendar year shall then be assigned on a rotating basis in reverse order of seniority.  The preceding three sentences shall not apply to the Stapleton Clinic, or those Registered Nurses who were hired to work solely on weekends, or those Registered Nurses who voluntarily work more than the number of weekends or weekend days specified above.

Should staffing permit, additional weekend days off will be offered on an equitable rotating basis beginning with the most senior Registered Nurse.

C. Alternative Work Schedule 1

Full-time and regular Part-time Registered Nurses working at the Hospital, with the consent of the Employer, will have the option of working the following alternative work week.  The terms and conditions of such scheduling for Full-time and Part-time Registered Nurses shall be:

  1. The normal work day will consist of eleven and one-half (11.5) hours working time.
  2. During each shift there shall be one fifteen (15) minute and one thirty (30) minute rest period on paid time.  There shall be a one hour meal period which will be unpaid and not considered as time worked.
  3. An example of the shifts shall be:  7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. or 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. or any combination of 11.5 hours working time.
  4. The prevailing shift differential will be paid for the respective hours of work on the 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. shift and from 3:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.  In addition, the night differential will be paid for all hours worked on the shift scheduled between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m., and the evening shift differential shall be paid for all hours worked after 3:30 p.m. on a shift scheduled to end after 7:00 p.m.
  5. For each four (4) week period the alternative work schedule for Full-time staff  shall consist of three 11.5 hour shifts per week for three weeks and four 11.5 hour shifts for one week.
  6. Regular Part-time Registered Nurses shall be eligible for alternative work schedules appropriate to their part-time status.
  7. Regularly scheduled participants will be paid on a salary basis which shall not be subject to reduction for absences of less than one full day or for jury duty, judicial witness duty or temporary military leave.  Deductions from salary for absences due to illness of one full day or more will be made after a Registered Nurse has exhausted her/his accruals of paid sick leave or if the Registered Nurse is absent for one or more full days for personal reasons.  Notwithstanding this provision, the Hospital retains the right to discipline a Registered Nurse for unexcused absences of less than one full day.
  8. Full-time participants will be paid a biweekly salary which is equivalent to seventy-five hours of pay at the Registered Nurse's regular compensation rate.  This amount shall not be subject to reduction yet may be increased for overtime work performed in accordance with paragraphs 9 and 10 below.  Regular part-time participants will receive a pro-rata benefit.
  9. Overtime, in addition to salary, will be paid at a rate of one and one-half times regular compensation rate for work in excess of 11.5 hours in a day or 34.5 hours in a week in which three alternative shifts are scheduled, and for work in excess of 11.5 hours in a day or 46 hours in a week that four shifts are scheduled. 
  10. Participation in this program will be on a voluntary basis.  Alternative scheduling will consider the budgeted positions of any unit and meet the appropriate staffing requirements as determined by the Hospital’s designee.  Seven and one-half hour shifts will continue to be made available to Employees desiring to work in any area participating in 11.5 hour shifts.
  11. If an Employee who participates in this program requests to return to his/her previous shift within three (3) months, the Employee may do so as soon as replacement coverage can be arranged.
  12. All pay for time not worked as referred to in this Agreement as days or weeks will be converted to the equivalent hours where a day is equal to seven and one-half (7½) hours.

D. Alternative Work Schedule 2

Full-time and regular Part-time Registered Nurses working at the Hospital, with the consent of the Employer, will have the option of working the following alternative work week.  The terms and conditions of such scheduling for Full-time and Part-time Registered Nurses shall be:

  1. The normal work day will consist of nine (9) or nine and one-half (9½) hours working time.
  2. During each shift there shall be one (1) fifteen (15) minute and one (1) twenty (20) minute rest period on paid time.  There shall be a one (1) hour meal period which shall be unpaid and not considered as time worked.
  3. An example of the shifts shall be: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., or any combination of three (3) shifts of nine and one-half (9½) hours and one (1) shift of nine (9) hours during any work week.
  4. The Employee’s normal workweek will be thirty-seven and one-half (37½) hours in four (4) work days.  The shifts shall be any combination of three (3) shifts of nine and one-half (9½) hours and one (1) shift of nine (9) hours during any work week.
  5. Regular Part-time Registered Nurses shall be eligible for alternative work schedules appropriate to their part-time status.
  6. Participation in this program will be on a voluntary basis.  Alternative scheduling will consider the budgeted positions of any unit and meet the appropriate staffing requirements as determined by the Hospital’s designee.  Seven and one-half hour shifts will continue to be made available to Employees desiring to work in any area participating in a four (4) day work week.
  7. If an Employee who participates in this program requests to return to his/her previous shift within three (3) months, the Employee may do so as soon as replacement coverage can be arranged.
  8. All pay for time not worked as referred to in this Agreement as days or weeks will be converted to the equivalent hours where a day is equal to seven and one-half (7½) hours and a week is equal to thirty-seven and one-half (37½) hours.