The UTU and the Union Pacific Railroad agree to implement a pilot project to provide for an alternative procedure to assign vacation periods and allocate single days of vacation. The following Understanding will apply for 2009 on the Midwest and Western 6 Seniority District locations. 1. Each employee may designate 1 week to “Float” when submitting their original vacation bid. 2. The vacation parameters at each location shall be determined by the total weeks of vacation to assign. 3. If an employee designates a “Float” week as single days, the employee may designate up to two (2) weeks as single-days in addition to the “Float” week. 4. Additional vacation positions may be assigned on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, of each week throughout the year. These single-day periods will be pre-approved and not subject to cancellation. The Local Chairperson shall advise CMS of the number of single-day periods at each location. 5. Employees who designate one (1) “Float” week may submit bids for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday periods, or designate the “Float” week as a full week. 6. During the initial assignment period, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday periods shall be assigned from “Float” week bids. 7. After the initial assignment period, remaining Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday periods may be assigned from single-day weeks from all employees 8. On September 1, all unassigned “Float” weeks (or remaining days) shall be scheduled during the remainder of the year at the original vacation roster location, regardless of the employees work location. CMS and the Local Chairmen will review the schedule to determine when vacations shall be scheduled. All unassigned “Float” weeks will be originally designated on the vacation roster as starting December 14, 2009. 9. Employees assigned five (5) single-days in “Float” week or a single- day week may bid for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday periods. The first period so assigned will be designated as three (3) days; the second period, if assigned, shall be two (2) days. Employees assigned seven (7) single-days in “Float” week or a single-day week may bid for two (2) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday periods and 1 remaining single day to be used as requested. 10. Employees holding assigned rest days which occur on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday may schedule the three (3) days prior to rest days; subsequent to rest days; or schedule to bracket the rest days. Rest days do not constitute single vacation days. The employee must notify CMS not less than twenty-four (24) hours prior to the scheduled start of the vacation. 11. If an employee is working an assignment that is not at the home terminal when the vacation period is scheduled to begin, the vacation will begin when the employee ties-up at home terminal. 12. As in past years, scheduled vacation weeks which have been fully utilized as single days (prior to the scheduled start date) may be assigned as a vacant week. 13. Single-day vacations will not be utilized from the “Float” week prior to September 1 unless requested by the employee.
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