Safeway Operations – Meal Periods and Rest Periods

9.22 Meal Periods
Meal Periods shall be one (1) hour unless a lesser time is agreed upon.  Employees who work an eight (8) hour shift shall have a meal period to commence not earlier than three (3) hours or later than five (5) hours after the commencement of the shift.  Part-time employees, at their option, working over five (5) hours but less than eight (8) hours shall be entitled to a thirty (30) minute meal period.
9.23 Rest Periods
All employees shall have two (2) fifteen- (15) minute rest periods for shifts in excess of six (6) hours, one before, one after the meal period.
Employees whose meal period is scheduled three (3) hours but not more than three and one-half (3 ½) hours after the start of the shift shall have the option of taking their two (2) rest periods after the meal period.  Employees shall have the right to opt in or out of this process on a quarterly basis.  This option shall be available for shifts that start at 12:00 noon or later.
Employees who work a shift of four (4) hours but not more than six (6) hours shall receive one (1) paid fifteen (15) minute rest period.
Rest periods shall be taken without loss of pay to the employees.
Employees shall have the option of taking a fifteen- (15) minute unpaid rest period either with or separate from an existing fifteen- (15) minute paid rest period.  This may be taken in lieu of the thirty (30) minute unpaid meal period.  Employees shall notify their schedule writer of the optional provisions to ensure efficient scheduling.
The Employer will schedule rest periods for Clerk Cashiers on the check-stand so that no Clerk Cashier shall be scheduled to work more than three (3) consecutive hours, on the check-stand.  The parties recognize that rest periods may be delayed due to unexpected business fluctuations.
Times for Clerk Cashiers meal and rest periods shall be set out by the Employer on a sheet which shall be available for Clerk Cashiers to review prior to the commencement of their shifts.

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