Safeway Operations – Student Seniority

9.08 Students, Seniority
1. A student is defined as any employee regularly attending High School, University, College, Vocational Institution or other educational institutions requiring attendance at scheduled classes. Students may be required to verify their attendance.
2. The Company and the Union agree that employees who attend one or two classes per week shall not be required to restrict their availability in accordance with Section 9.08.  In order to qualify for exemption from Section 9.08, an employee must have the Company and the Union (Shop Steward) authorize their attendance on a sign-off form available from the Employer.
3. Students shall be considered to have restricted their availability and shall be scheduled by seniority within their classification.
4. Without exceptions, Employees shall inform the Employer using the “Student Status” form when:
a)  Employees become or revert to student status, or
b)  It is established that they have ceased being a student and will not be resuming their studies in the next semester or school term.
Upon notification status changes as per (a) and (b) will be reflected on the next posted schedule.
5. All students without exception shall not change their “Student Status” form more than three (3) times per calendar year (by semester).  Upon notification, these changes will be reflected on the next posted schedule.
6. It is understood that students shall not be available for certain shifts, which may limit their ability to maximize their hours. Minimum shifts for all students are four (4) hours consecutive. Students must be available for shifts when not attending classes, unless they have submitted a Declaration of Availability (Section 9.07).
7. Students may elect to work / be scheduled regular night stocking shifts as per Section 9.21.
8. Employees may lose all seniority rights within their classification if it is determined that:
  a) they complete the student restriction form as per point #4 above, and subsequently are found not to be attending classes;
   b) they do not complete the student restriction form as per point #4 above, and subsequently are found to be attending classes.
The Employer and the Union will meet to resolve.
9. Student’s restrictions for the times required to attend classes will not apply during any school breaks. Students may work additional hours above their restriction during school breaks, after the hours have gone through the schedule.
  10.  Where a disagreement arises regarding this clause and results in a Grievance, the parties will have two (2) weeks (from date the matter is brought to the attention of the Employer) to correct any errors in scheduling before a claim for lost wages can be filed.

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