ARTICLE V - BENEFITS ELIGIBILITY
Section 1 - Health and Welfare Plan
The Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan ("the Plan") is amended, effective June 1, 1996, as provided in this Section. In order for an Eligible Employee (as defined by the Plan) to continue to be covered by the Plan during any calendar month by virtue of rendering compensated service or receiving vacation pay in the immediately preceding calendar month (the "qualifying month"), such employee must have rendered compensated service on, or received vacation pay for, an aggregate of at least seven (7) calendar days during the applicable qualifying month. Any calendar day on which an employee assigned to an extra list is available for service but does not perform service shall be deemed a day of compensated service solely for purposes of this Section. Existing Plan provisions . pertaining to eligibility for and termination of coverage not specifically amended by this Section shall continue in effect.
Section 2 - Vacation Benefits
Existing rules governing vacations are amended as follows effective January 1, 1997:
(a) The minimum number of basic days in miles or hours paid for, as provided in individual schedules, on which an employee must render service under schedule agreements held by the organization signatory hereto to qualify for an annual vacation for the succeeding calendar year shall be increased by fifty (50) percent from the minimum number applicable under vacation rules in effect on the date of this Agreement. The multiplying factors set forth in vacation rules 'in effect on the date of this Agreement shall be amended to provide that each basic day in yard service performed by a yard service employee or by an employee having interchangeable road and yard rights shall be computed as 1.6 days, and each basic day in all other services shall be computed as 1.3 days, for purposes of determining qualification for vacation based on service rendered in the preceding calendar year.
NOTE: It is the parties' intention that, in accordance with application of the multiplying factors set forth in existing
vacation rules as amended above, commencing with calendar year 1997 this subsection would require the equivalent of 150 qualifying days in a calendar year in yard service and 180 qualifying days in a calendar year in road service to qualify for an annual vacation for the succeeding year.
(b) Calendar days on which an employee assigned to an extra list is available for service and on which days he performs no service, not exceeding ninety (90) such days, will be included in the determination of qualification for vacation; also, calendar days, not in excess of forty-five (45) , on which an employee is absent from and unable to perform service because of injury received on duty will be included. Such calendar days shall not be subject to the multiplying factors set forth in existing vacation rules as amended.
(c) Calendar days on which an employee is compensated while attending training and rules classes at the direction of the carrier will be included in the determination of qualification for vacation. Such calendar days shall not be subject to the multiplying factors set forth in existing vacation rules as amended.
(d) During a calendar year in which an employee's vacation entitlement will increase on the anniversary date, such employee shall be permitted to schedule the additional vacation time to which entitled on the anniversary date at any time during that calendar year.
(e) An employee may make up to two splits in his annual vacation in any calendar year.
(f) An employee may take up to one week of his annual -vacation in single day increments, provided, however, that such employee shall be automatically marked up for service upon the expiration of any single day vacation.
(g) Existing rules and practices regarding vacations not specifically amended by this Section, including (but not limited to) scheduling of vacations, shall continue in effect without change.
This Article is not intended to restrict any of the existing rights of a carrier except as specifically provided herein.