Section 2.01.     General.

The Pension Plan was established to provide retirement benefits for Employees who are represented for the purpose of collective bargaining by the Union. The participation by Employees of an Employer becomes effective when the group is accepted for participation by the Trustees.

Section 2.02.     Participation.

An Employee who is engaged in Covered Employment during the Contribution Period becomes a Participant in the Plan following acceptance of the Contributing Employer by the Trustees and completion of a 12 consecutive month period during which the Participant completed at least 950 hours in Covered Employment. Once an Employee becomes a Participant, the provisions of this Plan give him credit in accordance with the rules of the Plan for some or all of his service before he became a Participant.

The required hours may also be completed with any Hours of Service in other employment with an Employer if that other employment is Continuous with the Employee's Covered Employment with that Employer.

Section 2.03.     Termination of Participation.

A person who incurs a One-Year Break in Service (defined in Section 4.06) ceases to be a Participant as of the last day of the Calendar Year that constituted the One-Year Break, unless such Participant has the right to an immediate or deferred pension (other than for disability.

Section 2.04.     Reinstatement of Participation.

An Employee who has lost his status as a Participant in accordance with Section 2.03 becomes a Participant again by meeting the requirements of Section 2.02 in any period of 12 consecutive months on the basis of Hours of Service after the Calendar Year during which his participation terminated. However, in the case of a non-vested Employee who has not had a Permanent Break in Service under Section 4.06(c), that Employee becomes a Participant again when he completes at least 950 hours of Covered Employment within a consecutive 12-month period measured from the date of his re-employment in Covered Employment. Participation will be retroactive to the date of the Employee’s re-employment in Covered Employment.