GSU members regularly call the union office with questions about sick leave. The following includes some of the information our staff reps share with GSU Local 1 (Viterra) members.
Under section 13.3 of Article 13 of the GSU collective agreement with Viterra employees are eligible for one day of paid pressing necessity leave for attending to an emergent situation such as a sick child, spouse or parent.
Examples where pressing necessity leave applies:
- discovering your child has the flu and that you are required to stay home from work to take care of her/him.
- you are at work and get a call from the school informing you that your child is ill and has to go home.
Pressing necessity leave is limited to one day in each occurrence, and anything beyond one day is charged to unused vacation or banked overtime or leave without pay.
Section 13.5 of Article 13 of the collective agreement provides for serious illness leave with pay up to three days in the event an employee is required to be present to attend to a spouse's, parent's, or child's serious illness, injury or physical or mental condition requiring medical care. The leave may be extended to five paid days where major travel or special circumstances are involved.
When an employee has a regular medical or dental appointment the use of sick leave can be requested, but management can deny the request. The remaining options would be using vacation, banked overtime, or leave without pay.
Do you have a question about pressing necessity, sick leave, or other situations where you require a leave from work? Contact your GSU staff representative.