A Local 8 member was approaching his ninth employment anniversary date when he would become eligible for four weeks' vacation. He was concerned that his vacation pay bank wasn't accruing at the appropriate rate (i.e. 4/52nds in his instance). The member contacted GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner who, in turn, communicated with the employer's HR director.
After a few email exchanges, a meeting was held where the administration of vacation pay accrual was reviewed. In the process, the employer's practice was explained and it appeared to provide the appropriate vacation pay accrual as required by the collective agreement.
The member's concern has been addressed.
"GSU encourages members to ask rather than wonder, and this is the most effective way to administer collective agreements, " said Wagner.