Chicago Automobile Trade Association

2017 year-end holiday, pay issues

December 15, 2017
Franczek Radelet P.C., the CATA’s labor relations counsel, has summarized the upcoming holiday and holiday pay issues in the collective bargaining agreements with Mechanics Local 701 and Teamsters Local 731 Garage Attendants.
 
Mechanics Local 701 
Recognized Holidays 
• Day before Christmas: Saturday, Dec. 23 (observed)
• Christmas Day: Monday, Dec. 25 
• New Year’s Day: Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 
 
Eligibility for Holiday Pay 
Unless excused by the employer, employees must work their regularly scheduled day immediately before and after a holiday in order to receive holiday pay. Probationary employees are not eligible for holiday pay within the first sixty (60) work days of their employment. 
Amount of Holiday Pay 
Holiday pay for Journeymen Technicians is eight hours times the JT hourly rate noted in Appendix 1 of the Standard Automotive Agreement. Other Technicians receive eight hours times their applicable hourly pay rate. Employees who are employed on a four, 10-hour workday schedule should receive 10 hours of pay. 
Holiday Falling within a Vacation or on a Scheduled Day Off
Employees on vacation or where the holiday falls outside their regular workweek (e.g., Day Before Christmas for an employee on a Monday through Friday work schedule) are given a choice between an extra day’s pay or an extra day off with pay. This choice must be communicated by the employee to the employer at least three days before the holiday.
Substitute Another Day in Lieu of Day Before Christmas
A dealership and its employees may agree to substitute another day and choose to work on the Day before Christmas. Holiday overtime premiums are not applicable to any hours worked on the Day before Christmas Day. 
Teamsters Local 731
Recognized Holidays 
• Day before Christmas: Saturday, Dec. 23 (observed)
• Christmas Day: Monday, Dec. 25 
• New Year’s Day: Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 

Eligibility for Holiday Pay 
Employees who have passed their probationary period and regularly work a full workweek are eligible to receive holiday pay if they work their regularly scheduled full day immediately before and after the holiday. If these conditions are satisfied, employees must be paid even if the holiday falls outside of their regular workweek, e.g., Day Before Christmas for an employee on a Monday through Friday work schedule. 
Amount of Holiday Pay 
Holiday pay is the number of straight-time hours the employee normally works in one full day times the employee’s standard hourly rate. Accordingly, employees who regularly work eight-hour days should receive eight hours of pay. 
 
Substitute Another Day in Lieu of Day Before Christmas 
Dealerships can substitute another day in lieu of treating the Day before Christmas as a holiday. In that case, holiday pay will not be applicable if employees work on the Day before Christmas. 
 
Additional questions can be posed to attorneys at Franczek Radelet. Contact Terry Creamer, (312) 786-6157 or tc@franczek.com; Chris Johlie, (312) 786-6152 or caj@franczek.com; or Dave Radelet, (312) 786-6190 or dpr@franczek.com.
 
 

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