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2018 year-end holiday, pay issues

November 30, 2018
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: Monday, Dec. 24 
• Christmas Day: Tuesday, Dec. 25 
• New Year’s Day: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019
 
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 Day. This is a voluntary decision for each employee. Holiday overtime premiums are not applicable to any hours worked on the Day before Christmas Day. 
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 60 calendar 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-day, 10-hour workday schedule 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 work week (e.g., Day Before Christmas for an employee on a Tuesday through Saturday work schedule) may choose 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. 
 
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 731 
 
Recognized Holidays 
• Day before Christmas: Monday, Dec. 24* 
• Christmas Day: Tuesday, Dec. 25 
• New Year’s Day: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 
* 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. 
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 Tuesday through Saturday 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.
Dealers with additional questions should contact Terry Creamer at (312) 786-6157 or tc@franczek.com, Chris Johlie at (312) 786-6152 or caj@franczek.com, or Dave Radelet at (312) 786-6190 or dpr@franczek.com.
 
 

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