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Happy July 5?

November 22, 2010
Holidays for non-union employees in line with unionized workers

All unions that represent area dealership employees will observe upcoming holidays thusly: Memorial Day on May 31 and Independence Day on July 5. (July 4 is a Sunday.) In 1999, when July 4 last fell on a Sunday, three-fourths of area dealers elected to hold regular or limited sales and office hours on July 5; the remaining dealerships closed entirely to mark the holiday. No service departments were open. Dealers should remember the rights of their employees as they relate to holiday pay. As a general matter, the vast majority of Chicagoland dealers adhere to highly similar terms regarding holiday compensation. Holiday pay procedures largely depend on the policies and/or practices in place at individual dealerships. With respect to unionized dealerships, some specific rules and restrictions are imposed on union workers. In all cases, unionized employees must work on their regularly scheduled days both immediately before and after a holiday in order to qualify for holiday pay, unless the employee is off-work or on an employer-approved vacation or leave. Holiday pay eligibility for probationary employees varies among the unions. Employers should consult their union agreements to confirm employee eligibility. Also, dealers may agree with members of IAM Local 701-technicians, apprentices, semi-skilled employees and lube rack technicians- to substitute July 5 for another day off during the year. Summarized, the holiday pay for unionized employees breaks down as follows: IAM Local No. 701 Pay equal to one day's regular pay at hourly (not booked) rate. Teamsters Local No. 731 Pay equal to one regular day. Mechanics Local No. 1749 Pay equal to 8 hours pay at hourly minimum rate or flat minimum rate. Teamsters Local No. 179 Pay equal to 8 hours at minimum hourly rate. Machinists Local No. 377 Pay equal to 8 hours at straight-time hourly minimum rate. Employees who work 10-hour days receive 10-hours pay at that rate, unless the holiday is the employee's normally scheduled day off, in which case 8 hours of pay at the straight-time minimum rate is due. Dealers with questions should call the CATA's labor relations counsel, Franczek Sullivan, at (312) 986-0300.