Chicago Automobile Trade Association

May 30 holiday benefits for non-union workers in line with union employees

November 22, 2010

Dealers treat the Memorial Day holiday variously, with some operating all day, some part of the day, and some not at all. But dealers must remember their unionized employees’ rights related to holiday pay. 

As a general matter, the vast majority of area dealers recognize the same holidays and adhere to highly similar terms regarding holiday compensation. Holiday pay procedures largely depend on the policies and/or practices in place at individual dealerships.


At 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 to qualify for holiday pay, unless the employee is off-work or on an employer-approved vacation or leave. 

All unions with a presence at CATA dealerships—IAM Local 701, Teamsters Local 731, Teamsters Local 179, and IAM District Lodge Nos. 377 and 1749—share similar holiday rules. Those union contracts all recognize May 30 as a holiday.


Holiday pay 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 May 30 for a different day off during the year.


Summarized, the holiday pay for unionized employees is: 

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 union questions should call the CATA labor relations counsel, Franczek Sullivan, at 312-986-0300.



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