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May 31 holiday benefits for non-union workers in line with union employees

November 10, 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 workdays both immediately before and after a holiday to qualify for holiday pay, unless the employee’s absence is excused by an employer, e.g., vacation or  other approved leave.

All three unions with a presence at CATA dealerships—IAM Local 701, and Teamsters Local 731 and 179—share similar holiday rules and recognize May 31 as a holiday.

Holiday pay for probationary employees varies among the unions. Employers should consult their union agreements to confirm employee eligibility.

Summarized, the holiday pay for unionized employees is:

IAM Local No. 701
Pay equal to  eight or 10 hours times applicable rate of pay. 

Teamsters Local No. 731
Pay equal to  hours employee ordinarily works times hourly rate of pay for their classification. 

Teamsters Local No. 179
Pay equal to 8 hours at minimum hourly rate.