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Most dealers to pause for July 4 holiday

November 23, 2010
Dealers who responded to a CATA survey indicated they would close on July 4 and resume normal business hours on Saturday, July 5. Of 72 dealers who completed the poll, six said their salespeople would work a full day on July 4, and five others would work a partial day. All service departments would be closed July 4, and all but one dealership indicated their other departments also would be granted the day off. On July 5, four dealerships' sales operations would remain closed and another would clock a half-day. The other 66 respondents said their sales staffs would work a normal Saturday. Service hours on July 5 was split evenly-30 open, 30 closed-and 12 dealers would employ technicians for a half-day. About half the dealers said their other departments would work (26 open all day, 4 open for a half-day, 34 closed.) Unionized employees of CATA members are entitled to a paid holiday July 4. In all cases, employees must work their regularly scheduled day before and after the holiday in order to receive pay on the holiday, unless the employee is not scheduled or on an employer-approved vacation or leave. Eligibility for holiday pay among probationary employees and pay rates for employees who do work on Independence Day vary among the unions. Employers should consult the existing union agreements on these issues. Dealers with questions should call the CATA's labor relations counsel, Franczek Sullivan, at 312-986-0300. Mechanics Local No. 701 Pay equal to one regular day's pay at hourly (not booked/ incentive) rate. Garage Attendants Local No. 731 Pay equal to one regular day at the hourly rate for worker's classification.Mechanics Local No. 1749 Pay equal to 8 hours pay at straight- time minimum or flat minimum rate. Teamsters Local No. 179 Pay equal to 8 hours at straight-time minimum rate for worker's classification. Machinists Local No. 377 Pay equal to 8 hours at straight-time minimum rate for worker's classification. Employees who work 10-hour days should receive 10 hours' pay at that rate.