Originally Posted by miu
Every summer, work gets slow. Especially in August. This year, in July, we were handed out a notice stating that as of July 23rd, we could consider ourselves laid off due to lack of work. But as it turns out, there was plenty of work since July 23rd up until this current work week. And we all have accrued vacation days, personal days and floating holidays that we could be using now to fill in our empty work weeks, but our general manager is refusing to let us use them, he just wants us to collect unemployment. He wants our pay to not come from his budget. But when it's busy, he doesn't want us to take our vacation time either.
I am just venting since it's only a couple of weeks until September and work picks up again, so I'd rather use up my various paid vacation and personal days to get by instead of filing for unemployment benefits for having low earnings. I also think that those that are completely unemployed need the UE fund money more than we do.
Some of my co-workers and I are planning to meet with our union representative next week to see if we can force our boss to let us have our vacation days.
Nice that you have a union. Sad that they don't represent you properly. They're only as good as you allow them to be. People never think of Unions and what they can do until they're in dire need of representation.
Do you have a right to vacation- not in America. Welcome. In most states you're not even guaranteed breaks, believe it or not. In Texas we're not even guaranteed a lunch break- it's all at the employers good graces.
Personally, I think your idea is ridiculous. Morality/ethics aside, the thought that you have some legal right to vacation/pay is astounding to me.
Push your unions, hard. You should be concerned about them year-round, and always involved. You're so lucky to have such representation, and if it's not the representation YOU want, then you should do something about it.
I wish we had such here in Texas.