In 2007, URA was the first union to provide Rutgers‐paid time when the University is closed.
A. For a day or days when the University is officially declared as “Closed” by the President or appropriate Vice‐President, employees shall not be required to charge vacation days, administrative leave, or personal holidays to avoid loss of pay.
This year, the University will be closed on December 24; still, some departments have not gotten the message. If you are misinformed by your department that you have to charge that day, first show your supervisor Article 48 A. For further assistance, please contact your steward or the URA office immediately.
Our contract provides another holiday benefit for our county‐based employees.
County‐Based Employees and Winter Break
Some of our county‐based employees will be working on the four floating holidays (Dec. 26–31 this year). County‐based employees in the URA unit who are assigned to offices which follow a holiday schedule that is different than that set forth in Article 14 “Holidays” section of the URA‐AFT Administrative Unit Contract are entitled to a day and a half of holidays for each of those days when they work.
The March 18, 2008 agreement provides that those members “…shall follow the holiday schedule established in their respective county of assignment except that no such member shall receive less than 14 holidays” and “employees who are assigned to counties which schedule less than 14 holidays shall receive an extra personal holiday(s) to be scheduled within the same fiscal year at the mutual convenience of the bargaining unit member and his/her supervisor.”
The most common county holidays are Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthdays, Good Friday, Columbus, Veteran’s and Election Day. However, if your county does not observe all of these, you should request personal holiday time from your supervisor, at the rate of 1 1/2 days.