June 08, 2021
Quite a few members are curious if they are required to use their vacation days this year. As stated in the Collective Agreement, Article 34.0.14, vacation credits accrued during each vacation year of service shall normally be taken the following year, within twelve (12) months after the end of the vacation year in which they were earned. Vacation credits may not be carried forward beyond this time unless the employee receives written approval from the appropriate OOS Manager prior to the end of the vacation year. If your accrued vacation balance is greater than your annual allotment, you should work with your manager to take it.
While we understand that travel restrictions are still in place, we still strongly encourage every member to use their vacation, especially in this prolonged traumatic event that we’re still living through. Vacation time is meant to ensure employees get a break from their work. With all the COVID stress and change that has been happening over the past year plus the stress from the uncertainty of what will happen next, it’s more important than ever that people get a break from work, even if you cannot travel anywhere far away.