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Can my boss cancel my vacation?

Can my boss cancel my vacation after approving it?nix europe

The short answer is “yes” in a non-union workplace. In a union workplace, the answer is generally “no,” unless the rationale for doing so meets some strict criteria.

When no union represents their interests, supervisors can cancel already-approved time off, leaving workers on their own trying to get that money back for non-refundable payments for airfare and accommodations.

U.S. employers are not required to provide vacation to workers under federal law or in most states. And while employers are technically obligated to honor vacation that is promised as part of hiring terms or in an employee handbook, things don’t always work out that way in practice.

What can you do if your boss won’t let you take vacation time? Most employees have few options beyond threatening to quit.


But union workers have a contract that protects them and their time off.

Airplane at takeoff seen from the bottom in the airport landing strip at sunset.In fact, the News Media Guild contracts with the Associated Press spell out in detail how much vacation employees are entitled to – up to five weeks for long-term staffers – how it must be scheduled, and when it might be canceled.

The only time an approved vacation may be taken off the calendar or cut short, for example, is “to meet bona fide news or staffing emergencies resulting from unforeseeable and extraordinary news developments.” And in those cases, lost deposits or payments resulting from those cancellations are covered by the company.

The contract also protects other time off, such as holidays. And staffers who must work on one of the eight holidays listed in the contract automatically get holiday pay – time and a half – for their shift.

Protecting important and hard-won benefits like vacation and holiday time is just one of the things that the News Media Guild does for our members.

Join today, and help make the Guild even stronger!

AP rejects Guild proposals to improve retirement benefits

The News Media Guild proposed several improvements to the retirement benefits, all of which The Associated Press rejected.

Over two days of bargaining this week, the Guild proposed that defined contribution benefits be applied to all earnings, including overtime, as was the case with the 401(k) program. The AP said it wasn’t interested in improving the plan during a time when it’s already providing an enhancement, referring to the additional 2 percent or 1 percent company contribution that the AP is providing now, based on years of service.

Staffers with 10 years or more of service receive the 2 percent enhancement while those with up to 10 years receive 1 percent. That enhancement ends June 30, 2019.

The Guild also proposed immediate vesting in the defined contribution plan; employees now must wait three years for vesting. The AP said it’s not interested in providing a vesting benefit for employees who may not stay on the job.

The AP now contributes quarterly to the DC plan. Its bargainers refused a proposal from the Guild that the company contribute bi-weekly. Continue reading

EFE Presented with New Guild Vacation Proposal

Bargaining Bulletin No. 3

MIAMI – The News Media Guild on Tuesday modified its proposal on vacations as bargaining continued with the EFE News Service for a new agreement.

The union’s new proposal seeks to improve vacation benefits, but at lower cost to the Employer than the union’s initial proposal.

Under the Guild’s proposal, vacation time would increase to 25 days for employees with ten year’s service, and prior service outside the U.S. would be counted in determining the amount of vacation. The current benefit is 15 days for employees with less than five years’ service and 22 days for employees with more than five years’ service.

The Guild and the company also discussed the way the employer handles prior EFE service outside the United States. The Guild is seeking language to clarify that when an employee starts working in the U.S., in addition to the vacation accrual, he or she should not be required to forfeit seniority, experience credit, or undergo a second probation period.

EFE said it would review the Guild’s proposals and respond at a later date.

The Guild discussed EFE’s proposal to reduce benefits for new parents and for pregnant women. The Guild said both benefits are very important to unit members. In Spain, new mothers get six months of paid leave. “We think new mothers in both the U.S. and Spain go through the same travails and we think the current benefits should remain intact,” said Jorge A. Bañales, the bargaining committee chairperson.

EFE said it would review its proposal in light of the Guild’s comments. Continue reading

Vacation deadline approaches for AP staffers

Our contract with the Associated Press says vacation time for 2012 must be scheduled by March 31 or you will lose your seniority preference.

You are urged to select the vacation time you have planned now.

 Employees have been told at least some old vacation must be used this year. If you have more than seven days of old vacation time, you must use at least seven of them. [fb-share]

The old vacation time doesn’t carry a seniority preference.