I'm going to type out the paragraph of the contract this comes from so I can get all the help I can (from the Southern Region Supp.). So here goes:
Article 60 - Holiday
Section 1 - Holidays
(B) Personal Holidays: All seniority employees shall receive one personal holiday each calendar year. Personal Holidays shall be awarded by seniority in the order requested within each classification in each Center and the following procedure shall apply: Any employee desiring a personal holiday will make a request in writing on a form furnished by the employer. such a request must be submitted no later than the start of his/her shift on the seventh calendar day preceding the day requested. A signed copy of the request form stating approval or disapproval shall be returned to the employee by the end of the next working day. If an employee is required by the Employer to work on an approved Personal Holiday, the employee shall receive holiday pay plus time and one-half for all hours worked. In the event of layoff, full-time seniority employees shall be eligible for Holiday pay provided the Holiday falls within five working days from the effective date of layoff.
This is my first year of seniority so I had one option day I took back in March. However, my b-day is next Friday (the 9th of October), and I asked in January if I could have a form requesting a personal holiday. My CM looked at me crazy and said our form is the calendar hanging in his office. So he put my name on the calendar (only name on that day) and signed below it. So if next Friday rolls around and I have to work, can I grieve the fact that I requested this day as a personal holiday and should get 8 hours of holiday pay plus overtime for that day. And if I can is it better to tell them that I do, in fact, intend to grieve it and explain the consequences of the grievance? I've had cases where I have clocked out after 9 hours and driven off of the property to the store on the corner to get a tasty beverage and before I could walk into the store been called on my cell phone asking me to come back and help another driver out, in which case I told them the consequences (4 hours of guaranteed overtime for being called back) and they backed off. Thank you in advance for any help.