I requested off vacation week, it got denied. I requested my optional days, which were denied. I requested to be scheduled off which was denied. I was told I had to be at UPS for a memorial day "peak season", first I've heard of this in all my years at UPS, which is fine but I was given no notice of this new "peak week" before hand like I had been in the past years of our standard winter peak season. One week before my family vacation (was planned around the vacation forms that did not indicate any sort of "memorial peak season week") I told my manager I absolutely could not cancel the plans on several families as well as plane tickets and mess up all our plans to come in and work part time 4 hours. I explained I absolutely would not be in as I could not be in due to family and friend obligations that I formed based on my original vacation form, a form that did not indicate a peak memorial week was off the table. Now I'm "unable to work" (what does that even mean? fired???) and am in contact with my local teamsters. I have been told by my Teamsters and my Management Team that I was no call no show for three days (I specifically told them a week before I would not be in and they did not fire me then and there for insubordination). I am now "unable to work" due to 3 days no call no show. I do not understand why telling my manager I will not be there a month before, then a week before, isn't as good or better than a call in. I would have called in but was unable to due to phone services in the area I was staying (extremely rural and sorry I don't own a satellite phone but will be buying one for future needs apparently). I've never worked for a company that didn't appreciate more heads up, but it seems UPS and Teamsters has decided my notification does not count as a call in. I wish it had been an option, would have done it as I've worked for the company for 10 years and know how this goes, but it wasn't an ability within my power or over a hundred miles of me to be able to call in to my part time job. A union steward was present during all these conversations. Yet management is saying they have a witness. I don't understand why this isn't just a big misunderstanding and they've cost me money now. Should I file with back pay? My best friend (one of the families that had to change plans due to UPS) practices labor law in DC, however is barred in my home state as well. I can have him on my doorstep for the cost of a rental car and gas any time I need his services. However, right now I'm pursuing a grievance and wondering if this is even the right thing to do. It seems to me they should have fired me for insubordination on the spot if they could not employ me due to my demands, since their "memorial peak season week" has arbitrarily screwed me out of my hard earned vacation time. Mind you, others were allowed to go on vacation during this week... which again, confuses me about what a "peak week" is??? Instead, unlike me telling them up front and honestly, openly what had to happen, they've "unable to work" me somehow. This makes little to no sense as I gave them notification so I do not understand. If that isn't insubordination, how is it a no call no show??? I don't understand how notification isn't notification, unless it is insubordination, which clearly it isn't because I was fired for 3 days no call no show, not insubordination... I would also like to point out that I've only had one other "no call" all year. Nobody picked up in the tower, nobody told my manager via text, so I had ONE no call before all this started from months ago. (next time I will grieve this BS with my phone record as proof and avoid loading my Management Team's gun with attendance ammo) I'm being told to show up at the Union hall LAAAATE in the afternoon, which just seems like a way to keep me from going to work yet again. So I will be calling in tomorrow to let them know I can't work as a result of them not letting me work. The last thing I want here is more no call no shows while I'm trying to resolve my grievance. Any thoughts? This all just seems like a really petty way to fire someone instead of just firing them the right way for insubordination in the first place, which obviously would not have stood up since they can't just arbitrarily define peak weeks with no notice. Had they fired me for insubordination due to my refusal to accept their schedule, I would have understood and is honestly what I expected to happen. Instead they've just kind of seen an opportunity to kick below the belt and took it. This is the first time in all my years at UPS that a manager has had such a problem with accommodating vacation needs. Is he just that bad at his job and this is all going to blow over like usual?