I WAS HOPING TO TAKE A HOLIDAY IN THE UPCOMING MONTHS:
What would happen if the union went on strike prior to me going on holidays? Would I be paid by the University any holiday pay? Would I get strike pay?
Firstly, all holidays need to have prior approval from your manager. Once your holiday is approved, and if it happens when we are on strike, the employer has the right to pay or not pay you holiday pay if we are on strike.
In the upcoming meetings with the employer and the mediator, we hope to get more clarity on this answer.
The holidays you have accumulated are a liability for the University that must be used or paid off at some point in your career here. Some departments have difficulty scheduling and accommodating people within their departments each year for time off. For this reason, there may be an appetite for the employer to consider it. However, we have no control over that.
Secondly, you must participate in the strike to receive your strike pay. If your away for a week and unable to walk the picket line or do other assigned duties from the union, you wouldn’t be eligible for any strike pay.