Vacation Accrual Cap extended
As you recall, last year because of the pandemic and professional obligations, most of us were unable to take vacation days and this had resulted in many of us had exceed our 40 day vacation accrual and were at risk of loosing those days; fortunately UUP negotiated a vacation day accrual cap extension until 12/31/2021.
We queried UB HR recently to find > 400 of our chapter members (>20%) had again exceeded their 40 day accrual cap and were in jeopardy of loosing vacation days in excess of 40 days at the end of the year.
Most chapters across the state were in similar situations. For months on regular chapter president calls, on AMC calls and ar statewide EB meetings we have asked if the vacation day accural cap would be extended.
On Friday, once again UUP statewide reached agreement with the State to suspend the January 1 40-day vacation accrual cap contained in Article 23.2(d) of the 2016-2022 State/UUP Agreement (https://uupinfo.org/contract/pdf/20162022NYSUUPAgreement.pdf); thank you UUP HQ! The new agreement with GOER mirrors the agreement we reached last year and provides that employees who have accrued vacation credits in excess of 40 days and have been unable to use that excess vacation leave due the ongoing impact of COVUID will be given an additional year to close of business December 31, 2022 to exhaust that leave.
The Memorandum of Agreement that covers the vacation cap is attached for your reference. Please work with our Labor Relations Specialist, Nick Whitman, he is cc’d above, to address any questions that may arise regarding implementation of this agreement.
Philip L. Glick, MD, MBA, FACS, FAAP, FRCS (Eng.)
President of UUP Buffalo HSC