ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Grievance successful, member receives their requested vacation time


A member made personal commitments that would take place during a busy work season before they requested their vacation leave from the company. When the member requested vacation leave eight months before the leave was desired, the company denied the leave.

With assistance from GSU staff rep Mason Van Luven, the member filed a grievance. The grievance succeeded and the vacation leave was approved.

“This grievance was interesting, because it considered whether an extraordinarily long period of notice requesting vacation was enough to meet the company’s operational needs and minimize disruption during a busy season,” Van Luven said. “No matter how much vacation notice you are providing to your employer, it’s always best to get approval before committing to plans to make sure your leave is approved. That will reduce potential conflicts and ensure a smooth vacation experience for you.”

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