The summer break period is approaching, and many of you will be heading off for your hard-earned annual vacation. Vacation is an earned and paid entitlement for all regular FSA positions in all classifications (e.g. Specialized Faculty, Technical Staff).
We recently learned that BCIT is proposing to make involuntary vacation leave bank payouts to members whose vacation banks have an “excess balance.” Excess vacation leave is anything in excess of 58 days in a calendar year.
The collective agreement provides for an annual carryover entitlement of 10 days per year. In addition, members can carryover an extra 4 or 5 days per year depending on their years of service. The vacation carryover provision is at Article 9.2.7 in the Collective Agreement.
Also check out our FAQ page to read: “Vacation: If I don’t use all of my vacation do I just lose the days?”
We recognize there are individual reasons why our members may have a carryover bank that’s larger than their entitlement. Excess carryover often happens when you are asked to conduct work for BCIT at a time when you might otherwise be taking vacation. We are asking BCIT for the same consideration for members when this occurs.
The FSA encourages all members to exercise their right to take their annual vacation leave. We also say it’s a shared responsibility, between employees and management, to create adequate time for vacation leave to be scheduled and taken. If you are approached by your manager regarding an imposed vacation bank payout, and you are not in agreement with said payout, feel free to contact us.Leave a reply →