Leave Request DENIED!

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It’s been a long year – you’ve been crazy busy at work and you can’t wait to take your vacation.  You’ve made plans; maybe even booked a plane ticket and started looking for a house-sitter. It’s time to start counting down the days ‘til you hit the road.

Then you hear the dreaded words … your request for leave has been denied. You’ve got the leave in your bank and there’s no question – you need the break, but your supervisor cites “operational requirements”. Suddenly your plans are washed away like a sandcastle at high tide.

The words Operational Requirements can be a magical get out of jail free card for an employer. This phrase is often used to cover a number of situations including costs of overtime, challenges planning workload etc., but it’s your employer’s responsibility to anticipate and plan for operational needs. They’re required to organize their business so employees can exercise their Collective Agreement rights, including leave entitlements. When considering leave requests, supervisors must consider the employees’ interests and balance them against the Employer’s need to continue doing business without an appreciable loss of production or efficiency.

So what can you do when you’ve been denied, you’re exhausted and desperate to get out of dodge? Can you file a grievance? Should you try and negotiate or should you throw yourself on the floor kicking and bawling ‘til they beg you to take leave?

1. First of all, don’t book the seat sale tickets unless your leave is approved. Telling your supervisor “I’ve already booked tickets”  will not help you.

2. If you work in specialized field, a field that tends to be under-resourced or a workplace that has predictable busy times, plan ahead.  Get your leave request in early; there’s not much your manager or union can do for you when your request comes in last and everyone wants to be gone for the month of July.

3. Watch the calendar; if you’ve submitted your leave request and you don’t hear back within the number of days prescribed in your collective agreement, your leave may have been approved by default. (Most CA’s require your employer to approve deny your leave in writing within a couple of weeks of submission). Follow up with an e-mail confirming that your leave has been approved.

4. Call YEU and speak with the advisory staff. While refusals to grant leave are most often not grievable because of the circumstances or because there is no remedy to be granted, don’t assume that “operational requirements” ends the conversation. The employer has obligations under the Collective Agreement, and we are here to ensure those obligations are met fairly.

Why Are YOU Voting This Year?

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In the 2011 Federal Election, only about 61% of Canadians went to the polls. Stephen Harper & his Conservatives were able to claim a majority victory and form Government with only 41% of the vote, which translates to about 25% of the population of Canada. That’s not a real majority in any sense of the word. If an election is decided by those who choose to show up, it’s equally true that the outcome can be decided by those who choose to stay home.

Choosing not to vote does impact election outcomes; in fact it’s often the same as casting a ballot for a party you don’t support. Taking the time to educate yourself may feel like a hassle but voting is a right that many have struggled to gain. Whether or not you believe your vote matters on the national scene it surely matters in the Territory.  Ryan Leef was sent to Ottawa on the strength of 131 votes. Those 131  votes made a huge difference.  In our small Yukon riding even a very few individuals can have a profound impact on the outcome of an election.

In October of 2015 we urge you to vote. Who gets your vote is up to you; we hope you ask tough questions and consider the good of working people and families, of the environment and the social fabric that we hold dear as Canadians. We also hope you take the time to review the platforms of the candidates and their parties.  41% of Canadians should not carry the future of this country. It’s up to all of us to join in and move Canada forward.

Look for YEU at the Fireweed Community Market Thursday afternoons in August; we will have our voter registration kiosk set up. Not sure if you’re on the eligible voter’s list for the 2015 election? Please stop by and check. More than 50% of those who stopped by on July 30th discovered (to their shock) that they were NOT registered, despite having voted in many previous federal elections. It’s worth checking out. If you won’t be at market, make sure you visit www.elections.ca and check for yourself.  Enumerators are NOT coming door to door this election to make sure you’re on the list… it’s up to YOU!

Download the poster and print it out for yourself. Why are YOU voting?need-change

“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”
Abraham Lincoln

HOT New Home Heating Fuel DISCOUNT for YEU/PSAC Members!

Heat truck isolatedYEU is very excited to announce that we have negotiated a heating fuel discount of 3 cents/litre off Heat Yukon’s fuel delivery market rate for our members! The discount will apply whether you choose auto-fill or on-call service.  Heat Yukon is proud to offer contract free delivery; you’re never locked in to service, there is no cancellation penalty and they offer flexible payment options including email money transfers.

Launched in August of 2014, the 100% Yukon owned heating fuel supply company has really taken off. With a focus on terrific service, flexible options and great pricing, Heat Yukon has quickly established a terrific reputation and a broad customer base.

The small group of partners are very proud of their 100% Yukon owned status; even the supplier of the fuel they deliver is wholly Yukon owned. With a staff of 5 and growing, managing partner Douma Alwarid and her team are excited about the future. The goal is to provide customer service unparalleled in the Yukon.  Douma says “fuel is fuel… anyone can deliver fuel. We want this to be a good experience for our customers”.

With the purchase of another fuel delivery truck and service partners in *almost every Yukon community, they are poised to make that happen.

If you choose the auto-fill option, Douma tells us the savings are most pronounced. There is an automatic 4 cent/litre reduction off market rate for those on auto-fill, and the additional 3 cent/ litre discount makes for a pretty great deal.  The average Whitehorse home uses about 3000 litres of fuel per year, so over a long cold winter the savings could really add up.

Here’s how to get the YEU/PSAC member discount:  Logo HeatYukon-md-all

1.  You’ll need to provide your YEU/PSAC Member Number; it’s on your membership card. Don’t have one? Call our office or email contact@yeu.ca to request a new card. Our staff will provide you a “Member in good standing” letter to use while you wait for your new card.

2.  Visit http://www.heatyukon.com, call Heat Yukon at 633-3322 OR email sales@heatyukon.com and decide which service suits you best. Not sure you want to commit? Try their on-call service and decide. No pressure. As Douma says, Heat it UP!

At YEU, we’re always looking for ways to improve life for our members.  To learn about OTHER YEU member benefits, visit http://bit.ly/YEUMemberBenefits

*not yet available in Dawson (sorry!)