The holiday season is approaching and we generally get an increased amount of questions about holidays covered under the Food Contract. There are two distinct groups of employees, and depending on date of hire, holidays are earned and paid differently for those who work on one of the named holidays under the contract. This “hot topic “should explain your contractual holiday benefits for members working in one of the major Food Stores (Albertsons, Ralphs, Vons, Stater Brothers and Gelsons).

Employees hired prior to March 1, 2004 have the following contractual holidays:

New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and 3 Personal Holidays.

Personal Holidays may be taken during the calendar year with no less than 2 weeks’ notice to the employer. Personal Holidays may not be celebrated in the same week as any of the other contractual holidays except by mutual agreement between the Employer and the employee.

The holiday premium for hours worked on one of the named holidays for both full and part time employees shall be 3 times the employees’ regular rate of pay. Holiday pay for a full time employee not working the holiday is 8 hours. Part time employees pay for holidays not worked shall be computed by averaging the number of hours worked on the day in the week that the holiday falls for the previous 4 weeks immediately prior to the holiday week. Example: holiday falls on a Monday. Previous four Monday’s hours worked were 6 hours, 0 hours, 8 hours & 4 hours=18. 18 hours divided by 4 weeks = 4.5 hours. The part timer will receive 4.5 hours of pay for the holiday not worked.

It expressly understood that no employees (Hired prior to March 1, 2004) coming under the terms of this agreement will be required to work on Thanksgiving and Christmas calendar days.*note: Employees may volunteer to work, but may not be required.

Holidays for employees hired on or after March 1, 2004 are earned as follows:

After working worked 6 months, the employee will be entitled to 2 holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. After completing 1 year, the employee shall be entitled to 1 more holiday, 4th of July. After completing 18 months the employee shall be entitled to an additional holiday, Labor Day. After the employee has completed his second year of employment, the employee shall be entitled to New Year’s Day. After the employee has completed 3 and 1/2 years of employment, the employee shall be entitled to Memorial Day.

All hours worked on a listed holiday shall be payable at a rate of double-time the employees regular straight time rate of pay. (This includes holiday pay)

For holidays not worked, full time employees shall receive (8) hours of pay at the regular rate of pay. Part time employees shall receive up to (8) hours prorated to the number of hours worked in the holiday week up to (40) hours. Example : an employee is scheduled 25 hours during the holiday week, with the holiday off, pay for that day is calculated at 25 divided by 5 days = 5). The part timer will receive 5 hours of holiday pay for the holiday not worked.

If a sufficient number of employees volunteer, then no employees shall be required to work on Thanksgiving and Christmas. If an insufficient number of employees volunteer to work, then employees (hired on or after March 1, 2004) will be scheduled to work by inverse seniority.

In order to receive pay for a holiday not work, all employees must work the scheduled day before and scheduled day after the listed holiday.

Should you have additional questions about holidays and your pay, please call your Representative or the Rep on duty at our office.