CBA Article 15

ARTICLE 15 HOLIDAYS 

15.1 Paid Holidays 

Holidays for nurses in the bargaining unit will be as follows: New Year’s Day 

January 1 

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday 

Third Monday in January 

President’s Day 

Third Monday in February 

Memorial Day 

Last Monday in May 

Independence Day 

July 4 

Labor Day 

First Monday in September 

Veteran’s Day 

November 11 

Thanksgiving Day 

Fourth Thursday in November 

The Friday immediately following Thanksgiving Day 

Christmas Day 

December 25 

15.2 Holiday Rules 

The following rules apply to all holidays except the personal holiday: 

A. Nurses will be paid at a straight-time rate even though they do not work. 

B. In addition to Subsection A above, nurses will be paid for the hours actually worked on a holiday at the overtime rate, in accordance with Article 6, Overtime. 

C. For full-time nurses with a Monday-through-Friday work schedule: 

1. When a holiday falls on a Saturday, the Friday before will be the holiday. 

2. When a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be the holiday. 

D. For full-time nurses who do not have a Monday through Friday work schedule: 

1. When a holiday falls on the nurse's scheduled workday, that day will be considered the holiday. 

2. When a holiday falls on the nurse's scheduled day off, the agency will treat the nurse’s workday before or after as the holiday. 

E. The holiday for night shift nurses whose schedule begins on one calendar day and ends on the next will be determined by the agency. It will start either at:

1. The beginning of the scheduled night shift that begins on the calendar holiday, or 

2. The beginning of the shift that precedes the calendar holiday. 

The decision will be the same for all nurses in a facility unless there is agreement to do otherwise between the agency and one (1) or more affected nurses, or with the Union, which will constitute agreement of the nurses. 

F. Part-time nurses who are employed before and after the holiday and for a period of at least twelve (12) calendar days during the month, not including the holiday, will be compensated in cash or compensatory time for the holiday in an amount proportionate to the time in pay status during the month to that required for full-time employment. 

G. Full-time nurses who are employed before and after the holiday and are in pay status for a period of eighty (80) non-overtime or non-standby hours during the month, not counting the holiday, will receive compensation for the holiday. 

15.3 Personal Holidays 

A nurse may select one (1) workday as a personal holiday during the calendar year if the nurse has been or is scheduled to be continuously employed by the State for more than four (4) months. 

A. A nurse who is scheduled to work less than six (6) continuous months over a period covering two (2) calendar years will receive only one (1) personal holiday during this period. 

B. The Employer will release the nurse from work on the day selected as the personal holiday, provided: 

1. The nurse has given at least fourteen (14) calendar days' written notice to the supervisor. However, the nurse and the supervisor may agree upon an earlier date, and 

2. The number of nurses selecting a particular day off does not prevent the agency from providing continued public service. 

C. Personal holidays must be taken during the calendar year or the entitlement to the day will lapse, except that the entitlement will carry over to the following year when an otherwise qualified nurse has requested a personal holiday and the request has been denied. 

D. Agencies may establish qualifying policies determining which of the requests for a particular date will or will not be granted when the number of requests for a personal holiday would impair operational necessity.

E. Part-time nurses who are employed during the month in which the personal holiday is taken will be compensated for the personal holiday in an amount proportionate to the time in pay status during the month to that required for full-time employment. 

F. A personal holiday for full-time nurses will be equivalent to their work shift on the day selected for personal holiday absence. 

G. Part or all of a personal holiday may be donated as shared leave, in accordance with WAC 357-31-090. Any portion of a personal holiday that remains or is returned to the nurse will be taken in one (1) absence, not to exceed the work shift on the day of the absence, subject to the request and approval as described above in Subsections B, C, and D. 

H. Upon request, a nurse will be approved to use part or all of his or her personal holiday for the care of family members as required by the Family Care Act, WAC 296-130. Any portion of a personal holiday that remains will be taken by the nurse in one (1) absence, not to exceed the work shift on the day of the absence, subject to the request and approval process as described above in Subsections B, C, and D. 

© Paul Vilja 2017