Unifor, Local 2003: Vacations & Leaves

  • Vacation
  • Pregnancy Leave
  • Paternity Leave
  • Parental Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Paid Leaves
  • Unpaid Leaves


Employees who have earned vacation credits after July 1st shall be entitled to vacation pay as follows:

Length of Continuous Service as of July 1st Vacation Entitlement (Length of Vacation with Pay at the Regular Hourly Rate) Vacation Adjustment Based on a Percentage of Overtime and Shift Premiums Earnings
1 month 1 day 4.0%
2 months 3 days 4.0%
3 months 4 days 4.0%
4 months 5 days 4.0%
5 months 6 days 4.0%
6 months 8 days 4.0%
7 months 9 days 4.0%
8 months 10 days 4.0%
9 months 11 days 4.2%
10 months 13 days 5.0%
11 months 14 days 5.4%
1 year 15 days 6.0%
6 years 16 days 6.4%
7 years 17 days 6.8%
8 years 18 days 7.2%
9 years 19 days 7.6%
10 years 20 days 8.0%
12 years 21 days 8.4%
14 years 22 days 8.8%
15 years 25 days 10.0%

The percentage of overtime as applied to vacation will be calculated on a fortnightly basis and paid along with regular earnings as overtime is earned.

Pregnancy / Maternity Leave

Employees who have completed 13 weeks of service with the University and present a doctor’s certificate or certificate from a midwife confirming the pregnancy and probable date of delivery are entitled to a leave of absence of up to 17 weeks.

For employees with one year of service or more, the University will pay 95% of salary during the two week waiting period for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, and for the next 15 weeks,will pay the difference between EI benefits and 95% of salary, provided that the employee applies for and receives EI benefits.

Contact the Family Care Office for a Maternity Leave kit.

Paternity Leave

Fathers and same-sex parents are granted up to two days’ paid leave of absence, which must be taken within the first month of the birth or adoption of a child.

Parental Leave

Employees who have completed 13 weeks of service with the University are entitled to an unpaid parental leave following the birth or the coming of the child into a parent’s custody, care and control for the first time as follows:

  • Up to 35 weeks for birth mothers.
  • Up to 37 weeks for all other new parents, such as birth fathers, adoptive parents and same-sex partners.

For employees who take pregnancy leave, parental leave commences at the end of the pregnancy leave or when the baby first comes into custody, care and control of the birth mother.

For other parents, parental leave must commence within the 52 weeks following the baby’s birth or after the child first comes into the custody, care and control of a parent.

Contact the Family Care Office for a Parental Leave kit.

Sick Leaves

Upon completion of the probationary period, employees are eligible for sick paid sick leave for pay periods of up to 15 weeks during unavoidable absence due to illness or injury not compensable under the provisions of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.

Employees who continue to be sick beyond the 15 week period may apply for long term disability.

Bereavement Leave

Employees will be granted, upon request, a maximum three days of paid leave in the event of the death of a:

  • spouse
  • same-sex partner
  • children
  • step-children
  • grandchildren
  • parents
  • parents-in-law
  • sibling
  • step-mother
  • step-sister
  • brother-in-law
  • sister-in-law
  • grandparent or
  • a person whose relationship is not defined, but impacts of which is comparable to that of the immediate family, e.g. a close friend.

Paid Leaves

Paid Personal Leave of Absence

Commencing July 1st of each year, employees shall be allowed for good reason up to four days paid leave of absence per year. Such leave shall not accrue from one year to another and shall not be used for purposes of extending vacations or the day prior to or following a paid holiday.

Jury and Witness Duty

An employee who is required for jury duty or crown witness service will receive the difference between normal earnings and the payment received for jury duty or crown witness service.

Unpaid Leaves of Absence

Employees may be granted leave of absence without pay because of personal illness or for valid personal reasons upon applying for and being granted the leave in writing, including requests for any extensions.