University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Article 14 Paid Holidays

Section 1. The following holidays are to be observed and paid for by the Employer at 7 hours straight time pay (said hourly rate shall include skill premium, if any, and the night shift differential): New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, The Day Before Christmas, a floating holiday (and one-half day before New Year’s Day for the 2nd an 3rd shift) and one floating holiday to be determined by the University.

The floating holiday designated by the employee shall be taken at a time selected by the employee, with the supervisor’s approval. One floating holiday will be available at the beginning of each contract year.

Section 2. The one-half holiday for workers (day before New Year’s Day) shall not be guaranteed; i.e., it shall not be payable to employees on vacation, or who are transferred to the day shift unless such transfer is deliberately made to avoid the holiday.

The employees shall receive 7 hours pay for three and one-half (3-1/2) hour work (or 4 hours work when on the 40 hour schedule) on December 31st, provided December 31st falls Monday through Thursday. Employees working beyond three and one-half 3-1/2) or four (4) hours shall be paid at double time plus holiday pay.

Holidays shall extend twenty-four hours from the time that a shift would normally commence.

Section 3. When a Holiday falls on Saturday (or Sunday in the case of the Day before Christmas), employees eligible for Holiday pay shall be given a day off with pay on the Monday or Friday immediately preceding or following the Holiday at the Employer’s discretion, or a day may be added to an employee’s vacation credits by mutual agreement. When a Holiday falls on Sunday it may be observed the following Monday.

Section 4. Employees with thirty (30) or more days experience in the industry shall qualify for holiday pay.

Section 5. Any employee who voluntarily absents himself from work immediately prior to or after a holiday shall forfeit pay for said holiday, unless the absence is agreed to by the Employer. Exceptions shall also be made for the reasons otherwise stated in this article.

Section 6. If there is a reduction in the work force and an employee is laid off due to lack of work, they will qualify for payment of holiday pay providing they have worked during the payroll week immediately preceding the holiday, during the payroll week in which the holiday occurs, or the payroll week immediately following the holiday, unless prevented from doing so by reason of sudden illness, accident or other emergency which is beyond the employee’s control.

In case of accident or illness the Employer’s obligation to pay for the holiday will extend through but not longer than thirty (30) calendar days from the initial date of absence.

Section 7. All work performed on holidays shall be paid at the rate of three (3) times the straight time hourly rate.