An MRI Is No Day at the Beach! URA-AFT Wins Use of Sick Time for Medical and Dental Appointments
URA-AFT Employees may use sick time for pre-planned medical and dental appointments.
URA has reached a settlement in a class action grievance over sick leave. On September 21, URA representatives signed a settlement agreement which will bring compassion and common sense into our use of sick time.
In our first contract, we negotiated a provision that defined sick leave as follows:
Sick leave is defined as a necessary period of absence because of the employee’s own illness or for exposure of the employee to contagious disease.
The URA has always understood this to mean that members should be able to use sick leave/sick time for medical and dental appointments.
In many– but not all — departments our members were required to use vacation time for medical visits simply because they had an appointment. Hundreds of members told of the problems they had in using their accrued sick time for its intended purposes. (You can see some of the best comments on this page.)
That was bad for our health — causing many employees to delay important medical treatment and diagnosis. It was also a violation of URA’s existing contract language. Over and over, we found proof that managers were citing a University Policy and ignoring Article 44 of our contract.
After management denied the grievance at the 3rd step of the grievance procedure, it took almost nine months to get the case before an arbitrator. But at arbitration we reached a settlement – and it’s a big win for URA members.
Special Topic: New Sick Leave Agreement
October 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Get Out The Vote With The URA!
Join URA members as volunteers as we knock on the doors of union households in your community this election season.
- See the Fall 2016 URA-AFT #1766 Labor to Labor Walk Sign-ups at this link. Be sure to inform COPE chair, Kay Schechter, at COPE@ura-aft.org, of your plans to volunteer so she can give you additional information.
- Bus ride to Philly 10/15/16 for labor walks. For more information go to http://aftnj.org/topics/cope/2016/get-on-the-bus-to-philadelphia-oct-15 or download the flyer and directions. Volunteers can register and reserve a seat on the AFTNJ website at www.aftnj.org.