Vacation slot refusal not contract violation

When the grievor, a long-term employee with many skills and a glowing record, asked for vacation on the week before Christmas, he was refused. His excellent performance worked against him as the employer argued it could not do without him during a peak time.

Entitled to six weeks vacation annually, a worker with 25 years’ seniority requested eight months ahead of time to take the week off before Christmas. When his request was denied, the union grieved.

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