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Article 4: Vacations

ARTICLE 4

Vacations

Section 1. (A) Employees hired prior to June 20, 2007 shall be entitled to one (1) week's annual vacation after six (6) months; two (2) weeks after one (1) year; three (3) weeks and two (2) days after five (5) years; four (4) weeks and two (2) days after eight (8) years; five (5) weeks and two (2) days after fifteen (15) years, and five (5) weeks and three (3) days after twenty (20) years' service. Employees in their twenty-fifth (25th) year of service shall be entitled to a bonus sixth (6th) week's vacation, which shall be repeated in the thirtieth (30th) year and on each subsequent five-year anniversary (35th, 40th, 45th years, etc.) so that in those anniversary years they shall receive a total of six (6) weeks vacation instead of five (5) weeks and three (3) days. These vacations shall be with full pay.

 The foregoing vacation entitlements shall be earned in each calendar year on the following basis:

 (1) One day's vacation shall be earned for each nine (9) work days when such employee's length of service entitles him or her to five weeks and three days' annual vacation.

 (2) One day's vacation shall be earned for each ten (10) work days when such employee's length of service entitles him or her to five weeks and two days' annual vacation.

 (3) One day's vacation shall be earned for each twelve (12) work days when such employee's length of service entitles him or her to four weeks and two days’ annual vacation.

 (4) One day's vacation shall be earned for each fifteen (15) work days when such employee's length of service entitles him or her to three weeks and two days’ annual vacation.

 (5) One day's vacation shall be earned for each twenty-six (26) work days when such employee's length of service entitles him or her to two weeks’ annual vacation.

B. Employees hired June 20, 2007 or after shall be entitled to vacations as follows:

Those who have completed one (1) or more years of service, shall be given two (2) weeks vacation.

Those who have completed five (5) years of service prior to December 31, shall be given three (3) weeks vacation.

Those who have completed fifteen (15) years of service prior to December 31, shall be given four (4) weeks and one (1) day vacation.

 The foregoing vacation entitlements shall be earned in each calendar year on the following basis:

 (1) One day's vacation shall be earned for each twelve (12) work days when such employee's length of service entitles him or her to four weeks and one day annual vacation.

 (2) One day's vacation shall be earned for each sixteen (16) work days when such employee's length of service entitles him or her to three weeks annual vacation.

 (3) One day's vacation shall be earned for each twenty-five (25) work days when such employee's length of service entitles him or her to two weeks annual vacation.

Section 2. Upon termination of employment, employees shall be paid for all vacation time earned in the current or prior years but not taken through the date of termination. 

Section 3. Vacations shall be granted on the basis of seniority in service to the Publisher, according to the following conditions:

 For vacations to be taken during the period January through April inclusive, employees shall make their choices no later than the previous December 1. The departmental vacation lists shall be posted by the Publisher, not later than December 10. For vacations to be taken during the period May through December inclusive, employees shall make their choices no later than March 1. The departmental lists shall be posted by the Publisher no later than March 10.

 Vacation requests for available time made after each posting date for the periods specified above shall be granted by the Publisher in the order in which they are received.

 Scheduled vacation times on the posted vacation lists which become available after the posting dates shall be made available to employees on the basis of seniority.

 Employees entitled to more than four (4) weeks of earned vacation time, exclusive of any vacation time carried over from the previous year, shall not be entitled to take the additional time between May 15 and October 31 unless the Publisher determines that the additional time taken during that period will not impair the efficient production of the newspaper. In the event the scheduling of some, but not all, of the additional posted vacation time be granted without impairment of production, the scheduling of additional time within the period of May 15 to October 31 shall be based on seniority subject to the terms set forth herein.

Section 4. It shall be the duty of individuals concerned to notify their Department Heads by November 1 that they have earned, unused vacation time and whether they desire to carry over part or all of that vacation time to the following year. If the Department Head agrees, part or all of the vacation time earned but unused may be carried over to the following year. Any vacation time earned, but unused and not carried over, shall be scheduled by an employee to be taken prior to December 31. If the Publisher's staff needs prohibit the employee from taking vacation time between November 1 and December 31, said employee shall be paid double time for each day of vacation left to him or her on December 31, which has not been scheduled to be carried over. Such payment shall be made on the first pay day after January 1.