Update on the Vacation Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
I know many of you are being asked to schedule your vacations for the upcoming year as agreed upon per the MOU that was signed at the end of last year. This vacation issue is complicated and consequently I have discussed these specific concerns with the District:
How we will replace employees who are vacationing when we are already so short-handed?
How will vacation time be mutually set?
How will the issue be resolved when two or more employees request the same vacation dates?
It is important that you sit down with your administrator or manager and discuss dates you want to take for vacation and approach the process with an understanding that everyone will have to do some compromising. While It is true that not every request can be honored due to scheduling conflicts, I do expect that vacations will be scheduled in an atmosphere of mutual cooperation between administrators/managers and employees and that no one’s vacation dates are dictated to them. I want to assure you that the Memorandum does NOT authorize management to schedule your vacation time unilaterally. I also want to reiterate that this is not a “use it or lose it” situation. If you have vacation days left at the end of the year, you will either be paid for them (10 and 11 month employees) or continue to accumulate them (12 month employees) as stated in our contract. If there are issues, concerns, or unresolved conflicts over vacation schedules, please contact me immediately so I can be of assistance in trying to work through them.
Jolene E. Trip
President – Redlands Education Support Professionals Association