Preparation

Comparables - Language Proposals

Before drafting a proposal for a contract provision from your side, you should research and compare contract (K) language from several contracts from comparable organizations. This process should be repeated for each article or provision that is being discussed. This will help your side draft your proposal language, as well as see what specific conditions were discussed and agreed to by similar organizations during bargaining. It could give your side a better idea of what to ask for or propose.

Sample Contract Language

Below are three samples of language for “Funeral Leave” from three different contracts. Though the articles are very similar, there are some important differences in what is defined as an “immediate family member” and how many days an employee is given for paid funeral leave.

EXAMPLE 1 – FUNERAL LEAVE

 

Section 1. – Immediate Family Members

An employee who is absent from work due to the death of a member of his/her immediate family shall be entitled to a paid funeral leave, not to exceed four (4) work days. An “immediate family member” shall include: current spouse, child, step-child, daughter-in-law, parent, sister, brother, son-in-law, grandchild, grandparent, parent/grandparent of spouse, step-parent, step-brother and step-sister.

 

Section 2. – Other Family Members

Employees who are absent from work due to the death of any of the following shall be entitled to one (1) day of paid leave for the day of the funeral: aunt, uncle, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, niece, nephew, step-grandparent, and any person with whom the bargaining unit member is making his/her home.

Extensions and/or exceptions may be made in appropriate cases by the Office of the General Counsel.

 

EXAMPLE 2 – BEREAVEMENT LEAVE

 

Employees who are absent from work due to the death of a member of their immediate family shall be entitled to a paid funeral leave of not to exceed four (4) regularly scheduled days, one (1) of which shall include the day of the funeral. For this purpose, “immediate family” shall be defined as spouse, child, step-child, parent, sister, brother, grandchild, grandparent or parent of spouse. Step-parents, step-brothers and step-sisters shall also be included if the step relationship began before employee reached their 19th birthday. Employees who are absent from work due to the death of an aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, or step-grandparent, or any person with whom bargaining unit members are presently making their homes shall receive one (1) day of paid funeral leave for the day of the funeral. Extension and/or exceptions may be made in appropriate cases by the Office of Human Resources.

 

EXAMPLE 3 – BEREAVEMENT LEAVE

 

A bargaining unit member may be granted up to four (4) consecutive business days of paid leave to attend funeral services in the event of the death of a member of the immediate family. Immediate family for purposes of this Article shall be defined as current spouse, mother, father, child, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, step-child, step-parent (current parent of spouse), sister, brother, grandchild, grandparent or parent of spouse. If the funeral is to take place more than 300 miles from the employee’s residence, an additional day may be granted for travel time. One day paid leave may be granted to attend the funeral of an aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, or any person with whom the employee is presently making his/her home.

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