Article 34: Public Service Leaves

34.01 Any permanent employee standing for election to a municipal council, a school board, a health or social services institutional board entitled to a leave without pay not exceeding thirty-five (35) working days. The employee may take his/her vacation entitlement within this thirty-five (35) day period.

34.02 Any permanent employee elected in a municipal election (full-time mandate), provincial or federal election is granted a leave without pay for the duration of his/her first term of office. The University agrees to reintegrate the employee upon his/her return to work into a position equivalent to the one he/she held before his/her leave. If the position is abolished, the procedures set out in Articles 14 and 15 apply.

34.03 An employee who wishes to participate in the organization of an electoral campaign may, after agreement with the University, use his/her vacation entitlement or a leave without pay.

34.04 An employee elected to a municipal council, a school board, a health or social services institutional board is entitled to a leave without pay to participate in meetings or official activities of his/her function. In such cases, an employee must submit a written request indicating the nature of the absence and the probable duration of the absence must be given to the immediate supervisor, as a general rule at least five (5) working days prior to the date of the beginning of the leave.

34.05 Upon the employee’s return to work, the University shall reinstate the employee into the position he/she held at the time of his/her departure. If the position is abolished, the procedures set out in Articles 14 and 15 apply.

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