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Below is a response by former APWU President William Burrus to a question posed online by a union member. Other questions cover a wide range of topics, from contract enforcement to union governance.

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Bereavement Leave


With the new contract, upon a death in the family, we may use annual leave, sick leave, or LWOP. If we choose to use sick leave, do we have to bring in medical evidence? Will the absence be considered scheduled or unscheduled? Can management use this against us?

Mary, Northeast Massachusetts Area Local

President Burrus:

When employees request bereavement leave, management may require documentation to verify that a family member has passed. Absences due to bereavement cannot be cited against employees.

Feb. 12, 2007

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