Elk Falls Workers

Campbell River B.C.

Conflict between E/I and Vacation Pay in Advance

Many 630/1123 members took some or all of thier 2009 Vacation pay in advance.  Despite many being told it wouldn’t effect their E/I claim until the week(s) they actually took the vacation, now people are finding themselves cut off E/I immediately (for the number of weeks they took advanced pay for).

Seems E/I has a different interpretation than the Company does, which shouldn’t come as a huge suprize to anyone.

If you recieved holiday pay in advance and didn’t claim it on your E/I, expect them to claw the E/I back once they find out – and they will.  It may even be better to explain your mistake than have them rule that you were trying to defraud the system and put your whole claim in jeopardy.

June 8, 2009 - Posted by | - Benefits


  1. I was told by my sister, who used to work for EI, that if they did not change your claim to reflect claiming your holiday pay in the dates that you are actually booked for holidays,you should file a appeal.Otherwise when your planned holiday time does arrive you may get dinged again because you are not readily available for work.We should do a union wide appeal on how EI is allocating our holiday pay.

    Comment by Todd Harrison | June 12, 2009 | Reply

  2. Her name is Gina Ross. She was the one who sent the letters and informed me of the reason the rules were applied as they were.

    Comment by Josko | June 12, 2009 | Reply

  3. One of our members called in today to tell us they have had some success in getting E/I to recognize the correct number of weeks your holiday pay represents.
    He suggested that people contact the same person he was talking to because she has heard the explanation of how the holiday pay amount was arrived at.
    To contact her:
    Gina – 1-866-259-9197 ext 481

    Comment by Ian | June 12, 2009 | Reply

  4. I contacted the lady that sent out the letters to everyone. She informed me that normally when you take vacation pay in advance it is allocated to the weeks you will be taking off. What she says changed for us and the people still laid off in Crofton, is that they contacted Catalyst about 3 weeks ago to get an estimated return to work date. Catalyst refused to give them a return to work date. Since they do not have an estimated return to work the holiday pay is allocated to the weeks from when you recieved it. She also told me that they do not cut you off cold turkey, they will deduct 50% of each cheque until the overpayment is paid. (In my case 5 weeks @ $447 = $2235) I was also informed that if this causes an undo hardship to contact the NCCC 1-866-864-5823 and work out an agreed deduction. She also stated that I should appeal this decision.

    Comment by Josko | June 11, 2009 | Reply

  5. They dont cut you off for the number of vacation weeks you have been paid for. They just told me they take your gross vacation pay and divide it by your weekly pay. For me this means 6 weeks of vacation pay, but I get cut off EI for 8 weeks.

    Comment by uwe hopf | June 10, 2009 | Reply

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