Winter Break Holiday Information

Paid holidays vary between employee groups based on collective bargaining agreements and policy.

Service Employee International Union (SEIU) and University of Oregon Police Association (UOPA)

Under the current collective bargaining agreement, SEIU and UOPA represented employees receive the following paid holidays on the observed dates:

Christmas Eve: Friday, Dec. 22, 2017
Christmas Day: Monday, Dec. 25, 2017
New Year’s Day: Monday, Jan. 1, 2018

The collective bargaining agreement also grants these classified employees an additional day off, referred to as the special day of leave (Article 42, section 2), which may be used on a mutually agreed upon day between, and including, the working day before Thanksgiving and January 31. Where no day during this time can be mutually agreed upon, another day of the employee’s choice shall be granted, provided that approved usage does not create the closure of facilities. This day must be used no later than June 30.

Full-time employees receive eight hours of leave, prorated for part-time based upon the same percentage or fraction of month, as they are normally scheduled to work. Temporary employees are not eligible for holiday pay but do earn time-and-a-half for work performed on a recognized holiday.


Under the Teamsters collective bargaining agreement, employees are entitled to Christmas Day and New Year’s Day as holidays. These holidays are observed on the dates listed above. Teamsters represented employees may also take a special day of leave, which may be used the working day before or next working day after the Christmas or New Year's Day holidays. However, if an employee is unable to use the special day of leave, it may be used after Jan. 2, but no later than June 30.

Faculty and Officers of Administration (OAs)

Faculty and OAs receive Christmas Day and New Year’s Day as paid holidays.  These holidays will be observed on the following dates:

Christmas Day: Monday, December 25, 2017
New Year’s Day: Monday, January 1, 2018

Faculty on nine-month contracts receive paid leave during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. If, for any reason, an officer of Instruction is required to work on campus during this period of paid leave, that work will be compensated as overload.

Special Day of Leave: The Governor has granted a special day of leave for this year, and the university will honor the special day of leave for faculty and OAs.  While traditionally the special day of leave is taken the working day before or next working day after either Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, it may be taken any working day between Nov. 22 and Jan. 31.

Unit Operations

Because classified employees have Christmas Eve off, the university’s workforce will be significantly reduced on this day. To address operational needs on Christmas Eve, units managers may use one of the following three options: 

Units may
1) close if all employees have elected to use their leave, or
2) remain fully open to the public, or
3) designate the day as an “administrative closure,” on which employees may choose to work, but offices are closed to the public.  If units close because all unit employees have elected to use leave, OAs and other unclassified staff will either need to use paid leave (such as vacation or the “special day” described above) or unpaid leave for Christmas Eve.

Campus Planning and Facilities Management will collect and publish a list of those units that will remain open to the public on Christmas Eve.  Heating systems will not be affected in buildings where units are open or opt for the “administrative closure.” 

Please contact your supervisor with questions.  You may also contact Human Resources at (541) 346-3159.