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Hello and welcome. I am sorry to hear about your denied vacation and certainly can understand why you are frustrated. It is true that union contracts typically will override state law protections--generally because the union contract provides some sort of trade off which results in greater benefit to the employee. But here, the issue of union contracts preempting state law does not matter because state law does not provide any great protection and does not require your employer to allow you to use your vacation. Under state law, an employer can refuse to EVER let an empyer use their accrued vacation. Of course, that would be a horrible management practice that would probably cause some staff to leave but it's not against the law. The only requirement under CA law is that an employer pay an emloyee for the cash value of any unused accrued days upon separation of employment. This, I'm afraid yor only recourse here is to continue trying to address this issue with your union rep. CA law will not provide you with any leverage in this matter. I hope this addresses your question and I'm truly sorry I don't have better news. Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
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In any event, it was a pleasure assisting you and I would be glad to attempt to assist you further on this issue, or a new legal issue, if needed.
Very best wishes.