Union employees How you earn time off with pay You earn time off with pay based on the hours you work each pay period. Choosing a type of time off Union employees who earn benefits automatically get vacation and sick leave (two sets of hours) and most union employees can switch to paid time off (PTO) (one set of hours) Whether and when you can switch to PTO depends on your union and the date you started earning benefits To switch to PTO make your selection in APEX. You cannot go back to vacation and sick leave once you switch to PTO. Unions that must stay with vacation and sick leave and can't switch to PTO Sheriff’s supervisors Sheriff’s licensed deputies Minnesota Public Employees Association (MNPEA) detention deputy / telecommunicator Teamsters correctional unit North Central States Regional Counsel of Carpenters don’t get any leave time through the county. Vacation and sick leave schedule Years of service Vacation / sick leave per year 0 to 6 months 8 days (4 vacation / 4 sick) 6 months to 5 years 24 days (12 vacation / 12 sick) 5 to 8 years 27 days (15 vacation / 12 sick) 8 to 12 years 30 days (18 vacation / 12 sick) 12 to 18 years 32 days (20 vacation / 12 sick) Over 18 years 35 days (23 vacation / 12 sick) Paid time off (PTO) schedule 1 Employees in these unions with these benefit start dates have until the end of your second pay period to switch to PTO AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) / On or after December 21, 2009 Hennepin County Supervisors Association / On or after December 21, 2009 IUOE (International Union of Operating Engineers Public Works) / On or after January 1, 2012 Social Work Unit Supervisors / On or after May 3, 2010 Teamsters general services / On or after January 26, 2010 PTO schedule 1 Years of service PTO per year 0 to 6 months 10 days 6 months to 5 years 20 days 5 to 8 years 23 days 8 to 12 years 26 days 12 to 18 years 28 days Over 18 years 31 days Paid time off (PTO) schedule 2 Employees in these unions can switch to PTO at any time without a deadline AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) Hennepin County Supervisors Association IUOE (International Union of Operating Engineers Public Works) Social Work Unit Supervisors Teamsters general services PTO schedule 2 Years of service PTO per year 0 to 6 months 11 days 6 months to 5 years 22 days 5 to 8 years 25 days 8 to 12 years 28 days 12 to 18 years 30 days Over 18 years 33 days Switching from vacation and sick leave to paid time off (PTO) You can make the switch in APEX. When you make the switch in APEX, you must choose to use either your sick leave or PTO to pay for disability insurance. You cannot go back to vacation and sick leave once you switch to PTO. Your vacation hours become your PTO You keep your sick leave and don’t add any more sick leave You can use either sick leave or PTO for illness, medical needs and trade time for fitness Saving time off year to year Sick leave and vacation You can save vacation year to year up to 280 hours You can save sick leave year to year with no limit. Once you hit 720 hours, additional sick leave is split with vacation. Paid time off (PTO) You can save PTO year to year up to 480 hours.