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  • Massachusetts - Can a company offer new hires more hours than those with seniority?

    Our company has reduced the hours our team works since they say there are problems with the business. (Air transportation support). Within the past two years, they have changed repeatedly our hours. We were hired with a 40 hour schedule, but it has been modified to 36 to 38 for most. Management keeps hiring new employees with a 40-hour offer and schedule them for 40 as well. They say that it will be temporary for the new employee to have 40 hours because he is willing to work. However, this shift is not open for bidding by team members with union seniority.

    How can they get away with not respecting seniority? Do we have any recourse with the union, or somewhere else? (When the union representative has been notified, he insists that it is OK. We think that the union representative is no the side of the employer. How could it be?)

    Please advise.

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    How can they get away with not respecting seniority? There are no State or federal laws that require employers to recognize seniority as it relates to benefits, work assignments, hours, overtime, etc.

    Do we have any recourse with the union, or somewhere else? (When the union representative has been notified, he insists that it is OK. We think that the union representative is no the side of the employer. How could it be?) The question is whether your collective bargaining agreement has any provisions that require your employer to provide scheduling preferences to the senior employees. No one here can answer that.

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      I am no fan of unions or the concept of seniority, but you have a problem that your shop steward needs to handle.
      Senior Professional in Human Resources and Certified Staffing Professional with over 30 years experience. Any advice provided is based upon experience and education, but does not constitute legal advice.

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