University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

MOU - Assigning Unscheduled Shifts to Part-time Employees

Seniority is one important consideration in assigning additional work to part-time employees. However, other critical factors need to be considered when offering such additional work to part-time employees. Some of those factors include:

  • Distributing sufficient hours to all part-time employees so they can maintain the hours necessary to meet the required hours for Teamster status and earn seniority.
  • Distributing training opportunities so employees attain the required skills to do the work available and pass probation.
  • Distributing work so employees can retain their skills necessary to be qualified to do the work that is available.
  • Distributing work so the University can retain employees.
  • Distributing the work in a manner that meets the staffing needs of the unit.

With these considerations in mind, the University Office of Human Resources will work with both the Crookston campus and Morris campus to encourage the use of seniority to the extent possible while understanding the competing considerations for distributing hours. A representative from the Office of Human Resources will meet with Management and Teamster representatives from each campus, no later than June 30, 2010, to review the efforts to assign unscheduled work to part-time employees by seniority.