University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources
http://www.umn.edu/ohr
612-625-2016

Article 12 Seniority

Section 1. Definitions.

University Seniority.
"University Seniority" is defined as the total hours of continuous service with the University since the last date of hire. University Seniority shall be used to determine vacation and sick leave accrual rates and career bonus payments.
Bargaining Unit Seniority.
"Bargaining Unit Seniority" is defined as the length of continuous service within the bargaining unit since the last date of entry into the bargaining unit.
Department Seniority.
"Department Seniority" is defined as the length of continuous service within a department. Department seniority includes time worked in all classifications within a department, regardless of bargaining unit designation. Departments are listed in Appendix B.
Classification Seniority.
"Classification Seniority" is defined as the length of continuous service in a specific job classification within the bargaining unit. If an employee exercises bumping rights within the administrative unit as provided in Article 16, Layoff and Recall, classification seniority in the class to which the employee has bumped shall include classification seniority in all higher or equally paid bargaining unit classes in which the employee has served, since the initial date of entry into the classification into which the employee bumps. Administrative Units are listed in Appendix B.
School of Dentistry Dental Assistant Specialists and Dental Assistants.
Dental Assistant Specialists and Dental Assistants within the School of Dentistry may use combined seniority to bid on Dental Assistant Specialist and Dental Assistant vacancies within the School of Dentistry.
Continuous Service.
For determining University Seniority, "Continuous Service" shall commence on the date an employee begins to serve a probationary period and shall accrue on the basis of straight time for all hours paid to a maximum of eighty (80) hours per pay period. For purposes of this section, overtime hours worked shall be credited as the number of hours worked exclusive of premium pay. For determining bargaining unit seniority, department seniority, and classification seniority, "Continuous Service" shall commence on the date an employee begins to serve a probationary period and shall be computed on the basis of the last date of entry into the bargaining unit, department and/or classification, whichever is appropriate. In the case of an employee in a trainee position, Continuous Service shall be credited back to the date of hire at the time the employee begins to serve a probationary period.

Section 2. Breaks in Service.

An employee's continuous service record shall be interrupted only by dismissal for just cause, voluntary resignation, retirement, failure to return upon expiration of a leave of absence, or failure to respond to a recall from layoff. However, any employee who is reinstated to a bargaining unit position within one (1) year shall have his/her seniority, wage step, career bonus, and eligibility for other benefits at the time of interruption restored. Effective December 8, 1995, an employee who is reinstated to the job classification which s/he most recently held within three (3) years shall have his/her university seniority and career bonus restored. An employee who transfers, promotes or demotes from a classification and returns within one (1) year shall have his/her classification and departmental seniority restored.

Section 3. Seniority Rosters.

The Employer agrees to furnish the Union each January and July with rosters of all employees, their classifications, University seniority hours, bargaining unit seniority date, and classification seniority date.  The Seniority Roster is available electronically at http://www.umn.edu/ohr/er/rosters/index.html. In the event a dispute occurs involving the application of any employee's seniority, the Employer agrees to provide all pertinent seniority information to the Union, upon request. When two (2) or more employees have the same classification seniority date, ties shall be broken by recognizing the employee with the greater department seniority first. If a tie continues, the employee with the greater bargaining unit seniority shall be recognized first. If a tie continues, the employee with the greater University seniority shall be recognized first. Finally, if a tie still continues, the employee's seniority position shall be determined by lot.