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This article discusses the important factor of seniority which is used in most American workplaces as a measure of employee rights. Labor arbitrators are often asked to read and interpret seniority provisions in collective bargaining agreements to determine whether management has promoted the right person or laid off the wrong person. As "the coin of the industrial realm," seniority normally defines job preferences, benefit eligibility and benefit calculation. The article analyzes and critiques a series of arbitration cases to determine whether they fulfill the parties' expectations.

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seniority, employee rights, labor arbitration, collective bargaining agreements, Labor and Employment Law

Original Citation

Originally published in Labor Lawyer, Vol. 2, pp. 99 (1986).