Article 22 — Layoff and Recall

  1. In the event of a layoff, probationary Registered Nurses in the affected job title shall be laid off first. If additional layoffs are required, non-probationary Registered Nurses in the affected job title shall be laid off in inverse order of seniority, provided that the Registered Nurses who remain have the qualifications to perform the duties and assume the responsibilities required. The Employer may lay off Registered Nurses out of seniority order when necessary to staff positions with Registered Nurses who have the qualifications to perform the duties of the job.
  2. When a non-probationary Registered Nurse is scheduled to be laid off and there exists a vacant bargaining unit position for which the Registered Nurse has the qualifications to perform the duties of that position, the Registered Nurse shall be assigned to the vacant position. When a non-probationary Registered Nurse is scheduled to be laid off and there is no vacant bargaining unit position at that time for which the Registered Nurse has the qualifications to perform the duties of that position, then the Registered Nurse shall have the right to bump the least senior Registered Nurse in his/her job title.
  3. Non-probationary Registered Nurses who have been laid-off for less than one (1) year shall be recalled in order of seniority when a vacancy arises in a bargaining unit position for which they have the qualifications to perform the duties of the job. If the most senior Registered Nurse then on layoff does not possess the requisite qualifications, then the next most senior Registered Nurse shall be recalled, subject to the same requirement that s/he possesses the qualifications to perform the duties of the vacant position. If no Registered Nurses on layoff have the requisite qualifications and no incumbent Registered Nurse with the qualifications to perform the duties of the position applies to transfer to the vacancy after it is posted, the Employer may fill the vacancy with a qualified new hire.
  4. A Regular Part-Time Registered Nurse on layoff shall have recall rights to a Full-Time position only if he or she is willing to accept a Full-Time schedule.
  5. Laid-off probationary Registered Nurses do not have any rights to recall.  Non-probationary Registered Nurses who have been laid off for more than one year, do not have recall rights
  6. For purposes of this Article, the term "qualifications" may include those bona fide job-related qualifications set forth in the applicable job posting and job description, including but not limited to experience, clinical specialty, and/or language proficiency.

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