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4.1 Definition

In the computation and determination of eligibility for all economic benefits where length of service is a factor pursuant to this Agreement, "Seniority" shall be defined as the length of time an Employee has been continuously employed, i.e., without a loss of seniority under Section 4.3 of this Agreement, by the Employer, including employment in jobs outside this bargaining unit. In all other instances, e.g., layoff, recall, lateral transfers, vacation time selection, etc., "Seniority" shall be defined as the length of time an Employee has been employed as a Regular Full-Time and Regular Part Time Employee, and, effective with leaves after the effective date of this Agreement, if an Employee has been on leave of absence covered by Workers' Compensation, the length of time the Employee has been on such leave shall be included in the computation of seniority.

4.2 Accrual and Acquisition

An Employee's seniority shall commence after the completion of the probationary period and shall be retroactive to the date of the Employee's most recent employment date. A Regular Part-Time Employee shall accrue prorated seniority.  Other Part-Time, Per Diem and Temporary Employees do not accrue seniority.  Seniority shall not accrue during unpaid leaves of absence or while an Employee is on suspension.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, effective with leave after the effective date of this Agreement, an Employee on leave of absence covered by Workers’ Compensation shall accrue seniority for the computation and determination of eligibility for all non-economic benefits where length of service is a factor pursuant to this Agreement, e.g., layoff, recall, lateral transfers, vacation time selection, etc.

4.3 Loss of Seniority

An Employee's seniority shall be lost when the Employee: (a) terminates voluntarily; (b) is discharged for cause; (c) overstays a leave of absence except where illness of the Employee as the cause of delay in returning to work is certified by a doctor, provided the Employee notifies the Employer of such illness as soon as known but at least prior to the last day of the scheduled leave of absence; (d) fails to return to work within three (3) workdays after recall, by certified mail, to the Employee's last known address, except where illness of the Employee as the cause of delay in returning to work is certified by a doctor or where another documented reason makes it impossible for the individual to return on time, provided the Employee notifies the Employer of such illness within three (3) workdays after recall; (e) is laid off for a period of one (1) year or more or a period exceeding the length of the Employee's continuous service, whichever is less, or if for any reason one (1) year has elapsed since the Employee last worked for the Employer except in cases of leave of absence; or (f) fails to apply for reemployment within the statutory period after honorable separation from any military service.

4.4 Seniority Lists

The Employer will, upon execution of this Agreement and at least annually thereafter, post and furnish to the Union seniority lists, and will notify the Union of additions and deletions on a monthly basis as necessary. The posted lists will conclusively establish an Employee's seniority unless the Employee protests it, in writing, within thirty (30) days from presentation to the Union or, if the Employee is on leave of absence or vacation or otherwise unable to so protest it within such time, within thirty (30) days after the Employee returns from such leave or vacation or such disability is removed, unless a copy of the list has been forwarded to the Employee's address as shown in the Employer's records in which case the Employee must protest within thirty (30) days of posting by mail.