State the five reasons why seniority has received increasing attention in labor negotiations over the past few decades, and identify the advantages of the three major systems used where an employee acquires and applies seniority credits.
Some of the reasons why seniority has received an increased attention in labor negotiations are:
1. Economic Realities and Lay-off procedures: In the public sector and Civil Service, seniority has great importance when the economic realities have determined that a reduction in force is necessary to maintain public service operations and programs. During the economic downturn in 2008, most labor organizations opted to extend contracts rather than re-negotiating a new one to mitigate the risk of losing previously negotiated benefits. As part of labor negotiations, lay-off was most likely a standing item and the way public organizations applied seniority to perform lay-off procedures was very ...
This solution discusses some of the reasons why seniority has received an increased attention in labor negotiations.