5-2 Discussion: What Is Your View on Seniority?
The two arbitration decisions and the website and library readings for this module (located in the Module Five Module Resources folder) offer differing approaches to the application of seniority.
In the back and forth of an organizing effort, proponents of the unionization effort may cite the need for a seniority system as a way to ensure fairness in situations of layoff and promotion. On the other hand, opponents may argue that seniority systems sap individual initiative and that people who work hard should be rewarded for their efforts, not for their length of service.
What is your view? What factors shape your point of view? Include references to this module’s readings in your responses.