ARTICLE 17. SENIORITY
ARTICLE 17. SENIORITY 17.1 Seniority Defined . Seniority is defined as seniority points accrued during a period of continuous service with the Employer in the bargaining unit. 17.2 Continuous Service . Continuous service means uninterrupted employment with the Employer in the bargaining unit. For purposes of this section only, employees placed on the preferential hire list due to layoff or removal during an internal job change evaluation period shall not be deemed to have experienced an interruption in continuous service for as long as they remain on the PHL. Employees placed on the PHL following a return from extended medical leave (EML) will, upon request, also be deemed to have not experienced an interruption in continuous service and consequently will have their seniority restored. 17.2.1 Return to employment following termination . If an employee returns to employment following a termination of ninety (90) days or less, the employee will retain previously accrued seniority. Previously accrued seniority will not be retained, however, if the employee (1) returns to employment following retirement or (2) returns to employment following a termination of more than ninety (90) days. 17.2.2 Leave without pay and time on PHL . Periods of leave without pay and time spent on the preferential hire list will not be counted in the computation of seniority, except that up to three years of leave without pay as a result of a compensable work related injury will be counted. 17.2.3 Employment outside of bargaining unit . Bargaining unit employees who move to a non-bargaining unit position and subsequently return to the bargaining unit without a break in employment will, upon return to the bargaining unit, retain previously accrued seniority. 17.3 Computation of Seniority . Seniority shall be calculated on a point basis in the following manner. 17.3.1 Beginning November 1, 1981 : Employees shall receive .04615385 seniority points per regular hour paid when paid for 18.5 regular hours or more in a pay period, up to a maximum of 96 points per calendar year. Employees who work less than 18.5 hours in a pay period will not receive seniority points for that pay period. 17.3.2 Prior to November 1, 1981 : Full-time employees as of October 31, 1981 are credited with eight (8) points for each month of service prior to that date. Part-time employees as of October 31, 1981 are credited with four (4) points for each month of service. 17.3.3 Tie-breaker . If two (2) or more employees have equal seniority, the tie shall be broken by length of continuous service in the employee’s job classification. 17.4 Seniority List . The Employer shall provide electronic access to a master seniority list that is sorted by organization and job classification.
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