Maywood: Seniority No Longer Key Factor In Firing/Laying Off Non-Union Workers

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 1:23 p.m. 

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Seniority is no longer a determining factor when it comes to laying off or terminating non-union village employees, according to Maywood’s updated personnel manual.

Back in January, the Maywood Board of Trustees unanimously voted to update a section of the manual that pertains to “whether seniority should be considered when making workforce reduction decisions for non-union, non-police and non-fire employees,” according to a Jan. 10 memo drafted by village attorney Michael Jurusik.

“While the prior Personnel Manual provided that seniority shall be considered in determining reductions in force,” the memo adds, “the policy manuals of some communities contain a provision specifying that seniority will not take precedence over the best interests of the Village when considering reductions in workforce, which provides the Village Manager with additional flexibility to make personnel decisions.”

The board voted unanimously on updating the manual at a regular meeting on Jan. 16. According to the updated policy language, seniority will no longer have a direct bearing on “who is or is not subject to a reduction in the workforce.”

Going forward, village officials said during January’s meeting, reduction in force decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. VFP 

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