We are a union hospital. RN's are in one union and all other non-administration staff is in another union. When you transition from a CNA or LPN to an RN you of course change unions. You retain all sick time and vacation time accumulated using your original date of hire.
I was hired in 1981 :) as an LPN, returned to school, graduated, and was hired in 2012, maintaining my full time status and never stopping employment. So my date of hire for vacation and sick time is 1981. We have a rule that after 20 years of continuous service (both unions have this) you can request straight shifts. The RN union is using date of hire in the RN Union for this benefit. This of course affects me and 9 other nurses. We would like to bring this to the bargaining table for the upcoming contract. We feel that continuous years of service should be from date of original hire.
My question is...
What do other hospitals (both union and non-union) do with seniority for vacation sign-ups and straight shifts/continuous years of service?
Thanks for your time!