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Collective bargaining

Jurisprudence

1982

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Vested Seniority Rights: A Conceptual Approach, Francis A. Citera Jul 1982

Vested Seniority Rights: A Conceptual Approach, Francis A. Citera

University of Miami Law Review

Under contemporary jurisprudence, vested seniority rights are considered creatures of contract. As such, they generally are subject to "divestiture" with the termination of the collective-bargaining agreement. Relying upon Zdanok v. Glidden Co. and Locke's labor theory of property, the author argues that seniority rights are property rights derived from the worker's employment independent of the contract.