I have a question about seniority at a union job.
In a nutshell,
A hack that works in my building got suspended for 1 month (he was leaving work to do personal things while punched in)
everyone including management knows that he's useless and does nothing all day.
Management decided to change every ones hours, they say it was to prevent them having to pay out O.T. but we all think it was their way to punish everyone for this guys actions. Well this guy doesn't want to work his new shift hours because it will add 2 hrs commute time each day (rush hour traffic)
My hours did not change because we have 24-7 coverage for operating the plant.
I work mostly graveyard shift.
Another tech works M-F graveyard shift, me and him get along great.
The hack has now stated that he wants to bid for the M-F graveyard shift, which would bump the other guy who works with me. The other guy has already stated that he will quit if he loses that shift (he does tons of work on the side during the day).
Management asked me if I wanted to take the "hack's" shift,and the other guy could stay nights working my current shift, I told them "no" because I just bought a house and it would be a huge pay cut (I'd lose my house) They would never let the hack do my job because he doesn't even know what a chiller is.
Some of the guys I work with are spreading rumors galore, one of them told me that the other guy could take my shift if management wants him to, and I'd have to take the "hacks" shift.
The hack started 6 mos before me and the other guy.
Me and the other guy started the exact same day,
here's my question.
I was in on the first day, I started and met the shop steward, punched in, met human resources etc. a good hour before he even showed up on the first day.
Does this mean I could have seniority over him?
My friend who works at Verizon told me that I absolutely have seniority over him and that's common knowledge in the union that he belongs to.
Also, by law does my employer have to keep the records of time cards if I have to prove this?