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In my employment my company has a force out list for Sunday’s. It goes by seniority but I
can’t see how they can force us to work. We are union. It is a route sales job as well.
Asked on July 29, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 7 years ago | Contributor
If your union contract says they can't force you to work (beyond the shifts, hours, days, etc. agreed to in the contract), then they can't do this: the union agreement is binding on them. But if the union contract does not specifically prevent them from requiring you to do this work or work on that day/at that time, then they *can* force you to work: except and only to the extent prevented by a written (including union) contract, employers may freely and unilaterally determine when employees will work and what jobs they will do, and the employees have no say in this.
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