Sec­tion 1.  In all cas­es of decreas­ing or increas­ing the work force or for pro­mo­tion, senior­i­ty shall be used as a deter­mi­nant as well as abil­i­ty to per­form the work with prop­er licen­sure and skills.

Sec­tion 2.  The list of employ­ees rat­ed accord­ing to senior­i­ty shall be attached here­to and made a part of this Agreement.

Sec­tion 3.  In the event of lay­off, an employ­ee with less than five (5) years senior­i­ty shall be con­tin­ued on the senior­i­ty list of the Coun­ty for a peri­od of twelve (12) months from the date of the lay­off.  An employ­ee with five (5) or more year’s senior­i­ty shall be con­tin­ued on the senior­i­ty list of the Coun­ty for a peri­od of twen­­ty-four (24) months from the date of layoff.

Sec­tion 4.  The term “con­tin­u­ous ser­vice”, and “employed con­tin­u­ous­ly” as used in this Arti­cle shall be so con­strued that absence from employ­ment due to ill­ness, acci­dent, fam­i­ly death, or oth­er sim­i­lar occur­rences, or lay­offs by the Coun­ty due to lack of work or for oth­er caus­es shall not cause a break in the mean­ing in the work rates or oth­er pro­vi­sions of this Agree­ment except as stat­ed in Sec­tion 4 above.

Sec­tion 5.  Reg­u­lar employ­ees who leave the ser­vice of the Coun­ty to enter the Unit­ed States Armed Forces, or the ser­vice of the U.S. Mar­itime Com­mis­sion, or who are draft­ed by the Unit­ed States Gov­ern­ment for civil­ian ser­vices will upon their return, with­in nine­ty (90) days from release from such ser­vice, be grant­ed all senior­i­ty rights as if con­tin­u­ous­ly employed by the Coun­ty dur­ing such service.