ARTICLE 7 - Positions / Appointments

Article 7



1. Career appointments are established for a fixed or variable percentage of time at 50% or more of full-time and are expected to continue for one year or longer.

2. A career appointment may also be established by conversion from a limited appointment pursuant to Section B. 4. and B. 5., of this Article.


1. A limited appointment is established at any percentage of time, fixed or variable, during which the appointee is expected to be on pay status for less than one thousand (1000) hours in a rolling 12-month period.

2. Employees in limited appointments are at will, except that the University will not terminate limited appointment employees for the sole purpose of denying them career status.

3. The termination of a limited appointment because the position lacks funding, or for other work-related reasons, does not constitute a termination designed to deny a limited appointment career status.

4. Except as provided in §B.5. below, if a limited appointment employee attains one thousand (1,000) hours of qualifying service within a rolling twelve (12) months, without a break in service of at least one hundred twenty (120) consecutive calendar days, the incumbent’s appointment shall convert to a variable career appointment of at least 50% time.

a. Qualifying service includes all time on pay status in one or more limited appointments at the campus/laboratory/hospital. Pay status shall not include any on-call, premium, or overtime hours.

b. Such career conversion shall be effective on the first day of the month following attainment of one thousand (1000) hours of qualifying service.

c. Employees who have been converted to career appointments shall serve a probationary period in accordance with the provisions of Article 30 - Probationary Period.

d. Any break in service of 120 days or longer shall result in a new 12-month period for purposes of calculating the 1000-hour requirement.

5. The automatic conversion to career status, as provided in §B.4. above will not occur when:

a. An employee who was hired as a replacement for another person who is on an extended leave that exceeds the 1,000 hours; or

b. The position into which the employee is hired is not an “ongoing” position, in that the position is established and funded for less than a year at any percent of time, or

c. The funding for the position is “one time” funding, of eighteen months or less, or the employee was hired specifically to work on a short-term project lasting no more than one year.

6. Disputes:

a. Except as provided in 6.a.1) and 6.a.2), and 6.b., below, employees in limited appointments may have their appointment terminated or have their time reduced at the sole discretion of the University and without recourse to the grievance and arbitration procedures of this Agreement. Disputes by Limited Appointees are not subject to the grievance and arbitration procedures of this Agreement, except:

1) When a limited employee has been released after working greater than a thousand (1,000) hours, or

2) When a limited employee has be released for the sole purpose of denying her/him career employment.

b. Teamsters District Council #2 shall bear the burden of proof when raising any allegation that a limited employee’s termination is grievable/arbitrable.