A few months ago I started working a retail job. It is unionized, but one must have 250 hours before joining the union. In the interview I was told that shifts are given out based on seniority. My training took place at the same time as another coworker, call her Jane.
To put it bluntly I've been getting very crappy shifts and some weeks I go without any work. I recently touched based with Jane. She already has her 250 hours and has a restricted schedule. I'm fully available and at about 100 hours. I have spoke with other coworkers (and managers at different stores) and they said this seems strange, that I haven't been getting more work. Today, one of the managers at the store I work at reiterated people with similar seniority should be getting similar opportunities for work. I've asked why I haven't been getting more work and management just says it isn't available.
I had worked for the same chain seasonally at different locations and had different expectation regarding scheduling. For example I think it goes without saying it's not very nice to work a night shift followed by a morning. There is one manager at my store that I particularly trust (for example she said she noticed I haven't been getting enough hours and tried to get me more). I am thinking of emailing this manager
It is my understanding that shifts are given out based on seniority. I am curious how come Jane has 250 hours and I only have 100? Since we were hired at the same time shouldn't this be closer? Did something happen or are there any problems I'm unaware of?
I am considering switching to other stores because of this. However I would probably need a reference from the previous manager and could see this being an awkward situation.
My question is, how do I get a better schedule, or at least find out why mine is this way? This seems to be inconsistent no what we had agreed upon.