Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement can’t claim additional quasi-contractual rights, as the following case shows.
Recent case: Anna Walker worked for nine years as a nursing assistant for a Minnesota hospital. She was covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the hospital and the Service Employees International Union, which provided a tuition reimbursement plan for employees pursuing registered nursing degrees.
Walker took advantage of the program and graduated. Then she applied for open positions, but wasn’t selected.
After she lost her job, she sued, alleging an implied contract for employment for a year after graduation. But since the union contract didn’t mention continued employment, her case was dismissed. (Walker v. Fairview Health Services, No. 09-1841, DC MN, 2011)