Appeals from the Orders of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review in cases of In Re: Claim of Irene Kownacki, No. B-121704; In Re: Claim of Vivian E. Neubauer, No. B-121703; In Re: Claim of Pearlie J. Putnam, No. B-121706; and In Re: Claim of Mary Hay, No. B-121705.
Lawrence L. Kinter, with him McNelis, Lucht & Kinter, for appellants.
Daniel R. Schuckers, Assistant Attorney General, with him Sydney Reuben, Assistant Attorney General, and Robert P. Kane, Attorney General, for appellee.
Judges Wilkinson, Jr., Mencer and Blatt, sitting as a panel of three. Opinion by Judge Wilkinson.
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Since these four unemployment compensation cases have substantially identical facts and are controlled by the same principles of law, they will be covered by this one opinion and order which will be entered to each term and number. These four cases were heard together by
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the referee and by the hearing officer for the Board of Review.
At the time of the hearing, the four claimant-appellants, all women, ranged in age from 35 to 52 and in weight from 129 pounds to 150 pounds. They had been in the employ of their last employer for periods ranging from 7 to 13 years and all were paid at the same wage rate. They all had been advised that a reduction in the work force would eliminate their positions, but their seniority was such that there were several positions which they could take by "bumping." They declined to accept any of these positions for the following reasons which they stated individually to be:
Kownacki "I cannot do any of these jobs."
Neubauer "Don't feel I was physically able to per-
form the duties involved."
Putnam "Unable to do heavy work required of
Hay "I felt that all the jobs ...