When a person is considering accepting an employment position, the terms of a contract may play a role in that decision. However, employment contracts may only be valid for a certain period of time, and after an agreement expires, negotiations for a new contract may take place. If employers and employees cannot agree on a new set of terms, a contract dispute may take place.
Bus drivers for Palm Tran in Florida currently feel as if new contact terms should come about. It was reported that many of the drivers' original contracts stated that they could receive steady raises over a five year period. However, that contract expired in 2009, which led to employees not receiving the expected raises.
The state of the economy was part of the reasoning behind no longer following the 5-year pay agreement plan. Though the drivers are expected to get a raise this year, the drivers believe that their contracts should return to the original plan. Many of the drivers participated in a protest in order to bring attention to what they feel is unfairness regarding their contracts and employment.
Situations where employment contracts expire and disputes arise can be stress-inducing. In some cases, parties may need legal information to determine whether the contracts have been violated or whether they could take advantage of any effective strategies regarding negotiations. Florida workers may want to gain more knowledge on their contract situation and potentially consider whether further legal action may be necessary in order to come to fair terms.
Source: sun-sentinel.com, "Palm Tran bus drivers pushing for pay raises", Andy Reid, Nov. 21, 2014