When a contract expires, the ensuing negotiations can be a stressful time for those who will be affected. Employees may hope that they receive terms that are beneficial to them, and employers may hope that they are still able to operate under terms with which they feel comfortable. Employment contracts can sometimes take an extended period of time to be agreed upon, and legal knowledge of contract agreements may be helpful in some situations.
Teachers in a county in Florida recently voted to approve a new contract. It was reported that 89 percent of the teachers who voted were in favor of approving the new agreement. This agreement states that teachers and other school personnel would be entitled to pay raises and also addresses insurance coverage. The school board must also approve the contract before it can go into effect.
Another issue between the school district and teachers involved the way teachers received their paychecks. It was reported that throughout the school year, teachers would receive a check every two weeks. When the school year ended, they would receive a bulk payment to cover the summer months. It was proposed that the method of sending out pay every two weeks continue through the summer, but that dispute was not fully addressed in the contract.
Though the teachers seem comfortable with the new contract proposal, there could continue to be issues if the school board does not approve the agreement. It is important that Florida teachers and other employees operating under employment contracts feel comfortable with the terms of such agreements. If disputes arise, information on legal negotiations could be valuable.
Source: tbo.com, "Pasco teachers, school-related personnel approve contract agreement", Geoff Fox, Jan. 15, 2015