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Overtime pay a point of contention in Florida contract debate

Generating an income is how the majority of families take care of their needs and the needs of their households. When workers are denied benefits or are not paid overtime, generating that income can become more difficult that possibly necessary. In some cases, workers feel that they are being taken advantage of and take it upon themselves to fight for better wages or working conditions.

Workers for Consulate Health Care in a northern state decided to go on strike in order to negotiate their labor contract. Many of the workers are represented by Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, and the union and workers have been fighting to have the employees' contracts renewed and agreeable negotiations concerning those contracts come to. The contracts for Consulate workers in Florida who are represented by SEIU are also under negotiation.

The changes workers are looking for include renewing their contracts for three years instead of one. They are also looking for changes in their wages as the company is looking to cut the amount of overtime pay after eight hours of overtime worked. The benefits the employees receive are also a point of contention as the company wishes for the workers to pay more for health insurance.

These workers are currently opting to go on strike in order to fight for their overtime pay and other points. If the situation does not improve, they may wish to take legal action against the company. Workers affected in Florida may wish to look into state employment laws to determine whether their situations could be improved by taking further legal action during their negotiations with the company.

Source:, Consulate Health Care employees plan to strike on Monday, Mary Ann Thomas, Nov. 6, 2013

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