When terms of an employment contract come under question, it is important for those questions to be answered and any problems to be resolved. It they are not taken care of in a timely manner, a contract dispute could cause significant issues for employers and employees alike. An employment contract helps each party understand what is expected, and when those terms are not clear, disagreements can arise.
A union for Florida teachers in Monroe County and the county school district are currently discussing the terms of the teachers' contracts. The disagreement reportedly arose when the union claimed that the terms allowing the school district to subject teachers to unpaid furlough days had expired. School district representatives disagree that expiration has occurred.
It appears that the terms of the contract may not be able to be agreed upon by both parties, and mediation may be needed. The contract would cover over 500 teachers and over 100 other school-related workers, such as bus drivers. The two sides will tentatively have another meeting to hopefully continue discussion on the terms of the contract.
When it comes to employment contract disputes, relevant Florida laws must be upheld. If the two sides are unable to come to an agreement then a court decision is likely to be needed to create an agreement that must be adhered to. Information on relevant state laws could help concerned parties ensure that certain terms remain in the contract and that the decision results in a contract that benefits those who will be affected by it.
Source: keysnet.com, School District, teachers union likely at a contract impasse, Sean Kinney, Dec. 21, 2013