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Florida firefighters work to negotiate employment agreements

An important aspect of employment is that employees feel that their wishes and needs are being met. In this situation, employment agreements can help ensure that all parties involved are better able to understand what each side wants from the professional relationship. If a contract does not address the terms of one or both parties, legal action may be necessary in order for the employers and employees to come to an agreement.

Firefighters in Florida have been working to have a more agreeable contract drawn up for a considerable amount of time. It was noted in recent reports that debates on the issue between city officials and union representatives have spanned over 22 meetings and an approximately two year time frame. As a result, an outside official was brought in for a new perspective on the situation.

The Florida Public Employees Commission appointed a magistrate that will review the terms from each party. After the review, the magistrate will then present new recommended terms that the parties have the ability to accept or refuse. If a refusal occurs, the city council will be expected to make the final decisions.

This situation shows that employment agreements can be difficult to come to if both parties are not able to readily come to terms. However, concerned parties should not let their opinions go unheard, especially if the issues deal with wages and other important employment aspects. Information on negotiation of employment agreements is available in Florida, and interested individuals may be able to find helpful advice on how to proceed with negotiations.

Source:, "Melbourne firefighter contract under review", Stacey Barchenger, May 29, 2014

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