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Labor union workers without jobs due to contract dispute

It is not uncommon in Louisiana and elsewhere in the United States for arguments to arise between workers and management. Many times, a contract dispute involves disagreements about pay, benefits or other job-related issues. Sometimes, if negotiations fail to provide a resolution, problems linger and tempers begin to flare.

In a recent situation in another state, workers were formally escorted off the job site due to contract negotiation issues. Many of the workers began a picket line outside the facility, saying they had been locked out because they had turned down a proposed contract from their employers. Apparently, the main problem seems to be related to health care benefits.

The contract reportedly expired in early May of this year. Employees were hoping for a new five-year agreement. Workers say they made it clear that they were willing to continue their duties while contract negotiations were ongoing; however, officials allegedly walked them off the job.

One worker said he and fellow laborers turned down the proposed contract because their employers would not offer any specifics beyond one year's time. A contract dispute often has a ripple effect throughout all facets of a company, causing various complications that affect both productivity and profitability levels. It is typically best to resolve such issues in as swift and amicable a manner possible, which is sometimes easier if experienced legal counsel is retained. Business litigation lawyers in Louisiana are skilled negotiators and can act on the behalves of clients to seek favorable resolutions to contract problems.

Source: wndu.com, "Honeywell, UAW labor union in contract dispute", Joel Porter, May 9, 2016

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