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Negotiated contract dispute leads to pay raise for teachers

Faculty members often sign employment agreements regarding pay, benefits and other facets of the scope of their work as educators. When a contract dispute arises, it can interrupt the daily functioning of a school system, especially when teachers threaten to strike. Often, such disagreements are centered on pay raises, as seems to have been the case in a recent incident that took place outside Louisiana, in one of the largest public university systems in the nation.

In April 2016,  well over half of more than 28,000 faculty members voted to approve a contract that had previously been hotly contested before changes were made. Prior to the vote, teachers had threatened a five-day no-show at work if the university Board of Trustees did not respond to their requests in a satisfactory manner. Hence, negotiators from both sides of the issue went to work trying to smooth out edges to avoid a strike that would affect more than 470,000 enrolled students on 23 campuses.

As it stands, the California State University faculty now awaits the Board of Trustees' approval of the contract. Once approved, it will mean a 10.5 percent pay increase over a 14-month period for teachers. The school's chancellor said that the new contract will cost the university system more than $200 million. School and union officials apparently plan to lobby the government for much of the funds needed to cover the costs.

This contract dispute seems to be on its way to a resolution that means the teachers will continue to show up for work. In similar situations in Louisiana, an employee or group of workers concerned about pay agreements or other contract issues may want to discuss the situation with an experienced attorney before entering negotiations. Often, effective legal counsel is a key factor toward obtaining a favorable outcome.

Source: scpr.org, "CSU teachers OK tentative pact with 10.5 percent raise", Accessed on May 3, 2016

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