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New Jersey teachers dispute elements of their contract

When an individual accepts employment in New Jersey he may find himself becoming part of a collective bargaining unit. Collective bargaining units are groups of similarly situated employees who work together to protect their collective rights and benefits as workers. They form a single contract to cover all of their job-related issues and periodically representatives from their unions negotiate that contract with the officials who manage the union's members.

Teachers in Jersey City are covered by a collective bargaining unit and recently they have expressed frustration over how they are treated in their workplaces. They elected not to attend a back-to-school celebration hosted by their district due to problems with their current contract. The teachers feel that they are subjected to unfair treatment by their managers and that they are forced to work in failing school buildings.

Their contract dispute has not gone unnoticed. Union representatives for the teachers have been trying to establish a new contract for the group but at this time negotiations are stopped. As the school year begins teachers and students will have to see how the problems the educators have with their work agreements will affect their job performance.

Individuals who do not work in collective bargaining units can also face situations where their contracts insufficiently meet their work needs. Contract issues between businesses and their employees can cost money to resolve and can require careful drafting to ensure that both the employees and business's rights are protected. Achieving a fair contract resolution for a business can mean utilizing the knowledge of experts who understand how to guard critical business operations while ensuring contentedness in the workforce.

Employment-related contract disputes are just one form of contract problem a New Jersey business can face. Arguments over terms of service, deliveries of goods and other matters can lead to problems for those operating companies in the state. Settling contract problems in responsible ways can set New Jersey businesses up for smooth operations in the future.

Source: NJ.com, "Contract dispute spurs Jersey City teachers to boycott back-to-school festival," Mike D'Onofrio, Sept. 8, 2014

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