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Negotiators help California teachers resolve contract dispute

Various issues often arise in business ventures or employment situations where one or more parties believe another person or group has breached a legally binding agreement. Other situations involve parties on two sides of a proposed issue, where a disagreement has occurred and a contract dispute has erupted before anyone has added their signatures to the bottom line. In either case, such disagreements can greatly impede productivity and profitability in California businesses or other work situations.

In a recent vote, with approximately 97 percent in agreement, California State University faculty members approved a proposed 3-year contract. The new agreement (if also approved by the CSU Board of Trustees) will mean a 10.5 percent salary increase over the course of the next 14 months for approximately 28,000 faculty members. Campuses across the state have more than 470,000 students enrolled; teachers had threatened a 5-day strike if their expressed needs were not met in a satisfactory manner.

CSU is reportedly the nation's largest public university system. Chancellor, Timothy White said the new deal will cost the university more than $200 million. He also said that university and union officials will lobby government to raise a substantial portion of the needed funds.

In similar situations where California workers are threatening to strike, or other legal challenges have come about because of a contract dispute, experienced counsel and skilled negotiation are often key factors toward positive resolution. When large groups of people are involved, it can be difficult to discuss an issue so that all opinions are taken into consideration. In such circumstances, it is often beneficial to hire legal assistance so an attorney can speak and act on behalf of a client or group of clients.

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

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