Unions protect many workers in all states, including Florida. When workers and their union representatives believe they are receiving unfair pay or benefits, or they are unable to come to agreements with an employer's representatives, a strike is often the result. Employees at one out-of-state company may take to a picket line if a contract dispute is not resolved soon.
The company that is involved in the dispute is Stop & Shop, which is a large supermarket chain. The union claims the company wants to reduce benefits and increase the employee-paid share of health insurance. In addition, they claim the employees are not being paid fairly for the work they do.
Currently, the company and the union are negotiating the terms of the contract. However, if the negotiations fail, the union has authorized the workers to strike. The company, with more than 200 stores throughout New England, would likely suffer disastrously if the contract dispute leads to a strike. According to a statement made by a union representative, the two entities still have a long way to go if a strike is to be averted.
When a contract dispute arises between two companies, a company and a union, or a company and an employee, the matter often becomes complex. For this reason, most individuals and businesses who find themselves in the midst of contract disputes seek the help of experienced business law attorneys. These legal professionals have experience in both negotiation and litigation, making them ready for any path a case takes.
Source: The Boston Globe, "Union authorizes strike in dispute with Stop & Shop," Katie Johnston, Feb. 28, 2016