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Negotiations for employment contracts may prove tense in Texas

Commonly, contracts created between workers and employers are only valid for a certain period of time. Therefore, when employment contracts near their expiration dates, workers may attempt to ensure that the terms of the contracts remain agreeable. Unfortunately, some employees may face difficulties if companies and their workers do not fully agree on new contract terms. 

Texas residents may be interested in one out-of-state contract dispute currently underway. Reports stated that the dispute involves Honeywell workers, and negotiations began in Dec. 2016. Currently, 1,000 union workers are covered under the contract. The issues involve the company's desire to take away health insurance for retirees as well as remove language from the contract that indicates seniority should be taken into consideration when layoffs may take place. 

Honeywell proposed a contract at the end of last year, but it was rejected by employees. The company stated that they had hoped the settlement would allow negotiations to end before their current contract expired. However, the expiration date recently passed on Jan. 31, 2017. There have been no updates regarding whether an agreement was made before the date. 

When it comes to negotiations for employment contracts, workers and employers alike can feel tense. Without a contract agreement, workers may not be able to continue working with the confidence they once had. Therefore, employees who are hoping to obtain the contract terms they desire may wish to find out more information on their options. Speaking with experienced Texas employment law attorneys may allow individuals to find out what strategies may prove useful. 

Source: startribune.com, "Teamsters fear lockout at Honeywell", Dee DePass, Jan. 23, 2017

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