Michael L. Feinstein, P.A.

Contract disputes continue as nurses reject proposal

Contracts hold an important part in business transactions and employment. Of course, it is common for contract disputes to come about when the agreements expire and new terms are not easily come by. Unfortunately, these disputes can go on for extended periods of time, and negotiations may not always go smoothly.

Florida readers may be interested in continued disputes involving nurses in another state. The employees had gone on a strike that lasted over a month as contract negotiations continue to go back and forth. Recent reports indicated that a tentative contract was proposed, but after a vote, the proposal was rejected by the nursing staff with 57% of the votes declining the contract. The contract reportedly included terms relating to reducing on-call hours, pay raises and reducing caps on out-of-pocket health care expenses.

The nurses apparently were not satisfied with the terms because the contract did not efficiently address mandatory on-call shifts and provisions regarding safe staffing. A representative for the hospital where the nurses work stated that the hospital was disappointed in the rejection. It was unclear what next steps may be taken regarding contract negotiations.

Contract disputes can be difficult to work through, and it can certainly cause hardships on businesses. However, these conflicts need to be properly addressed, and it can be important that Florida employers take the time to understand their contract options. Working with their legal counsel could help them find ways to effectively negotiate and work toward the best possible results for specific situations.

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