For the thousands of Californians that are employed under contracts, it’s very important for their livelihood and sense of job security that the terms of their contracts are upheld and renewed according to the agreement. In the event that an employment contract is allowed to lapse in any way or expire, the benefits and employment rights of that worker may be jeopardized in some cases. And while renewing individual contracts can be involved enough, negotiating the contracts of numerous employees is often a lengthy and complex process.
10 years ago, employees for three major grocery chains in California went on strike for 141 days. That labor dispute involved thousands of workers throughout the state and resulted in a great deal of criticism and controversy over contract negotiations between grocery chains and union workers. Since that experience, both sides of the bargaining table have learned to approach the process differently.