Massachusetts workers typically expect that pay negotiations will not extend beyond themselves and their employers, but that is not the case for employees of an out-of-state warehouse. Ongoing employment disputes have drawn wide support for the workers as they seek a new contract with Laminated Industries. If successful, it would be the first time that these particular employees have had the protection and benefits of a contract.
Workers in Massachusetts should be able to expect that they will be fairly compensated for their hours worked, but employees across the country routinely must still contend with wage theft. Some farmworkers are still fighting for just treatment in ongoing employment disputes that have spanned multiple years. Recently, marginalized workers called on consumers to refrain from purchasing certain products.
Contracts are essential for many Massachusetts employees. Aside from setting pay, contracts also address vacation time, pension and health insurance. Employers and their workers are sometimes at odds over the terms outlined in contracts, leading to employment disputes that do not always have clear resolutions.