The Graduate Employee Union and Michigan State University are currently negotiating a new contract that would expand union rights to employees other than teaching assistants. These negotiations follow the 2012 bill signed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder that left most graduate employees unable to unionize or bargain for workplace protections.
In Michigan as in the rest of the United States, most employees are at-will employees with no employment contract. High level or executive employees, however, are often in a position to negotiate an employment contract that can, among other things, protect them from discharge at will. For people in this position, setting the terms of the employment contract prior to execution is very important. Once a person is hired, they have no leverage to negotiate a better deal.
Terms of employment contracts should be well-negotiated for the best deal. Recently, the seven-year employment contract of University of Michigan's new football coach was revealed and the contract's value was far more than anticipated. He will earn close to $40.1 million over seven years.
Employment contracts are executed between employers and employees so that the terms and conditions of employment, including severance pay in cases of termination, are clear to both parties. This is standard everywhere in the country, including Michigan. Today, most employment contracts signed by senior executives in U.S. corporations include a change-in-control clause.
According to a recent news report, the Board of Trustees of Western Michigan University has unanimously approved a one-year extension of the employment contract of its current president. He has been serving as the president of WMU since 2007 and the present extension will carry his tenure till the end of 2017.
Detroit residents are very familiar with the three biggest names in the American automotive industry: General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, collectively known as the "Big Three". In one year, these three companies will be entering into employment contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers union for the first time since 2011. The UAW represents almost 400,000 workers employed with the Big Three. This may be the biggest challenge to date for the recently appointed president of the UAW.
Michigan residents are aware that it is very important for an employee to read the employment contract clauses before accepting or declining a job offer. After an employee has signed on the dotted line, the employee will not be able to renegotiate benefits, job roles, compensation or even the terms of severance with the employer.
Michigan residents agree that it is very important to be aware of all clauses included in an employment contract before making a final decision about accepting or declining the job offer. After an offer has been accepted, the employee is prohibited from negotiating compensation, benefits, job roles, noncompetition clauses or terms of severance with the employer. Recently, the Adrian, Michigan, Board of Education approved a one-year employment contract with the education association, representing 187 teachers and district staff. The next stage is to finalization the contract with the state's education board.
Many employees in Detroit, Michigan, rely on employment contracts when disagreements arise from workplace disputes. Unfortunately, even the smallest oversight in an employment contract can completely alter the intentions of the employer and the employees.
Michigan state employee unions are launching a campaign against the state's governor, claiming he is a "flip-flopper" on the topics of bargaining and right-to-work legislation. Just two years ago, the governor pledged to collaborate with the unions collectively, which union representatives now say is a complete reversal of what is currently being put into practice. Workers within the coalition of unions are reporting that the new legislation is limiting their rights in the workplace.