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I am a union member and have a contract that has a misprint

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I am a union member and have a contract that has a misprint - on one page it states that we will get a 2% raise on 7/1/13 and on the next page it states that we will get a 2% raise on 8/28/13. This contract was read by their attorney and signed by their CFO - does this mean they must give us both raises or does the fact that it was an overlooked misprint allow them to just give us one?

JD 1992 :

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JD 1992 :

Unfortunately, if it was an actual mistake the law allows for a revision of the contract to the correct terms under a theory known as "mistake of fact".

JD 1992 :

The burden will be on them to prove that it was a mistake and the fact that it has the signature of their lawyer and a CFO makes it harder for them to prove.

JD 1992 :

However, if everybody agrees that it is a mistake then it can be revised.

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