We have met several times with the state and have begun the process of exchanging proposals. There has been no talk on financials so far in regards to our base wages. We have been going through the language of the contract.
We have another face to face scheduled on January 31, 2018 with the state to exchange ideas again. I would anticipate we will be meeting further with the state in February. However, it is my understanding that the legislature will be finishing up their work towards the end of February or the beginning of March. When they are out of session a new contract can not be put in place but bargaining can continue.
I know the delay in getting a contract in place can be frustrating. We will continue to work on this and in the future I will at the least endeavor to have the dates we are meeting with the state posted.
Vice President Chad Thompson