Concord Monitor: State Employees Association, Sununu renew negotiations with release of fact finder's report
Gov. Chris Sununu and state union officials are entering a new phase of negotiations this week over the next contract after an independent report was sent to both parties.
The parties received a confidential fact finder’s report Wednesday – an outside assessment of both sides’ arguments, the State Employees Association said in a statement Thursday.
According to state law, the receipt of that report sets off a ten-day countdown ultimatum for both sides to come to the table for a final agreement. If an agreement is reached before the end of that ten days, the report is not made public; if nothing happens after 10 days, the report is released.
The development could force the parties to come together to avoid any public fallout from the release of the report.
In its announcement, the SEA said it would keep the report confidential until that window expires Nov. 23 “to allow sides to work out an agreement.”