State, State Employee Association fail to reach mediation agreement
After four days of mediation ended last Friday, the two sides failed to agree on details of a health care plan that would require state workers to pay deductibles the State Employees’ Association claims would be much larger for lower income state workers than the raise they would receive.
SEA President Diana Lacey said her negotiators have continued to ask Gov. Maggie Hassan’s negotiating team for information about the new health care plan, but has not received the information.
Hassan issued a statement saying she believes the deal reached in June was fair to both state workers and the state’s taxpayers. The two sides have worked to address the concerns raised by the union, she said.
“They are in a different league now and have not gained an appreciation of that,” she said.
Fact finding is expected to begin next month and conclude by early November.
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