State, employees union still at odds over contract

December 2, 2019 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gov. Chris Sununu and New Hampshire’s largest state employee union remain at odds over a contract, despite eight months of bargaining.

Negotiators for the State Employees Association originally proposed an 8% annual pay increase, while Sununu wanted a $250 flat raise in the first year of the contract and a 1% increase after that. A fact finder’s report recently recommended 4 % raises, which the union supports. But Sununu is now calling for 2.3 %.

The Concord Monitor reports that what happens next is unclear. First, union members will vote on the fact finder’s recommendations. The Executive Council also gets to weigh in, but Sununu controls what goes on their agenda. At some point, the Legislature could pass a bill to settle the contract, but the governor could veto it.