The facts from May 17:
Since the beginning of this process, the other participating contractors have had a goal of reaching a new contract which is fair to employees, clients, and our own companies. In our early bargaining sessions we reached agreement on several non-economic issues. Yesterday we moved into a discussion on wages and benefits. The union’s opening economic proposal consisted of a $1.00 per hour increase starting on June 1st of this year, another $1.00 per hour on June 1st of 2013, and a final $1.00 per hour increase on June 1st of 2014. The union’s opening wage proposal yesterday amounted to an increase of more than 23% in less than three years. On top of this, the union proposed a health insurance cost increase of 18% between now and June of 2014.