Our job is to now put together an argument as to why COBANC should receive a better compensation package then the eight other unions that already ratified a contract. We will be looking into geographic pay increase, cost of living increases, expanded duty pay and the value of getting the job done with 20% less staff.
The Fact Finder will render a report that is not binding; but a favorable report would finally put pressure back on OCA to increase the compensation package... because if it's not enough it then goes to the Legislature who is empowered to but does not want to impose a contract on COBANC. That's when there will be meaningful conversations with OCA for them to "get real, or else." And that is why I am meeting with them now to let them know what's coming. They've never had to decide a contract - and they don't want to. Best guess estimates are that fact finding will take anywhere from 6 months to a year.