Director Melissa Mlynski says the board usually must determine whether a public employer and a public employees’ union are legitimately at an impasse, or whether they should work it out.
This time, the contract talks in question cover 36,000 state employees.
“Our process will be as it always is, with all of our cases. Our investigation process and if necessary, our investigative hearing process, will follow the same course that they all do,” Mlynski said.
It’s expected to take weeks. State law doesn't set any deadlines.