With a federal mediator in place at the end of the table, the Union and Management traded barbs as the contract stalemate continues. AFSCME continues to demand that management provide us with an updated wages proposal, which the county will not as the tax issue continues to drag on before the county board.

The Union questioned management about the impending withdrawal of UniCare from providing health care to Cook County employees. Management stated that they read a story in the newspaper, but had no further information. When informed that UniCare has begun to notify its current insurees about their plan to cease operations in Illinois, management had no official comment, and claimed no advanced notice from UniCare either.

Management continued to provide no further counter proposals on outstanding language issues made by the Union. Surprise. Surprise.