Menlo Park city officials continue to meet with representatives from the city's largest union in mediation sessions over stalled contract negotiations.
Employees with the union, Service Employees International, have been working without a contract since late October. In public meetings, some have argued that the city is making unreasonable demands, and asking its lowest-paid employees for the most salary concessions.
The city and union representatives met with mediators on March 12, according to City Manager Glen Rojas, who said the fact that the two sides are still talking is encouraging.
While the union has made several claims about what the city is asking for, saying among other things that it's calling for structural pension changes similar to what a group of residents is advocating, the city has not commented on the substance of the closed-door negotiations.