With the Legislature and governor still negotiating over a budget, the union representing the largest share of Oregon state workers has declared an impasse in negotiations for a two-year contract.
Negotiators for the state say it can't make a firm offer until the Legislature passes a budget. That may not happen for some weeks.
A bargainer for Local 503 of the Service Employees International Union says the action doesn't mean a strike is imminent.
The Salem Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/11dmXOz) the action does set up deadlines.
Both sides have a week to submit a final offer and then have a 30-day "cooling off" period before the union can strike and the state can unilaterally implement its final offer.