We returned to the bargaining table today for the first time since early November. We were disappointed that SCCS District Administration offered us a one time bonus, not on the salary schedule, (with a possible re-opener). The cost of living in Santa Cruz continues to rise, meaning our current salaries lose value compared to cost increases in housing, benefits and other life necessities.  That said, this is early in the negotiations process; we have asked the Administrative Team to go back to look at the budget again, and we are hopeful that when we meet January 18th, 2018, we can move forward together.