- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - Talks between the security workers who protect Los Alamos National Laboratory and the subcontractor that employs them have broken down.

Union officials announced Wednesday that their negotiating team walked out after learning that security company SOC-Los Alamos did not have the ability to deliver better retirement benefits it had promised the union it would pursue.

Union agent Chris Mandril accused the company of negotiating in bad faith. He said the union has learned SOC doesn’t have the authority to work directly with federal officials to set contract terms.

The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The talks have been ongoing since January.

In April, the two sides agreed to a 60-day extension, meaning the security force would continue working as normal. That extension expires in June.

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