St. Charles leaders and the bargaining team for the hospital's 600 service workers continue to meet, trying to hammer out a contract. Zack Roberts is on the bargaining team, and says they've logged a lot of hours. “We started meeting last year for our first bargaining date on May 15th, 2011 and we've met 37 or 38 times since then. And usually they go 6 to 8 hours. So it's a full day at the office kind of deal.” Roberts remains optimistic the two sides can reach agreement on a contract. He says the sticking points remain the core issues of health benefits, wages and compensation and management rights.