CHARLESTON — As teachers and school service workers chanted outside the governor’s reception room at the Capitol the afternoon of Feb. 28, his Chief of Staff Mike Hall happened to peek out of the doorway at the other end of the office suite.

Hall was looking for a staff member but took time to fill in the press and some nearby teachers on the status of the strike settlement.

Staff is working on a strike-and-insert bill to amend into the governor’s original pay raise bill for House Finance to review and approve later in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, the governor and staff are also working on an executive order concerning the task force that will tackle a long-term fix to PEIA.

Hall said that talks were under way regarding the task force and what would constitute a fix. His view is that a fix would maintain benefits at premiums at current levels, and take into account reasonable increases over the years to account for inflation.

He believed that the task force would start its work as soon as the legislative session ends. Not counting any additional days for budget work, the session ends March 10.

The union leaders were seen moving across the hallway to the governor’s conference room in the Secretary of State’s Office but offered no comments on the talks on whether the strike would continue on Thursday.