come to the table

come to the table

To meet in order to negotiate or discuss how to resolve a particular issue or situation. If we can just get both sides to come to the table, I really think we can get them to agree to a contract.
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It is time now for the Republican leadership to come to the table with their counter-proposals and negotiate a compromise budget so that state agencies and employees can move forward in meeting the needs of the residents of North Carolina.
I pride myself as someone who is willing to come to the table and have a constructive conversation about my legislation and after the initial committee hearing, acknowledge that SB1452 had challenges.
Haley too echoed Trump's concerns and added: "The Palestinians now have to show to the world that they want to come to the table. As of now, they're not coming to the table but they asked for aid.
"The Palestinians now have to show their will that they want to come to the table. As of now they're not coming to the table, but they ask for aid.
He said: "We would say come to the table with Unite.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last night threw his weight behind Bahrain's national dialogue, urging all parties to "seize the moment" and come to the table for talks "to address political and constitutional reform."
Andronikou said: "I think common sense will prevail and all parties will come to the table this weekend - but it has to be this weekend.
President Trump is clearly ratcheting up the pressure on China to come to the table and begin crafting a new trading relationship that is fairer to American farmers, workers, and businesses.
Coming to the Table: Kim Jong Un did not come to the table out of the goodness of his heart.