TriMet’s Labor Contract
The current contract with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 ends on November 30, 2016. Negotiations for our next contract will begin soon. Details about the contract negotiations will be published here so the public can track our progress and stay up-to-date with the issues involved.
In May, TriMet offered to extend the current ATU contract for two years, including the same three percent wage increase as in the current contract. Unfortunately, the ATU rejected this offer. As a result, TriMet provided a notice of contract opening to the ATU on September 27, 2016. The ATU responded with a similar notice. Both parties agreed on a Nov. 10 bargaining session. However, the ATU canceled the session the day before, noting that it’s contrary to good faith bargaining to exchange proposals and commence bargaining in November, insisting instead that we wait until after the holiday season. TriMet has offered to meet and exchange proposals with the ATU on January 9, the earliest date the ATU said it would be available. The ATU has yet to respond.
The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) is sending out false information to its members that is meant to confuse, cause dissent and mislead the public. We set the record straight.