About 85 percent of TriMet’s workforce — 2,400 workers — is represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 757. This includes bus and rail operators, mechanics, trainers, maintenance workers and dispatchers. The current ATU contract expires on Nov. 30, 2016.
The ATU is strike prohibited due to legislation that they sought in Salem in 2007. The no-strike status is the same as it is for police and firefighters in labor disputes. If both parties are unable to reach a negotiated agreement, the parties are bound by binding interest arbitration — meaning an outside arbitrator selects only one proposal and there will not be a vote to ratify. In 2012 during the first arbitration between the parties, the arbitrator ruled in favor of TriMet and selected the agency’s proposal in its contract dispute with ATU.
The successor contract that expires on Nov. 30, 2016, was negotiated and approved by ATU members. If both parties are unable to reach a negotiated agreement, state statute prevents ATU members from striking and they are bound by binding interest arbitration — meaning an outside arbitrator selects only one proposal and there will not be a vote to ratify.
To be fully transparent, this website will include information and documents on the issues from both sides. TriMet remains committed to providing our employees and retirees with fair benefits, while also being fair to taxpayers and riders.