Oregonian Ready to Drop Binding Arbitration for TriMet and ATU

And they’d like the Legislature to fix it.

“Binding arbitration is a high-stakes game of chance that could produce a terrible result for TriMet and the people who rely upon its services. It’s also unnecessary. The Legislature made an enormous blunder in 2007, when it voted in strongly bipartisan fashion to treat transportation workers like police officers and firefighters by forbidding them to strike. While public transportation is a very important public service, and while transit workers deserved to be compensated fairly for their work, getting a ride isn’t a life-or-death matter on par with, say, being stuck in a burning house.”

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