TriMet Takes $10 Million Hit from ERB, Claims Victory

Both ATU and TriMet appear to be claiming victory in in the recent ruling by the Oregon Employee relations board.

It would appear that TriMet does indeed get the contract imposed by the arbitrator (good news), but cannot collect retroactive health-care contributions from employees (bad news) and must refund some contributions (more bad news).

TriMet’s statement does not say what the budget impact of the $10M+ in forgone employee health care contributions will be, but from prior statements by the General Manager I would infer that it will not require service cut backs this year, but could impact future years.

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