Breaking news: ATU Local 757 has ratified the tentative contract agreement; TriMet’s operators are now operating under a contract (excluding those retroactively imposed by OLRB) for the first time in, seemingly, forever. The deal is retroactive to November 2012, and expires in November 2016. The deal will produce savings for the agency of $50M compared to the current collective bargaining agreement; don’t know how it compares to TriMet’s earlier proposals.
Terms of the deal have not been announced, but multiple sources are reporting that a tentative deal between TriMet and it’s operators’ union, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757, has been struck.
I have not seen any official release or announcement from the ATU; will update this post if I find one.
Terms of the deal, which must be approved by both the TriMet board and the ATU rank and file, have not been disclosed.
After years of acrimony, and bickering over pointless things (on both sides), it’s nice to see a deal struck rather than imposed in arbitration (assuming this gets ratified). Better employee relations make for better service, if nothing else.
Update: A statement from the ATU, posted on the “Transit Voice” Facebook account:
TriMet and the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 757 have reached a tentative labor agreement on a new contract. The parties reached this agreement after 45 sessions with the assistance of State Conciliator Janet Gillman. The agreement sets the terms of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement for four years through November 30, 2016. Additionally it resolves two cases pending before the State Court of Appeals as well as cases pending at the State Employment Relations Board. The agreement is subject to ratification by both the TriMet Board of Directors and the membership of the ATU. The parties bargaining teams will be recommending the details of this agreement soon with their Board and membership.
Update 2: Someone
ATU President Bruce Hansen appears to have postedleaked the contract terms to a Twitter account.
Update 3: The authenticity of the Twitter account @BruceHansen11 appears to be in question; indeed, given that the terms of the contract are supposed to be confidential, a leak from ATU management would be unlikely. A certain former bus driver (and former PT contributor) is not happy with the deal, and appears to believed that the leaked terms are genuine.