The ATU 757 TriMet Wage Committee met with the TriMet negotiations team today, April 14, 2017. While the Union remains hopeful that the parties will reach an agreement, it is clear that Randy Stedman, TriMet’s lead negotiator, is willing to hold the negotiations hostage in order to fulfill his own agenda. He remains focused on hiring outside workers, rather than our own members, and contracting out work that currently belongs to us.
However, that is not to say that no movement was made. Both of the parties today showed some willingness to compromise and a desire to reach an agreement. The parties plan to meet again before May 5, 2017, at which time new responses and counter offers will be presented. It is our hope that both parties can come to the table at that time motivated to reach an agreement that is in the best interest of those who truly matter: each of you.
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