The ATU Wage Committee met with the TriMet Negotiating Team on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week. You should be proud of all of the hard work, long hours, and thoughtful conversation your Wage Committee has engaged in.
The past three days were, overall, more productive than our previous negotiations sessions. Both parties submitted multiple proposals and showed a willingness to compromise. However, the overwhelming message from Randy Stedman is that he expects for our members to deliver exemplary service to our customers, and to run a superior transit agency, for an average, or below average, cost. Mr. Stedman expressed that TriMet WILL NOT entertain any proposals that involve an increase to your benefits package. The only reason he has given for refusing to discuss these proposals, as well as any proposals that provide for increases in allowances to you or your Union funds, was that other agencies don’t offer the same.
The Union will offer more dates for negotiations in hopes that the desire to get an Agreement that benefits all parties is truly mutual, and that the willingness to compromise that we perceived over the past few days was genuine. Your officers will continue to come up with creative solutions and reasonable offers in hopes that they will be met with the same from the other side. But, it does appear that we are far from the end of this battle, and that it will continue to be an uphill fight.
If you have any questions about negotiations, please contact your Union Officer.
ATU Wage Committee