It has been 561 days since the commencement of bargaining with TriMet. Since that time, we have encountered social unrest, unprecedented wildfires, an extreme winter ice storm, and last but not least, a global pandemic. Throughout it all, you have continued to perform your duties with professionalism, showing our community that transit workers are an essential workforce for keeping our community functioning.
This contract fight has required all of us to dig deep within ourselves, rely on the strength of our membership, and find partners within our community. This coalition is what turned the tide. Our members were making phone calls and showing up to testify at Board Meetings and Legislative Hearings. Our elected leaders, from the Governor, Labor Commissioner and nearly all of our Federal Delegation met with Tri Met and came out strong on the side of the workers. Community Partners like OPAL, Bus Rider Unite, the Oregon AFL-CIO, and various other labor organizations ,stood in solidarity with ATU 757 in our fight for a fair contract.
The culmination. of all this effort was the Tentative Agreement that your Bargaining Team presented to the membership. This Agreement provides our members with improvements in the disciplinary and SIP language, three years of wage increases, no takeaways in healthcare, double the short-term disability benefit, significant road relief increases with future annual increases, preserving the Bus Maintenance Apprenticeship program, increases in training premiums, and much more.
The membership voted to pass this agreem
ent with an overwhelming “YES” vote. Ballot counters from across the local, from Vancouver, Salem, Eugene, and TriMet met at the Union office today to tabulate the results. Despite the obstacles that TriMet set in place, we stood together, fought together, and won together!
Together we fight! Together we win!