TriMet’s Labor Contract
The current contract with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 ended on November 30, 2016. Negotiations for our next contract have begun. Details about the contract negotiations will be published here so the public can track our progress and stay up-to-date with the issues involved.
In May 2016, TriMet offered to extend the current ATU contract for two years, including the same three percent wage increase as in the current contract. Unfortunately, the ATU rejected this offer. TriMet then provided a notice of contract opening to the ATU on September 27, 2016. The ATU responded with a similar notice. Both parties agreed on a Nov. 10 bargaining session. However, the ATU canceled the session the day before, asserting that it would be contrary to good faith bargaining to exchange proposals and commence bargaining in November. ATU insisted that the parties wait until after the holiday season. In December 2016, before commencing negotiations, TriMet proposed that all bargaining sessions between the parties be mediated. ATU declined the proposal. Negotiations began and parties exchanged proposals on January 9, 2017; the 150-day bargaining period ended on June 8, 2017. As of June 15, the parties had completed eight days of bargaining without any substantive agreements. They agreed to a package of housekeeping items on June 14, 2017. TriMet has offered additional direct bargaining dates for July. However, by letter dated June 28, TriMet also has requested the State Conciliator to assign a mediator for purposes of commencing the next phase of the contract resolution process.
The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) is sending out false information to its members that is meant to confuse, cause dissent and mislead the public. We set the record straight.