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TriMet and union spar

Transit agency files complaint in ongoing dispute with labor


TriMet has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the Amalgamated Transit Union saying the union is not complying with an arbitration award on health insurance benefits.

The complaint was filed Sept. 25 with the Oregon Employment Relations Board. It centers on a Sept. 19 letter from ATU Division 757 officials instructing union members to ignore TriMet’s requests for payroll deductions or payments to cover health insurance premiums for the duration of the union’s current contract.

Union officials have not responded to TriMet’s complaint.

TriMet officials said the union was “actively blocking implementation” of the arbitration award in July, which called for ATU members to pay a higher premium for health insurance.

“We’re filing this complaint to compel them to comply with the law and instruct their members that the arbitrator’s award is binding,” said Randy Stedman, TriMet executive director of human resources and labor relations.

ATU Division 757 and TriMet were locked in an arbitration fight over a contract proposal that required higher health insurance payments from union members. In July, state arbitrator David Gaba ruled in favor of TriMet in the dispute. TriMet says that since that time, ATU leadership “is failing to comply and advising its members not to comply with or respond to TriMet’s efforts to implement the contract award.”




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