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'Next Stop Please' Judge Halts TriMet/Union Negotiations

OPB | March 22, 2013 1:10 p.m. | Updated: March 22, 2013 2:18 p.m. | Portland

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TriMet and the Amalgamated Transit Union’s long and contentious negotiations were put on hold Thursday due to some confusion. A Multnomah County Circuit judge could not determine if the negotiations should be open to the public.

In a written opinion, Judge Leslie Roberts said she needs more information from TriMet on the role of its collective bargaining team and process.

The union represents most of TriMet’s employees, and almost their entire contract is being negotiated.

Bruce Hanson is president of the Amalgamated Transit Union. He says his side is ready to get back to the negotiating table, and hopes it can be public.

“I think things have been muddy for the judge as well as they have been for us, so anything that we could get clarified would be nice for us,” Hanson said.

In a statement, TriMet said the agency does not comment on pending litigation. 

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