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TriMet Complains Union Missing Scheduled Talks

OPB | Jan. 3, 2013 3:09 p.m. | Portland

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Contract negotiations between TriMet and the union representing most of its employees, have hit a new low.

TriMet says it’s filing a complaint with the Oregon Employment Relations Board to force the union to come to the bargaining table.

The transit agency says the Amalgamated Transit Union has failed to show up for scheduled talks three times.

Union president Bruce Hansen says they’re waiting to hear from a Multomah County judge whether negotiations can be held in public.

“We want to put TriMet in front of the public, so they are accountable on their spending and everything else as well,” Hansen said.

Hansen says if the judge blocks the union’s request to hold talks in public, it will attend talks in private.

In a statement, TriMet said the agency wants to negotiate the next contract as quickly as possible to avoid additional service cuts.

The union has been working without a contract since the end of November. That contract was approved only after a three-year battle.

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