The union representing the majority of TriMet workers has voted to approve a new labor contract with the regional transit agency.

Amalgamated Transit Union 757 announced Tuesday that its members overwhelmingly approved the tentative agreement. The contract now goes to the TriMet Board of Directors for consideration at its Dec. 13 meeting.

The contract covers 2,461 of TriMet’s approximately 3,000 workers. According to ATU 757, of 1,288 total ballots cast, 1,220 — or 94.7 percent — were in favor of the agreement.

“I’m proud to say that our members have overwhelmingly approved this agreement,” says ATU 757 Vice President Jon Hunt. “This new contract will help our members keep pace with Portland’s skyrocketing cost of living by providing sensible wage increases. And it’ll help lower out-of-pocket health care costs for some of our retirees over 65 years of age without increasing their premiums by even a cent. Our members at TriMet have been working without a contract since the last one expired in November 2016, so this is long overdue.”

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