Isaiah 2:22 Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?
I just learned that the arbitrator has issued his decision on our labor contract—and he ruled in favor of the management proposal. Here’s a quick look at what that means:
- We’re avoiding $5 million in additional cuts to the current budget—the one that started two weeks ago --that TriMet would have faced if the ATU’s proposal had prevailed.
- TriMet’s Last Best Offer will be implemented effective December 1, 2009. This new contract will expire November 30, 2012.
- Union employees will continue to have high-quality, affordable health insurance, but there will be higher costs for copays, prescriptions, deductibles and out-of-pocket maximum.
- Retirees, too, will see changes to their health coverage.(they are the real losers)
Many details, some likely contentious, will need to be worked through as provisions are implemented. Our goal is to do that as clearly and quickly as possible, and we will consider input from the ATU in doing that. (translation, screw your union)
None of us knew what the arbitrator’s decision would be, and we didn’t expect to see it until the end of the month. It is a great relief to have this decision in hand, and to know that it staves off the threat of another $5 million in cuts to a budget that already includes fare and service changes that were not easy to make.(you are a fucking liar)
However, as we all know, this is not the end of the matter.(translation,we want more concessions) TriMet looks forward to working with the ATU leadership to find solutions to the financial challenges we face. (liar) Only with significant structural change to our benefits expenses will TriMet be able to stand on secure financial footing, confident of our ability to be there for the customers who need us.(translation, the give backs are just beginning)
I want to express my appreciation to the staff who have worked so hard to document the facts (you means lies and distortions) of our financial situation. I also want to thank every one of you for each day that you come to work and do your best—even when controversy, uncertainty and negativity seem to be swirling around---for the good of our customers and our community. (bunch of bullshit, they show up for the cash and $37 an hour overtime)
This man in the king of bullshit-everything that comes out of his mouth is bullshit