Monday, February 20, 2012
JONATHAN HUNT chant that slogan?
Well we now have the second instance where Trimet Management has been determined to be breaking the law.
I wish I had a job where I could break the law, waste millions of dollars, keep my job, and walk away rich.
Alas, I am a lowly unionized employee, not even deserving of my cost of living increases, paid health care,or basic human dignity.
Now if we could get some of the anti union in this town to do this:
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Another Bad TriMet Management Decision Will Cost Taxpayers
In a decision that contained blistering comments about the negotiating behavior of TriMet’s management team’s negotiating tactics, the Oregon Employment Relations Board (ERB), for the third time, ruled against TriMet in an ongoing labor dispute with its union. At the bottom of the dispute is a colossal error made by TriMet negotiators. They failed and/or refused to put a wage offer on the bargaining table. Then they tried to correct that failure at the last minute by proposing a brand-new wage proposal to the interest arbitrator.
ERB rightfully rejected this tactic noting that the timing of TriMet’s first wage proposal “eliminated any chance for the earlier steps in the bargaining process to work.. Such a significant and last-minute change in position demonstrates TriMet’s lack of good faith.” One board member was even more blunt, stating “TriMet does not appear to have learned its lesson.”
In a Monday press release, the ATU said TriMet must now grant retroactive and future pay increases to all of its members.
“TriMet must increase all unionized employee wages by 3% retroactive to June 1, 2011; by 2.1% increase retroactive to December 1, 2011, and by 2.9% wage increase due on June 1, 2012,” the press release said.
Contacted by the Portland Tribune, TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch said if that is true, the agency is not looking at a $17 million funding shortfall instead of the small $12 million one that would not have included the increases. Fetsch said she had not had to discuss the ruling with TriMet’s labor negotiators, however, and did not know if the ruling could be appealed.