The Amalgamated Transit Union wants to set the record straight. For some time now, the Union has not commented on a TriMet misstatement of fact that the media has picked up and reprinted. That statement appeared again in TriMet’s Friday night press release. That release stated:
This is a major improvement, and one TriMet has been seeking for the last 2 1/2 years because it means a bus operator must have 9 or 10 hours off after they have concluded their assignment, rather than being able to take just a few hours off.
“Since I am new to the office of president, I thought perhaps TriMet’s statement was correct, so I asked staff to search the files,” responds Bruce Hansen, President of Amalgamated Transit Union. “What the Union found was that TriMet raised an issue of a 10-hour gap in early 2011 and then dropped it. Thereafter, TriMet focused only on a 7-hour gap and only as that gap was applied to light rail operators. The Union agreed to accept that change. Copies of the correspondence showing this are attached.”