"TriMet has repeatedly asked the ATU leadership to come to the table to negotiate excessive healthcare costs and other contract loopholes They have refused to do so." Actually the ATU has been open and willing to negotiate - as long as it was an open, transparent process. TriMet has consistently refused an open process. TriMet does not want the ATU to negotiate by addressing TriMet's own wasteful spending...TriMet ONLY wants to cut union benefits; without considering that TriMet could make several key cuts that would resolve this financial situation now and for many years - and it would involve cutting zero benefits and zero employees. TriMet refuses to address that. TriMet is lying, and as a government agency it should not engage in a war of words. It should stick to the facts. The facts are clear - TriMet's reckless spending on rail projects, revenue bonds, subsidizing non-TriMet functions, creating a "contingency fund" twice as large as last year's for no reason, and other miscellaneous spending needs to stop.