The Union and TriMet management teams met on April 27, 2013 to guide negotiations between the parties. This effort was not successful. In an effort to insure media access, the Union abandoned its position of allowing bloggers to attend. Specifically, the Union made the following proposal:
Pending a legal decision regarding the public meeting status of their labor negotiations, the parties agree that the following print media entities proposed by the ATU meet the definition of “representatives of the news media”:
Oregonian Portland Mercury SE Examiner
Willamette Week Beaverton Valley Times Portland Business Journal
NW Labor Press Gresham Outlook SW Connection
Portland Afoot Hillsboro Tribune Sellwood Bee
Asian Reporter Hollywood Star Television Stations
Portland Skanner Portland Tribune
Portland Observer NW Examiner
The Union understands that TriMet’s acceptance of the above list is contingent on the Union agreeing that certain bloggers will be excluded, specifically . . .[names omitted]
In an attempt to address TriMet’s concerns over bloggers and by way of example, the Union listed the names of three bloggers that were well-known to be of particular concern to TriMet management in the past.
In responding to the proposal, TriMet’s negotiator Randy Stedman, used the F-bomb and, to the surprise of those present, stated the meeting was over. The unexpected, abrupt ending of the meeting meant the Union did not have an opportunity to respond to Mr. Stedman’s concerns by presenting a counter proposal.