We here at blog central have polled various union members after they attended today's Informational meeting.
We predict that the contract will pass easily. It appears that the fear of going to another arbitration is enough to convince union members that is to their advantage to accept this contract.
Are they right? I have no idea.
(my information tells me that going into arbitration and losing will result in the exact same contract so voting yes or no wouldn't result in any actual difference in the end. The union painted itself against the wall, no right to strike, a 'winner take all' arbitration procedure and an extremely passive union workforce have combined to hand this victory to Mr Mcfarlane. As I said in a previous post, you have to hand it to Mcfarlane for pulling this off. You have to remember who the players are in this game. Very sophisticated, well educated Trimet executives vs a bunch of people who were basically 'bus drivers'. Who knows if they have any advanced education at all yet they become union officers by winning popularity contests. Is the union even worth belonging to as a retiree? I'm having my doubts. All that extra money that was collected from members last year is down the drain, and the union 'officers' continue receiving their nice fat six figure paychecks. The motto of today's working man is 'be happy you're getting anything'. Time will tell how long the 'anything' will last. )