Nobody saw it coming, not a hint of a deal until the deal was announced.
Remember when these negotiations started there was a call for real transparency.
The Portland Mercury covered the story very well: No Bloggers Need Apply? Only Mainstream Outlets Allowed to Cover TriMet Contract Talks | Blogtown, PDX | Portland Mercury
We all know that was all just talk and hoopla, neither the union or Trimet were serious about that.
I want to take a look at the timeline of the events related to the contract:
1-The agreement was announced by Trimet on September 30: TriMet and ATU reach tentative agreement on a new contract | TriMet News and Media Releases
2-Union members received information in the mail October 14th (no official reference found), there was no 'official' information until that time. (unofficial information was out there and on this site)
3-The union held a meeting to answer questions on October 19th(almost 3 weeks after announcement)
The Trimet board meeting is October 22nd
The ballots are counted on October 24th
(no official reference)
The way this should have worked is this:
1-Joint announcement by the parties, the mailing to the members should have been the day the agreement was announced.
2-The union informational meeting should be within 3 days of the mailing
3-the union membership votes yea or nay
4-The Trimet board meeting occurs.
The point I am trying to make here is that the union members were the last in the food chain.
How is that acceptable?