On 05/21/2015 I sent Shelly Lomax and Randy Stedman an email asking about Posting at Street Car and WES.
Shelly Lomax replied the same day saying “WES has a designated spot for campaign materials near the ATU board. The managers sit to the right of the main door and they can direct you to the correct location.”
Randy Stedman replied the same day saying “Thank you for seeking permission. You may post at Street Car and WES. If you are referring to the City of Portland’s property for Street Car; we do not control the City’s property, and you will need to seek permission from the City.”
As you can see both responded same day to me (a candidate) and had no problems with that. Dee Williams made some comments about our freedom of speech rights and pointed out a link that made me question how our candidates are being instructed. In my research I have found that on the property there are two types of areas. The work area and the non-work area. In the non-work areas we have some protections with being permitted to talk to employees that are off the clock or on break along with distribute literature. Today I sent Randy and Shelly and email asking “To avoid confusion I am asking if candidates are permitted access to non-work areas so that they can discuss and hand out literature to employees who are off the clock or on break?” Randy Stedman replied back stating “Please contact your campaign Chair and counsel, Lane Toensmeier. TriMet prefers not to have direct communication with candidates on campaign issues. I was in contact with Lane on Friday. For information, the NLRA generally does not apply to TriMet.”
I have forwarded all of this to our election committee and I hope they will follow through and get us an answer. I find it interesting how 11 days ago TriMet had no problems answering my question about Street Car and WES yet on this last question they refer me back to the election committee and Lane.