People need to read this and understand.
Shirley is getting ready for another battle ahead as the Trimet management will be coming for more givebacks. ATU757 members have lost TWO CONSECUTIVE CONTRACTS NOW! We lost the first one in arbitration and the second one was conceded by the past president.
I have illustrated right here on this blog how Trimet is dealing with the misnamed "unfunded liability" (more like we spent the money on other shit and should be in jail now), and that is by removing the benefits.
The end goal of the Trimet slime is the termination of all post employment medical coverage. Even new employees should understand if this happens you are now stuck working at Trimet till you are medicare age. A prospect that most Trimet workers don't want to face. I went out at 58 because I have medical coverage. Not what I was promised but still medical. Current employees can still get out early if they wish and have some coverage. Trimet wants to end that option. Don't let it happen.
Unfortunately our union members keep fighting with each other thereby draining energy and resources from the real fight. We need to stop this internal bickering and move forward with the real objectives.
When I voted for Bruce I expected him to say no to any givebacks. He caved and it cost him the election. As far as I am concerned we have the right people in there to handle the Trimet contract negotiations.
The rest is noise. Let's stop the noise. It's not helping anything.