Those of us that understand Trimet culture understand that there are two distinct classes of employees at the agency.
The non union employees, the ones that Mcfarlane constantly keeps telling the board that if he doesn't increase all their wages he will lose "talented" employees. (like these public transportation jobs grow on trees)
These employees are "below market" in terms of wages and benefits.
And then there are the union employees.
The ones he always talks about as getting "too much" and "above market" wages and benefits.
These are the employees who are not considered important at Trimet and are replaced as easily as getting a new tire.
And then they wonder why moral among union employees is so pathetic that only 20% of them bothered to respond to this survey.