With less than a week before voters decide whether to approve TriMet's $125 million bond
request, the agency had to deal publicly this morning with one group that's clearly unhappy—its own employees.
More than 100 TriMet employees converged outside the Portland Building this morning before the board meeting. The members of Amalgamated Transit Union #757
demanded the transit agency continue contract negotiations
and alleged the agency had tried
to make illegal changes to employee wages and benefits.
At the board
meeting, more than 40 of the picketers filled the second-floor meeting room as union president Jon Hunt directly addressed TriMet general manager Neil McFarlane
and the board about the benefit cuts.
Meantime, here's one more tangible sign of the union's displeasure—it hasn't contributed
to the bond campaign