October 27th, 2010 | by Jason Slotkin News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

TriMet Employees Picket Meeting

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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.
 
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