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TriMet OKs new labor contract with ATU


TriMet has approved a new labor agreement with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 757.

The new contract is the result of compromises reached between the Portland, Oregon, transit agency and ATU Local 757’s negotiating team after a year-and-a-half of discussions, negotiations and mediation sessions, according to an agency news release.

The contract allows TriMet to restructure maintenance hiring and training, better manage operations and provide sustainable wage increases. TriMet’s union workforce voted last week to ratify the contract, with 87% of those voting in support.

TriMet will also create a new tuition program to help service workers gain skills to move up in the agency. The majority of TriMet apprentices in the past have been service workers, and the ATU and TriMet officials hope to continue providing those starting their careers with a pathway to advance internally, the press release stated.

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