October 27, 2011
NEWS: TriMet LIFT Drivers May Strike
TriMet LIFT Paratransit Service are threatening to take strike action after rejecting a final offer from their employer. The drivers represented by ATU Local 757 have been in negotiations for almost 2 years with First Transit who is contracted to provide paratransit services for TriMet. In Oregon, public transit drivers are prohibited from striking, but because these drivers are subcontracted through First Transit, a private company - they are allowed to strike. The drivers have been working without a contract since 2009. The issues are reported to be about wages, health benefits, and TriMet's operational policies that are effecting driver hours. TriMet refused calls from the ATU to get involved with negotiations. The next negotiations will be in November with a mediator. For more information see: Portland Area TriMet LIFT Drivers Threaten Strike as Labor Talks with First Transit Stall (Oregon Live).