The union that represents 2,000-plus TriMet employees is asking the Oregon Employment Relations Board (ERB) to overturn last month’s contract arbitration decision.
Arbitrator David Gaba was required to choose one side’s final offer, and he picked TriMet’s in his July 12 ruling, citing the public interest in reducing the extraordinary cost of health care for members and retirees — over $30,000 a year for full-family coverage under a Regence BlueCross BlueShield plan. But in his decision he also said some provisions in TriMet’s offer could be found illegal. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 follows up on those in an unfair labor practice complaint it filed with ERB on Aug. 8.
The complaint alleges that TriMet violated Oregon’s Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act (PECBA) in several respects:
As of the publication of this article, ERB had not yet determined how it will proceed with the complaint — whether it will be assigned to an administrative law judge for investigation, or some other process. [UPDATE: ERB has assigned the case to administrative law judge Wendy Greenwald for investigation.]
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