TriMet files complaint against union to compel it to comply with arbitration award

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TriMet has filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) complaint against the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) because it is not complying with the interest arbitration award. The ATU leadership has instructed its members not to cooperate with implementation of the arbitration award, particularly regarding retroactive implementation of health insurance benefits. The ULP was filed with the Oregon Employment Relations Board.

Under state law, the ATU is strike-prohibited and subject to interest arbitration. In July, Arbitrator David Gaba ruled in favor of TriMet in selecting the agency’s Last Best Offer that immediately takes effect as the labor contract between the parties. The ATU leadership, however, is failing to comply and advising its members not to comply with or respond to TriMet’s efforts to implement the contract award.

“The ATU leadership is actively blocking implementation of the arbitration award and refusing to comply with state labor law. We’re filing this complaint to compel them to comply with the law and instruct their members that the arbitrator’s award is binding,” said Randy Stedman, TriMet Executive Director of Labor Relations and Human Resources.

The ULP complaint and the letters are linked below.
ULP complaint letters
ULP complaint Sept 2012