State board upholds TriMet union contract

State board upholds TriMet union contract

Oregon's labor board upheld TriMet's contract with the Amalgamated Transit Union that requires union members to pay more for their health care.

After years of fighting over a contract that was supposed to take effect in November 2009, "We're ready to move on to the next contract negotiation," Bruce Hansen, Amalgamated Transit Union 757 president, said Saturday.

Despite TriMet's stumbles, the Employment Relations Board upheld TriMet's contract requiring employees to begin paying co-pays and other out-of-pocket health costs with a 90/10 health care plan. In the past, union employees could enroll in a benefits plan that provided near-universal coverage to them and their families up to 16 years after they died.

Read more at OregonLive.com.