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Metro Transit Negotiations Update

Negotiations Update 9/3/2015


We met for negotiations twice this week and nearly no progress was made.  Major issues, including healthcare, work rules, and the financial package have yet to be resolved.

Because the pace of negotiations has nearly stalled, ATU and Metropolitan Council have petitioned the Bureau of Mediation Services to begin Mediation. 

We have scheduled September 11th for negotiations to try to resolve some non-monetary issues prior to Mediation commencing.  As soon as mediation is scheduled, the dates will be posted.


What is Mediation? Contract mediation usually starts when negotiations between the parties become non-productive or cease altogether. Labor or management may petition the BMS for the services of a mediator. The mediator convenes a meeting to help the parties find a basis for resolving the dispute on terms that are acceptable to both parties. The mediator examines and analyzes positions and interests to ensure that both parties have clear understanding of the issues before them. Attempts are made to identify priorities and focus the parties' effort on problems that must be solved for an agreement. The mediator works to foster an atmosphere that is conducive to idea-sharing and problem-solving. (info. from BMS web site.)

Metro Transit Contract Negotiations Update

The contract expiration date passed July 31st.  The current contract is still in effect while we continue negotiations with management.

Thus far, we have met with Management for twelve sessions of negotiations.  Approximately half of the proposals have been worked through to conclusion, reaching a tentative agreement or drop.  We have also begun negotiating proposals which involve financial impact to the contract (wages, healthcare, etc.)  We are reviewing information on healthcare, and are awaiting costing information on several proposals.

Further updates will be forthcoming.

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You are aware that the contract will “expire” on July 31st.  Please note that under Minnesota law, the current contract will continue to be in effect on a day-to-day basis.

Thus far, we have met with Management for six sessions of negotiations.  We have taken an overview of all proposals from both sides, and have begun more in depth negotiations on Transportation and Maintenance work rules. Proposals that have an associated cost have been deferred to later July when economic issues (wages, health care, etc.) will be discussed.   

Further updates will be forthcoming.

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