The Portland-centric development agency known as Tri-Met has decided to declare an impasse in their ongoing negotiations with the transit union, whose members have been working without a contract for the past year and a half. And although I generally despise unions in the public sector, it certainly appears that the agency has not been bargaining in good faith, as the union president alleges.
The sticking point seems to be that the agency wants line employees to pay into their health care package, along with retirees; essentially, they want to be allowed to renege on the bargain under which retirees left service. This is necessary in order to keep the agency from drowning in red ink while still allowing it to hand out big annual pay increases to managers, and so it's clear to them that the represented line staff are being completely unreasonable in failing to go along.
Meanwhile, Tri-Met got themselves caught in another lie involving their security cameras: a local television station has for month been seeking information from the agency regarding the operational status of the cameras, only to be consistently stonewalled.
TriMet also said that, under federal law, it can’t release the maintenance records. It claimed the Transportation Security Administration refuses to allow the records to be released because they are security sensitive.
TSA, however, said TriMet’s records are not the TSA’s to disclose.
If you're going to use the feds as an excuse for hiding information, it's generally a good idea to make sure in advance that the feds actually agree with you. Otherwise, you can end up looking really stupid.