PORTLAND - TriMet warned of possible service cuts in the future, if a union challenge to a new arbitration-approved contract is successful.

The union is fighting TriMet's plan to switch health plans for Amalgamated Transit Union members.

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General Manager Neil Mcfarlane laid out a preview of the new budget, which for now, included no service cuts.

Any possible cuts would start in 2017, if no new contract health care reforms were adopted by then, according to the agency.

If we maintain the status quo union contract (by fiscal year 2017) , and don't get what I call 'a common sense health care reform' and other (future) contract compromises from ATU, we will need to cut $19 million in service, McFarlane said.

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