Connect Transit responded to my FOIA request:
Connect Transit has not held a Christmas party and has no information to provide regarding “any charges from ISU, costs to decorate, food, etc.”
It was brought to the attention of Management at Connect Transit that the “Christmas Party” to which you may be referring was an annual gathering conducted by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 752, which is the collective bargaining unit representing union employees at Connect Transit.
Questions regarding ATU Local 752 activities should be directed to the elected representatives of that Local.
The party was put on by the union – contrary to what the Facebook post says. If you pay union dues look into how much of that money was spent on the party!
Connect did had this to the response:
Connect Transit appreciates and values our employees and all the work that they do throughout the year and, as a way to acknowledge those efforts, provides each employee with an annual gift. These gifts are currently being produced and, per our Procurement Manager, we do not have any invoices on these items and no checks have been sent nor have any payments been made.
It would be more appropriate to respond to this particular portion of your original request after the holidays, when invoices have been received and an accurate, final amount is known. Please consider this as a request to extend the response deadline on this particular portion of your original request to a time when the requested information is available.